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Old 10-09-2008, 06:27 PM   #1
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Skylight Screws Overtightened causing Cracks

Discovered that I had a leak coming from the skylight after the last two heavy rains we had. When I got on a ladder to take a close look , I found that the screws securing the skylight had been torqued down to tight causing cracks on almost all of them. There was also a crack in at least one corner. I called the dealer and they said that they've had a number of new Airstreams back in for the same problem. Might be a good idea if you have a relatively new Airstream to take a good look at your skylight. Mine took over a year to start leaking and you have to look closely at the screws because all the caulk they use to cover the screw heads hides the cracks somewhat.
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Old 10-09-2008, 07:05 PM   #2
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Does that mean they will fix?
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Old 10-09-2008, 08:59 PM   #3
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Had the same problem and both were fixed under warranty.
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:04 PM   #4
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I better check my skylight when I wax the camper this weekend. If it were not for this blog I would not have had the tank vent hole properly covered and sealed, under warranty.
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Unfortunately mine didn't start leaking until 3 months after the warranty expired. Yes it was cracked at the screw.

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Old 10-10-2008, 01:13 PM   #6
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Received a new skylight from Colonial today,via UPS with stainless screws and rubber grommets. I'll do the replacement myself. Hows that for a fast response? I just called them yesterday!!
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:00 AM   #7
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Cracked in Palm Springs

We have had our 2005 34' for going 2 years. I bought it on consignment in Spokane,WA. GREAT DEALER,SERVICE DEPT. Unfortunately though it rained here in Palm Springs for the first time in 2 years. During a pretty good down pour we noticewd a drip coming from the living room skylight. (Damn) The following day the sun returned and I climbed up to check, sure enough the skylight was cracked at every screw hole and broken from fatigue the entire length across the front and back. I applied some silicone sealer to it and crossed my fingers. Now a week later it set a record yesterday for rain here in the valley 2"+ in a 24 hour period. We got our drip back and now the wall beside the dinette and the floor by the front door were wet. I had known of the problem from the first incident so I started searching the forum for help. I found it in the form of The Out of doors Mart. Here is a link to their store Out-of-Doors Mart Very good store and great web page for Airstream owners. I ordered the Skylight kit and plan on replacing it as soon as it arrives.
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:53 AM   #8
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We have had our 2005 34' for going 2 years. I bought it on consignment in Spokane,WA. GREAT DEALER,SERVICE DEPT. Unfortunately though it rained here in Palm Springs for the first time in 2 years. During a pretty good down pour we noticewd a drip coming from the living room skylight. (Damn) The following day the sun returned and I climbed up to check, sure enough the skylight was cracked at every screw hole and broken from fatigue the entire length across the front and back. I applied some silicone sealer to it and crossed my fingers. Now a week later it set a record yesterday for rain here in the valley 2"+ in a 24 hour period. We got our drip back and now the wall beside the dinette and the floor by the front door were wet. I had known of the problem from the first incident so I started searching the forum for help. I found it in the form of The Out of doors Mart. Here is a link to their store Out-of-Doors Mart Very good store and great web page for Airstream owners. I ordered the Skylight kit and plan on replacing it as soon as it arrives.
I believe that's the same skylight as you already have.

We are the only company that makes the after market skylights that use different materials, and that have a thermal barrier, as well as being twice as thick.

Part of the problems with the original skylights is that they are too thin, and the material breaks down in the sun. Replacing them with the factory unit, asks for the same problems again, but down the road.

We suggested way back that Airstream change the design, but, it' still the same.

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