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Old 09-20-2011, 05:10 PM   #99
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1 Maxim mounted , still some final sealing to do and on to the 2nd one. Hardest part was the cleaning an scrapping.
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:55 AM   #100
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Both Maxims are now mounted and they are so much nicer than the original Airstream ones. Best improvement we have made to the trailer.
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:04 AM   #101
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CTDAIR - THIS THREAD IS WORTHLESS WITHOUT PICS!

For those of you who have mounted the new skylight - do you have some sort of shade that can be pulled closed?

BTW - a heat gun can help with loosening up old sealant.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:02 AM   #102
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CTDAIR - THIS THREAD IS WORTHLESS WITHOUT PICS!

For those of you who have mounted the new skylight - do you have some sort of shade that can be pulled closed?

BTW - a heat gun can help with loosening up old sealant.
I don't know if all trailers are constructed the same, but on ours the shade is part of the interior and remains in place when the exterior of the sky light is replaced. The only thing that is replaced is the cheap plastic outer part of the skylight that is glued and/or screwed into place.

Did you read the whole thread? there are a lot of pictures especially in the early posts. The only things that are going to vary from one installation to another is the tint of the lexan and the color of the frame anodizing.

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Old 09-29-2011, 04:35 PM   #103
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Looks like my reply was already posted above as that was the same answer I was going to give.
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:28 PM   #104
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The weather was very nice this weekend so I decided to put one of the two Maxim skylights in. Tools used was my drill, two wire brush attachments for the drill, wire brush, scrapper, shop vac, broom, screw driver, ratchet with 10mm head, 10x1 1/4 self tapping hex screws, washers with neoprene, tin foil to cover the open skylight when stripping the old sealant, acetone, Sikaflex 715 sealant, and of course beer.

First thing was to pull off the old skylight, and wow it is cheap and flimsy.



Stripped out the old sealant with a scrapper and then used the drill with wire brush attachments to strip the majority of the old sealant off, it's big time saver.




Took a break to enjoy the view from the roof. I full time in Pensacola, FL.

After stripping everything I used blue painters tape to make everything a little neater. Spread sealant all over, and around where the screws will go.

Put the new skylight on top, the fit is perfect.

Everything is sealed, including the screws going into the side.


Picture from inside, the finished result. The light looks great, and the skylight now looks just nicer.



Pics of the front one to follow when the weather is nice again. Feel free to send a message if you want more info on the install.
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With the bronze skylight can you see the stars at night? Anyone do this in white or grey yet? And is the mill finish shown in the above pictures or is that the clear anodized?
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:37 PM   #106
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With the bronze skylight can you see the stars at night? Anyone do this in white or grey yet? And is the mill finish shown in the above pictures or is that the clear anodized?
There are three panels in the skylight. Each can be tinted as you wish. On ours, we have all 3 clear (no tint) So we can see the stars no problem. My idea is that if it is too bright in the day time, we can and do close the skylight shade. We also had the frame anodized silver, because we felt it better matched the other things on the roof. our solar panel frames are silver. There are other frame color options available.

One other difference with ours:
Because the original skylights in an Airstream have a flat bottom pane, they had been making all the replacements for Airstreams with a flat bottom pane. Most of the other skylights they make for other uses have all 3 panels domed. When they made ours they accidentally made all 3 domed. They offered to redo them, but I actually prefer them. They allow better access to clean around the inside edges.

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Old 10-07-2011, 11:14 PM   #107
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I can't see the majority of the stars with the tint, but if I want to look at stars I open the door and walk outside. To me since I am full timing in Northwest Florida I wanted to cut down on the heat coming into the trailer during the summer and cut down on the heat leaving during the winter. The difference is amazing compared to the stock during the day. Before, even with insulated foil taped in and the shade pulled the heat transferred inside was still high. Now I can leave the shade open during the day and the heat transfer is much much less than the stock skylight with the shade drawn and foil insulation.

The finish I got was the Mil finish since I thought it matched the Airstream the best.
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I can't see the majority of the stars with the tint, but if I want to look at stars I open the door and walk outside. To me since I am full timing in Northwest Florida I wanted to cut down on the heat coming into the trailer during the summer and cut down on the heat leaving during the winter. The difference is amazing compared to the stock during the day. Before, even with insulated foil taped in and the shade pulled the heat transferred inside was still high. Now I can leave the shade open during the day and the heat transfer is much much less than the stock skylight with the shade drawn and foil insulation.

The finish I got was the Mil finish since I thought it matched the Airstream the best.
Keep in mind, that a certain percentage of the decrease in heat transfer is due to the much thicker pane material and the volume of the two sealed dead air spaces. Maybe some bored physics major can figure what percentage each contributes. I could probably do it. I have a atmospheric sciences degree, but I also have a life.

I'm enough of a geek to think of this stuff but not enough of a one to actually try to calculate it.

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Old 10-08-2011, 06:53 PM   #109
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Exactly why I bought them. Can't say enough about the Maxims.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:08 PM   #110
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We bought the bronze/bronze/clear for the aft skylight in the hallway toward the bedroom in our 31' classic but wanted to see the light effect before ordering the one for the main living/kitchen area forward. The double bronze cast a brown hue when the light shone through, which is fine in the area closest to the bedroom. However, in the living area, I wanted more natural light, so ordered bronze/Clear/Clear. We installed it this weekend and I really like the effect. That is the beauty of the Maxims- tell them what you want, and they make it to your specs- you don't have to settle for what is on the shelf. The quality is superb and they are wonderful to deal with. I will post pictures to show the difference in light transmission when I get the right day to snap a shot....
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Waiting for my Maxim Bronze/Bronze/Clear w/ clear anodized frame. Pics of complete install to follow. I'm holding out the rain w/ an extendable pole and blue tarp cam strapped to the flashing- 3 inches today!
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:36 PM   #112
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Great thread guys.. I also plan on doing some replacements on my roof.. Good to learn in advance!
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