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Old 09-07-2010, 08:22 PM   #29
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Kevin,

Thanks for the great instructions. I was up on the roof today to replace the a/c cover and wondered what I was going to do about the skylight mess!! Thanks again!
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I see that they have offices in both Florida and Texas. Do you know where Liz is located?
The Florida location is a warehouse that services the building industry. You will want to work with the Texas location.

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Great Instructions

Today I completed the job of replacing both skylights on my 2005 Classic. Your instructions and photos were excellent. I followed them to the letter and am very satisfied with the results.
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Today I completed the job of replacing both skylights on my 2005 Classic. Your instructions and photos were excellent. I followed them to the letter and am very satisfied with the results.

Gavin ...

I see that you have the same model of trailer that I do, and at the end of last year we noticed a couple drops of water from our skylight at the front of the camper. A couple of questions for you.

1. What kind of caulk did you use?
2. How did you get up on the roof to do the repairs? Did you just use a step ladder?
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Gavin ...

I see that you have the same model of trailer that I do, and at the end of last year we noticed a couple drops of water from our skylight at the front of the camper. A couple of questions for you.

1. What kind of caulk did you use?
2. How did you get up on the roof to do the repairs? Did you just use a step ladder?
Hi,

Kevin says in post #7 that he used 3M Marine 5200.

I used Sashco 10010 Big Stretch Gray Caulk

Sashco 10010 Big Stretch Gray Caulk - AZ Partsmaster


I am not sure how Kevin got onto the roof. When we replaced ours, we used a 12 foot step ladder and stepped carefully over to the roof while the bottom of the step ladder was held in place by another person.

There are many threads about getting onto the roof and how to behave once there.

Here are a couple.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f478...roof-8178.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f478...ing-37397.html

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Kevin:

Thanks for the information. We have an '05 classic and like most, we (luckily) found out the domes were over torqued, and had them replaced in warranty, will have to make another trip topside to see if they were "over screwed" (pun intended) also when it gets warmer. Why did you pick the Maxim skylights? I need to replace the fantastic fan in the lav., and I believe your information will be of great use, thanks

Regards, Terry
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Today I completed the job of replacing both skylights on my 2005 Classic. Your instructions and photos were excellent. I followed them to the letter and am very satisfied with the results.
Hi Gavin,

We have the same model AS as yours I believe - 2005 Classic 30 and so while I realize there is no guarantee, I would think our skylights "should" be the same size!

I do have a few dimensions of our skylights that I took last summer as I was thinking then about replacement. At the time I took the dimensions, my thoughts were to probably just get new ones "in kind" from AS so I maybe didn't measure as accurately as I could have done and I didn't actually take detailed curb dimensions.

Now, our trailer is buried in snow and not a good time to go up on the roof!

We are planning to go to Arizona next month though and I was thinking about stopping at the Maxim place in Dallas, and if they are willing, have them go up top and measure what they need so there is no error and then if it wouldn't take too long, stay in the Dallas area for a few days while they make me up a set. I will call Dave in Dallas to see if this is practical.

From what Ken says, they won't install, but that's ok, at least I would know they are made properly and there would be no shipping cost.

If don't want to do that, maybe I can get back up on the roof when we get to Dallas and take some more measurements myself.

In the meanwhile, I am just wondering if you have any curb dimensions, length, width, thickness of curb & height of curb?

It might serve as a cross check on the measurements that I have.

From the measurements that I do have it looks as though the
curb outside dimensions of the two skylights on my trailer should be about:

16 7/8" x 24 1/2"

and

21 5/8" x 21 5/8"

The width of curb looks to be about 1", and I didn't have a figure for the height. (maybe you have?)


I took these measurements with the existing (cracked!) skylights still in place and just tried to measure back in under the skylight and subtract from the overall plastic skylight width in order to get the curb size, so my figures could be off a little I would hope no more than an eight on an inch or so!


If you did have any dimensions, it might help to corroborate the figures that I have - or maybe convince me I need to get back up there and double check!


If you would prefer to reply off the forum, I'd really appreciate it if you could shoot me an email at bricon1@cogeco.ca

From what I see in the drawing that was posted on the forum, It seems as though Maxim give you nominally about 1/4" oversize all around when they manufacture these, so unless dimensions are way off here shouldn't be a problem.



Many thanks ................. Brian
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I used Sashco 10010 Big Stretch Gray Caulk

Sashco 10010 Big Stretch Gray Caulk - AZ Partsmaster


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Ken ... Thanks for the idea about the caulk. I would think having a brand that would remain flexible would be a great idea of a trailer going down the road.
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Kevin:

Thanks for the information. We have an '05 classic and like most, we (luckily) found out the domes were over torqued, and had them replaced in warranty, will have to make another trip topside to see if they were "over screwed" (pun intended) also when it gets warmer. Why did you pick the Maxim skylights? I need to replace the fantastic fan in the lav., and I believe your information will be of great use, thanks

Regards, Terry
Hi Terry,

I selected initially selected Maxim as they were one a the few that would even talk to me about doing a custom skylight, even for an Airstream... Most laughed as soon as they heard my application and/or didn't even know what an Airstream was. I then decided on them after talking to David (the owner there) and his knowledge and guidance about what could and couldn't be done was phenomenal. After that call, I knew that the product I was ordering was backed by great customer service and knowledgeable folks.

