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Old 01-23-2015, 12:42 PM   #1
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Should I eliminate Skylight in shower.

We have recently ordered a new Arctic Fox model 32 A travel trailer. Normally comes with three skylights with one of them being in the shower. I am considering eliminating the skylight in the shower as it would make it hot in the summer and cold in the winter. We live in Texas and extreme heat is something that we deal with daily. I am aware that the skylight provides ambient light during the day and that it also provides additional head clearance while standing in the shower. The height in the shower is 6'3" from floor to ceiling with out the skylight in place. There is also a fantastic fan vent located in this bathroom that would provide a small amount of ambient light. Obviously, there are a couple of LED ceiling fixtures that tend to light the room well when they are switched on.
My concern is not that I would need the light while showering, but rather just to provide ambient light when someone walks into the bathroom during the day. I must say that I am leaning towards taking the sky light out so that I don't have to worry about heat or cold or leaks or deteriorating lenses over time.
Any thoughts or experiences from this wonderful group would be appreciated.


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Old 01-23-2015, 01:25 PM   #2
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How tall are you? If you are near six feet, you will smack your knuckles against the ceiling about a hundred times when you wash your hair, before you learn to stoop.

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Old 01-23-2015, 01:25 PM   #3
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Our model year Outlaw was the last without the shower skylight. As the OP states it is a bridge for external cold/heat, but does give a higher ceiling in the shower and ambient light.

At first we were wishing we had it, but now realize that it is better without. We can use 1 of the 3 different lights (over mirror, over shower, or over toilet - or all 3) as needed, there is no transfer of the external temp and that piece of ceiling will never be a leak risk.

And, since we use a cover while in storage, that is one less roof fixture to worry about tripping over or accidently stepping on.

Just our 2 cent worth.

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Old 01-23-2015, 01:51 PM   #4
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No reason to eliminate it. We've camped in 100+ weather and the bathroom was no warmer than anywhere else in the trailer.
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:07 PM   #5
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Skylights are double paned so, to some extent they stop the heat/cold transfer from outside.
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:15 PM   #6
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While it's not been to your heat extreme, I've camped in 19* weather and my bathroom was the same as the rest of the camper, with the door closed. I've camped in 90* weather and noticed no issue with heat, 100*+ might be different though.

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Old 01-23-2015, 02:22 PM   #7
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As said above, they are there for the headroom more than for the light, so whether you will need it depends on your height and the ceiling height of the rig. The floor of the tub/shower it typically 2-3" higher than the floor.
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:38 PM   #8
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You might consider exploring alternatives. Possibly a custom fitting white vinyl "bra" that snaps over the skylight. Would cut some heat but provide the headroom. For me, although the skylight does heat the area, at 6'3", I cant imagine eliminating it.
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Order the skylight and then spray paint 80% of it, mask off around the outer 3-4" that way you don't have problems with the heat in the summer, and you can keep most of the sun out as necessary, and still have light as needed to some extent...

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Old 01-23-2015, 07:12 PM   #10
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Skylights in my trailers/truck campers were a huge source of heat in the summer and cold in the winter.
We always buy 1-3 year old used units and have to put up with them however if I was buying new unit and had a option I would delete them all.
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My wife made an insulated shade that fits into the skylight and keeps the heat out. When showering, I remove the shade to get more headroom. Best of both worlds.
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I packed ours with clear 1/4" bubble wrap packing/insulation, it helped a lot.
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Old 01-23-2015, 07:58 PM   #13
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These are all great comments. I think I am leaning towards deleting them for the reasons being discussed, plus they are really noisy during a rainstorm. We presently have them in our Airstream trailer and when it rains it is quite loud.
I must say I am a little worried about resale value, but hopefully that will not be my problem. Any other thoughts are welcomed.
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If you are taking the skylight out you might be able to run a wire from the bathroom light and install a couple LED lights in the shower.

At the same time you could think of plumbing in a rainfall showerhead.

I was getting some moisture in our shower skylight and when I took it out to dry it out I had clear access to the area above the ceiling. Running wires from another fixture should be easy. I hope!

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