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Old 09-01-2007, 06:28 PM   #29
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I must say I've been doing this vintage thing a long time - I've seen both and they both work well - its a matter of preference. Having said that I did buy the one from Vintage Trailer and I too was a bit disappointed because it does not let light in. I have a good friend (on this board) who bought the Inland product and I think its cool you can look up at the sky and it does let a lot of light in. I'm not saying I would not purchase the fiberglass one again, to me it just comes down to preference and in my case overall, I did like the Vintage Trailer supply one better.

As far as attachment - I tried to use screws and nylocks, but the head of the screw would not fit in the hinge, so I went with large rivets - so far its still on there.

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Ken, you talking about me again?
I did indeed buy the vent cover from InlandRV. I chose it because I like the idea of additional insulation and because it matches the contour and color of my Fantastic vent covers to a T.
I installed it with the supplied rivets, and YES, you have to use a new or sharp drill, and use common sense to install it. It looks fantastic on my trailer, and gets many positive comments from folks that are inside the trailer. The light it gives is pleasant. In 3 years of use, I have not had a single problem with it, or the Inland lifters that I bought to use with the vent lid.
I did see fiberglass lids on other vintage units and was always glad that I did not get one of those, mostly due to the dingy look of the light they make inside the trailer.
I don't care if the inland vent cover breaks sooner than the fiberglass. I enjoy the looks and function of it so much more. This from a satisfied consumer.
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Old 09-01-2007, 07:03 PM   #30
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...I installed it with the supplied rivets, ....
When did you get yours? Mine did not come with rivets. I was happy that it came with a new gasket.

I hope I chose wisely in the way mine is fastened.

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Old 09-01-2007, 07:40 PM   #31
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When did you get yours? Mine did not come with rivets. I was happy that it came with a new gasket.

I hope I chose wisely in the way mine is fastened.

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Tom, I got mine approximately 3 yrs. ago. Andy gave me 6 aluminum rivets and a length of foam gasket with the purchase.
I did not mail order it, but rather pick it up from his shop in Corona, CA. It is about 15mls from my office. I can't say for sure that he supplies the rivets with each order. Maybe I just got lucky, but the fact remains that it has worked very well for me.
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Old 09-02-2007, 09:08 AM   #32
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Yup that was you I was talking about - the amount of light it lets in Uwe's trailer really brightens up the interior + you can see that stars at night.

I might add that in his installation, he just pop riveted the interior panel of the astrodome - if that makes sense - that way the rivets do not go through to the outside of the dome - very slick install.....

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Old 09-03-2007, 10:04 PM   #33
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Collin , I have some previous post that detail the issue, but the cracking occured at the attachment points.
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Old 10-02-2007, 08:18 PM   #34
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I am new here and wanted to ask if anyone had installed one of the astrodomes that were selling on e-bay. I know this question was asked before, but it seemed to have gotten in the shuffle. I purchased the one from e-bay and it seems to very nice. the astrodome is not completely translucent but will work fine for me. if any one has installed one I would like to see pictures. if not, I will take pictures when i install mine.
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Old 10-03-2007, 06:07 AM   #35
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I am new here and wanted to ask if anyone had installed one of the astrodomes that were selling on e-bay. I know this question was asked before, but it seemed to have gotten in the shuffle. I purchased the one from e-bay and it seems to very nice. the astrodome is not completely translucent but will work fine for me. if any one has installed one I would like to see pictures. if not, I will take pictures when i install mine.
Airstream switched to white plastic solardomes and astrodomes, over 30 years ago.

Those vent covers have two purposes.

One, when opened, to allow some ventilation.

Two, to let some comfortable light in, so that you can see inside the trailer during the day, without having to turn some lights on.

We are the only company that also makes them in "solar gray," for an Airstream. The solar gray lets in more light, than the milk white versions, but with no more UV.

Usually, fiberglass vent covers don't let any light in, but if they do, then it's brown.

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