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Old 01-26-2016, 06:38 AM   #253
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Maxim skylights sound wonderful. Our 2008 25' Safari has leaks - I have appointment to get recaulked/resealed at the airstream dealer. Just realized it's a perfect time to replace the skylight which is probably part of the problem, not to mention it's cloudy and ugly.

Im a newbie so forgive if this is silly question/concern.

Everyone has said how lightweight and flimsy the OEM skylights are. Liz at Maxim said the Maxims weigh about 21 pounds. I wonder if maybe that's why Airstream uses the lightweight skylights, i.e. to keep the overall weight of trailer less? Being a newbie I'm concerned about keeping the load light, since everything weight wise can add up faster than you think.

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Does anyone know about how much the OEM skylights weigh?
For those who have had Maxims a while, how are they maintaining their clarity?
For those who have the bronze, clear, clear Maxims, are you able to see stars at night through them?

Airstream uses the flimsy skylights for one reason, they are cheap! We've installed Maxim skylights on the last three Airstreams we've owned, and they are great.
They're easy to install, they don't leak, and they don't cloud over...

For whatever it's worth,

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Old 01-27-2016, 11:53 AM   #254
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Thank you everyone who answered, I really appreciate it. I am sold on getting the Maxim!

There are a lot of choices- the glazing colors and order they're in, and the frame finishes. I'm leaning to bronze/clear/clear, but grey might be nice too (couch is grey and aluminum walls) I just want to make sure to be able to see the stars.
Does anyone have a photo of grey/clear/clear, and the mill finish frame?
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Old 01-27-2016, 02:27 PM   #255
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Thank you everyone who answered, I really appreciate it. I am sold on getting the Maxim!

There are a lot of choices- the glazing colors and order they're in, and the frame finishes. I'm leaning to bronze/clear/clear, but grey might be nice too (couch is grey and aluminum walls) I just want to make sure to be able to see the stars.
Does anyone have a photo of grey/clear/clear, and the mill finish frame?
In your case, I would think the gray would be nice to complement your interior. I chose bronze as I have hickory wood, beige walls, and beige ultraleather and carpet. Bronze gives those tone a nice warm light bath.
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:50 PM   #256
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Thanks Rich, Grey does sound logical with the grey and aluminum inside. But I also like the idea of a little warmth from bronze. Post #116 has photos of both BCC and BBC, which is helpful. The bronze in BCC (1st photo of the living area) isn't really noticeable, but it might not be as accurate as it really looks. I actually thought that photo was of an all clear skylight.
I wish Maxim had more photos....
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:15 AM   #257
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Dear asv2, thank you for your interest in Maxim Skylights. I hope I can help with a few responses. Liz provided you with the shipping weight (including the packaging) but the actual weight is approx 15 lbs for the 22.25" X 22.25" and the 17.25" X 25.25" is slightly less. (We are using a large commercial scale so this is why the approx) The clarity will be maintained best if you are careful when cleaning the polycarbonate outer dome and innermost flat panel. We recommend "soap and water" but I realize that may sound too "safe". So I have attached cleaning guidelines from the polycarbonate manufacturer. Please keep in mind polycarbonate while virtually unbreakable is soft and rubbing will leave swirl marks. So this is why a lot off water is helpful and light rubbing. And finally, please let us send you samples of the glazing colors available. We have 8X11 samples that may help you in your choice. Many regards, David - Maxim Skylights
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:22 AM   #258
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Dear Airstream friends, we do get many requests for installed pictures so if you would not mind passing the word along, we would love to have pictures before, during and after to share. We are updating our website gallery which is currently limited and mainly shows our residential and commercial skylights. We sure would appreciate your help and pictures can be sent to david@maximskylights.com

We appreciate all the support from you and please also feel free to offer suggestions. This skylight started with Kevin Li looking for help with his Bambi asking "is it possible to" and here we are today. Many regards, David
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:41 AM   #259
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David, your support has been great and I commend you for nurturing and developing this niche market.
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Old 01-29-2016, 10:07 AM   #260
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David, Thank you very much for all the information. I will email you to see about getting samples. That will help enormously. And another thank you to Kevin Li for starting this and all his great details in his step by step instructions!
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Old 02-24-2016, 04:07 PM   #261
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We put the Maxim frosted white lenses above the bathroom in the Classic. That is their best light diffuser for inside light and block the most heat gain. We used the middle bronze tint for the front unit and you can see the stars at night through it. We also put the frosted white on the 23D as there was only single skylight.
I'm planning on having my stock skylights replaced in May. I like the idea of the Clear-Frosted White-Clear in the front bath/bedroom area for sunlight and for heat gain.

In the rear living area the heat gain is the most due to all the windows. Would I get a noticeable change in the heat gain if I went with the C-FW-C in the rear also? I don't really need to look up at the stars through the skylight. The only thing I might miss was being able to see the TV antenna.
For those with the C-B-C or B-C-C do you feel a lot of heat through the skylight and then have to use your sliding shade?

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Old 02-24-2016, 08:35 PM   #262
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I installed clear Maxim skylights front and rear in our 28ft three years ago.No noticeable heat gain.


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Old 02-25-2016, 07:29 AM   #263
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We selected the Maxim mill aluminum frames for both trailer installations since the trailer is silver. Being shorter than a lot of folks at 5' 5" on a good day, I can not see the Maxim frames from the ground. I thought anything painted or anodized is just something else to have issues with in the future.

Like mentioned above in a prior post, we selected the clear bonze version for the Classic (has Hickory wood cabinets and a orange color based Marmoleum flooring) kitchen/living area and have been pleased with the results. The inside light seems softer on the eyes in bright sunlight.
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What is the vote for frames? I was going to go with the white frames since the roof is white.

Also, is there an advantage in light or heat gain in having the outside lens Clear vs Bronze or frosted white? I would think having the tinted lens on the outside and then two clear lens below might block the heat better than having the tinted lens between the outside and inside lenses.

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I did a white frame and like it.
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My skylights have a white frame with clear, clear, clear lenses. There is very little heat gain (at least I do not notice any) during the heat of the day. I did notice one day when the sun was hitting the corners of lenses just right in the early morning, there was some magnification concentrating the light on the kitchen counter. It only lasted a few minutes since the sun continued to move, just long enough to warm the surface.

I'm extremely pleased with the Maxim Skylights. Mine have been installed 2 years. They still look new.
I really like the amount of light and the view from the clear lenses.
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