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Old 05-05-2014, 09:47 AM   #169
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Since the production is sold out six months, why would Airstream decrease their profit margins by installing quality skylights? Wait until you see inside the electric outlets. They make the cheapest units at a local discount store look like Military Spec.

We installed the Maxim frosted white over the bath area and a bronze unit in the living room.

Someone in your family must share my wife's paranoia about people climbing trees to look into the trailer through the skylights. I finally convinced her that the pull closed horizontal shades would discourage all but the most determined squirrels. I am one who enjoys the maximum natural light, so we went with the triple clear on both skylights.

There are a lot of cheap components in an Airstream, considering the abuse it takes while being towed. All the plastic latches and other hardware on drawers and doors come to mind. I would not buy those for my home and it doesn't even get dragged down the road.

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Old 05-05-2014, 10:17 PM   #170
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Someone in your family must share my wife's paranoia about people climbing trees to look into the trailer through the skylights. I finally convinced her that the pull closed horizontal shades would discourage all but the most determined squirrels. I am one who enjoys the maximum natural light, so we went with the triple clear on both skylights.

There are a lot of cheap components in an Airstream, considering the abuse it takes while being towed. All the plastic latches and other hardware on drawers and doors come to mind. I would not buy those for my home and it doesn't even get dragged down the road.

Ken
We like the clear/frosted/clear on both Maxims. No matter where the light is coming from, sunrise, sunset or high noon we get max light in the trailer with no glare. The temp transfer insulation quality is amazing, the trailer stays much cooler/warmer as required.

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Old 05-06-2014, 03:19 AM   #171
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The frosted white is the the Maxim best heat gain blocker per their specifications and also generates the most diffused light for in the bathroom area which is pretty dark with only one light fixture.
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:53 AM   #172
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One thing to add to this five-year old post is that just a thought- air conditioners were designed for humid climates. In a dry climate, if you raise the humidity in a space it should help the ac to work better.
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:38 AM   #173
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The frosted white is the the Maxim best heat gain blocker per their specifications and also generates the most diffused light for in the bathroom area which is pretty dark with only one light fixture.
My problem is probably that I spent the first 50 years of my life in western Washington. Now that I have escaped, I try to get the maximum light and/or sun available at all times. However I doubt that I will ever catch up.

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Old 05-12-2014, 06:35 AM   #174
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I finally took some time and did the the skylight project over the weekend.

I had the typical issues like everyone else - cracked, leaky skylight - a project way over due.

The old skylight. I caulked the screwheads about two years ago but I knew I was on borrowed time with this band-aid fix. When I removed the caulk the flange was cracked in several places.



Cracked flange



old caulking on skylight curb



When fitting up the new skylight I noticed it would not fit properly down onto the curb. Upon further inspection I noticed the welds on the curb and skylight welds were too thick to allow it to fit into place.
I used a metal file and metal burr on a Dremel to reshape the welds just enough for the skylight to fully slide down onto the curb





Here is the finished project.



Curb to skylight flange - Trempro (vulkem) caulking
Curb to roof caulking - Dyco C10 Flow Seal
Screws - 3/4" x #10 stainless steel screws with a dab of vulkem - inside and out.

The original skylight is a piece of junk - even when it was new. This is a necessary up-grade for any trailer with the original skylight.

Thanks again to Bambi-Bandit for doing the original legwork for this upgrade.
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Old 05-19-2014, 02:55 PM   #175
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Trying to gauge the best color combo before I order. Also I haven't seen this information in the is thread, so I'd like to provide the info that I have from Maxim regarding light and solar transmission [outer-middle-inner]:

Clear-Bronze-Clear: 25% light, 60% solar
Clear-Grey-Clear: 43% Light, 60% Solar
Bronze-Bronze-Clear: 7% Light, 36% Solar
Clear-Grey-Grey: 7% Light, 36 % Solar

Maxim says Bronze-Bronze and Grey-Grey are both too dark to see out of when not in direct sunlight. I don't want to overly darken the trailer but I want to cut the heat load as much as I can I'm leaning towards CGC after my discussion with them strictly due light quality.

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I am happy with CBC. I like the way the bronzed light plays off my particular interior color scheme.
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I like clear as you can see the stars.....
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We have Bronze / Clear / Clear, seems to work fine for us, not too dark, not to bright, just right ! Would chose the same combination again.

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We have Bronze / Clear / Clear, seems to work fine for us, not too dark, not to bright, just right ! Would chose the same combination again.

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Wingeezer,

Is the bronze layer the outermost one?

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I got clear/clear/clear. Happy so far.
One of my skylights has a big blob of pine sap on. How should I clean that? Mild detergent and water will not touch it.
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Alan,

Couple of thoughts,

- let it soak in WD-40?
- goo gone?
- automotive tar and sap remover?

I don't think any of these things would harm the plastic, but might be worth contacting Maxim to get their advice.

I would use only soft cloths as I think even paper shop towels might cause abrasion. Not sure, but better safe than sorry!


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Is the bronze layer the outermost one?

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Yes, that's right. Don't know if the order would make much difference though. perhaps slightly less heat transmission with the bronze outermost?

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