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Old 01-10-2014, 03:18 PM   #1
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How to brighten interior of Sightseer

My 2009 Winnebago Sightseer has tinted windows and it always seems a little dismal inside. I am considering adding a couple of skylights. The roof is fiberglass and I am able to use a stud finder to find the supports; however, I am wondering if it will weaken the roof structure to cut a couple of 14 x 22 holes for skylights. Any advice would be appreciated.
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To just cut out the rafters will weaken the roof but if you put in headers then it would keep its structural integrity. With that said the more holes in the roof the more changes for leaking!

How about some mirrors and some indirect lighting!

Another negative thought about sky lights is when at Walmart they never turn off those parking lot lights!!
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My 2009 Winnebago Sightseer has tinted windows and it always seems a little dismal inside. I am considering adding a couple of skylights. The roof is fiberglass and I am able to use a stud finder to find the supports; however, I am wondering if it will weaken the roof structure to cut a couple of 14 x 22 holes for skylights. Any advice would be appreciated.
Call Winnebago customer support and they will guide you with structural and electrical diagrams if it is advisable to proceed. You do not want to cut into any structure that would undermine the integrity of the aluminum superstructure imbedded in the bowed roof or damage any of the electrical, video, sound or antenna/satellite cables running through the ceiling.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:55 AM   #4
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Call Winnebago customer support and they will guide you with structural and electrical diagrams if it is advisable to proceed. You do not want to cut into any structure that would undermine the integrity of the aluminum superstructure imbedded in the bowed roof or damage any of the electrical, video, sound or antenna/satellite cables running through the ceiling.
Thanks! I will give them a call on Monday.
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:00 AM   #5
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You also need to consider the air conditioning channels built into the roof so you don't cut off the flow of conditioned air throughout coach.

If you have the cherry woodwork and not the light maple then that combined with the three rather dark upholstery options would make the coach feel more like a funeral parlor to me. You might try some light colored furniture throws to brighten things up. My coach was a mirror where the brochure shows the flat screen TV in the Sightseer with another on the back wall in the bedroom along with in the open cubbies in the cabinetry which along with the light oak woodwork and upholstery makes for a brighter coach inside.
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Very brave to add skylights. It can be done, but I wouldn't want to.
Much easier to pull more wires and add lights.
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:15 AM   #7
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I would call the factory first before cutting a hole in the roof, myself I would not do it, when I converted my bus that was the one thing that was on my list of do not but any holes in the roof, even my vent pipes go out the side of the bus. Once you cut a hole your making a place for a water leak and weaken the roof, there must be better ways to let more light in , maybe changing the windows to a lessor tint?
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:58 AM   #8
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Winnebago uses aluminum cross members in the roof. They connect to the aluminum side frames. I wouldn't cut one of them. There are also wiring channels in the roof foam that you don't want to cut into.

As someone else mentioned, you can call and request prints of the roof. They have emailed me pdf files showing wall construction when I wanted to locate some aluminum/steel plates embedded in the wall.

Winnebago embeds metal plates in the roof and walls where they anchor cabinets and other items that need support.
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Another option would be a more transparent lid that would let more light in on the front roof vent.
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Thanks to all who have responded and I would like to clarify my reasoning for considering installing skylights. Ironically, the brightest room in the Sightseer is the bathroom. This is because it has a rather large skylight over the shower. In addition to this large cutout, there are also large cutouts for two air conditioners, a 14x14 bathroom vent, and a 14x14 living area vent.

I have already upgraded the incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs and replaced the couch with two very light-colored recliners. I cannot remove the tint from the windows as they are factory tinted dual panes. Since I rarely use the bedroom air conditioner, I have considered removing it and replacing it with a skylight. A friend recently purchased a TT that has three skylights and the resulting natural light makes for a very bright and cheerful interior.
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Thanks to all who have responded and I would like to clarify my reasoning for considering installing skylights. Ironically, the brightest room in the Sightseer is the bathroom. This is because it has a rather large skylight over the shower. In addition to this large cutout, there are also large cutouts for two air conditioners, a 14x14 bathroom vent, and a 14x14 living area vent.

I have already upgraded the incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs and replaced the couch with two very light-colored recliners. I cannot remove the tint from the windows as they are factory tinted dual panes. Since I rarely use the bedroom air conditioner, I have considered removing it and replacing it with a skylight. A friend recently purchased a TT that has three skylights and the resulting natural light makes for a very bright and cheerful interior.
I'm not familiar with your RV but, if the forward ceiling vent has a fan (Fantastic, etc.) you might consider removing the fan assembly and the round portion of the shroud. You could try this temporarily to see if there is any difference. Additionally, if you have smoked vent covers you could switch to white. Keep in mind that any changes should be relative to geography ... it's very bright and hot here in FL ... maybe not so much where you are. As for skylights, I think the 22" dimension is going to be to large .... probably the standard 14" X 14" will be max.

What color is the inside ceiling and the inside area of your vents?

The other thing that may help slightly is temporarily removing any window screens.
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The front privacy curtain blocks nearly all of the light from the windshield and side windows when pulled. Does anyone know of a product that would provide privacy yet let most of the light come through--something like a frosted glass effect?
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The front privacy curtain blocks nearly all of the light from the windshield and side windows when pulled. Does anyone know of a product that would provide privacy yet let most of the light come through--something like a frosted glass effect?
When you say "privacy curtain" are you referring to an opaque curtain? Our 2013 Adventurer has 2 power curtains that can be lowered across the front window. One is opaque so no light comes in or goes out. It can only be activated when the ignition switch is off. The other one is a black mesh that allows some light through. The mesh one is also the sun visor. It can be lowered all the way down with the ignition off, but only part way when the ignition is on. It does a good job of filtering the bright sun, yet allows you to see through it.
We don't use it that much as a sun shade while driving, but it does get used regularly when parked to filter either the rising or setting sun.
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The front privacy curtain blocks nearly all of the light from the windshield and side windows when pulled. Does anyone know of a product that would provide privacy yet let most of the light come through--something like a frosted glass effect?
if you don't need the forward seats you can mount a ceiling track (aft of seats) and hang one or more shower curtain liners (the translucent ones).
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