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Old 10-10-2014, 07:53 AM   #211
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If the sub frame of the skylight is caulked to the curb and not leaking why wouldn't you just replace the acrylic dome and reuse the retainer? That's all I do on residential installations when a dome fails.
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Maxim would be worried about air leaks between layers and condensation. That is what I was told while Maxim was resolving a warranty issue with me. They sent new assemblies. They don't endorse repairs to the sealed layers.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:11 AM   #212
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The OEM skylight is a single piece of thin acrylic, not worthy of any application, taped or caulked to the curb. The Maxim is a triple-glazed, well-designed dome within a strong frame. There may be others as well but anything is better than the OEM.
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:37 AM   #213
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I thought they were put together the same as the ones I used which were made in Canada. On mine there is a gasket on the bottom frame that the dome sits on. Therefore the dome is able to expand and contract independent of the frame. The two layers of acrylic are sealed to each other like a thermopane glass unit.
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Old 10-10-2014, 04:02 PM   #214
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A polishing thread from long ago showed a rally - where group polishing was happening. One of the best ideas ever? They had two box trucks - one on either side of an Airstream, and they just pulled the Airstream through while lying down on aluminum ladders with plywood covering them. Polish a foot or two, move the Airstream forward, continue, etc.

I know someone with a fleet of small box trucks. If I completely lose my mind and decide to upgrade my A/C myself and/or install a Maxim, and replace the the plastic shower and bath vents, and put Capt. Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure on every rivet on the roof.... I'm gonna borrow or rent them thar trucks!

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Old 10-10-2014, 04:07 PM   #215
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Great detailed post. Although the skylight in my 2014 International Signature doesn't leak, this and other posts about leaking skylights make me wonder if it is just a matter of time. Right now, I'm more interested in insulating my skylight from the intense sun/heat as I travel the west.
Thinking of just going to Home Depot and getting a 19"x19" piece of stiff styrofoam to stick above the accordion blind during the day. Are their better solutions?
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Sew a big elastic bordered shower cap made of prodex and put it on the roof whenever you camp. With luck and a stepladder you could probably snag it over the edges of the skylight with an awning hook. Getting it back off? Eh? The wind will take care of that.
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:06 AM   #216
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Maxim would be worried about air leaks between layers and condensation. That is what I was told while Maxim was resolving a warranty issue with me. They sent new assemblies. They don't endorse repairs to the sealed layers.
Exactly the same advice I got from Maxim.

As mentioned earlier, the condensation between the two dome layers did evaporate from mine but I was almost certain it would return So I tried to remove the entire assembly t replace it and found it was not going to be an easy task - I really do think that the only way I can get it off now will be to carefully cut the whole thing off piece by piece - probably will use one of those newer type oscillating saws with metal cutting blades, I have one and tried it on some scrap aluminum and I think it will do the job fine.

Since I know that will be a big job, I decided that for now I would really try to do a good caulking job on the skylight that is in place and see what happens.

I did that early last Spring and to date, the condensation has not returned.

I suspect it is only a matter of time though and am ready to go at it whenever I have to!

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Old 10-11-2014, 09:32 PM   #217
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We cut an oversized piece of Reflectix and put above the accordion shade. Works great and I can sleep in....
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I just purchased a Maxim from Out-of-Doors Mart. They suggested using double sided tape instead of caulking. Has anyone used tape instead of caulking?
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I asked Maxim about that and they do not recommend tape at all. They get some special stuff for their layers but they say you cannot get anything that will work as well as adhesive caulk.
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Cool Adding Maxim Slkylight to 2005 25" Safari

I am just beginning to replace the amazingly cheap skylight that Airstream installed. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?? Every screw hole was cracked I had water gushing in like a submarine with a screen door!!!. They had to see that??? I worked with Liz at Maxim and she was a dream to deal with. I am using Sikaflex-221 as my sealer. I have used it in the past and has great flexing properties. I really hope that Airstream is reaching out to this company to begin using their product as a standard on all the new trailers. Airstream please listen to your faithful customers.
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I am just beginning to replace the amazingly cheap skylight that Airstream installed. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?? Every screw hole was cracked I had water gushing in like a submarine with a screen door!!!. They had to see that??? I worked with Liz at Maxim and she was a dream to deal with. I am using Sikaflex-221 as my sealer. I have used it in the past and has great flexing properties. I really hope that Airstream is reaching out to this company to begin using their product as a standard on all the new trailers. Airstream please listen to your faithful customers.
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Maybe one could install one of the replaced Airstream skylights in the ceiling of the shower stall. Then every times it rains, the whole family could take a shower without diminishing the precious fresh water supply.

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