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Old 04-26-2013, 11:28 PM   #1
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:12 AM   #2
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Looking good! How's your interior skylight trim looking?
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:23 AM   #3
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It was quite ratty and actually yellow. It was crispy!
if you look in the second pic you can see the new trim already installled! I have old originals as well. Plan to build new ones from aircraft grade thin plywood next time.

Hope it helps.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:42 AM   #4
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cwf:: Very nice. I did the same replacement. I see a note about the "crisp" interior trims. Ours are breaking, too. I haven't taken the sliding shades down yet, so I don't know how to get the old trim out. What did you do? Where did you buy replacements? I'm an old woodworker, and would like to fabricate something like you mention. I'm just hesitant to start taking things apart and have them disintegrate in my hands without another option. Thanks for the fine post.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:49 AM   #5
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Looking good! The same project is on my list. I'm also interested to find out how the 'crispy' trim was removed.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:58 AM   #6
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I'm sure you will enjoy the new skylights. We have had them on for a couple of seasons now with zero issues - so far I have heard nothing but good reports.

No idea how many of us have now fitted them, but I'll bet it must be over 50 trailers by now.

Incidentally, I too discovered how "crispy" that interior trim is and wound up slightly breaking one corner. Not very proud of my repair - duct tape wrapped around the inside of the broken corner, then painted over to match the yellowish trim. It actually made a virtually invisible repair! I'd be interested in knowing about replacing teh brittle trim though to effect a proper repair.

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Old 04-30-2013, 10:25 AM   #7
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Installed new Maxim skylights last spring.I am glad I did as the factory skylights were cracked all the way around very brittle and had started to leak.I would not have spotted the leak had i not removed the old skylights.My new Maxims are beautiful and heavy duty.One of the best mods I have done to my Airstream.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:27 PM   #8
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Howdy Y'all!

I found out AS calls the "trim" by the name "GARNISH"!

I ordered them new from local AS dealer. Shipped to my door was cheaper than fuel!

I have the old ones as I saved for measuring! If you want specs I can measure and try to post.

Be careful working overhead by protecting your eyes and lungs if necessary.

To remove garnish/trim, there are 4 screws on front and rear. Two hold on the "shade" on one end and two on the other shade end. When you pull off the shade you will see two more screws on each end. They were hidden by the shade!

Carefully remove screws until almost out on both sides. Then hold trim while removing screws. Trim should separate from roof easily but if not, gently pry down.

Clean bug carcasses out.

Install new trim!

Reinstall shade.

You will want to predrill the trim to minimize splitting chance. Just lay the old one next to new and mark.

There is a block of shim wood on each side that is screwed to the skylight metal framing. Might check that for rot/ dryness so it doesn't split on you. If necessary you can replace the wood with special AS part which you purchase with Unobtanium currency. Or a suitable pine, for or spruce scrap.

Also, when you put trim in place, slightly push up to put a little squeeze on roof to help seal.
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Maxim Skylight

We put in a Maxim skylight. The original one began leaking from the start. The dealer worked on it but it still leaked between the panes and onto the headliner. The original was a thin piece of plastic without any frame. Sealing it was a lesson in futility. The Maxim Skylight is dramatically better. It is triple glazed with heavy acrylic and has a powder coated double steel frame. The installation was easier than I had imagined. We have yet to tow it in a driving rain but I am confident.

We bought the trailer new thinking every thing Airstream was premium. This was a false assumption. The design of the shell is extraordinary but the fixtures and workmanship are not.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:24 PM   #10
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Great Investment!

cwf - You're going to be really pleased with your Maxim skylight. We replaced the Airstream skylight on our 2007 Airstream last summer and it was a small investment that looks and performs great.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:10 AM   #11
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Removing the Skylight Shade?

I ordered and received my new "garnish" trims. Now I have to remove the skylight shades to enable me to remove/replace the trims. I can see how to get the open end out with the two screws. I can't figure out how to get the "folded up" end out. I emailed this same pic and question to United Shade yesterday, awaiting response. Anyone out there with a hint? Thanks.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:26 AM   #12
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Once you get the free end out and allow the accordion to hang you will see the 2 screws for the other end.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:35 AM   #13
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OH, Okay I'll give it a go. THANKS Silver Goose!
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:43 PM   #14
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Was wondering about what you've got invested in parts for the project. I have a feeling that's where the sneaky leak is coming from on my 94 Sovereign.
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