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Old 06-06-2011, 06:44 PM   #1
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Replace skylight w/plexiglas??

Has anyone replaced their skylight with plexiglas? I did a real dumb thing yesterday, stepped on mine and broke it while washing the roof. It's 32 X 32 neon shaped (5 sides) and am having a hard time finding one I can get before our trip next weekend. Is there a reason it is dome shaped? Assuming height is not an issue, why can I not use plexiglas?

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Has anyone replaced their skylight with plexiglas? I did a real dumb thing yesterday, stepped on mine and broke it while washing the roof. It's 32 X 32 neon shaped (5 sides) and am having a hard time finding one I can get before our trip next weekend. Is there a reason it is dome shaped? Assuming height is not an issue, why can I not use plexiglas?

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Not sure about your installation but when I use plex outdoors I have had the best results with OP-3 museum grade, this stuff holds up great and stops all UV rays. I used it on all the windows on my pool house in southern Arizona and if it stands up here it will anywhere. It is clear but you can hit it on one side with a orbital sander with fine grit and make it a very nice translucent finish, I have done that for outdoor table tops in the pool area. You can get it at picture framing shops as well as plastic suppliers.
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Has anyone replaced their skylight with plexiglas? I did a real dumb thing yesterday, stepped on mine and broke it while washing the roof. It's 32 X 32 neon shaped (5 sides) and am having a hard time finding one I can get before our trip next weekend. Is there a reason it is dome shaped? Assuming height is not an issue, why can I not use plexiglas?

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On some rigs the dome is right over the shower and increases the headroom. If you don't need that and the next owner doesn't then you can use anything you want. I use 303 on my skylight and, after 9 years it still is flexible, although stepping on it might cause a problem!!
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Thanks for the tips. Height is definitely not a problem.

I read on one 2010 post that someone recommended going to a local sign maker that uses lexam and have it custome made. Not sure if that is doable by this weekend.

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"Lexan" with an N. 1/4 inch will stop a .38 cal bullet. Strong stuff and will withstand those low flying limbs. I think I'd check into lexan as a replacement.

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I certainly think you could use flat Plexiglas as a temporary fix, but one reason the skylight is domed is so it won't sag. A flat piece of 1/8" thick X 32" x 32" Plexiglas will sag in the middle under it's own weight. Over time, especially if you live where it snows, it will sag a lot.
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Install a cross brace made of a lite wood dowl say 1/2" for suport and use lexan poly- carbonet not plex-glass, lexan is stronger by far the dowl will give a water run off slope if centered You need that You can also predrill it for screws then lap seal it down check the seal after a few mile drive just to see if all looks sealed ...
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There are some after market suppliers and I can get the sources if you are interested. The labor of installation will be the same whether it is a dome or flat plastic. I would get a dome. It will cost about $200 and it will be fixed right. You can do a temporary fix for your trip with with plastic sheets. BTW I have come close to stepping on my dome many times. At 11 years of age it would break into a million pieces.
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I would go back with the original dome for two reasons. One you must use a UV ray resistance plastic. second. the dome is not just there to increase headroom. It causes the rain to run off. A flat piece will tend to hold water, and that is the last thing you want on a MH roof.
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Sounds like the same skylight as on my 04 and many later AC coaches. Can't American Coach parts supply you with a new one? If not in time for your trip, later as a permanent repair??

Call AC Parts at 1-800-698-6315 and have your FIN (Fleetwood serial number) handy.
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I had a 97 Safari and the five sided dome over the shower cracked. I could not find another one thru camping world or any of the vendors I could find on the internet. There were several 5 sided ones out there but not the same measurments. I buffed the old one down then put two or three layers of fiberglass on it, painted it white and reinstalled it. Worked for me but it was a bit time consuming.
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There are some after market suppliers and I can get the sources if you are interested. The labor of installation will be the same whether it is a dome or flat plastic. I would get a dome. It will cost about $200 and it will be fixed right. You can do a temporary fix for your trip with with plastic sheets. BTW I have come close to stepping on my dome many times. At 11 years of age it would break into a million pieces.
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Can you or anyone else PM me with some aftermarket suppliers. EZtops has been the only one I've found on the web thus far that has it in lexan. They have a 10-15 work day lead time for about $175. After taking the old one off, installation looks to be a breeze if proper sealing steps are taken. So, I'm leaning towards putting a temporary one on with some additional support for the plexiglass. Lexan is definitely the way I will go this time.

Thanks to everyone for all the help.

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One word for a temp fix ETERNABOND!
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Lexan is available at the big box remodeling stores around here.
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