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Old 05-23-2015, 06:09 PM   #1
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Sky Light Dome in Shower

I need some of your information as what to do. I have a 2013 HR 43 DFT and the skylight dome in the bathroom is cracked. I have 2 cracks about 2" long that I hadn't noticed before. We have had the unit for 20 months and never noticed any water driping from the edge of the trim inside the shower. This past week we were camping and one night we had a severe storm come thru and it dumped about 5" of rain where we were at. I had already taken my shower but the next night when I got in the shower I felt water driping from the trim around the light against the outside wall. I took the inside liner down and found these two cracks. They have been there awhile as there was some dirt in the lip of the trim that was all dried up. My question would be would I just patch the crack with some of that grey seam sealing tape or some of that spray seal, or go thru the trouble and expense of having it replaced. Our insurance probably wouldn't cover it as we have $$$$ deductable. What would you guys do in my shoes? Any information would be appreciated.
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Old 05-23-2015, 06:12 PM   #2
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I need some of your information as what to do. I have a 2013 HR 43 DFT and the skylight dome in the bathroom is cracked. I have 2 cracks about 2" long that I hadn't noticed before. We have had the unit for 20 months and never noticed any water driping from the edge of the trim inside the shower. This past week we were camping and one night we had a severe storm come thru and it dumped about 5" of rain where we were at. I had already taken my shower but the next night when I got in the shower I felt water driping from the trim around the light against the outside wall. I took the inside liner down and found these two cracks. They have been there awhile as there was some dirt in the lip of the trim that was all dried up. My question would be would I just patch the crack with some of that grey seam sealing tape or some of that spray seal, or go thru the trouble and expense of having it replaced. Our insurance probably wouldn't cover it as we have $$$$ deductable. What would you guys do in my shoes? Any information would be appreciated.

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I would patch it with a piece of Eternabond tape.


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Old 05-23-2015, 07:47 PM   #3
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I am of the other opinion, I would replace the sky light. You might get the seal you might not and the next time if you don't you WILL have a bunch of water damage to repair. Problem is you might hide the problem from view and get creeping rot. Now we are talking BIG dollars. Just my thoughts better safe than sorry.

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Old 05-24-2015, 12:56 AM   #4
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I am of the other opinion, I would replace the sky light. You might get the seal you might not and the next time if you don't you WILL have a bunch of water damage to repair. Problem is you might hide the problem from view and get creeping rot. Now we are talking BIG dollars. Just my thoughts better safe than sorry.

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harry,
x2 on the erernabond tape repair.
stop drill the cracks with a 1/8'' drill bit first.
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x2 on the erernabond tape repair.
stop drill the cracks with a 1/8'' drill bit first.
This is very good for a temp fix. It already has 2 cracks that came from no where.

Harry, A 2013 dome should not be cracking. Do you recall if you scrape any tree branches on your roof lately? Or maybe the dome has reach it life due to a bad mix. Again, If it was me I would replace the dome.
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Replace it. You bought a really nice, expensive motorhome. Keep it that way.
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Sorry to hear about your leak!

I suggest temp fix as noted above and SCHEDULE your repair ahead with parts pre ordered if you don't plan on repairing yourself. This should save you being out of commission for weeks at a shop during peak season.



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Any warranty? Contact the manufacturer of the coach. They should help you with this.


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Just bought and replaced my skylight. RVgeeks has the how to fix video How To Replace an RV Skylight - TheRVgeeks.

Here is the web site I used to purchase a replacement: Replacement RV Skylights from EZ Tops World Wide Inc., alls you have to buy is a tube or two of SB-140 to seal skylight. Once I had the skylight, it took about an hour to change out.

I then went inside the shower and replaced double sided tape for the dome inside the coach: How To Access the Inside of an RV Skylight - TheRVgeeks
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Thanks for all the information. A friend of mine told me of a product called Plastic Weld. Similar to JB WELD. I put it on the two original cracks but after further exam i found 5 more spider web cracks at the junction of where the placed the screws to hold it in place. I patched all of them with the epoxy and after it sets I will use some etherbond tape over the repairs. Tomorrow I will be contacting Monaco concerning this problem.
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I would replace as others had suggested. It can cause a lot more damage in the long run if your repairs fail or are not completely sealed. Water in a motor home roof is not a good thing.
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I can tell you what NOT to do. I discovered Rustoleum clear rubber sealer is not UV resistant, and dries to a hard, light yellow, flaky coating when exposed to prolonged sunlight.
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Locate a plastics dealer and let them look at it to confirm what it is.

Most will have solvent that is used as glue.

A couple drops on the crack and it wicks in and bonds instantly.

Look at plexiglas fish tanks...that is how they are made.

That will seal up cracks for now.

Should be replaced but determine the stresses that caused cracks and fix them.

Leave old one in place to insure stable before putting new one in.
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