Accessing the Inside of an RV Skylight

TheRVgeeks Maintenance, Miscellaneous 2 Comments

The clear plastic inner liner of our shower skylight has come loose on one side. To secure it back into place, we’ll need to remove the entire inner liner and plastic surround. A couple of basic tools, plus a roll of double-stick tape, are all we’ll need for this simple job.

While we have the liner and surround down, we’ll inspect the inside of the skylight for any signs of leaking, clean it and check its overall condition. After 7+ years in the sun, the outer shell of the RV skylight has become somewhat cloudy, and we want to keep an eye on it. If it should show any signs of cracking, we’ll want to replace it before we develop a leak.

Opening up the skylight also provides an interesting view between the roof and the ceiling, giving us a look at how part of the RV was manufactured. It also allows us to clean the inside of the outer skylight, and the top of the inner liner, both of which are normally inaccessible.

Like many things on the RV, vigilance is our first line of defense in preventing problems. That’s especially true where potential leaks are concerned. Finding water damage is not the way we want to learn that we have a leak, so we keep a good eye on the skylight and other possible sources of water as well.



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  1. You guys rock! And your videos are especially meaningful to Kay and me as we just purchased a 2005 Newmar Mountain Aire 4304. As a result, your videos have a special relevance to us and our new baby, which both fascinates me as the ultimate gadget, but also a bit daunting! We were live aboard boaters for several years in a previous life, and while there are lots of similarities, all the chassis maintenance intervals seem more than a bit daunting. One day at a time, right?

    I’m kind of a DIY geek myself. We plan on being on the road mostly full time for the next few years, and I’m soaking up all the knowledge I can as a noob. I’m a researcher by training & love learning – 32 years with IBM, now retired. I figure this lifestyle will be expensive enough without simply writing a check every time something in the house needs attention. Perhaps the chassis is the notable exception – scary stuff, that, especially catching up from two years of storage prior to acquiring this coach. Spreadsheets in the making!

    In addition to your videos & narratives, we also enjoy & appreciate your product links and endorsements for RV-relevant links (RVTravel, etc.). Up until last week, for example, I had never heard of Dicor (huh?) or where to buy it once I had. Now, I’m an avid practitioner, having already spent some quality time on the roof with my loaded gun and can of spirits! Imminently doable with a little bit of knowledge – a mess in the making without it.

    And just like full-time boating, I envision the list of “to-do’s” getting longer versus shorter for some time to come (forever? :-), sustained vigilant effort notwithstanding. Hey, something to do, right?

    Thanks again for all your effort on behalf of “the community”.

    A wild guess – you guys are Type A, right? I get it.

    Cheers. Gene (& by osmosis, Kay)

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      Hey Gene & Kay! Congratulations on your new rig. Excellent choice! ;-) Hope you love it as much as we do. Thanks for the nice comment. Safe Travels. PS… definitely not type As. lol

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