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RE: NL Skylight lug broke off

I have not posted for quite a long time but finally figured out how to post pictures. They are more than the size intended. Anyway, now it's easy to see what I'm posting about. Here is a picture of the skylight showing the place where the piece (lug) broke off. https://www.imgurupload.com/uploads/20201102/b45af697ebe8c327a0395e9ad4bcd514360061e3.jpg Here is a picture of the piece that broke off. https://www.imgurupload.com/uploads/20201102/090922792f258ca436afa303a1887be0f6cdaaf1.jpg Here is a picture of the other skylight latch, still unbroken. https://www.imgurupload.com/uploads/20201102/227fad362b44331c1028e3c1f9c1e738f6613144.jpg I guess that Imgur does not keep the pictures for long. :-(
Dewclaw 11/05/20 08:11pm Truck Campers
RE: NL Skylight lug broke off

I agree with Beagle on the opinion of quality of Heki... I wrote a critical opinion of them in THIS TOPIC. I had one of the black colored "forks" of the rotating portion break off on my last camper... Crazy Glue did not work. But the rotating part in my situation and the "lug" as you call it are only part of a lock of sorts. I say lock because I am not sure if it is meant to keep the skylight in place while traveling down the road. You mention that you "rope" yours down, but I just left my as is because there was a significant amount of downward force from the pistons holding it down. I installed new piston because the original ones would not hold the skylight in the UP position. I never worried about trying to get a permanent fix because they really held the window very well in the down position. But, if you want to fix yours, the frame is relatively easy to take down for a possible fix. Maybe you can install a metal angle with small nuts and bolts to replicate the piece that broke. I had to disassemble mine because the shade slipped out of its guide track slot. If you choose to take the frame down and the shade works properly for you, DO NOT LET THE SHADE SPRING AND ROLLER COME OUT OF ITS POSITION. It is similar to spring loaded roller shades on a house window in that you need to pre-load the spring. It can be done on the Heli but it is a PIA, Thank you. That is good info and a good caution regarding the shade spring and roller. I will probably glue a replacement piece on without disassembling the frame. I rope mine down with a piece of cord running under the mattress and then tied to the aluminum handle. A nice lady at the RV shop told me that was the only way they could get their campers (or something) shipped to the east coast and still have the Heki in place when they got there. So help me, if I every trade the Northern Lite in it will be for a camper with NO HEKI.
Dewclaw 11/05/20 08:09pm Truck Campers
RE: NL Skylight lug broke off

JB Weld makes PlasticWeld. I would attach the broken lug back in place with JB Weld and fill in the topside of the lug with JB Weld at a 45deg angle upwards to give it some strength for pull of the latch. Picture looks like the latch has an ear that goes over the topside of of the lug as well as below, so that may have to be cut off to make clearance for the JB Weld 45deg build out bracing. For more strength against the upward pull of the latch and because of the upper ear, might be better to use a 90deg metal angle on topside of lug and JB Weld it in place..... Thanks. I have used the ordinary JB Weld with good success. I'll get some of the PlasticWeld.
Dewclaw 11/05/20 08:04pm Truck Campers
RE: loosing old members

I just returned after being gone for a while. The groups on Facebook are so easy to use and, shame on me, I'm on Facebook almost daily. Still, the experience seems to be here. Many of the Facebook posters are new to the game.
Dewclaw 11/02/20 12:41am Truck Campers
RE: NL Skylight lug broke off

Thanks for the replies, all. I had already bought new locking latches and have them stashed in the camper in case of need. But the lug itself breaking off is something that I have not heard of. Since the lug is part of the frame, it looks expensive (as is everything Heki/Dometic). It would be great to have more replies and suggestions. :-)
Dewclaw 11/02/20 12:19am Truck Campers
RE: NL Skylight lug broke off

I have not posted for quite a long time but finally figured out how to post pictures. They are more than the size intended. Anyway, now it's easy to see what I'm posting about. Here is a picture of the skylight showing the place where the piece (lug) broke off. https://www.imgurupload.com/uploads/20201102/b45af697ebe8c327a0395e9ad4bcd514360061e3.jpg Here is a picture of the piece that broke off. https://www.imgurupload.com/uploads/20201102/090922792f258ca436afa303a1887be0f6cdaaf1.jpg Here is a picture of the other skylight latch, still unbroken. https://www.imgurupload.com/uploads/20201102/227fad362b44331c1028e3c1f9c1e738f6613144.jpg
Dewclaw 11/02/20 12:02am Truck Campers
NL Skylight lug broke off

So, I found a piece of semi-circular white plastic laying on the bed. Looking around in the bunk area I found that one of the plastic lugs that the skylight latches to had broken off the frame. Luckily I always rope the darned thing down when we are on the road so it held with just one side latched. Now the problem is how to fix it. It's part of the internal skylight frame and I can't see buying an entire frame. I'm thinking that I will make something that will have a lug that the latch can hook onto and which will fasten to the plastic frame. Have any of you had a skylight failure like that? If so, what did you do to repair it? TIA
Dewclaw 11/01/20 12:56am Truck Campers
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