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Spott

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Posted: 02/22/08 08:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you read my other thread How I removed my Air Conditioner (with photos) you know that I have a hole in the roof that needs to be filled, and this is what we decided on.

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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.

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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.

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Here it is installed

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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.

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Using blue painters tape I marked all the hole locations

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sealed and screwed

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Masking removed

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Screw heads sealed and bezel installed

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Our new low profile skylight.

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Now I just need to do something with the rear vent and maybe then I can drive the truck & camper into the barn.

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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.


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Posted: 02/22/08 11:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Excellent job. Excellent workmanship. Excellent post and Pictures.


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Posted: 02/22/08 11:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice job and informative post.


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Posted: 02/23/08 01:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think if I was doing this I'd have the lexan dish in a little to create a bird bath. Would be fun to sit at the dinette and watch them walk around in it.. Maybe even have a little fountain..


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Posted: 02/23/08 07:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good job. A couple of things: You're going to need that pillow in the summer too. How much height does the vent cover add to the fantastic fan? Does the fan have a rain sensor?

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Posted: 02/23/08 09:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great follow-up on the removal of the A/C. I was really curious what you were going to do with the hole...[emoticon]

Nice job!!![emoticon]

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Posted: 02/23/08 09:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Spott,

Nice Camper, It is on my wish list.

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?

Thanks,
Conch Cruiser


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Posted: 02/23/08 09:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That is the cleanest roof I have ever seen!


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Posted: 02/23/08 11:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey Spott,

Hi,

How come you didn't just install a big vent? I'm guessing that vent non-transparency played a part. I really like the job you did.

Kurt


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