If you’re looking for a way to brighten up your RV lighting but wan to save power, RV Skylights are a great source of natural light. Usually, these lights can be found in the kitchen areas and bathrooms, but can be installed virtually anywhere. However, there are many different types and parts to these skylights. We found the best RV skylights on the market just for you and reviewed them in this ultimate guide!
How Do RV Skylights Work?
When it comes to RV Skylights, they aren’t just a simple window on the roof of your beloved RV. Generally, an RV skylight consists of two piece: the inner liner and the RV skylight dome.
The inner liner (dome) is usually a clear cover that allows beautiful natural light into the room. Also, these piece is screwed into a plastic frame called an RV skylight inner garnish that is screwed into the ceiling.
Then, the RV skylight cover is screwed and sealed into the roof on the outside. Usually, you can use an RV skylight sealant to secure the skylight in place and prevent outside debris from entering.
How To Replace RV Skylights
11 Steps to Replace an RV Skylight
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1. Make sure you have the right sealant.
Once you have acquired a replacement dome, read the instructions to find out what type of sealant the manufacturer suggests.
2. Use a putty knife to scrape away old sealant.
Using a putty knife, making sure not to damage your roof. Scrape away the old sealant, so that you can access each of the screws in the original RV skylight dome.
3. Remove the original screws.
Now that you have access to them, remove them! Assuming that the original screws are the self-tapping kind, you’re going to reuse them. Be sure to inspect the screws to make sure that they aren’t damaged or rusted, and keep any that are still useable.
4. Remove the old RV skylight dome.
Use your putty knife to pry between the old dome and the roof, loosening the dome a little at a time, until you can pull the dome away from the roof completely. Again, be careful not to damage your roof. If your RV has a rubber roof, be especially careful not to rip the roofing material.
5. Scrape away any remaining sealant.
Use your putty knife to scrape away any of the old sealant that is still on the roof, after removing the dome. You can use Mineral Spirits and an old rag to get more of the sealant off. (Be careful of using Mineral Spirits if you have a rubber roof.) Get as much of the old sealant off of your roof as possible, but don’t worry about getting every last bit of it as you’ll be using new sealant to cover it as well.
6. Cover original screw holes with a bead of manufacturer’s recommended sealant.
Next you’re going to put some new sealant on your roof. Again, be sure you use a sealant recommended by the manufacturer. Run a thick, single bead of sealant around the opening for the skylight, making sure to cover up each of the original screw holes. The new RV skylight dome may not have the same screw hole pattern as your original. That’s okay! You’re sealing the old holes with the new sealant and will create new holes where needed.
7. Dry fit your RV skylight replacement.
Take your new RV skylight and place it on top of the bead of sealant you just laid over the screw holes. Wiggle the replacement dome back and forth, to flatten out and spread the sealant and create a bond between the new dome and your roof. Center the skylight over the opening in your roof.
8. Use self-tapping screws to fasten your RV skylight replacement.
Remember that the new holes may not match the old holes, and that is okay. Self-tapping screws will create new holes to attach to your roof. It’s possible that your new skylight dome will have more holes in it than your original dome, so you may need extra screws for the job. Tighten each of the screws, until they just begin to flex the plastic of the new dome. Do not over tighten the screws or you may find yourself having to replace your brand new skylight replacement. While doing this, if you see some of the sealant coming out of the sides of the dome or through the screw holes, that’s okay.
9. Run a bead of sealant around the edge of your new skylight.
Use sealant around the edge of the skylight to create another barrier between water and the inside of your RV.
10. Cover each of the screw heads with sealant.
Use your sealant to cover up the heads of each of the screws that you have used to fasten your new RV skylight.
11. Let the sealant dry, then check for any trouble spots.
As the sealant dries it may shrink up slightly, so you’ll want to check the skylight again after a few hours. If there are any areas that look like they could use another bead or covering of sealant, cover them now.
