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On our recent way home through Montana (hwy 90 east) the glazed lid on our Heki 2 (Dometic) skylight poped open and broke at one of the hinges and cracked at another. Speed limits were 75mph and the big rigs were likely pushing 80. I was traveling along on C/C at 68 to conserve fuel. Big rigs passing in conjunction with some extremely high crosswinds likely caused a substantial pressure differential to occur, forcing the lid to pop open. This also caused damage to the skylights built-in sun block shade.

We never open the skylight because the plastic hold-down latches are so very thin and fragile, and I've had to replace one (at 2yrs new) simply because of a UV plastic breakdown issue. Interestingly, when I found that the lid had popped opened, I also found that both hold-down latches were still in their locked positions, meaning this time no latch failure. Luckly, I was able to make a successful 'field repair' using 6" eternabond tape on the outside and bungie cords on the interior push bar, which well lasted the remainder of our long trip home.

Once home, I called a reputable locally owned RV supply shop in my area (good folks I've dealt with before) and gave them the parts numbers that I needed. I was surprised to learn that the glazed (really a type of soft lexan) lid alone was $1,289 (msrp from Dometic) and the shade about $150 more. I suspect that they might be willing to discount it a bit, but neither these parts or this Heki unit (as a whole) is worth their cost. I don't really see how Dometic can justify these prices, especially since the cause of this malady is flimsy parts and a poor hold-down design.

The good news is that my vehicle insurance company says I do have coverage (via a TC rider), so I share this episode with other Dometic Heki 2 owners as an FYI only...Thank goodness for having insurance.

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If I ordered another camper I would not specify the Heki. For all the reasons you mention.

With one of these hatches one is always waiting for the hinges to break, I don't know why they make them out of Plastic.

The heat generated in that area is very hot.

The basic concept is great, however the product they are building not.

As far as the prices go, completely crazy.

Up in that area one should keep it as simple as possible.

Something like a large porthole , with a simple rubber gasket would suit me just fine..


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Don't want one in any TC....heard about too many problems. One of the things that helped me make my decision to go with AF is because they don't use them.


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If I could get rid of mine in the cabover and have interior look good cosmetically I would. I dont like the Hieki product at all.





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Wow! The prop wash from tractor trailers blasting by at 80 MPH while you were puttering along under 70 MPH would have torn apart any protruding accouterments from many an RV


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I recently purchased & installed a complete unit for under $700.00 I purchased it from Bill Penny in New Hampshire. I have had two campers with these units (both installed by myself )and never had any problems !

replacement lens are avaliable in England for 330 pounds + shipping


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At those kind of prices you could almost install a tempered glass yachting access hatch. They come in different sizes.

I think if I had the HEKI I'd figure getting it sprayed with two coats of Linex and some stainless latches added to it before it went to pot.

At least coat the whole thing with eternabond tape so it wouldn't get so hot. Then insulate with the foil faced foam insulation inside.

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54suds wrote:

I recently purchased & installed a complete unit for under $700.00 I purchased it from Bill Penny in New Hampshire. I have had two campers with these units (both installed by myself )and never had any problems !

replacement lens are avaliable in England for 330 pounds + shipping


Don't know if you're talking about the Heki Midi or Heki 2, but good to know that the whole unit might be had for less than the individual parts.

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Posted: 07/07/12 12:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

6 years and counting, no problems, knock on wood....

Do you travel with any window open in camper? Could that have prevented any pressure problem in camper?





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