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Old 08-19-2017, 04:10 PM   #1
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Fantastic Fan Cover

Have any of you folks installed this cover or something similar on your Bambi?

https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Vents-an...SABEgKxAvD_BwE

Have you towed with this installed and the fantastic fan door open? Any issues?
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Old 08-19-2017, 04:27 PM   #2
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We got the white version and installed it on the rear vent of our 25FB.

The cover slightly reduces the height the lid can open, but that does not seem to restrict the flow by much. The version we got has four metal mounts that you affix to the roof (we used 3M VHB plus sealant). Each mount has a post that the cover drops on to. The cover has slots for the posts, not just holes, so you don't have to get the mounts in "perfect" position.

We did encounter a problem related to the slots. When we get strong winds from the rear, the cover slides forward, and then you can't open the lid. At first we thought the problem was the grill getting loose so we secured it with some zip-ties. We still had trouble. My final solution was to put a second post with a washer on top though each slot. This post has no attachment to the roof, but it takes up all the space in the slot so the cover can't slide fore and aft.
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Old 08-19-2017, 04:32 PM   #3
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The specs list the cover as being 10.25Ē tall. Is that about the same height as the AC on the roof of the AS, or does it add extra inches?
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Old 08-19-2017, 09:02 PM   #4
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I installed the MaxxAir cover on my Fantastic Fan on my Casita.

It has the proper air flow for the Fantastic Fan. You can get it on Amazon for $38.15

It's brackets mount to the side of the base and the cover clips to the brackets.
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We installed a Fantastic Fan cover on ours and went travelling. While in SW New Mexico we visited Ft Craig which involved a 3 mile drive down a smooth dirt road. We drove IN with the vent closed and no problem whatsoever.
We ate lunch in the trailer and then toured the Fort.

But the afternoon heated up ...so we got the same idea as you... we opened the vent for the drive down to Elephant Butte.

Boy! What a mistake! The difference driving that 3 miles was a TON of DUST throughout the trailer that took several hours to clean up. We'll NEVER do that again!
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We installed a Fantastic Fan cover on ours and went travelling. While in SW New Mexico we visited Ft Craig which involved a 3 mile drive down a smooth dirt road. We drove IN with the vent closed and no problem whatsoever.
We ate lunch in the trailer and then toured the Fort.

But the afternoon heated up ...so we got the same idea as you... we opened the vent for the drive down to Elephant Butte.

Boy! What a mistake! The difference driving that 3 miles was a TON of DUST throughout the trailer that took several hours to clean up. We'll NEVER do that again!


Wow, not good! It sounds like opening the fan lid while driving will suck in a bunch of outside dust. Looks like these covers may only be good to be able to keep the fan lid open during rain, which up here in the PNW can come in handy.

Do you have a photo of what it looks like installed on your AS?
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Old 08-22-2017, 11:54 AM   #7
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I generally travel with all the vents shut, even with covers. If I need fan cooling for a stop, I turn both fans on exhaust at full speed and leave the screen door shut to keep bugs out. If the doggies are in while we eat, I open a window and run fans if the outside air is less than 80 degrees. Otherwise it's take out and someone stays in the TV with air conditioning running...
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I also have the MaxxAir version because I like its attachment better. I do not travel with the FF open and I only have this on my rear fan. It is nice to be able to use the fan when it is raining. I think it does restrict the amount of air that will blow in, but I do not notice the restriction as much when exhausting. I leave the FF fan cover open when storing the trailer and the ventilation is sufficient to preclude mold.

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I also have the MaxxAir version because I like its attachment better. I do not travel with the FF open and I only have this on my rear fan. It is nice to be able to use the fan when it is raining. I think it does restrict the amount of air that will blow in, but I do not notice the restriction as much when exhausting. I leave the FF fan cover open when storing the trailer and the ventilation is sufficient to preclude mold.



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Good to know about leaving the FF open while storing the AS. Do you store it outside? In rain and cooler temps? I live in Seattle and the avg. temp is ~52F with damp air and/or rain, so Iím trying to understand what the best method of outdoor storage consists of in terms of airflow, mold, etc.
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Wow, not good! It sounds like opening the fan lid while driving will suck in a bunch of outside dust. Looks like these covers may only be good to be able to keep the fan lid open during rain, which up here in the PNW can come in handy.

Do you have a photo of what it looks like installed on your AS?
Sorry the pics are not that good....taken inside my hangar where I have it stored...and the scaffolding I use to work on top. (Click on the pics to enlarge)
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Sorry the pics are not that good....taken inside my hangar where I have it stored...and the scaffolding I use to work on top. (Click on the pics to enlarge)


These photos are great. I have a good idea of what it looks like installed. Iíll likely have the dealer install this on the AS I purchase (probably FC 20). Iím debating whether Iíd want it on both FFs or only one.
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Yes, open in all weather. You need ventilation to preclude mold, although I had good success with an ozone generator on my boat. On my AS with the FF cover open and the shower vent open I get plenty of air flow, hot, cold, humid.
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You want both. One needs to be open to feed air to the other. Intake and exhaust required. Keep closed while traveling. In a stop, open door and run both. Standard powered fan direction is exhaust flow. You can install a bi-directional switch. Worth doing. The older ones had that capability.

MaxxAir sells a fan with popup hood. Nice unit. Sits lower than the fixed hoods. I like the Fantastic fan fixed hood (rigid) better than MaxxAir hood (flexible).

The hoods are about the same level as AC cover. We purchased smoke color.

Get an insulating pad from Camping World or similar to keep the heat out when running AC.

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I've always wondered... Any find that spiders like to setup shop under the covers?
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I've always wondered... Any find that spiders like to setup shop under the covers?


I suppose turning the fan on would resolve the issue?
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Have not seen spiders here on the AS vents in the SoCal desert. One thing that may deter them is that AS is in a dark area. The standing lights on the house, however, are full of webs.
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