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Old 04-29-2009, 12:17 PM   #1
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Airstream Wrong! Who knows skylight covers?

I have a 2006 Safari 25' SE, Front Bedroom model.

Problem: White skylight cover over front bedroom blew off. Airstream's tech people were given above model number and VIN. They told me I needed a Vent-Line cover, model BV-0554-01. I ordered this cover from Tweety's,an on-line RV parts outfit. When I went to install it, I noted that that part is clearly not the proper replacement cover. The cross bar on the part Airstream said I needed was different from the cross bar that didn't blow off (only the plastic cover blew, not the associated cross bar). The BV-0554-01 seemed large and there didn't seem to be any way that the curled metal hinge on the BV-0554-01 could affix to the curled metal hinge of the frame attached to the roof.

Does anyone know the EXACT part number and manufacturer that will work on this trailer. I'm disappointed that Airsteam couldn't provide correct information.
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Old 04-29-2009, 12:24 PM   #2
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Can't help you with your specific information, but will commiserate and tell you that our window which blew out had a wrong part number in Airstream's system---had to take pictures of it and send to get the right one.
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The crank-open vents used the last few years are notorious for sunlight destruction of the plastic. I sure wouldn't replace it with the same cheap parts. The wires for a power vent are preinstalled right alongside your front vent.

See:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f455...a-s-37843.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f455...ion-45028.html

You could poke around any RV dealer for possible crank-open vents to replace. I store inside so mine will take a bit longer to deteriorate. When it does I'll think about another Fantastic Fan. MaxxAir might be considered as it actually can give ventilation while going down the road. I'm not sure if either of those are as economical as you wished at http://www.airforums.com/forums/f455...ari-48869.html.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:24 PM   #4
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Frustrated--Still need an answer

Thanks for the above comments but I gotta tell ya, I'm sitting here with a hole in the top of my Airstream and no one seems to know what part is needed to fix it. Yeah, I'm happy to consider another fantastic fan, but right now, I need a skylight cover because I'm sick of re-working the duct tape and plastic up there. Other owners have talked about crappy Airstream skylight covers but absolutely NO ONE seems to know what they bought or some dealer provided to replace their covers.

I'm more than a little disappointed with this Airstream purchase. I sure would appreciate a thoughtful comment.
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We have a 2005 25FB. It originally came with the crank open roof vent that you had. Ours did the same thing within the first year. We decided to replace it with a second Fantastic Fan. It cost a few bucks, but we have not regretted. When both fans are going (one pulling in and the other pushing out), it creates a wind tunnel in side the trailer.

The original manual vent was a piece of junk.

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I have a 2006 Safari 25' SE, Front Bedroom model.

Problem: White skylight cover over front bedroom blew off. Airstream's tech people were given above model number and VIN. They told me I needed a Vent-Line cover, model BV-0554-01. I ordered this cover from Tweety's,an on-line RV parts outfit. When I went to install it, I noted that that part is clearly not the proper replacement cover. The cross bar on the part Airstream said I needed was different from the cross bar that didn't blow off (only the plastic cover blew, not the associated cross bar). The BV-0554-01 seemed large and there didn't seem to be any way that the curled metal hinge on the BV-0554-01 could affix to the curled metal hinge of the frame attached to the roof.

Does anyone know the EXACT part number and manufacturer that will work on this trailer. I'm disappointed that Airsteam couldn't provide correct information.
We had the same problem with our 2007 25' FB and installed a MaxxAir II vent cover over the original equipment bedroom vent to keep the sun off the vent. I also have a spare cover in case it goes again (picture attached). I picked up the cover from my Airstream dealer. The replacement vent cover is made for Elixir Industries, Elkhart, IN 46516 and the package noted with a green label indicating it was model # 7291 for Jensen Metal Base Vents. The following numbers were on the white label on the package 17-J7291RWH-C Lid, White, Jensen With. The bar code number is 050391740252. Good luck..
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:50 PM   #7
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This is what we used on our 2005 19ft Bambi CCD.
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replacement part
mfg in china for elixir industries
elkhart, IN
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17-J7291RWH-C Lid
White, Jensen, without hinge, pin style
upc code: 50391-74025
airstream item 381606-102

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Old 04-29-2009, 09:55 PM   #8
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Not a skylight!

Hi, I replaced the same vent cover mentioned and pictured in the two previous posts. I bought mine at Camping World; Maybe cheaper than Airstream dealer price. Also the wheel broke off of the lift arm, so I replaced that too. The original arm had a plastic roller and the replacement has a metal roller.
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We have a 2005 25FB. It originally came with the crank open roof vent that you had. Ours did the same thing within the first year. We decided to replace it with a second Fantastic Fan. It cost a few bucks, but we have not regretted. When both fans are going (one pulling in and the other pushing out), it creates a wind tunnel in side the trailer.

The original manual vent was a piece of junk.

Brian
Exactly the same scenario for us except our trailers an '06 and my name is not Brian.
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same problem

Odd thing here is we just hooked up our '06 front bedroom model this Sunday to head out for the mountains and the plastic front vent cover was lying on the ground next to the Airstream. Junk plastic. Did they put a self destruct 2 year timer in that plastic?

I had to leave Sunday, so I looked around the local WalMart and found a clear 13"x13" plastic dish drainpan in the kitchenware section. I flipped it upside down, drilled a couple of pop rivets into the metal crank arm and was good to go. Working fine for an emergency fix.

I think I will add another Fantastic Fan - especially if the power is already there. Will I see the wires in the roof space when I pull the old vent out?

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I had to leave Sunday, so I looked around the local WalMart and found a clear 13"x13" plastic dish drainpan in the kitchenware section. I flipped it upside down, drilled a couple of pop rivets into the metal crank arm and was good to go. Working fine for an emergency fix.
Dishpan? Salad bowl? They all work! (and don't tell me the wayback machine doesn't exist. That was post 29704 at AIR. ).
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Dishpan? Salad bowl? They all work! (and don't tell me the wayback machine doesn't exist. That was post 29704 at AIR. ).
pretty funny! - no wonder WalMart encourages RV parking - they can sell more RV spare parts from the Kitchenware Dept. that way
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My '05 uses a "new style Jensen" vent cover. It rotted out about a year from new. I spray painted the tops of the new covers with Krylon plastic paint, white. The new ones appear to still be in good shape after 3 years.
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My '05 uses a "new style Jensen" vent cover. It rotted out about a year from new. I spray painted the tops of the new covers with Krylon plastic paint, white. The new ones appear to still be in good shape after 3 years.
Skylights, Solardomes, Astrodomes, all have dual purpose, at least those that open.

A couple of after market replacements, also have a "thermal barrier."

They let in air, and daylight. Some are white, some are solar gray.

Painting them, defeats the light transmission.

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