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Old 11-18-2013, 06:41 PM   #29
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Use the shower now a couple times - the little fan does not do a fantastic job - its a little cup that you push up - click the button and fan cuts on - not impressive - but to be fair - a hot shower when slightly chilly air generates a lot of moisture

I do plan on winter camping this year - the dehumidifier can help heat and dehumidify - already seem the condensation on inner skin - fixed by running fantastic fan

Agree about the little round fan in the bathroom - makes more noise than anything!

We have the centre bathroom arrangement with shower on one side, sink & toilet on the other and sliding doors to the front and rear of the bathroom.

I have found it much better to just leave the sliding door to the bedroom open and turn on the rear Fantastic fan when using the shower - it moves a lot of air!

As for winter camping, cooking can also throw a lot of moisture into the air - not only from boiling water, but one of the products of combustion of propane from the stove is H2O!

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Old 11-18-2013, 11:31 PM   #30
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I climbed up on the roof yesterday to take a good look at my new trailer , them skylights are indeed cheaply made , I had no screws holding mine on, seems AS has now gone to just using 2 sided black tape , I think I will be swapping them out when I hit Texas next month , As for the fan vent covers , I added the new grey / silver maxi II vents , I leave my covers open pretty well all the time , even when driving down the road , the covers don't open as high as befor , but they still open very well and with the new style of cover from maxi , it allows more airflow then the old style , on my old travel trailer I used maxis befor and they were good The nicest part about the new ones is the one side is hinged , your able to just climb up and you can open and clean the cover inside in seconds ,
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:50 AM   #31
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No trouble with rain blowing in with a side wind with the MaxAir II? And how about their Fanmate? They say it allows more flow for the fantastic fans, but it's pricey,

Which of the MaxAir II looks better on the Airstream, the grey or the silver?
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:27 AM   #32
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I've never had rain blow in. Once or twice, in wind driven rain, I've had enough hit the sensor that the lid closed, but never water inside the AS. Silver is a little lighter than the gray, but neither really "matches" the AS aluminum.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:37 AM   #33
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We have a gray MaxAir II in front over the living space, a second one won't fit between the solar panels in back over the bed. I think sideways rain could come in a little bit, probably not much.

The gray color is not an exact match to the Airstream shell but looks natural and unimposing up there, a good choice.
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:00 AM   #34
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No trouble with rain blowing in with a side wind with the MaxAir II?
I've left my Interstate's MaxxFan vent open in a howling thunderstorm, on more than one occasion, with no leakage at all, whether the fan is blowing or not. I'll close it for a hurricane, or if I'm running the furnace and don't want all of my heat escaping through the vent, but otherwise I can leave it open with no worries.
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:45 PM   #35
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No trouble with rain blowing in with a side wind with the MaxAir II? And how about their Fanmate? They say it allows more flow for the fantastic fans, but it's pricey, Which of the MaxAir II looks better on the Airstream, the grey or the silver?

Here is what they look like , I think mine are the silver ones , in my opinion they look better then the white ones on the AS

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Old 11-19-2013, 01:34 PM   #36
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I have the white MaxxAir vent cover-
The silver one would be nice, but there are still 2 white a/c units up there-
I would like to have silver a/c units as well-
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Old 11-19-2013, 01:53 PM   #37
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I have the white MaxxAir vent cover-
The silver one would be nice, but there are still 2 white a/c units up there-
I would like to have silver a/c units as well-
No reason why you can't paint the air conditioning shrouds. Covering them with paint will also slow down the inevitable UV degradation and make the shrouds last longer. Win/Win.

But if you do paint them, you might want to add a blue horizontal pinstripe, just to provide a neat dividing line between shiny silver of the trailer and painted silver of the shrouds.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:29 PM   #38
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:08 PM   #39
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Fantastic fan in our 30 works great. If anything, it closes sooner than it needs to. Will close in heavy humidity at the beach, for example. I think the little bath and shower fans do a great job also. Just me happy camper here.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:39 PM   #40
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If sensor kept clean, the FF rain sensor should be fine. We removed ours to install new AC. Sent it to someone on this site and they never said "thanks" as I recall. Ah well, hope it works great anyway. We run bath fan exhausting when showering. I crack open the front roof vent and it clears well in our 34'. One thing, tho, it helps to not run the shower as hot as at home. Warm enough to clean, not heavy steam. Same with cooking. Open a nearby window helps the range vent pull more efficiently (btw, add "unlatch hood vent" to your arrival checklist. And "close" to your preflight. ) The MaxAir vents...I am studying as something to allow "leave open" of vent when stored. The important point to understand is that for the convection rate we are likely to see, the vent cover may not need to be fully open. An inch or two should suffice. I added the "damp rid" to pull up stray moisture, but the average humidity inside is not high unless granddaughters are camping with us and bathing suits and soggy towels are hanging up... And my wife starts cooking. That is 2 adults, 3 kids, small dog, rainy day and lots of humidity generation inside. At night in cool weather (35 degrees) with wife and I it was getting higher humidity so I cracked open roof vents. Heater only ran about a minute longer on cycles and started up just a little sooner. Overall not much diff in run times. In the end, try the venting where possible and dehumidifier a where you must. BTW, a good rule of thumb for humidity is a small pile , about a teaspoon, of table salt piled on a glass platter. If it looks shiny, humidity is above 50%. If sticking together, it is too damp in the area where the salt is. It takes time to get results with the method, like overnight. But it is still a good indicator. After using salt, put in your oven at about 150 for a few minutes. It will drive out moisture in about 10 minutes. Or put in while baking biscuits. It will dry out just fine for reuse or for melting ice.

PS... Maxim skylights are the only way to go.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:24 PM   #41
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Cautious soul that I am....I replaced the two flimsy skylights with Maxim's 4 months after I took delivery of my new Intl. THEN I replaced the two Fantastic Fans with Maxx Fans because the shroud obviates the rain sensor "issue" (and they have terrific remote controls....one of which is within reach of my bed). I'm now down to only one Maxx Fan as I had the 2d A/C installed in the rear of my trailer at JC last fall. 28' is just "marginal" with one 15000 BTU A/C....at least in the south.
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