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Old 03-24-2013, 11:47 AM   #141
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Hey SuperTrouper! I'm working on my Maxim Skylight install on my Airstream in Petaluma right now. I'm about a mile west of the KOA.

Here's the link for anybody who would like to see my updates on installing one of these on a fiberglass Airstream motorhome.

Hope it went well!
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:06 PM   #142
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Hey SuperTrouper! I'm working on my Maxim Skylight install on my Airstream in Petaluma right now. I'm about a mile west of the KOA.

Here's the link for anybody who would like to see my updates on installing one of these on a fiberglass Airstream motorhome.

Hope it went well!
Hi Adam B.,

Yes it all went well. The best part was not climbing on the roof and then waving at Vinnie while he was up there! We moved the AS to home for the work and Vinnie came by. I know Vinnie posted some pictures on his company's FB page and hopefully will add here as well. He had stopped by while I was working on the floor at KOA and we got the measurements for the skylights some time ago. I'm very happy that I won't have to worry about leaky skylights again! Good luck on your skylight install!

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Old 03-30-2013, 02:26 PM   #143
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Hey SuperTrouper:
glad your replacements went well (as well as anyone else that has crossed that bridge), I've been watching this thread for awhile b/c mine are starting to crack where they were screwed down too tight, and I know that project will be in my future also! I think when that project comes due, I'll just happen to plan a trip to the west coast, not quite sure where, but I'm sure it will be somewhere near "Vinnies". Coincidently, I grew up in Sonoma!
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everyone comments that the screws were installed too tight. Maybe, but just as likely that it is simply the wrong way to install. There is about a 300% difference in the expansion rates of aluminum and the plastic. If you screw it down through holes like they do it will fail. Notice that in the Maxim construction the plastic can expand (it is not restrained except by the gasket). Just saying that it is not necessarily the installers fault at Airstream.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:30 AM   #145
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Hey SuperTrouper:
glad your replacements went well (as well as anyone else that has crossed that bridge), I've been watching this thread for awhile b/c mine are starting to crack where they were screwed down too tight, and I know that project will be in my future also! I think when that project comes due, I'll just happen to plan a trip to the west coast, not quite sure where, but I'm sure it will be somewhere near "Vinnies". Coincidently, I grew up in Sonoma!
Hi Steelgood,

As much as I'm happy Vinnie install them and happy he's close by when I need him, the Maxim install can be an owner project and is actually easier than replacing the OEM as the Maxim has rigid structure and is quality built. I installed the OEM replacement and the flimsy plastic and "one size fits all" philosophy works against you in your effort to install and seal it for the long term without cracking the plastic. If Airstream is listening, I think they could remove one of their common maintenance and warranty issues if they just spec'd or offered Maxims in production. As far as Sonoma goes, Jah Mon! I'm a midwest boy (Minnesota) transplanted to NYC for 25 years. We've been out here 7years and we ain't lookin' back! What a beautiful and bountiful place!

Hope to meet you in any case when you return to Sonoma.

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everyone comments that the screws were installed too tight. Maybe, but just as likely that it is simply the wrong way to install. There is about a 300% difference in the expansion rates of aluminum and the plastic. If you screw it down through holes like they do it will fail. Notice that in the Maxim construction the plastic can expand (it is not restrained except by the gasket). Just saying that it is not necessarily the installers fault at Airstream.
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Your're right, Its just a weak design waiting (or destined) to fail.

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Hey BigAl:

How are ya! Not to hijack the thread, but I think we met at the Dogwood & Bluegrass rally in KY a few years ago! Cooking anything in the DO lately?
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If the stock skylights are polycarbonate, the right way to put them in is to
drill oversized holes significantly larger than the fastener... and use a rubber washer & polyurethane caulk to prevent leaks. If the factory is driving them with self drilling screws w/o a necked down area under the head they will run into problems w/ expansion.

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Well, today is the day. The AS will have it's 7th birthday this spring and leaks are showing up in several locations after a long winter outdoors. I am not sure if the skylight is causing one of them, but, if I am going to work the roof for resealing, I might as well do the upgrade at the same time.

Question: Have any of you seen the skylight leak into the wall of the AS rather than just filling on top of the flat plastic skylight inner panel? I am seeing water on the horizontal wood piece inside the bath medicine cabinet. The vinyl padded ceiling ends at that location and I am of the opinion that water is getting between the padding and the ceiling. The water is only appearing directly in line with the skylight.
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I replaced our skylight with the Maxim 2 years ago after seeing water dripping from one of the halogen ceiling lights. When I pulled the light out, the insulation was wet so it appears the water was getting in there and spreading throughout the ceiling.
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Thanks, SilverCottage,

It's been raining here every day so I can't get up on the roof, but I did get out the ladder and look at it from a distance. I think I can see some deteriorating sealer around the edge as well as the usual cracking of the skylight. I have no water in the skylight itself though.

Ordered the Maxims yesterday. Bronze, clear,clear with clear anodized frame. Should be here next week.
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I replaced both my skylights with the maxim skylights and couldn't be happier with their quality. I also had a leak in my bathroom though I have a 27FB. Turns out it was the black tank vent's sealant that had cracked and was allowing water to leak in during heavy rain. I scrapped off the old sealant, cleaned the area with acetone, and resealed it with silkiflex. No leaks now. There are several threads on the black and grey tank vents that came from the factory with crappy sealant jobs. Mine was a 2009 and only lasted two years before it started to leak.
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Thanks, FLMarine,

My vent pipe is on the opposite side of the trailer than the leak, so I don't think that's it.
What's the general consensus relative to sealer vs. Eternabond for roof to vent/skylight sealing? 2" or 4"?
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