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Old 12-26-2011, 07:42 AM   #15
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Where might one find the upgrades? I looked at Fantastic vent's website but didn't find anything about individual upgrade parts. Thanks!
Becky, yu can give tem a call. I know our parts department has an upgrade kit sitting on the shelf, but I can't tell yu more than that.
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:50 AM   #16
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Thanks for the replies everyone. This kind of has me leaning toward splurging for the 6000 series models for the front and rear and a 4000 over the center bathroom.

Oh, and mine is so old that it didn't have lights built into the fans....they're just fans. So I won't be losing any lights.

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Old 12-26-2011, 01:34 PM   #17
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Here's where I bought ours - I replaced all three old style vents with the reversible, powered type...

Fan-Tastic Fan Vent

I believe Vintage has an exclusive of supplying the vents with an alum colored lid - it color match is very good! They also offer the interior bezel with a curved profile to match the older trailers...

I bought one with the thermostat, (no rain sensor) that ventilates as needed when the AS is in storage...

With all fans in the blowing 'in' mode, I can actually use soapy water on the exterior of the windows to find leaks! These things have some 'fan' power!
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Old 12-26-2011, 02:34 PM   #18
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I'm not sure of the model that is installed in my Classic but it has a dialable temperature thermostat that sits on the closet wall. This makes the fan a variable speed fan dependent upon how close it is to set point. So I can set it when going to bed and the fan speed slows down as it approaches set point. Hitting set point it shuts off, and as the heat of the day builds, the fan ramps up speed till hitting maximum velocity, depending upon the difference in the interior temps and the thermostat setting.

Ditto to others comments on the rain sensors. This is one of those products where performance is not an afterthought. These folks make good products. Never have had a problem with one of their fans.

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Old 12-26-2011, 02:56 PM   #19
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The rain sensor is a MUST. Leave the vent open in the summer while you are out and along comes a summer thunder shower, you will be so glad you had the sensor-trust me. The thermostat is also well worth the money. If you order from Vintage Trailer supply they offer the cover in a gray that almost matches the older Heir Vents. Also they have a curved trim piece for inside that matches the curve of the top of the trailer.

Lots of good info on installation tips here on the forum as well, might check them out before you install it.
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:08 PM   #20
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How to Operate the Fan-Tastic Fan 6000 Series OEM

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Old 12-26-2011, 03:11 PM   #21
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I got mine with everything except the remote control and now I wish I had the remote because it would be nice to close the vent from the comfort of my nice warm bed when the overnight temperature drops lower than I expected, instead of having to quickly jump up and hit the switch and then race back under the covers. Am I spoiled or what?
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:21 PM   #22
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On both of the FF's on the trailer I installed a Maxx Air II Cover:






The covers are easily removable by pulling 4 pins, add an extra "bug" barrier, don't reduce the air flow by much, and allow me to leave a top vent open AND turn off all of the batteries when the AS is parked for a week or more.
I found this new video by Fan-Tastic of their Ultra Breeze cover that will not restrict Air Flow. For some reason they posted the video sideways.

http://youtu.be/nBMdTfn4NbA

http://www.youtube.com/embed/nBMdTfn4NbA
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:55 PM   #23
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We went for 2 last year and got the rain sensor. Wasn't sure it they were working until one day I was looking at it when it began to rain. Sure enough, they closed as advertised. Never looked back. Will replace the 3rd. one someday too. Don't bother with the remote controls. Just something else to have to look for.

Go for it. You'll like it.
We had two of these installed last summer at Franks Trailer Works in Baltimore. Frank Yensan--Overlander62.

We couldn't be more pleased.

After pricing the fans and installation at our nearest Airstream dealer we thought they were out of our budget and resolved ourselves to using the original fans. Then we got in touch with Frank and he supplied 3 fans (2 vents and 1 "portable") for less than the price of a single fan from the dealer. Frank is a Fantastic Vent dealer. He also installed both fans for less than the dealer was charging to install one.

As Frank said,"Honest work at an honest price". Great fans--great guy!

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Old 12-26-2011, 05:57 PM   #24
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Thanks everyone. I just checked out the Vintage site and am now torn between the all gray model and the white

I already fixed this old gal up once when I got her. But I've got a new converter that I want to upgrade the coach to 50amp, and I'm amassing all of the other goodies I need; not limited to the Fantastic Vents, some new LED tail lights and running lights, I've got a laminate floor to put in, and I'd like to redo a bit of the wiring and plumbing. It all works now, I just want to make it better. Oh yeah, my main ZipDee 21' awning is shot too....

Anyway, I see three of these Fantastic vents in my future this spring!

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Good thread.

JimGolden I've also got a lot of bookmarks and will assemble parts as part of a general upgrade, this has been on my list. My trailers have not had lighting at the vents either, so, as a GP lighting consideration for the vents (from a thread I cannot find, but bookmarked the vendor): LED Strip

Okay, found it:

New Ideas for Overhead Lighting/Vents

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Of those of you that have installed FFans, how many of you have used the special curved trim piece (and what year/model was your Airstream?).

I have a 63 Overlander and I remember reading somewhere that it didn't need it even though it's an older TT. As I remember it was the shorter trailers that needed the curved piece? Can anyone confirm? Thanks
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Old 12-26-2011, 07:11 PM   #27
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Of those of you that have installed FFans, how many of you have used the special curved trim piece (and what year/model was your Airstream?).

I have a 63 Overlander and I remember reading somewhere that it didn't need it even though it's an older TT. As I remember it was the shorter trailers that needed the curved piece? Can anyone confirm? Thanks
I think we did--or rather Frank did. We have an 80 Excella 31, center twin, rear bath.

Maybe Frank will chime in.

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Fantastic choice!

Jim,
I wanted to add an experience I had with my Fantastic Fans. I have been restoring a 1976 Safari and decided to remove the three original vents and air conditioner, replacing the four openings with Fantastic Fans. The installation went well. Straightforward install. I decided to go with the basic vent, I think the 900, no fan. I learned that Fantastic Fans are upgradable and will pop in the right model upgrade once I know what I want, once on the road (which might be a year down the road!). I finished up outside and started fitting and installing the interior ceiling panel. That went well. The Fantastic Fans fit nicely and really cleaned up the ceiling in my Safari. Then I ran into a problem with the plastic interior trim collar. The standard fan interior trim collars were not deep enough for my installation. I called the company, wanting to buy deeper trim kits. I described my desired depth and was ready to pay, only to find out that the company was sending the four trims to me free of charge! Great product, great company!
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