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Old 09-13-2015, 04:16 PM   #15
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The Maxxair deluxe fan allows you to run the fan in motion and when its raining out. No additional cover to buy like the Fantastic fan. IMHO a much better designed fan and much better looking on an Airstream. Great customer support also from what Ive heard, Ive never had any problems with mine. I believe about the same price as the Fantastic fan.

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Interesting Mike..... they seem more expensive than the Fantastic Fans, at least up here in Ultima Thule. I assume you mean the Deluxe version with built in cowl. The pictures make the vent cowl look very flat at the flange, how difficult is it to fit on a curved classic roof?

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Old 09-13-2015, 04:20 PM   #16
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I still waiting to pickup my '79 M/H from the shop. Idroba is correct . Replace the hoses. Usually shops can make up their own. Mine had to have new compressor, dryer bottle, hoses, and evaporator. Plus changed to R134a. Suppose to be finished tomorrow but have heard that before. Also replaced alternator, re-cored radiator, new calipers/pads, new hydro-boost, new front air bags, new water pump and thermostat, replaced valve cover and manifold gaskets. Once I get it back the fun begins with inside renovations. Adding 3 fantistic fans, new frig, new furnace, new water heater, fire suppression system, plus numerous other items. I may never finish but will enjoy the challange!!
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Old 09-13-2015, 05:33 PM   #17
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All I did was lay a thicker bead of caulk on the outer edges. Made sure that when I snugged it down with the screws that It squeezed a bit out all the way around. Didnt over-tighten. Then a dab on top of each screw head. Theyve been installed for over two years and no problems. I bought the deluxe model but without the bells n whistles, no remote, no auto open or close. They do have a thermostat to kick them on at a set temp. I really didnt want the fancier models, more to potentially go wrong. I bought and installed two, got them on sale for half price. I believe it worked out to be around $160 a piece at the time. Dont know what theyre going for now but I do see them on sale now and again. What I liked most is that you can run them while traveling and you can run them in the rain. Helps a great deal to keep air moving and prevent the windows from fogging. I like the profile, I think they are pretty unobtrusive in the closed position and really not bad looking when open.

Havent had any cracking on the flange inside or out. I think its important not to try and force them and dont over-tighten when installing. Just make sure you use enough caulk that you get a bit squeezing out all the way around when snugging the screws down.

Anyway, I like them. I really dont like the look of the covers that need to be installed over the Fantastic Fans to run them while its raining. But thats just me, lots of folks install them. Kinda look like a box on top of the rig to me.

Good luck with your install which ever you buy. Youll need to trim the corners of the skin, inside n out, when you make them large enough to install either brand. No biggy. One othe thing about the Maxxair is that you install just the flange to the roof, then the housing and fan attach to the flange with four screws. Nice design.

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Old 09-13-2015, 06:50 PM   #18
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I have an ancient Ventilair at present. It still works and runs on a thermostat and is covered by a cowl for running while driving, but rain will bleach in if coming from the rear. I had a LY with a Fantastic Fan, and the lid would automatically lower when it rained, in a few seconds, no need for an extra cowl unless you wanted to run it while driving, and mine lacked the cowl. I will admit that the Maxxair automatic cowl does look really slick, but I am put off by the price difference over the Fantastic Fan, which is a very good unit. No doubt same problems with the fitting to a Classic roof for all fans. I was thinking about using dense foam strips, of the type used for home HVAC systems, shaped to fit the curve, and then caulk.

But...... I am sure that if a person wants a fan that can be used in rain and when driving, and that looks really good, the Maxxair Deluxe would be the choice. And what's another hundred bucks or so?..................
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Old 10-30-2015, 12:39 PM   #19
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Hi, I am going to be looking at a 1989 290 with 65k miles. Is there anything I should be looking for that is specific to the 290?
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Old 10-30-2015, 12:42 PM   #20
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Hello All,
I am new to writing on here so may be in the wrong place. If so, sorry and can you point me in the right direction.

Next week I will be looking at a 1989 290. I know the usual things to look for for any motor etc. I also know to look for floor rot and stuff like that.

I would like to know if there is anything specific for the 290 I should be looking at.

Also, is it hard to get parts? What about that wood grain stuff on the side?

Thanks and appreciate all the help can get,
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Old 10-30-2015, 10:23 PM   #21
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Don't have any 290-specific info, but here is a link to the only vendor that I know of for the woodgrain stripe:

Search - woodgrain
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