Remis skylight fault.

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  1. greygit

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    Can I ask if anyone else is having problems with Rimis wind up skylights? Ours has just gone bang again and it’s the second one in less than two years, by bang I mean the winding mechanism has stripped out. As it is its still under warranty but what happens next time, to me theses skylight aren’t fit for purpose has anyone else found this? :(:(
     
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    Going in to be repaired tomorrow, takes these dealers a time to carry out warranty work doesn't it?
     
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    Ours was a bit crap from new too.

    The fix is to strip the gearbox and take a wire brush to the cables.
    The cables themselves have a spiral form which the gears engage with. For some strange reason, the cables are interwoven with bristles. This is probably for noise reduction and a form of lubrication.
    Anyway, these bristles retain crud and soon fill up causing the gears in the gearbox to strip.
    Bristle removal amd lubrication with grease is the only fix for trouble free operation!
     
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    One of the main problems with Remis wind up skylights is the winding mechanism, the shaft connected to the handle you wind is only made of a cast alloy so not very strong, they break far too easy add to that a set of nylon gears which strip far too easily.

    When opening good advice it to support the skylight with your hand pressing up to take some pressure of the gears and shaft.
    Really can`t understand why these type of skylights are fitted to motorhomes and caravans, a misguided conception that they are state of the art instead of practical.
    They only open in one direction, so if the wind is blowing from the rear of the vehicle you can`t open them, were as the old push up handles would open a skylight in any direction so no matter which way the wind was blowing you could still open the skylight.

    Sometimes progress isn`t always going forward.
     
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    The gears are die cast monkey metal in ours!

    Getting rid of the bristles in the cables is the key to reliable operation. Ours works brilliantly now.

    When the skylight closes completely, two hooks should engage to keep it shut.

    With a malfunctioning skylight, these hooks do not engage and you can simply lift the lid from outside, stripping the gears.

    Not good for security!!!!
     
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    I have had mine repaired 4 times and then finally completely replaced. I leave it permenantly closed now and open a window instead.
     
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    They have long been known as crap and they will strip on a regular basis but it is possible to keep them going for a longer period with a bit of help from you.

    As you start to wind them open gently but firmly push upward with your hand, or something like a wooden stick if the skylight is too high to reach, at the opposite end to the winding handle and it helps to release the plastic which may be held down by muck and mess on the roof.

    Not an ideal solution to the problem but it does help to avoid stripping the gears.

    :france::france::france:
     
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    Its been 2 years since I fixed ours.

    Remove the bristles and lube the thing and you can put the broom handle away.

    Also it is good practice to lubricate all your window, rooflight and door seals will silicone spray.

    It stops them sticking! Even if its icy!
     
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    We had the same problem with the one fitted to our tug. I found the solution was to ease the red locks out whilst putting a bit of pressure on the winder, as the locks tend to stick on.
     
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    Mine is sort of naggered as well , when you try to open the blind its tight as hell then as you get to mid position the frame is slightly wider and the runner drops out of the guide ! You tease it back in and when it reaches fully open its tight again, Ime trying to get the plastic casing off to try and adjust width of runners by some means but no screws, it's probably clipped in each end but don't want to break it altogether
     
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