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Old 09-28-2009, 08:17 PM   #1
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Question 2010 Classic Skylight Cover mounting (or not)

While washing the trailer today, I noticed I could see some leaves inside the skylight. Upon investigating, I discovered that the CS rear corner of the rear skylight plastic was raised up away from the underlying frame. I then found that both front and rear skylights covers are held in place only by some type of double sided tape. ( No screws, no brackets, no anything else.) Feeling like something must have been left out, I called AS tech support. Jim told me that they are meant to be that way and apparently I need the tape replaced. I have having trouble believing that the two skylight covers are meant to be held in place by only being pressed down on double sided tape. Can anyone shed more light on this?
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P.S. I did NOT make this up...............
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I have a 2007 Classic and the skylight is screwed down. But.. there have been so many complaints about cracked skylights from over tighteneing the screws that they just probably gave up trying to get someone to take their time and do it right that they've now gone to tape. More than half of the screws in mine were screwed down so tight that they deformed the plastic and caused cracks and leaks. Just proves that they can't even get taping them down right. When they blow off going down the road just tape another one on. Every time an Airstream comes back for a quality control issue they should take the cost out of the CEO's salary. I'll bet that after a couple of months of that they'd get their quality contol together.
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Old 09-28-2009, 09:57 PM   #3
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...Can anyone shed more light on this?...
hi ken did you take and photos?

it would be useful to SEE if/how they've changed the normal installation.

sop for years has been to tighten the screws till the dome rim CRACKS, then cover the cracks and screw heads with goop.

so it'd be interesting to SEE if the 2010s are different.

lots o' threads on this issue, these are the basics, with lewster 'splaining a proper install, but withOUT pictures...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f456...ght-38909.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f456...eak-46914.html

here is one 2 serve as a reminder, it's still under warranty so let THEM fix it....

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f478...air-53922.html

when mine goes, THIS will be the replacement...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f478...hts-53517.html

kevs got a really good post here, with video and more details including large white things from the heavens...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/683161-post13.html

cheers
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:45 PM   #4
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Hi 2air,
I will try to take a pic tomorrow, but I am not sure it will show that well.
Picture the plastic top part only of the skylight resting on what appears to be a wooden frame (may be metal) made with sides about 1 1/2"thickness. The frame is the proper size so that the flat part of the plastic top (just outside the dome) sits on the frame. Now pick up the plastic top, and lay some sort of black double sided sticky tape type stuff on on top of the edges of the wood (or whatever) frame. Press the plastic top down firmly on the tape. Voilą, instant roof top escape hatch.
One thing I will guarantee, warranty or not, its not going stay that way. (both interpretations of stay apply).
The sky light on my previous TT was constructed in a similar manner, however the plastic top was held down by a frame of angle aluminum that screwed into the sides of the wood (or whatever) frame.
When I did press firmly down on the raised corner it stuck back down so perhaps the ( *#$%#%) honey locust leaves from my neighbors tree will stay out of the trailer, at least those that entered that way.
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:45 PM   #5
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The above thread you supplied contains the following quote:

"Note: newer trailers with skylights installed with double sided tape adhesive versus screws should have welds ground down already. "

So I guess that IS how they do them now.
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2air,
The above thread you supplied contains the following quote:

"Note: newer trailers with skylights installed with double sided tape adhesive versus screws should have welds ground down already. "

So I guess that IS how they do them now.
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Here's another way to install a replacement skylight:

Out of Doors Skylight replacement Guide
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My rear skylight popped off somewhere in New Brunswick this summer. The remaining screws had neat little plastic washers around them - which were, of course, the residual from the old skylight - but no washers. The caulking had failed long before - as to any adhesive value - which was obvious from the mildew on the surface thereof. The skylight had never leaked. I asked the tech to use washers for the replacement skylight. I've yet to examine the front skylight even though I have no doubt that it's ready to fly away also! I believe that the "all too simple" solution would be to use four 1/2" to 3/4" wide full-length aluminum strips on each side of the skylight in lieu of washers or plain screws. A molded/welded frame isn't really needed.
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.... A molded/welded frame isn't really needed.
It may not be needed but you're still screwing through the plastic skylight. With the Maxim molded/welded frame type skylight the polycarbonate is not penetrated and no worries about time/weather deteriorating the caulk.

Skylight kit from Out of Doors - $134.32

Inland RV - $159.95

The Maxim skylight is the same price as Inland RV. Plus the Maxim skylight is guaranteed to withstand hail too.
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It's hard to tell from the photos - but, to me, it doesn't look like the plastic skylight would overlap the outside edge of the raised dam/rails it's mounted on???? In other words, no "downturned" lip. That would make me nervous - i.e. - totally relying on the caulking. Using the OEM skylight, drilling holes to accomodate the screws, and using the aforementioned aluminum strips (--- in lieu of washers) to hold the whole kaboodle down, just seems a bit more secure. If the screw holes thru the Lexan were generous there shouldn't be too much stress created on the Lexan. Maybe I'm missing something???
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:14 PM   #10
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When I did press firmly down on the raised corner it stuck back down so perhaps the ( *#$%#%) honey locust leaves from my neighbors tree will stay out of the trailer, at least those that entered that way.

The wind was 60 MPH+ here last night. When I checked it this AM, the skylight was still there, but the corner that I pushed back down on the tape had popped up again. There was a whole new decorative mat of leaves in the hallway. we move the trailer to its covered storage this morning so at least it is secure until a solution is reached. The plastic is certainly flimsy compared to the skylight in my Bigfoot. It is obvious that the solution is a couple new skylights.
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The wind was 60 MPH+ here last night. When I checked it this AM, the skylight was still there, but the corner that I pushed back down on the tape had popped up again. There was a whole new decorative mat of leaves in the hallway. we move the trailer to its covered storage this morning so at least it is secure until a solution is reached. The plastic is certainly flimsy compared to the skylight in my Bigfoot. It is obvious that the solution is a couple new skylights.
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I just installed two Maxim Skylights that I wrote about earlier in this thread. I couldn't be happier with the quality and how they're installed. I didn't have time to take but a couple photos as I'm time critical on getting the rig ready to roll tomorrow.

These will not come off, blow off, or even hailed off. The 22"x25" skylight is fastened horizontally with 16 screws through the curb. The 22" x 22" is held on the same with 12 screws. Plus the housing that holds the skylights was predrilled.

But here's how they were crated for shipment and one after installation.
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I just installed two Maxim Skylights that I wrote about earlier in this thread. I couldn't be happier with the quality and how they're installed. I didn't have time to take but a couple photos as I'm time critical on getting the rig ready to roll tomorrow.

These will not come off, blow off, or even hailed off. The 22"x25" skylight is fastened horizontally with 16 screws through the curb. The 22" x 22" is held on the same with 12 screws. Plus the housing that holds the skylights was predrilled.

But here's how they were crated for shipment and one after installation.
Thanks Duane,
That sure looks like the answer. I appreciate your posts. It will be shame to replace the skylights so soon, but I might as well have the peace of mind of the new ones. I am pretty sure that is what my previous trailer had on it. I only had one problem with it, and that was caused by sloppy installation.
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:26 AM   #13
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Stuck back down

I took the trailer to the dealer yesterday and got a few warranty issues taken care of including replacing the tape holding the skylight in place. The trailer is now in covered storage, so I will watch it for a while and see if that corner pops up again.
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Can this company get anything right? Our skylight is cracked where the screws were tightened too much. It leaked last spring in Minnesota and the cracks have been covered with lots of sealant.

We're going to JC in a couple of weeks and I wonder how they'll fix it.

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