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Old 02-03-2013, 09:49 PM   #1
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Skylights: Like The Head Room / Hate The Light and Heat?

I've never been a big fan of skylights, especially in the summer heat or on those mornings we want to sleep late and want EVERYTHING blacked out. They do provide extra head room which is great, however in the summer they are like an oven in the bathroom or wherever they might be mounted. I have done this mod to every RV we've had, except for one where we ordered it without one.

Pictures of our process attached. Remove the inner panel, paint the top side of the inner panel with white spray paint, paint the inside of the outer dome with anything you please (In our case, tinted Stix primer, matched to the motorhome), fill the skylight with insulation and remount the inner panel. Presto, head room without the light or the heat in the summer. There was one picture I didn't attach but there is also a layer of the silver bubble wrap insulation taped to the inside of the inner panel. Somebody may have already done this, but thought I'd share for those that may be interested.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:41 PM   #2
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similar idea - RV insulation mods winter/summer DYI
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how's the moisture in yours? I would think the steam from the shower might impact it - how do you avoid that?
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Never had a problem with any moisture as it's sealed just like original. No way for it to get between the domes. This is the 5th one to have this same thing done, and never a problem with moisture. Gotta figure, you never see moisture in between the inner and outer domes if left "stock", so what I did wouldn't make any difference. I just filled the void between the 2. The air gap is designed to be the insulator, so I just replaced the air gap with the other stuff. In the Tiffin I just did the bubble insulation since the air gap was too small. On all the other roof vents, we've always used the 14x14 pillows from CW. They always fit good and we've had them for years. Next upgrade will be the upgrade kit for the bathroom vent. I saw they make a 3 speed version now. Last one I did only had 1 speed, but worked way better than the tiny original fan.
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cool - we'll have to compare roof vent insulations in march!
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:40 PM   #6
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Definitely. I'm sure we'll try to reserve something soon. Hope it's warm weather. I'm back home now so I've just about covered every inch of the motorhome and fixed most of my punch list. Still got a few items I'll leave for the dealer or FR this summer.
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I have to have this mod done to my Salem Cruise 221RBXL. I have the big corner stall but I am 6'2" and the ceiling comes in fast. I want the skylight for headroom. I like the idea of keeping the area cool by this mod. Just need to find out if my roof is capable of having a skylight installed. It was not on the list of available options. I wish I had stepped into the shower when I had my walk-through. Sometimes I do feel like a dumb-ass.
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I've never been a big fan of skylights, especially in the summer heat or on those mornings we want to sleep late and want EVERYTHING blacked out. They do provide extra head room which is great, however in the summer they are like an oven in the bathroom or wherever they might be mounted. I have done this mod to every RV we've had, except for one where we ordered it without one...
Accomplished a major heat & light reduction with a perforated alum screen over the skylight which works great. Inside pic was taken before adding the solid panel insert. Anchored the screen assy without screws by using Eternabond tape.
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Gregg, that's odd it didn't come with one. I can't recall ever seeing many RV's without a skylight. When we ordered our fifth wheel, we had it left out. I just wanted to minimize any roof penetrations or potential leaks. However, after using it a lot, I found myself bumping the ceiling, and I'm not tall. So, the next RV, we kept the skylight and did as shown above. I'd be willing to bet yours could have one put in. Wonder if FR would be willing to help out with how the ceiling joists are done in that model? Once you start cutting, obviously your committed, so I'd be dying to find out what was in the ceiling. Either way, it could be done with a little patience, a little cutting and framing a box. If it were me, I'd probably just dig in.
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Thanks for that idea OldCoot. Eternabond is almost as useful as duct tape. Never seen it done that way. Always good to stash back in the idea bank. If you like the light, that'd be the way to go. My wife doesn't like the light though, and I mean any light. Every window in the bedroom has the reflective insulation, then of course the skylight, plus the vents are all stuffed. It's totally black in the bedroom at any hour of the day. This was the first mod, per the wife.
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