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Old 06-01-2013, 07:46 AM   #1
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Unhappy Sky Light

Broken skylight. Picked up trailer and found that sky light had just blown completely off. Any help or suggestions?
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:08 AM   #2
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Original Airstream sky lights are notorious for leaks and cracking. The best replacement skylight that most people have switched to is the Maxim produced in Texas. There are some good threads on the Forum to describe the replacement procedure but it is pretty simple once you have removed the old calking around the attached curb below your original. The people that produce the Maxim skylight are very experienced with airstream. Give Liz a call at 888-222-4898, tell her your AS year and model and she can give you the details on what you will need. You will not be disappointed in this durable product available in multiple finishes and color of the dome lenses. We went with Bronze/clear/clear on our front skylight and bronze/bronze/clear on the skylight near the bedroom to reduce light transmission. You won't be disappointed and the install is easily done.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:37 AM   #3
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What Wolverine said!

Maxims don't leak and the trailer is much cooler as their insulation properties are excellent!

Here's a picture of mine this morning.

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Old 06-01-2013, 09:02 AM   #4
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Rain hitting the skylights is very loud. Is there a way to sound insulate them?
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:27 AM   #5
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Angry 'git right back to the dealer...

Good luck on getting AS to pay for a Maxim on a 2013 trailer.

Just me... but I would get it fixed under warranty and replace with an upgrade the next time around.

Important right now...get the hole covered!!!

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Old 06-01-2013, 11:59 AM   #7
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Good luck on getting AS to pay for a Maxim on a 2013 trailer.

Just me... but I would get it fixed under warranty and replace with an upgrade the next time around.

Important right now...get the hole covered!!!

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I agree if Airstream will cover the total costs of repairs. If not you will be money ahead to install Maxims now because the factory replacements don't usually last very long. It's a shame that Airstreams don't install quality skylights in the first place. The originals are only slightly thicker than the plastic cartons that you buy with produce in your grocery store. The maxims are built to withstand hail and they are constructed in a way that can't leak. If Airstream will cover the immediate replacement and labor, I would still get info from Maxim because you will be needing one sooner than you think. When you read the forum, it is amazing how many AS's newer than 3 years old are replacing their originals with Maxims. If you want to replace right now, tell Liz your situation and they will put a rush on it for you so you can get one in about a week.
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What Wolverine said!

Maxims don't leak and the trailer is much cooler as their insulation properties are excellent!

Here's a picture of mine this morning.

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Brad,

Are those skylights in the picture clear or are they tinted?
I like the way they look. I also noticed you have metal vent pipes. They look better than the plastic in my opinion.
Did you install them and do they work as well as the plastic?
Please provide details. When I eventually change ot the skylights I'll upgrade to the metal vents too!
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I was lucky. My factory skylight lasted 6 years before it started leaking. I replaced it with a Maxim. The ordering process was simple, Liz was very helpful and knowledgable about the size I needed, given the skylight location and year model of trailer. The Maxim was an easy install job. I installed it myself, took me about 4 hours. Most of that 4 hours was spent cleaning up the old sealant from the original install. I'm NOT mechanically inclined, but as stated earlier, it was an easy install job. Like most, I chose the bronze, clear, clear. Judging by the way the Maxim skylight is built, I don't anticipate having to replace it for 15-20 years.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:41 PM   #10
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Rain hitting the skylights is very loud. Is there a way to sound insulate them?
I reckon I could. My wife has some in the trailer so she doesn't have to hear me snore...
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My Maxim's have 3 layers. Frames are welded aluminum, powder coated your choice of color, and I did not hear the hail hitting our AS last night at the Texas Rally..
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Brad,

Are those skylights in the picture clear or are they tinted?
I like the way they look. I also noticed you have metal vent pipes. They look better than the plastic in my opinion.
Did you install them and do they work as well as the plastic?
Please provide details. When I eventually change ot the skylights I'll upgrade to the metal vents too!
Hi Bluto,

My Maxims are white frames, clear outer and frosted inner. With the Ocean Breeze interior we think more light is best. Also with the frost you get nice even light from sunup to sundown. Even without the tint they are much much cooler (well insulated) than the originals. The only downside is that I can't see directly if the TV antenna is up or down. Regarding the metal tank vents, I did purchase and install them and detailed with pictures in the plumbing vent covers thread. I can't pull thread links on the ipad. I'll repost links when I get to computer. If you get impatient search the forums for "plumbing vent covers".

They seem to work OK so far and they are aluminum. Andy R. mentioned that he still has the original square metal versions which would be another option.

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Here's the plumbing vent cover thread:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f478...ml#post1257454
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Here's the plumbing vent cover thread:
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Nicely done. Thanks. The timing is perfect for me.

Now about the skylights. I like the frost idea and the added light. Maybe the clear the whole way thru would be a good option for me for star gazing. I'll just have to decide. I'll probably do these projects this Fall or Winter so I have some time to figure out what I want.
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