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Old 12-22-2018, 05:53 PM   #1
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Are they skylights or just vents?

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Our "semi-new-to-us 1970 Ambassador has some sort of reflective silver paint/coating over the roof that is now wearing off and exposing a yellow layer (primer?) underneath.

The ONLY things that did not get this treatment are the antenna, the air conditioning plastic and the forward-most operable cueing vent.

That vent has a translucent plastic piece on the roof. Is there a chance that the other vents (I think there are two more, but maybe just one) have plastic "lids" too -- or are they metal?


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Old 12-22-2018, 06:21 PM   #2
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Hi All,
Our "semi-new-to-us 1970 Ambassador has some sort of reflective silver paint/coating over the roof that is now wearing off and exposing a yellow layer (primer?) underneath.

The ONLY things that did not get this treatment are the antenna, the air conditioning plastic and the forward-most operable cueing vent.

That vent has a translucent plastic piece on the roof. Is there a chance that the other vents (I think there are two more, but maybe just one) have plastic "lids" too -- or are they metal?


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I'm guessing the one that's translucent is a later addition. The early 70s roof-vent lids were aluminum.
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:47 PM   #3
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Hi David,
Wow... everything looks original on this coach. I wonder if the other vent lids can be switched to the translucent plastic. I like the extra light...


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I'd consider going to the extreme and putting in a Fantastic Fan or a Maxx fan. They act as skylights and provide temperature control. MUCH more work but it might be worth it.
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Hi David,
Wow... everything looks original on this coach. I wonder if the other vent lids can be switched to the translucent plastic. I like the extra light...


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Vintage Trailer Supply sells a translucent lexan lid that fits. I swapped the front and back vent for Maxxfans, but left the center semi-original as a skylight/vent. Swapped with a lexan lid, removed the light fixture, and found a 60s vent screen to finish it off. Worked out nicely. Really like the extra light.
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Hi Man, TheG's,
Thanks very much for your replies! I didn't realize that some of the fans also had translucent lids -- that is really "cool" :-)

I think I will go that route. Do either of you have a place that you recommend for finding these? And the few that I've seen online are 14 inches square. Does that fit, or are there fans in all sizes, or ?


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Personally I prefer Maxx Fan vents. They have a slightly bigger footprint but can be left open in the rain or on the road. With Maxx Fan or Fantastic Fan you will need to make some minor modifications to the hole in the roof.

I recommend painting the roof white with a reflective paint such as Bus Kote. I will make a noticeable reduction in the interior summer temps in the trailer. In 1970 Airstream did not paint the roof so this was aftermarket. The yellow paint you spoke of is probably a primer.
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Hi Lu,
Thanks very much ! I think I will go with the MaxxAir and the coating for the roof, as recommended. I will have the interior panels out, so wiring will be a bit easier.

I have not gone out to measure, but it sounds as if the 14 x 14 inch fan will work (with a small amount of modification?)...

I appreciate the guidance. Air forums is full of great people with a lot of hands-on expertise, and I am grateful to know that there are people that are willing to share their experiences !


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Personally I prefer Maxx Fan vents. They have a slightly bigger footprint but can be left open in the rain or on the road. With Maxx Fan or Fantastic Fan you will need to make some minor modifications to the hole in the roof.

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It's worth pointing out here that there are 2 styles of Maxx Fan vents. The MaxxFan and MaxxFan Plus are similar in style and operation to the Fantastic Fans that Airstream uses and don't have any special advantage in the rain. The MaxxFan Deluxe is the one that works in a way that lets you leave it open in most rain storms.
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Hi DK,
Thanks for the post. Another good option. Right now I am still leaning towards the MaxxFan... without the added shroud.


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Fantastic vent "Ultra Breeze" covers are designed so you can leave the vent open all the time. BTW, they have rain sensors that closes them automatically. However, with the Ultra covers you don't need that feature.
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Hi Gus,
Sorry to take so long to respond. Our kid is on break from school, and I have not been as active on the forum -- my apologies.

I am going to check out all of the different options, including your suggestion. It is amazing that people will take time out of their day to offer up their experiences and advice. Thanks again!


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