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Old 01-18-2018, 05:23 PM   #1
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Replace Emergency Exit with skylight

So my wife, who is in charge of the skoolie layout, just told me that one of the emergency exits will be a skylight. I am good with that because I don't have to patch it over now.

Here's the rub, I have no idea how to do this. Does anyone know or have seen anything like this being done?
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:01 PM   #2
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Go to Sojourner's thread and start at post 571.
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:27 PM   #3
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Perfect time to ask, because he just completed 4 great looking ones!
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Not to argue with SWMBO, but a skylight also lets in heat during the summer months. At least the E-hatches are somewhat translucent rather than transparent.
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And in the winter when you need it! I can always put up a curtain to knock down the sun in the summer!
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:29 PM   #6
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And in the winter when you need it! I can always put up a curtain to knock down the sun in the summer!
I like RV roof vents. VERY functional and they draw very little current so they're great for cooling down without a lot of battery drain.
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Perhaps they use curtains over the skylights during the summer. I'd put insulation panels in the skylights for thermal purposes, which of course cancels the original purpose of the skylights.


I've found I don't like the strong sunbeams coming in through the ceiling during the summer, and I'm only using the hatch. The sunbeams are like a spotlight aimed in through the ceiling making it difficult to see anything that isn't hit by the beam of light.
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Perhaps they use curtains over the skylights during the summer. I'd put insulation panels in the skylights for thermal purposes, which of course cancels the original purpose of the skylights.


I've found I don't like the strong sunbeams coming in through the ceiling during the summer, and I'm only using the hatch. The sunbeams are like a spotlight aimed in through the ceiling making it difficult to see anything that isn't hit by the beam of light.
I'm okay with the rigid foam plugs for the skylights, that way you can have the light come when you want and closed when you're trying got cool. My only experience living in a tin can happened in 1975 when I first moved back to southern Calif and stayed with my brother. he had no bed space in his crammed house so I had to sleep in his converted van. Let me tell you, once that sun came up you didn't need an alarm clock, you started baking before 8 am.
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If you strip down the interior of a bus, you'll definitely feel the heat if you're in the sun. I'm in a colder climate and this bus was unbearably hot with just the outer skin for sun protection in the early summer before it got insulated. Having my head near the ceiling was like standing under a broiler.
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I've found I don't like the strong sunbeams coming in through the ceiling during the summer, and I'm only using the hatch. The sunbeams are like a spotlight aimed in through the ceiling making it difficult to see anything that isn't hit by the beam of light.
I hadn't even considered that. That's gonna make me rethink the idea.
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