Overhead roof lights.

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  1. Another Lesley

    Another Lesley Read Only Funster

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    Used our new to us 2008 Autotrail this weekend for the first time. As it was a lovely couple of days we opened the rooflights. Now we find that there appears to be no locking mechanism to secure the window rooflight when it is closed. There is a winder arm that takes it up and down, but no security catch. When in the closed position it can be lifted up by hand simply by pushing the window upwards. It is the same in the loo and the main living area. Is this usual? Am I missing something? Is there a special technique which I don't know to secure the windo hatch in place?..........any help much appreciated please.

    Lesley.............feeling very insecure.:helpsos:
     
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    Picture

    I know I have had older caravans which did not lock and where spring loaded meaning you could just push them open, I now have a 2008 trigano (same stable as auto trail) with two roof lights and both of them lock and can not be opened from the outside

    Why don't you post us a picture
     
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    We have an Auto-Trail Comanche and when you wind the roof lights down with the winding handle (naturally :BigGrin:) you have to keep winding until you can feel the winder come to a stop. The handle then folds up into the recess out of the way.
    It is the tension of being fully wound that holds the roof light in place. :thumb:

    If you stop winding when the roof light has touched down it is not secured.
     
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    As per Knocky above ... you have to keep on winding until it is tight then pop the handle in the slot and it should stay put. :BigGrin:
     
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    one stick of dynamite on each sky light should do the job :Smile:

    well it is a euro box


    >>>>runs for cover >>>>only joking honest :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Oi, watch it or I'll get the Teesside Mafia to come round and let yer tyres down :Wink: :hardhat:
     
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    Autotrail use Remis skylights and when fully closed there should be two locking catches that engage to hold it firmly shut, you have to continue to wind the handle till it won't go any further to engage these catches.

    D.
     
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    Yeah, that's what I tried to say :Blush: :Rofl1:
     
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    So, been out and turned handle.........and turned and turned and turned..........and turned. It does not come to a halt, just whizzes round and round and round. It then starts clicking but does not stop turning.......ooops now I feel dizzy.:Eeek: The rooflight......is still not locked :cry: Sealed it down with gaffer tape (love that stuff) and tomorrow going to take it back to the dealers and let them fix it (point out the error of my ways) Thank you everyone who replied.
     
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    If you lift up he rooflight and look on top above the winding handle you will see a black box this is the gearbox.
    Sometimes the cogs inside get worn or as in my case the teeth on the cable have worn so the worm drive does not pull the cable through the gear box.
    Now the cheapest cable I have found is around £90.00.
    When we get some nice weather I am going to take these cables off and see if they can be adapted and turned around.
    what happens when the gearbox fails or the cables are worn it throws the two locking clips on either side out of sync as in my case only one side would lock after a little meddling I managed to get both of them to lock.
    Apparently it is a known fault with these rooflight locking mechanism.

    billy
     
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    Ah ! I think the technical term for that is that "it is knackered" :Wink:
    I'm sure Dave Newell will confirm my diagnosis :BigGrin:
     
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    Did you get the rooflights fixed, and if so, what was wrong ?

    The suspense is killing me :BigGrin:
     
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    I have had the main roof light replaced 4 times in 5 years on my Apache because of failures of the cable and gearbox. I have looked at the new model Autotrail with the large curved roof light.Will this be better, I do not think so.
     
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    Come on another lesley, tell us what's happened with your rooflight repairs.

    It's not a secret, is it ? :secret::Rofl1:
     
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    Sorry for the delay....:BigGrin:.but time away in the motorhome means lack of Internet time. The roof light is, to use a technical term buggered and is being replaced by the dealership under warranty.......so, despite the lovely weather, the gaffer tape remains in situ and all will be put right as soon as we get home.
     
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    Spot on diagnosis:thumb:. I don't know what it is about Remis rooflights, we have one on the rearr of our home conversion and so far it has been fine but I have had to repair/replace several (I have a box full of broken ones, its a big box:Doh:) .

    D.
     
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    Thanks Another Lesley, but I still can't sleep at night until you tell us exactly why it is "buggered". For the less technically minded, you understand :Blush: :BigGrin:
     
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