THE BEST RV SKYLIGHT PARTS
Awesome RV Skylight Covers
If you’re looking for the perfect RV skylight cover with an little extra tint, this is your best bet. This premium heavy duty skylight is made from 50% thicker and stronger material that the original skylight on your RV.
We love this RV skylight since it s impact and shatter resistant, making this skylight the toughest on the market. Also, the mounting flange is pre-drilled making mounting a breeze. The required size hole in your RV will need to be around 14 1/8″ wide X 22 1/8″ long Exterior Dimensions: 17 7/8″ wide X 26″ long 5″ tall Sticker on vent will say 14″ x 22″.
The only downfall is the instructions are not included, but you can easily refer to the video we provided earlier in this article.
For those of you who are looking for a beautiful replacement RV skylight, you’re going to want to check this out. First off, this is made from thick, impact resistant polycarbonate. The clear plastic allows beautiful natural light to shine into your RV.
Also, this dome is UV resistant, so it will keep harmful UV rays out of the RV. On top of that, the polycarbonate plastic will keep from warping or deteriorating from sun damage. The dome dimension is 22″ x 30″ x 4″ while the flange dimension is 26″ x 34″.
Overall, you will be very pleased with this effective, durable, and beautiful RV skylight.
Just like the previous Icon RV skylight we reviewed, this is made from thick, impact resistant polycarbonate. The only difference is this skylight has a cool angled shape for bathrooms or custom sized areas. The clear plastic allows beautiful natural light to shine into your RV.
Also, this dome is UV resistant, so it will keep harmful UV rays out of the RV. On top of that, the polycarbonate plastic will keep from warping or deteriorating from sun damage. The dome dimension is 24″ x 12″ x 4″ while the flange dimension is 28″ x 15″.
Overall, you will be very pleased with this effective, durable, and beautiful RV skylight.
Like most Icon RV skylight products, this is made from thick, impact resistant polycarbonate. We LOVE this skylight since it has a darkened tint, keeping harsh light out of your RV.
Again, this skylight is UV resistant, so it will keep harmful UV rays out of the RV. Plus, the polycarbonate plastic will keep from warping or deteriorating from sun damage. The dome dimension is 17 1/2″ x 33 1/2″ x 4″ while the flange dimension is 37 1/2″ x 21 1/2″.
In the end, you will be very pleased with this tinted RV skylight for it’s durability, efficacy, and longevity.
Top RV Skylight Domes
For those of you who have a square opening or just like the dome look, this is the perfect RV skylight for you. Roughtly, the opening dimensions are 14″ x 14″ while flange to flange dimensions are 17″ x 17″.
This RV skylight cover is made from high performance thermoformed polycarbonate, which is durable and long lasting. Also, the plastic is extremely easy to clean. Plus, the skylights include a 10.3 oz tube of approved urethane sealant that must be used with installing. However, you will need to purchase exterior Skylight and inner garnish separately.
In the end, this skylight dome is perfect for adding beautiful natural light to your RV.
If you need a little extra insulation in your skylight, this is the perfect RV skylight dome for you. This dome gives you extra space between your RV skylight cover and your inner dome, which works well with cold weather.
The RV skylight dome works well with 14″ x 22″ skylight holes. Also, there is a 1″ flange to finish the inside look of your skylight. This skylight dome is scuff resistant and is made from molded high impact ABS.
Ultimately, you will be very pleased with the overall aesthetic this RV skylight dome provides. We highly recommend this product if you are looking for something high end that will match a beautiful interior.
Best RV Skylight Inner Garnishes
This gorgeous inner garnish is perfect to finish off the overall look of your skylight. For those skylights that do not come with an inner garnish, you can use this one and shape it to your liking.
This rectangular inner garnish is perfect for skylights with 14″ x 22″ hole size and 16″ x 24″ flange size, 4″ height. Also, the garnish is made from high performance polycarbonate that’s long lasting. It’s very easy to clean as well. Plus, this garnish comes with detailed instructions and a free sealant.
In the end, we believe that you will love adding this garnish to your RV skylights to complete your interior design.
