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Old 10-28-2011, 05:38 PM   #1
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The MaxxFan®

I need to replace my two fans and would like to know what people have to say about the MaxxFan how long it will last, build quality, noise etc.
Will it fit in the existing hole or even between the frames?



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Old 10-28-2011, 05:53 PM   #2
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I need to replace my two fans and would like to know what people have to say about the MaxxFan how long it will last, build quality, noise etc.
Will it fit in the existing hole or even between the frames?



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I put one in and liked it so much that I bought a second one and installed it at my cousins place midway through our trip. Having lived on my boat for a number of years I'm a firm believer in ventilation and the idea of having the vent open in the rain is a great idea.

It mounts in the same hole with a little trimming to square the corners. Be aware that you need about 9" of clear space on the roof behind the vent to clear the overhang. I also like the low profile presented when open or closed.

Noise and features are similar to the Fantastic Fan, 10 fan speeds in or out, auto temp on and off, and about the same noise level. Build quality seems as good as any and how long it will last only time will tell.

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Old 10-28-2011, 06:19 PM   #3
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Ok I have found this item on Advenrure RV for $199 and for $300 are there Two models out there? Or is it just one has a remote (for $100 extra is it worth it)?
Maxxfan RV Ventilator, Smoke Lid with Remote - $199.99

MaxxFan MaxxAir RV Ventilator Smoke Lid w/Remote - $299.99
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:25 PM   #4
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I highly recommend them. They were the first mods that I did to my '06 19CCD when I bought it. Replaced the Fantastic Fan in the galley area and added a second over the bed area.

With the integrated flip-up cover, I used them extensively in the rain with one fan drawing air in and the other pushing air out. Had great ventilation and almost never needed the air conditioning.
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:32 PM   #5
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So should I do one with remote and one without???? Unless some one can chime in here and tell me the remote is the best thing since AirStream I think I will just buy the ones with out.
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The remote is great if you have a 5th wheel with 8-9 foot ceilings and you can't reach the fan. Airstreams don't have that problem.

Unless of course you really, really need the digital thermostat that comes with the remote........
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:11 PM   #7
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I've got the Fantastic Fan in my bedroom area, and to be honest, keep looking at the MaxFan. Like others, I really like the idea of being able to have it open practically at all times, rain or no rain. Thinking if I do this, I'll finally ditch the "Kool-O-Matic" fan in the kitchen area (only runs when I don't want it to) and do like Lew. One MaxAir up front, and one MaxAir in back, one to pull in the air, and one to pull it back out.
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:23 PM   #8
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The first mod I made to my '03 Safari 28' slide-out was installing two MaxxAir fans: bedroom and main salon. It has been my best decision when compared to all subsequent modifications. I have had no problems whatsoever during 16 months of ownership: 7,000+ miles of travel, and over 60 nights of usage to date.

Smartstream's list of features matches mine and I choose to forgo the remote. It just isn't needed with a low ceiling my wife can reach easily. The integral "rain proof" cover tipped my decision over Fantastic Fan and I haven't regretted the choice since I live in the South with frequent rainy days.

The ability to leave the cover open all day while away means a comfortable, dry cabin upon my return. One set for inflow and the other for outflow cycles the air quickly during occupation and is surprisingly effective whenever I visit the TT in the storage yard for a few hours of maintenance or other preparation before a trip.

The installation is super easy, took me about 90 minutes each, and the aforementioned corner cuts were all that were necessary beyond the electrical connections. There is a video demonstrating the particulars about removal and re-sealing techniques on YouTube and from MaxxAir.

In summary, I think it is a better choice than Fantastic (heresy I've been told) and I have ordered another to replace the bath fan which quit this past weekend.
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In summary, I think it is a better choice than Fantastic (heresy I've been told) and I have ordered another to replace the bath fan which quit this past weekend.
One question concerning your bathroom fan. Is it on the 'level' part of the roof, or on the slope?
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:43 AM   #10
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Exactly what everybody else said. and no remote. Maybe when I get old. Sal.
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:31 PM   #11
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I talked to a good friend that is the best RV mechanic I know. He told me that the Fantastic Fan comes with a free life time replacement on all parts including motor and he puts these in all the time and fixes them "they never even ask for the part back" (old parts that he gets replacements for). I do not like the look of them nor do I like the fact that thy will not run in the rain BUT a good warranty is hard to beat!

http://www.fantasticvent.com/faq/kno.../OEM%20cat.pdf
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While I certainly like the warranty on the Fantastic Fan, the design of the MaxxFan sure has Fantastic beat. Maxx is what I'll be looking at soon, once I get the necessary stuff taken care of.
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:57 PM   #13
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We wish we had a remote for our fan in the bedroom. Sometimes you just wake up at night and it's freezing in there...
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Great fan. Have had ours on the 310 for over 5 years now, and not one problem. This was the basic fan unit. No remotes available then! Only thing that we had to do, was to get the inside trim (ceiling curve match) from Fantastic! MaxFan might have that now!?
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