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Old 03-05-2003, 10:46 AM   #1
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Fan-tastic vent - has anyone installed one?

I am thinking about ordering one (or two) fan-tastic vents for my 21' sovereign and am seeking advice from someone who has installed one or who knows how to install one. Are there 12 volt electric wires present in the area where the fan goes? If there are accessible wires going to overhead lights can I tie on to one of those? There is not an airstream dealer close by and it would be much more convenient for me to install a fan myself but I don't want to do something wrong. Thanks.
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Old 03-05-2003, 11:20 AM   #2
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just did it

Do a search for "Fantastic fan" and check out dabler's photo's. Gives you step by step instructions. Gave me the confidence to attempt it.
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Old 03-05-2003, 02:37 PM   #3
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Thanks. Duane and his photographer did an outstanding job of showing how to install the Fan-tastic vent, and that will be a great help for me. However, it appears that his old vent had a motor in it with wires already there. My vents just open and do not have motors so I am not sure where I can get power. Hopefully someone can tell me if there are available wires up there close to the vent that I can tie onto.

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Old 03-05-2003, 02:45 PM   #4
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If you have a light at the vent then you do for sure. Realize also that you will lose that light with the fan install unless you make some other arrangements for a light fixture. If you aren't worried about replacing the light then the fan will simply take over that connection.
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Old 03-05-2003, 05:55 PM   #5
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My FanTastic vent is powered by the same circuit as the ceiling light which is a few inches aft. Both the light and the vent motor work, so the fan motor wires were simply spliced into the light wires before the light switch. If you have a light near the vent, then you can use these wires for power. Do you have the original Owners Manual? Mine has a complete (more info than I wanted) wiring diagram.
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Old 03-05-2003, 06:10 PM   #6
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Rick, I do have a ceiling light a foot or so to the rear of the vent opening. I am glad to know that the wires for the light are OK to run the fan. I was afraid that they might be too small. I hope there is enough room up there to reach and tie into the wires. I do have an owners manual with wiring diagram but I cannot tell exactly where the wires are located.
I feel comfortable enough now to go ahead with the project and appreciate the great help I received from fellow "airstreamers."

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Old 03-13-2003, 11:17 AM   #7
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I sent an email to fan-tastic vent and asked how I could get the curved inside finish trim for an airstream. Three days later the trim piece was on my front porch. Someone else had mentioned that the trim was available, otherwise I would not have known. If the vent is as good as fan-tastic vent's customer service, it will be great. Thanks to all, especially "dabler's photos" for the help.

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Old 03-13-2003, 07:15 PM   #8
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I just bought one last weekend. I called Fanstastic, and they sent a new trim piece, but it has no curves on it. It is off white and not as thick as the original. DID I GET THE WRONG BEZEL????
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Old 03-14-2003, 07:43 AM   #9
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nope

das not the one
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Old 03-14-2003, 09:24 AM   #10
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Pick, I cannot see all four sides of your bezel. The one they sent me looks like yours from two sides but the other two sides have a small curved filler that will fill in the otherwise gap at the roof of the airstream. If yours don't they should send you another one. It is my understanding that the "off white" color is the only color trim available for the airstream. If you like the original bezel that is made for thicker roofs you could probably make and glue a small filler strip to it. I have not installed mine yet (because of a knee injury) so I don't know if the larger bezel is needed for the airstream. Please let me know how it works out.

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The bezel is trimmed to fit the roof thickness. The thinner one will work, but you will have a gap front and rear where the roof curves. If you did not tell them what year trailer you had, they thought the thinner one would be correct. The new trailers roof is almost flat. The big one is the standard one they ship in the box. I purchased a new fan at the sarasota rally and asked for the curved bezel, it was included at no charge.
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Old 03-20-2003, 08:20 PM   #12
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I installed the fan-tastic vent without any serious problems and am very pleased with it. I fished wires from my overhead light. Actually I had a little trouble getting the vent in because there was a bundle of wires (12 and 110 volt) that were in the way of one corner of the vent. I was barely able to get them pushed out of the way. I put some hard foam between the wires and the roof to keep the vent top mounting screw from hitting the wires. The smaller inside trim that the factory sent for the airstream fit perfect.
It took me about 5 hours to install because of having to cut the holes larger and trying to get all the old vulkem (or whatever) off. I cut all I could off and tried using thinners to remove the rest but was unsuccessful. (I guess I shouldn't count the time lost trying to get back on the ground after my ladder slid off without me - the old comforter I had over it to protect the finish made it slick.)
One surprise - I had no idea that the inside walls were aluminum until I started cutting the inside hole to fit the new vent. I thought the inside walls were made of some kind of finished hardboard. I saw a 2003 international with bright finished aluminum on the inside but had no idea that mine had aluminum.

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Cool! I finally got the right bezel. Just waiting for the weather to clear up, and I'll get started on mine. Hopefully this weekend. Upholstery shop called and gaucho is done! Will post pics when done.
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Dablers Fan Fotos wont come up.

ok I went to Dablers photo page and found the listings for all his photos. However no photos ever load.
Is this probably my computer?
Or could Dabler have removed his photos leaving just the ID frames?

This has happened on other occasions with others photos.
I gave the loading process about 25 minutes with no success.
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