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Old 04-13-2020, 08:30 PM   #1
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How are folks handling emergency windows?

Hi all,
We’ve started removing interior paneling. Watched a lot of videos on how to deal with the alarms. We like how the windows move out and up. We’re wondering how you all decided to finish out your windows? Also, wondering if that panel below the emergency exit window just pulls down and out or is it riveted underneath that window frame?
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Old 04-14-2020, 08:05 AM   #2
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I can't help but I was wondering what happened to you guys. Glad you got your bus home and you get to be working on the conversion.
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Hi all,
We’ve started removing interior paneling. Watched a lot of videos on how to deal with the alarms. We like how the windows move out and up. We’re wondering how you all decided to finish out your windows? Also, wondering if that panel below the emergency exit window just pulls down and out or is it riveted underneath that window frame?
Thanks!
You guys get your bus up to OR yet?
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Old 04-14-2020, 09:01 AM   #4
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Hi all,
We’ve started removing interior paneling. Watched a lot of videos on how to deal with the alarms. We like how the windows move out and up. We’re wondering how you all decided to finish out your windows? Also, wondering if that panel below the emergency exit window just pulls down and out or is it riveted underneath that window frame?
Thanks!
Do you have pics of the windows? If they're like mine, the whole window unit is basically an outer frame and then an inner panel with a hinge at the top. This unit fits into a square opening in the wall, same as ordinary window units do. Not sure what you mean by the panel below the window.

I'm thinking of building something to hold them open that would basically be a steel rod on each bottom corner to hold the window out and up, and then screen material between them and two triangular pieces to screen off the sides as well. Not sure exactly how I'll construct this, but you would basically open the window, set this thing in, and then fold up the triangular side pieces to complete it. I may build one of these soon as an experiment.
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Old 04-15-2020, 11:25 AM   #5
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Thank you. We’re slowly making progress. We’re under Shelter in Place orders here in Oregon, so, we’re sticking close to home and getting all those home project details wrapped up and some on the bus too. Hope things are well in your neighborhood.
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Yes, thank you! She just fits in the front driveway...literally! We have a two car driveway and have been digging out a lot of dirt from the side of the driveway to make a gravel parking lot. Almost done digging. Actually feels good to get out of the house and do physical labor with the Shelter in Place guidelines here. Making headway on interior of bus. Found out about the emergency exit buzzers the beginner way...by triggering them! Saw a couple videos online about how to disable them. Haven’t gotten to that part yet. Getting 4 yards of gravel delivered delivered on Monday and want to have driveway dug out first.
I’m curious if the panels under the emergency window exits (bluebird-riveted) are riveted in under the window frame? I can’t seem to budge it from under the window frame. I have all the other rivets punched and chiseled off. Haven’t had my husband go pull on it yet. Might be that this 59 year old Gal (me) doesn’t have the muscle to pull it out.
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Yes, thank you! She just fits in the front driveway...literally! We have a two car driveway and have been digging out a lot of dirt from the side of the driveway to make a gravel parking lot. Almost done digging. Actually feels good to get out of the house and do physical labor with the Shelter in Place guidelines here. Making headway on interior of bus. Found out about the emergency exit buzzers the beginner way...by triggering them! Saw a couple videos online about how to disable them. Haven’t gotten to that part yet. Getting 4 yards of gravel delivered delivered on Monday and want to have driveway dug out first.
I’m curious if the panels under the emergency window exits (bluebird-riveted) are riveted in under the window frame? I can’t seem to budge it from under the window frame. I have all the other rivets punched and chiseled off. Haven’t had my husband go pull on it yet. Might be that this 59 year old Gal (me) doesn’t have the muscle to pull it out.
Not sure about your bus, but in mine the wall panels are spot-welded to the part of the bus frame that the window unit is resting on, so you have to cut the wall panel just below the window in order to get it out.

But this is true of all windows, not just the emergency exit ones.
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Old 04-15-2020, 12:22 PM   #8
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Yes, thank you! She just fits in the front driveway...literally! We have a two car driveway and have been digging out a lot of dirt from the side of the driveway to make a gravel parking lot. Almost done digging. Actually feels good to get out of the house and do physical labor with the Shelter in Place guidelines here. Making headway on interior of bus. Found out about the emergency exit buzzers the beginner way...by triggering them! Saw a couple videos online about how to disable them. Haven’t gotten to that part yet. Getting 4 yards of gravel delivered delivered on Monday and want to have driveway dug out first.
I’m curious if the panels under the emergency window exits (bluebird-riveted) are riveted in under the window frame? I can’t seem to budge it from under the window frame. I have all the other rivets punched and chiseled off. Haven’t had my husband go pull on it yet. Might be that this 59 year old Gal (me) doesn’t have the muscle to pull it out.
Mine were riveted on under the emergency window lip. I didn't know that at first. I got the rivets out of the wall but couldn't get the panel off so I used a cut off wheel and cut them under those windows.

Later when I removed the windows I found the rivets and got them out and removed that last part of wall panel.
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Musigenesis, Ours is a bluebird body on Freightliner chassis. I’m talking about the steel panels below the windows. I’ve seen where, in some YouTube videos, people are angle grinding those panels like you talk about too. So far,’ve been able to just remove the rivets and pull the panels off easily...except the panels under the emergency window exits:/ Those exits have a different wider frame on them so I’m curious if the panels are mechanically attached or welded underneath.
I like your idea about how to handle your window. It would be fun to see some photos as that progresses!
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Old 04-15-2020, 12:29 PM   #10
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JDSquared, thanks! I bet that’s the same as ours. I’ll just angle grind that off until we’re ready to do the windows. We’ll need to get into summer to get out of the rainy season here in Oregon.
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