If you want an inner garnish that has a more rectangular look, this is the garnish for you. Made from high performance thermoformed polycarbonate, this garnish is built to last with your RV.
Also, the inner garnish includes care and installation instructions on the box. As a bonus, the skylights include a tube of approved urethane sealant that must be used when installing. These inner garnishes come in two models: Windowed or Non-windowed.
Overall, we know you’ll appreciate this inner garnish piece to complete your RV skylight kit.
Effective RV Skylight Insulation
Want to know how to keep your RV a little cooler or warmer when you’re not using your skylight? This RV Skylight insulation is perfect for you. This insulation fits the standard 14″ RV square vents/skylights and also some RV exhaust fan openings.
On the insulator, there’s a reflective surface that blocks the sun’s damaging rays. Also, the insulator is full of 2.75″ of foam to help stop heat transfer. Plus, it’s durable and very easy to store and use. You will feel your RV will have a significant temperature change with this insulator.
We know that you will not be able to live without this insulator especially in the winter and summer!
Strong RV Skylight Sealant
When installing your RV Skylights, one of the most important tools is the RV Skylight sealant. This product makes sure that your windows are secure. Also, it keeps from any leaks during wetter seasons.
The BriRus skylight sealant is flexible and easy to use. The elastomeric, butyl rubber sealant is super sturdy and long lasting, so you don’t have to replace it often. Also, this sealant is excellent for resealing and repairing leaks. Plus, the sealant is USDA approved and safe to use indoors and outdoors.
In the end, this is one of the best sealants for your RV skylights. We know you will love this products efficacy and ease of use.
The Best RV Skylight Kit
Need something that’s going to give you all the tools you need for your RV skylights? This Specialty Recreation Skylight Kit has all the goodies for your full skylight installation.
This kit includes one Skylight (replacement skylight manufacturer#SL1422xx-LP), one Inner Garnish and one Sealant. Before you start the install, you will need a Hole size of 14 inch x 22 inch and a flange size 17.5 inch x 25.5 inch. Also, make sure your roof thickness is 1.5 inch or more.
Ultimately, if you want to get an all-in-one kit to save time and money, this is your best bet!
For those of you on a budget, this is a great way to get your RV skylight up and functioning. BriRus Low Profile Single Pane skylight kit includes all the necessities for installing your skylight in your RV.
This kit includes: one Skylight (replacement skylight manufacturer#SL1422xx-LP), one Inner Garnish and one Sealant. Before you start the install, you will need a Hole size of 14 inch x 22 inch and a flange size 17.5 inch x 25.5 inch. Also, make sure your roof thickness is 1.5 inch or more.
In the end, this is very similar to the previous kit except for the color and brand.
Protective RV Skylight Shade
RV skylights can be beautiful during the day in your RV. But sometimes, you just don’t want that light in your face (when you’re napping or in hot weather). This RV Lights Out shade vent blind is the perfect addition for your RV skylights.
This light out shade will prevent light from shining into RV sleeping quarters at night. Plus, it can be easily mounted to ceiling and retracts into the space efficient housing to allow light in during the day. This shade will open up to 14” x 22”, 13” x 19”, 15” x 18”, and 14” x 14”. Also, the shade is durable and made from lightweight vinyl with a reflective finish to keep your RV cool.
We know that you will fall in love with the practicality and easy installation of this product. You won’t be able to live without it!
Looking for the right RV shade to keep the sun out of your eyes? This is an excellent shade by the well known company Camco. This blind is perfect for keeping the RV cool during the summer, or just keeping light out while you rest.
Camco RV Cream Retractable Lights Out Vent Shade prevents light from shining into RV sleeping quarters at night. Easily mounts to ceiling and retracts into the space-efficient housing to allow light inside during the day. Opens to 14-1/8″ x 19″. Durable, lightweight vinyl’s reflective finish reflects heat to keep RV cool.
In the end, you will be pleased with how much this shade keeps light out. Plus, it is super easy to install. Once you use this shade, you know it’s the product for you.