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Post by Bad Penny on Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:33 pm

Hi  I'm in France at the moment and the weather is very hot, so in protest, the large roof light winder on my Broadway has decided to stop working and will not open the vent. It is still within the guarantee.
I wonder if there is anyone who can guide me on a quick repair, or should I take it to a professional.

Regards Leighton.
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Re: Main roof light

Post by Dutto on Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:21 am

Hi there,

I guess that once you answer my question you will already have your answer as what to do ....

"Why has it refused to open?"

Stuck due to expansion? Stuck due to corrosion?  Stuck due to damage?  Stuck due to being overtightened? scratch head scratch head

As a genuine ham-fisted over enthusiastic idiot myself my only advice is "Try not to break it and make it worse; like wot I would probably do!!" Whistle1

Hope this helps. allthumbz

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Post by Quilter on Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:01 pm

Leighton..we too are in France and have had problems with the large roof light sticking. We had it repaired a few weeks ago as it refused to close. This time it was an overheated rubber seal which had baked onto the van. I found it impossible to wind open and was concerned about damaging the winder but my OH did get it open with much noise of ripping rubber ! As far as we can see no damage has been done and now that we are further north and it is cooler and the seal has been anointed with talcum powder, all is well.

Yours could well be the same problem.

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Post by Quilter on Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:04 pm

PS
As you wind press firmly on the centre of the glass. Eventually, if the same problem, it should start to give and rise as normal .
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Re: Main roof light

Post by Chinaexplorer on Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:04 pm

First make sure that you are turning in the right direction!
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Post by Dutto on Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:13 am

Chinaexplorer wrote:First make sure that you are turning in the right direction!
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Oh I like that one!!!!  allthumbz   allthumbz

Been there and bought that "T" Shirt a few times!! Whistle1

I once put 1,000 gallons of tax-paid DERV into a red-diesel tank due to the only "clockwise to open" valve on a tank farm I worked on!! tap_fingers

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Post by Bad Penny on Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:08 pm

Sorry forum members, just back on wi fi. 
Regards my roof light, I should have said that the handle just revolves like a spinning top and does not engage and therefore won't open.

Dutto I've slapped my wrist!!!!

Regards Leighton
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Post by Quilter on Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:04 pm

Bad Penny wrote:
Regards my roof light, I should have said that the handle just revolves like a spinning top and does not engage and therefore won't open.

Aahh ! I think the technical term for this is that it is broken...

Our Broadway is a delight; well built, sensible storage and use of space, good looking and a credit to AS. Everything  that has gone wrong with it over the year we have owned it has been down to the manufacturers of the parts: malfunctioning door strut, cracking of flimsy fridge box, faulty closing mechanism on roof light, faulty blind on overcab window, malfunctioning back light on control panel etc. All are made by major player manufacturers - Hartal, Seitz, Heki, Thetford etc and it must be frustrating in the extreme for AS when they fail as they tend to get the blame.

Rant over; hope you can sort your roof light Leighton.

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Post by Dutto on Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:05 pm

Bad Penny wrote:Sorry forum members, just back on wi fi. 
Regards my roof light, I should have said that the handle just revolves like a spinning top and does not engage and therefore won't open.

Dutto I've slapped my wrist!!!!

Regards Leighton
Hi there,

Stripped threads on the male or a cracked casing on the female bits by the sound of that!!

Causes are:

1.  Overenthusiastic tightening by the last person to close the skylight.

2.  Determination to open the skylight after the previous overenthusiastic numpty had closed it too tightly.

3.  Human wear and tear.  (Roughly translated this means "Not my fault!" 'cos 1. or 2. above happened.)

4.  A genuine "age" thing where the old and decrepit bit of kit decided to leave this life to a better life somewhere else!

Hope this helps to point the finger at the guilty party!
(Actually I discovered long ago it was easier to confess to crimes even if I was not involved!)  Whistle1

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Re: Main roof light

Post by Bad Penny on Thu Jun 18, 2015 4:21 pm

Thanks for your input and sympathy, but on reflection, if I fiddle with the roof light handle I may end up with it stuck in the open position, together with one of these French thunderstorms.

I agree Quilter, A S do a great job, pitty they are let down by other major players.  Enjoy your trip

Regards to you all
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