The options for colors (tint) / materials / and thermal insulated layers are also offered by no other skylight manufacturer willing to make them for an RV that I am aware of....

Remember, these are residential / commercial grade hurricane rated units....traveling 65MPH on a regular basis sounds like hurricane winds to me. How many folks have had their "factory" skylights blow right off during transit (even with the new double stick tape material they use)?

I also have an tendency to over engineer things, and for something as critical as this, I wanted as much over-engineering as I could get. This things is WAY over-engineered and I have full confidence that I'll leak in a vent, window or seam before my skylights will ever leak.

Don't just take my word for it. I think since the time of my posting to now, Maxim has made about 60 replacement skylights for Airstreams. I'm sure others who have replaced theirs would chime in and share similar sentiments.
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Hi Gavin,

We have the same model AS as yours I believe - 2005 Classic 30 and so while I realize there is no guarantee, I would think our skylights "should" be the same size!

I do have a few dimensions of our skylights that I took last summer as I was thinking then about replacement. At the time I took the dimensions, my thoughts were to probably just get new ones "in kind" from AS so I maybe didn't measure as accurately as I could have done and I didn't actually take detailed curb dimensions.
......

In the meanwhile, I am just wondering if you have any curb dimensions, length, width, thickness of curb & height of curb?

It might serve as a cross check on the measurements that I have.

From the measurements that I do have it looks as though the
curb outside dimensions of the two skylights on my trailer should be about:

16 7/8" x 24 1/2"

and

21 5/8" x 21 5/8"

The width of curb looks to be about 1", and I didn't have a figure for the height. (maybe you have?)


I took these measurements with the existing (cracked!) skylights still in place and just tried to measure back in under the skylight and subtract from the overall plastic skylight width in order to get the curb size, so my figures could be off a little I would hope no more than an eight on an inch or so!


If you did have any dimensions, it might help to corroborate the figures that I have - or maybe convince me I need to get back up there and double check!


Many thanks ................. Brian
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ +

The actual measurements on our 2006 model year 30 ft. Classic are:

Forward skylight opening: 22" x 22" outside dimensions
0.75" curb width
1.375" curb height

Aft skylight opening: 24.75" x 17" outside dimensions
0.75" curb width
1.375" curb height

The outside dimensions above would become the inside, or clearance, dimensions for theskylight assembly, with a small allowance added for fit purposes.

I doubt that Airstream closely controls these tolerances, so there is very likely considerable variation from trailer to trailer. The corner angles on my skylight openings were not exact 90 degree angles.
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This is the original drawing sent to me by Maxim before we discovered my 2010 curbs were larger. The skylight frame inside dimensions should be 1/4 inch larger than the curb outside dimensions.

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Many thanks guys for the dimensional info.

I have also written to AS to see if they can provide specs for my model AS from engineering dwgs.

But as Nickmeloy suggests, AS may not control things all that well! I suppose it isn't like dimensions you might get with respect to an automobile by the nature of the manufacturing process of an AS!

If I can't convince myself with my own info plus what I can glean from you kind folks that I can be confident in the dimensions, then I am thinking I will call Maxim and see if it might be possible to visit their shop in Dallas with my trailer, have them take the dimensions they need - and then if feasible, hang around Dallas-Fort Worth for a few days while they make up the skylights.

We were planning to make stops at Austin and San Antonio for a few days each on our way to Arizona next month anyway, so Dallas would be right on the route - much as I don't really like large cities!

I see there is an Airstream Park at Hillsboro about an hour or so south of Dallas so maybe we could stay there for a few days if Maxim would be able to make the skylights up in that sort of time frame!

Thanks again guys - I'll put all the info I have together and see what it tells me!

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If I can't convince myself with my own info plus what I can glean from you kind folks that I can be confident in the dimensions, then I am thinking I will call Maxim and see if it might be possible to visit their shop in Dallas with my trailer, have them take the dimensions they need - and then if feasible, hang around Dallas-Fort Worth for a few days while they make up the skylights.
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I see there is an Airstream Park at Hillsboro about an hour or so south of Dallas so maybe we could stay there for a few days if Maxim would be able to make the skylights up in that sort of time frame!

Thanks again guys - I'll put all the info I have together and see what it tells me!

Brian.
Two thoughts on your skylights.
It is unlikely that Maxim will install the skylights for you, but you could ask.
Fabricate (cut) a plywood sheet that will completely cover each of the openings where the skylights currently exist. It will probably take about a week (3 to 5 working days) to get skylights from Maxim, so use these two pieces of plywood to cover the openings while you wait. Attach them with some sheet metal screws and use any readily available gasketing material from Lowes or Home Depot between the plywood and the top of the curb.

Hope this helps.
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