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Old 07-10-2018, 02:47 PM   #21
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I cut a piece of styrofoam insulation and wrapped it in white fabric. Does the trick.
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Old 07-10-2018, 03:21 PM   #22
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I recently purchased a Forester 2401R. There is a skylight above the dinette with no shade on the glass. The heat from the skylight is so intense that it cooks the interior to where the A/C can't keep up with it. Hold a thermometer above the dinette table and it reads 100+ degrees! And that's with the A/C on! I cut a panel of fiberboard to insert over the glass - and the heat warped it in minutes. Then I covered the fiberboard with the reflective screen you see on parked car windshields, and the narrow space between the glass and the screen got so hot in just ten minutes that I burned my hand taking it down. I finally gave up on the design in fear I would set the coach on fire or at least melt the plastic frame. I have looked all over the web for a solution to this and am hoping to find one among you folks.

The dimensions of the skylight are:

Inside frame 30 x 22
Outside frame 33 x 25


I had the same issue. Bought a sewing machine, learned how to use, then started making my own.

Section of the reflective bubble wrap from a roll to fit the dimensions where the non clear is - section of microwave material sewn to that - covering with material to have a nice design since the blinds that put in there sag - then some Velcro (removable command strip type on the skylight part and sewn to the back of custom piece).

Did the same for the one over bathroom sink in our Forester- amazing difference in the amount of heat coming thru.

Removable as well if we want the light and sun coming in.
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Old 07-10-2018, 03:34 PM   #23
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This is starting to get a bit Rube-Goldberg, but how about a small "slide" awning mounted to the roof that can be operated by a "rope-and-pully" system from the ground? Cover it from the outside when necessary. The typical slide awning is on a spring winder that is under constant tension...retracting the awning as the slide retracts.

Size and fit will require research, but an outside awning would be a true solution to blocking the sun.

It might be a dumb idea, but it just might do the job.
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Old 07-10-2018, 06:32 PM   #24
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Painted the top with two coats of white spray paint that sticks to plastic. The paint cuts the heat gain down but still lets in plenty of light.
Suggest you experiment with colors. The light coming in now is a soft white like you get from a old incondecent bulb. If you would prefer more of a daylight light you might try a silver paint.
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:09 AM   #25
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Some related information in this 2 year old thread:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...d.php?t=116735
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:11 PM   #26
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The fifth wheel we had a few years back had one of those skylights right over our bed. I had DH put a small screw in each of the four inside corners to hold two tiny buggy cords. I sewed a small curtain made from a towel matching the bedroom colours. Easy to take down to wash and blocked the morning sun.
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:29 PM   #27
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There is a difference between the usual skylight you find in the bathroom and the square vents through the length of the rig in the ceiling ( usually one each in bedroom, kitchen/living and bathroom

There are a few different places you can get pillows that fit directly into those square vents

Most skylights are irregular shaped....need to fabricate something custom for those either inside in the form of a curtain or shade or outside in the form of a cover or paint/coating on the bubble
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Old 07-16-2018, 12:18 AM   #28
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Does your skylight have a two stage accordian shade on it? It seems to help with the heat but I'm thinking of adding a piece of reflective shade between the skylight and the shade.


We have the 2 stage shade in our Sunseeker. It would be miserable without this much of the time. Itís quite valuable for controlling light and heat.
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:05 PM   #29
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Iím finishing sewing my first one up that I made. Layers listed in previous post above.

Iíll take some pics and post when I get it installed.
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Old 07-17-2018, 05:49 PM   #31
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Iím finishing sewing my first one up that I made. Layers listed in previous post above.

Iíll take some pics and post when I get it installed.
Waiting patiently.

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Old 07-17-2018, 06:44 PM   #32
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Well, that was my plan after work this week. Apparently I left the prototypes in the RV when we got back last week.

Iíll be out in storage and take some pics of start, mid, finished to post this weekend.

Plan is to use command strips Velcro on the trim outside the clear portion of the skylight and have the other half of the Velcro sewn all the way around the bottom layer.

Outside material will be basic for now and will do some more when the DW figures out what kind of decorative material she wants on the visible side.

Laid them in top of those blinds that sag as a test last trip. Even just laying up there they worked pretty well.
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No pics, never happened! J/K We’re on our Summer Adventure and will not be home until Oct ish. My reflectix over foam is working very well. It’s just not “pretty” enough.
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I just take down the interior section of the sky light and cut a piece of reflectix and put it up under the dome that is left and then put the interior section back up.... kind of like a reflectix sandwich. Does wonders!

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Our 2 skylights are frosted white. No need to paint them! We have considered cutting a piece of foam board to keep out the light in the early mornings.
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I recently purchased a Forester 2401R. There is a skylight above the dinette with no shade on the glass. The heat from the skylight is so intense that it cooks the interior to where the A/C can't keep up with it. Hold a thermometer above the dinette table and it reads 100+ degrees! And that's with the A/C on! I cut a panel of fiberboard to insert over the glass - and the heat warped it in minutes. Then I covered the fiberboard with the reflective screen you see on parked car windshields, and the narrow space between the glass and the screen got so hot in just ten minutes that I burned my hand taking it down. I finally gave up on the design in fear I would set the coach on fire or at least melt the plastic frame. I have looked all over the web for a solution to this and am hoping to find one among you folks.

The dimensions of the skylight are:

Inside frame 30 x 22on
Outside frame 33 x 25
Our 2401R came with a 2 piece sliding shade righteven with the ceiling. It is a 2016 - you might be able to get one from Forest River. It keep the heat out.
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Camco RV Vent Insulator And Skylight Cover With Reflective Surface, Fits Standard 14" RV Vents (45192)
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We're talking skylights not vents. Skylights are much larger and do not open to let air in. Mine does have a two stage accordion type shade. Its clear so you can look at the night sky through it if you want to. In extreme heat even with the shade pulled closed it is hot.
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Mads, I have the two piece (light filtering/room darkening) accordion as well. Even with that, if you perch a piece of foam board on top you will notice a huge difference in heat reduction and additional darkening. If you slap a piece of reflectix over the foam, you can turn the interior into a cave where your A/C will be able to cycle even in direct sun and ambient temps over 90*.
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