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Old 03-16-2012, 01:23 PM   #1
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Skylight in slide out?

Hey everyone. Has anyone ever tried to put a skylight above the dinette area like in these pics from a forest river cherokee 284BH and a greywolf 29BH (which are VERY similar to the Autumn Ridge we are getting). Pretty neat idea.
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I never tried it but I could see a lot of problems with sealing the roof (they are already prone to leakage and eventual failure due to sun damage). My biggest objection to skylights is they let in a lot of heat. When I get my TT, I'm going to do my darnedest to convince them to build it without the skylight in the bathroom. Failing that, that sucker is coming out first chance I get.
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:42 PM   #3
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I can see your point about possible leakage. As far as heat, the ones pictured look like a window and has a pleated shade you can close. I may or may not look into it. I'm coming from the Surveyor SP-260 which doesn't let in a lot of natural light so the existing windows in the Autumn Ridge should be enough. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with one.
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I am not a skylight fan on anything. I used to work on roofs. In my opinion the fewer openings in a roof the better.
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It would have to be a special skylight with no bubble or else it could not close.. doubt if I would want one...
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I am not a skylight fan on anything. I used to work on roofs. In my opinion the fewer openings in a roof the better.
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... As far as heat, the ones pictured look like a window and has a pleated shade you can close...
I've read on other forums where people have put covers on skylights and the heat trapped between the cover and skylight caused premature damage to the plastic of the skylight. The same for when people try to put bubble foil on the inside of dual pane windows. The reflected heat would damage the windows (usually the seals but sometimes the glass would crack).

Keep in mind I live in an area infamous for the amount of sun it receives. UV is brutal on plastics (and mostly everything else) and the heat gain through one would be significant (you could cook under a skylight here; heck, when I was a kid, I put a cast iron skillet on the driveway one summer and cooked an egg that way). Heat gain may not be such a problem in your neck of the woods. I would still worry about leaks, though.
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Yeah, not a fan of skylights either more to do with dirt, dust, and debris collecting on it and ends up just looking dirty. But each to their own I guess
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