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Old 02-24-2014, 09:55 AM   #1
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Sunroof/Skylight

A few years ago we added two marine portholes to the side of our Tote N Tarry, and now I've got this wild idea of adding a sunroof/skylight to the roof. I don't like the little crank open vent that is there now, and was wondering if I could install a sliding window, but on the ceiling? That way I could slide it open like a sunroof, or maybe even get a hatch type window which would be removable so we could see the stars while in bed. I know they have emergency exit windows for large RVs, so maybe that's an option. Ideas or photos, or am I just nuts? I was also thinking of installing a dome like window akin to a UFO which might be fun, but they don't open. Thanks again! Filbert (yes, like the nut).
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:56 AM   #2
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Oh, somewhere on this site is the photos of my porthole installation. I just don't know where they are.
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Found 'em "Land yacht" portholes
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:26 AM   #4
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Still don't know what a Tote N Tarry looks like, but sliding windows are not designed for roofs and water incursion will be guaranteed.

You might look somewhere like J.C. Whitney for a "Moon Roof" that can at least be seen through and opened for ventilation.
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They DO make skylights for RVs:

skylight in RV, Trailer & Camper Parts | eBay

The PlayPac I used to have had something like this. It was nice that it provided a little extra headroom in that spot. Downside was that it was nearly impossible to put a shade over so I tended not to like it in the morning when I wanted to sleep late.
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You could mount this one on the side of the trailer - and paint a big letter "S" on it.

Bri RUS Smoke 24" x 12" Neo Angle Skylight NSL2412S Smoked | eBay
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Still don't know what a Tote N Tarry looks like
They look a lot like a Boler...
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:55 PM   #8
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Hey, that's my trailer before and after I added the portholes! I like the Superman shaped skylight, but I really want something that opens or can be removed. I checked out J.C. Whitney, but I guess they don't sell as many pop up sunroofs as they used to. I may have to resort to buying a used one on Ebay. Thanks for you input everyone.
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Hey, that's my trailer before and after I added the portholes!

I wondered if that was yours- the portholes are really, really cool.

If they were mine, I'd be sorely tempted to paint "eyebrows" over them! Or maybe rhinestone frames...how cool would that be?
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Well I think my little trailer is a boy, so maybe some cool Ray Bans?
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A hatch for a boat is exactly what you want, it opens and is designed to be 'very' waterproof. Look at a place like jamestown distributors or Hamilton marine.
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Well I think my little trailer is a boy, so maybe some cool Ray Bans?

I'm sorry, but Ray-Bans are so "twenty-first century"...that would just be wrong for this trailer.

I'm afraid if you must have boyglasses, they'll have to be something Ward Cleaver would have worn...
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Hey, that's my trailer before and after I added the portholes! I like the Superman shaped skylight, but I really want something that opens or can be removed. I checked out J.C. Whitney, but I guess they don't sell as many pop up sunroofs as they used to. I may have to resort to buying a used one on Ebay. Thanks for you input everyone.
There are new ones on eBay here:
Universal Sunroof | eBay

or you can Google Sunroof Kits or if you want to pay a lot more, try the marine supply stores.
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Okay, vintage shades for the portholes and a boat hatch as the skylight! We keep forgetting that marine supplies often can be used in travel trailer applications as well, and even add a bit of class a la the Howells on Gilligan's Island. The hatches are pretty cheap, and of course are waterproof. I know, no screens, but I'm not planning on traveling to any mosquito infested areas. Jim Black 581 1330 07 13 x 30 in Taupe Boat Deck Hatch | eBay
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