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Old 01-31-2017, 05:57 PM   #1
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Replacing Bath Exhaust fan

How difficult is it to replace the bath exhaust fan? Can it be done from inside the bath?
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Old 02-01-2017, 08:43 AM   #2
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For the bump, if the 2015 Interstate is built anything like the 2007, the answer is no, it cannot be done from the inside exclusively.

At the very least, you'd have to get up there and seal the outer seam between the roof and the fan body with Sikaflex 221 or another sealant of your choice. Our bathroom fan also has a detachable rain shroud that has to be added after the fan is secured in place - again, from above.

The good news might be that the bathroom fan is close to the side of the Sprinter body - not planted in the center of the roof which would require you to actually climb onto the roof. You might be able to do it standing on a ladder, which would be easier for folks who are not accustomed to roof-hopping.
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Old 02-01-2017, 09:22 AM   #3
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Ventline VP-543 12V Smoke Van Roof Air Vent
Available from Amazon or dealers.

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Old 02-01-2017, 10:30 AM   #4
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Wow, what an awesome write-up. Couldn't be clearer. That's the exact model of fan that we have. I didn't know they were still being used.
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Old 02-01-2017, 04:16 PM   #5
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Wow, what an awesome write-up. Couldn't be clearer. That's the exact model of fan that we have. I didn't know they were still being used.
Agree - nice write-up. Same bath vent fan in my 2013 Interstate.
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Old 09-12-2017, 05:00 PM   #6
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Attached shows Ventline bath fan without cover and replacing new blade. We had a water leak, so removed, new caulk and replace old blade. Blade was $10.50 at local Airstream dealer.
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Old 06-02-2018, 12:37 PM   #7
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i bought my 2017 interstate used and i have a gasket blocking the fan blade - is there a breaker for this fan if i clear the fan or is the motor shot?
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Old 06-02-2018, 03:44 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forum!

Can you remove the obstruction? The inside screen should come off with a couple of screws. Then you could test if the fan runs.

Your inside 12v (auto style blade fuses) should be labeled to show which runs the bath fan. If not, just look for one that's burned out if freeing the blade doesn't fix your problem.

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Old 06-03-2018, 02:18 PM   #9
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so i unblocked the foam gasket from the plastic fan wheel and its free to spin but the manual switch doesn't turn on the motor-- if its marked correctly, the fuse isn't broken --its in with 15amp linked with the A/C and Furnace -- all are working -- could the fan burn out without tripping the fuse? any other ideas? all fuses are good in the panel... everything else is working in the coach
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so i unblocked the foam gasket from the plastic fan wheel and its free to spin but the manual switch doesn't turn on the motor-- if its marked correctly, the fuse isn't broken --its in with 15amp linked with the A/C and Furnace -- all are working -- could the fan burn out without tripping the fuse? any other ideas? all fuses are good in the panel... everything else is working in the coach
You could contact Airstream, or your local Airstream dealer about having it fixed under warranty (along with any other issues that need attention).

If you want to continue on your own, I have only a couple of more things to offer.

First, is it possible the gasket pulled any wires into the fan that may have been severed or pulled loose?

Otherwise, you'll have to pull the fan motor. Then wire it directly to a 12v source to test it.

Others here may have first-hand knowledge and offer additional advice. Good luck.
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Old 06-04-2018, 12:25 AM   #11
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The overload could have burned the switch out. Pull motor, check as mentioned above.
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Curious LazyDesert or anyone else, if you resolved your issue. I've got an identical situation with a 2018 FC. Gasket material came loose and got caught up in the fan blade. When removed it still doesn't run. Internal fuses check out. Is there an inline fuse closer to the motor. I know the dealer will repair and its not an essential item but would do the quick fix if there is one.
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Old 09-17-2018, 05:10 PM   #13
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Ditto same situation, insulation caught obstructed fan blade, now it doesn’t work.
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Old 09-18-2018, 06:59 AM   #14
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2017 interstate bath fan

So after taking it up to the local airstream dealer they concluded the motor was shot - she had to order a new part via the warranty procedure from airstream — i still haven’t gotten it fixed - the original “service manager” simply forgot to process the paperwork - so still waiting to get that fan installed! Seems like a recall issue for the manufacturer of the fan — that little sponge gasket isn’t attached properly at the factory and causes a huge headache! Its a major job to fix it.. through the roof - sealant - best to go to the pros if you’re under warranty... although the fan manufacturer should be replacing those as lemons! Good luck~
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:05 AM   #15
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The inside handle used to raise and lower the vent cover cracked through in the middle. We can still use it by carefully pushing or pulling on each side. I am planning to carve a wooden handle that matches the curve of the broken plastic handle and (somehow) affix it to the plastic handle. Anybody else encounter this problem, and have a better solution?
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The inside handle used to raise and lower the vent cover cracked through in the middle. We can still use it by carefully pushing or pulling on each side. I am planning to carve a wooden handle that matches the curve of the broken plastic handle and (somehow) affix it to the plastic handle. Anybody else encounter this problem, and have a better solution?


I just had this happen recently and was thinking of a dozen options but found I could buy a replacement handle on e-trailer for $5 and opted for that.

I also realized that the best way to open and close the vents is to use 2 hands one on each end of the handle where it’s screwed in to the metal arms rather than push up or pull down from the middle.

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Old 09-18-2018, 10:47 AM   #17
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I had assumed that the plastic handle was molded onto the steel strips. But after reading your e-mail I went out to look again. Since the plastic handle was broken in the middle I was able to flex the steel strip away from the fan housing and see the screws you are talking about. I assume that you have to completely disassemble the fan (from the outside/top) to remove and replace the handle - correct? If so I think I'll see if I can fabricate a wooden handle - and remember to always use two hands to open/close with one hand on each side.
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I had assumed that the plastic handle was molded onto the steel strips. But after reading your e-mail I went out to look again. Since the plastic handle was broken in the middle I was able to flex the steel strip away from the fan housing and see the screws you are talking about. I assume that you have to completely disassemble the fan (from the outside/top) to remove and replace the handle - correct? If so I think I'll see if I can fabricate a wooden handle - and remember to always use two hands to open/close with one hand on each side.
I'm a member of the broken-in-the-middle-vent-handle club. Get this and while it's not easy, it's a lot easier than completely disassembling the fan. It also comes in handy if you ever have to remove the screws to remove and fix a leaking side window.
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That would work for removing the screws since the broken handle allows each side to be flexed inward. But in reinstalling with a good handle you can't flex the steel sides, can you?
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You can reach the screws by taking off the lower cover and surround and use the short 90 degree screwdriver. It's not easy, but I managed to get it done without taking of then entire thing from the top. You can buy the handle here.
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