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Old 07-16-2005, 01:25 PM   #1
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skylight fix-up

So. I've set aside my plumbing problems for the moment and I'm trying to replace the rectangular skylight that goes up straight (on both sides). It probably has a name that I don't know and that's why I can't find anything on it when I search.

It was broken and I removed it and, given the cost of new domed skylights, I thought I'd replace it with a piece of plexi, framed with rigid metal and gasketed. But now, the hinged triangular thingie that attaches to the plastic has snapped off the tubular spiral thingie that goes up.

Should I post a snapshot or does some Airstream guru out there know what I'm talking about?

I know that my fix is a crude one, but it would work for me, if only I could re-attach the metal hinged triangle. Any clues, oh experienced ones?
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Old 07-16-2005, 02:24 PM   #2
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Send a picture, I think I know what you need. I might have some of those laying around my shop. If not, thenInlandRV has replacements.
A flat piece of plexi might not work, as the triangular mounting thingie extends up over the edge of the vent frame in it's lowest position. You can't seal it against the flange, it will have to be sealed against the trailer body.
Take a close look at teh other side, where it is still intact.
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Right you are about that triangular thing sticking up too high -- the original domed skylight didn't sit flat so it wasn't a problem. I have just tried drilling a hole in the center post, so I can washer and screw on the triangle, but the connection has to be tight, and I just can't get it tight enough with what I've got on hand. Plus now there's the "not sitting flat" problem. Hmmmmmm.....
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I have some of the vent actuators that are stuck, but the triangular hinged thingie is still in good condition. I don't have them with me, so I can't envision right now if this is repairable or not. If you post a picture ( not easy these days...) then I'd be glad to try and help you.
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The large skylight is also called an astrodome Andy at inlandrv has parts and also airstreamdreams.
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"Astrodome"!!!! I love it! I'll check them out....
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Another option other than purchasing a vent cover is to make one yourself. A couple of lengths of aluminum angle, some lexan sheet and two different sizes of gasket material and an afternoon, you'll be all set. Make sure you measure the opening size from the outside of the trailer because the aluminum frame fits over the outside edge of the vent opening on the trailer. They are not all the same size.

I like this version better than the one piece version because I think it will last longer here with our desert heat and direct sun.

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Old 07-21-2005, 01:27 PM   #8
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Very nice design! For right now, I've made a single layer window, basically just like your diagram. Perhaps after I take care of getting hot water and a toilet I can replace it with something better!
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