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Old 02-27-2014, 01:50 PM   #15
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Looks doable to me so long as the cutout is properly reinforced. The kits at the link come with a frame, but since it's probably designed for steel further reinforcement of the cutout seems wise. Aluminum channel would probably do for the purpose.

As for leak potential, that exists anywhere one puts a hole. This kit's designed for cars, the owners of which are surely just as eager to keep water out as any of us could be!
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Old 02-27-2014, 02:09 PM   #16
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I paid $500 to have a purposefully designed and manufactured fabric sunroof installed in my Fiat 128 Sport Coupe by a company that sold and installed them.
It leaked. Not right away, but it leaked.
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Old 02-27-2014, 02:55 PM   #17
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Automobile moon-roof/sun-roof for trailer.

Several weeks ago, before throwing his car to the junk yard, my friend offered me a free powered moon-roof in that car. Due to the cold weather and time limited, I didn't have chance to cut out that moon-roof. I already had in my mind to install a powered moon-roof for the Trillium-right on top of rear dinette area- I think this is do-able- I did by myself the roof-vent for the trailer and it works beautiful, with a powerful sucking fan. This is a creative idea. I will save it for the next chance. Make sure to cut the moon-roof out of the car top with a lot of extra room( more metal), build a wood/aluminum frame for trailer ceiling and do not forget room for electrical switches. That is my thought...Please post your photos if anyone had done it. My project in this summer consists of a..snap-on window air conditioner on wheels and of course...the moon roof ...too.
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:15 PM   #18
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:39 PM   #19
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This idea got a much better reception when Robert Johans announced that he's contemplating such an addition to his soon-to-be-produced "Nest Caravan". Maybe different folks reading that thread?

Here quoting from post #119 at this link

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Hi everybody. Quick update on our progress...

Bryan Thompson has added some nice "automotive" styling details to our design, and we're currently hard at work finessing the engineering to accommodate the new look.

Couple notes of interest: we're switching over to a Kinro window that has a very clean "frameless" look again, very automotive in its styling. And, we are very seriously considering adding up front (as an option) a retractable, "ragtop" moonroof for sleeping under the stars!

We haven't made an "official" announcements about the re-design on our website yet, but I'm happy to let you guys take a peek at where we're at, as of this writing. What do you think?
Someone there did mention leak potential and this was Robert's response:

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About the "moonroof": of course, we won't be offering a product that leaks, but keep in mind these things have been available and installed on automobiles for a long time, so we have high confidence they should work for us. If not, adios!
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Old 02-27-2014, 04:22 PM   #20
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I've mentioned this before elsewhere - but depending on the specifics of the sunroof/moonroof/etc - Our PlayPac had a big plexiglass dome in the roof. Leaking was avoided (at least temporarily) with a sufficient amount of Acrylic caulk.

However... having the sun shine in through the roof in the morning drove me nuts. I could shade the side windows - but shading that darn roof bubble just wasn't gonna happen. Personally - I'm all for sleeping late on vacations and the roof bubble didn't help.

Just another, less technical, consideration.

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Old 02-27-2014, 04:25 PM   #21
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no problem

I added the largest size of escape hatch right in the middle of the roof of my 13' scamp. I have seen no issues with cracking and to be perfectly honest the roof is a lot stronger and stiffer then it was when I started. If you were being really paranoid you could add some extra fiber glass on the two ends of the vent/sunroof to tie it into the sharply curved sides of the camper. The extra fiberglass would provide a little extra strength while remaining flexible around the rigid corners of the vent/sunroof.

In terms of insulation I generally keep two layers of reflectix insultion between the screeen and the plastic top. I take them out when I want to open the vent.
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Old 02-27-2014, 05:53 PM   #22
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In terms of insulation I generally keep two layers of reflectix insultion between the screeen and the plastic top. I take them out when I want to open the vent.

That would also take care of that nasty sun-in-your-eyes-in-the-morning problem too!
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Old 02-27-2014, 05:53 PM   #23
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I added the largest size of escape hatch right in the middle of the roof of my 13' scamp.
Don't suppose you've got any pictures?
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:20 PM   #24
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Michael this is the escape hatch that Scamp sells.
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:33 PM   #25
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Wow, I had no idea I'd get so many interesting replies! I see we have a lot of puritans who like to keep their trailers the way they came from the factory, and then there are those of us who see them a blank canvases, and like to customize and personalize them. Once I cut the oval holes for the portholes, I was hooked on cutting, and now want to dig into the roof. I think some of the craziest ideas turn out to be the best. As far as an automotive sunroof is concerned, they are pretty much made for flat roofs, or slightly curved ones, whereas my roof has a more pronounced curve, so I really need something more flexible, like Sunbrella frabric with maybe a few curved ribs to prevent water puddles from forming. I have the idea in my head, but don't have the technical skills to put in on paper. I like the idea of the pre-made kits, but I'm pretty sure my roof is thicker than that of a car's. Thanks one and all for your comments and insights, and I'll keep you posted. In the meantime we're loving our portholes. By the way, how do I add a photo from my laptop screen to my post here?
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:49 PM   #26
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Filbert,

If you are truly serious a good metal shop the works with aluminum or stainless could build you a reinforcing frame, much like two picture frames to sandwich the existing roof without losing structural integrity. That could include mounting provisions for a commercial product like a skylight window that has a proven track record.

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Some years of Bigfoot have Skylights. It's not my trailer, I wish you much success!

I followed Mike Watters thread when he was trying to seal up his bubble skylight. Looked totally cool, in reality.. wasn't as functional as he hoped and it was STOCK.

If you're really thinking of a canvas, pull back top like on a convertible... don't forget the screens. You're going to NEED something to prevent bugs from inhabiting your space. Or maybe you don't mind mosquitoes, etc?
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:02 PM   #28
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By the way, how do I add a photo from my laptop screen to my post here?
I'm a technomoron, but here attempting to answer:

If the pic's on your screen and you can copy the url, just do that and paste it in using what we techies refer to as "the teenytiny mountain icon thingy" () at the top of the reply box.
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