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Old 01-19-2016, 06:32 PM   #1
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Jayco Skylights-Worth It?

So we have a 2016 27BHS on the way with the Elite Package. One of the options it adds is a skylight in the kitchen. While the extra light will be nice, is it worth the risk? I'm thinking it may make the trailer more succeptable to water damage. Any thought from current skylight owners, or anyone's thoughts? I have heard you can delete this option.
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:42 PM   #2
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The benefits out weigh the risk of a leak way down the road. My skylight is going on 6 years now and it's just fine and I just inspected the caulk just a few days ago. If you inspect it 1-2 times a year you can take it off your worry list.
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We have one in our shower stall. We like the light it provides and it helps keep the room dry and mildew free.

Routine maintenance on the roof seal is the only thing we have done.
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:52 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input! That added natural light really makes a difference huh?
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Cover the caulking with Eternabond and never worry again.
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I respectfully disagree. It lets in too much heat or cold that I have no control over. Wasted energy.

I can always flip a light switch if I need more light. That, I can control.
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I respectfully disagree. It lets in too much heat or cold that I have no control over. Wasted energy.

I can always flip a light switch if I need more light. That, I can control.
The skylight is very small. We are also getting the thermal package plus larger AC. I could be wrong but the skylight can'tbe that huge of a temperature factor?
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My DW is an artist. She loves the skylight. And the light and ventilation from the widows at the front and rear of the slide. And the light from the huge rear window.

We like the outdoors and spend lots of time outside when camping and the weather cooperates. When the weather doesn't cooperate, we like as much natural light as we reasonably can... in very sunny sites that does mean putting pieces of reflective windshield solar shade in the skylights and sunny windows, but on cloudy or rainy days the DW's mood is much brighter bringing in whatever natural light is available.
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The skylight is very small. We are also getting the thermal package plus larger AC. I could be wrong but the skylight can'tbe that huge of a temperature factor?
I live here in the South where temperatures regularly hit 100F during the summer, sometimes weeks at a time. Yes, it makes a huge difference. Its like punching a hole in your insulation that you so dearly paid for in the roof.

If you do not see such climate extremes all year long, then your mileage may vary.

Lots of people plug them up with insulation during these weather extremes. Not sure where they all went but lots of threads on here about the best way to go about it.

If I could have ordered my unit without it, I would have.
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:35 PM   #10
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Being in Florida I had the Kitchen Skylight deleted when I ordered our 28 BHBE with Elite Pkg, I confirmed with Jayco it could be done. The DW and I both were not excited about it and for me it was "I want the other items of the Elite Pkg but wish they did not add the skylight" as it was an extra hole for leaks, heat and maintenance down the road replacing the thin plastic when (not if) it breaks. Since I did not look forward to all of that and based on a tip from forum member BigJohnD I asked if it could be deleted, the 28BHBE has plenty of Windows so will get plenty of natural light without the Heat.

I contemplated deleting the one in the Bathroom but like the headroom it provides though will coat it with something to prevent damage from the UV effects of the Sun.

On our old X19H after 3 yrs in the Florida Sun, and the roof only saw the Sun half the day, the Bath Skylight was yellowed and brittle and almost ready for replacement.

I also ordered the Thermal Pkg, 15k AC and 2nd AC and still deleted it. I feel much better not having to worry about it later on.

With all that said many people love them, or they would not have made it an option. To each his own but it is nice you can delete it if you order one and don't want it.
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