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Old 12-14-2008, 12:07 PM   #1
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Skylight Dome Leak

I just noticed I have a sheet of ice and water under the skylight dome and above the skylight on my 2006 Classic 25'. To the best of my search no water has infiltrated in the camper.
I plan on ordering the Out-of-Door Marts dome replacement first thing tomorrow.
Can I safely leave the water where it is until I get replacement kit or should I:
1. immediately remove the dome & remove and the ice and water.
2. replace old dome and cover with heavy plastic?

I am going up to check on the dome now.
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Old 12-14-2008, 01:31 PM   #2
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Andy, thanks for the info on the dome. I will keep it in mind.
I just got all the screws out. There are long and short micro cracks all along the flange of the dome. What a piece of crap. It is in the low 40's here on Long Island. It will take a lot of work with a heat gun to warm up the caulking that is sealing/holding the dome to the frame.
I will lower the nose of the camper with the electric jacket and drill a small hole in the front of the dome. Then I'll insert a small plastic tube and drain the as much of the water I can out.
Next step is to caulk over all the cracks, replace the screws, caulk them. Last will be to place a piece of heavy duty trash bag over the dome and secure it anyway I can.
Anyone have any other ideas to accomplish this temporary repair??

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Old 12-14-2008, 03:39 PM   #3
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We have ants in ours; dead ants I hope . So I can take the skylight apart????? maybe dump the ants????

How did this happen? I thought the skylight was sealed.
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Old 12-14-2008, 04:42 PM   #4
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Mine is at the dealer for new skylights as I write. Cracks around most of the contact points causing a couple of leaks. Had to emergently caulk after a rain storm while camping.
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Old 12-14-2008, 07:08 PM   #5
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Kistler,

Since you are in AZ you should not have a problem unscrewing the dome and breaking the seal of caulking underneath. I would replace it with the unit that Andy sells and make or get the brackets that Out of Doors Mart sells.
If I had to repair it on the road the way Tom did I would use 100 MPH tape(tape used in the military to patch bullet holes and any thing else on aircraft) over all the screws. It would be faster and if the surface was properly clean prior to putting the tape on it would last a while.
I always have a my 'TeleStep' ladder with me, so getting on the roof is not an issue.
The amusing thing is that I was going to replace the dome in the spring with a better quality one. But 'Ole Murphy' had to step in make me work on this cold blustery day.

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Old 12-14-2008, 09:08 PM   #6
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I had the same problem with my 2006 25' Classic. If you look at where the factory installed the screws,there are most likely cracks because of over tightening. I called the dealer and was sent a new skylight under warranty. If you install a new skylight buy some flat aluminum strips (sold at HD or Lowes) and cut to size to form a border around the top lip of the skylight to screw through. This will prevent cracking ,where water can gain egress.
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:27 PM   #7
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I've had leaks in my rear center bath skylight and the front skylight. The rear was under warranty and all that was needed was a removal, clean the area, reinstall and caulk.

The front was different and was a crack. The dealer replaced that, no warranty at that point. His feeling was the screw was over torqued at the point of the crack.

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Old 12-15-2008, 04:37 AM   #8
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I had a couple of long cracks on the side of dome closest to the AC. These cracks were by far the main culprit. Also the usual cracks around the screws were present. My camper is still under warranty (purchased new 05/07). If the dealer sends me a new dome, why would I want to install the same garbage on my camper. I'll order a better quality one and use metal strips to hold it down.
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"I always have a my 'TeleStep' ladder with me, so getting on the roof is not an issue."

I had to borrow an 8' campground ladder to make my skylight repairs. They were not real keen on lending it. I too, never travel without my fold up ladder after that experience.

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I had a couple of long cracks on the side of dome closest to the AC. These cracks were by far the main culprit. Also the usual cracks around the screws were present. My camper is still under warranty (purchased new 05/07). If the dealer sends me a new dome, why would I want to install the same garbage on my camper. I'll order a better quality one and use metal strips to hold it down.
Seems like the cracks appear, even with less than finger tight screws.

Not good.

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I've found that on both of my domes, the unit has cracked out around the screw holes. The only thing I have done is recaulk around the screws. So far I haven't had any leaks since I did that. The skylight unit itself ( white viny ) on the inside of the trailer is showing a lot of stress and some cracks so that will probably require a complete new unit eventually.

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skylights

We have the replacement skylights that are made differently, and thicker as well.

They have a thermal barrier.

http://www.inlandrv.com/catalog/imag...0-skylight.jpg

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