Since a truck camper is so small to begin with and it has four operable windows, three operable vents (two with fans) and a full size door with screen, I didn’t feel the need to have another vent. So I choose to make a fixed Skylight (albeit small).
I got an inside bezel and mounted it so I could determine how much to cut off, using a chalk line and holding it tight to the mounting surface I marked it.
I found something the correct size to use as a cutting guide, in this case a piece of 2.5” angle. I cut one side at a time keeping the saw tight to the edge of the metal. I actually cut about ¼” short of the caulk line so the bezel does not rub the skylight.
Here it is installed
I picked up some ¼” Polycarbonate (same thing as Lexan) and cut it on the table saw to fit the opening, than eased over all the edges.
Using blue painters tape I marked all the hole locations
Drilled the small holes first, through the Lexan, fiberglass and into the plywood. Than I enlarged the holes in the Lexan a bit larger than the screws to allow for expansion and contraction.
To allow for squeeze out I added cardboard to the camper and tape to the Lexan, after the installation I will remove both for a clean line of sealer.
Since I needed to move the Lexan many times after drilling the holes I added the Blue arrow, it tells me which side is up & forward.
Sealed and screwed
Screw heads sealed and bezel installed
Our new low profile skylight.
Now I just need to do something with the rear vent and maybe then I can drive the truck & camper into the barn.
I have a pull shade that I may install for the times we don’t want all the light, until than I've got a vent pillow that inserts for insulation in the winter.
One thing I noticed from your photos that is news to me since I am researching your brand of camper for a later purchase.
It appears that your camper has a separate piece of fiberglass around that opening with some ribbing to give it strength for an a/c. I was under the impression that your brand camper was a two piece clam shell construction, and that was a superior method of construction to avoid leaks.
However, it appears that there is another section that is set on the roof, screwed together, and then sealed.
Am I correct? or is that just an illusion?
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