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Old 12-27-2011, 05:21 PM   #43
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That is a simple but effective demo. Did they indicate if the FF cover only comes in black?
I wondered that, too. I didn't see anything in the ad to indicate if they would or would not, but hopefully worst case would be to paint it yourself...
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:16 PM   #44
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Wow, I love that new cover that FF has brought out for it's fans! I agree, the video is strange the way they recorded it, but it is proof positive that their cover is the only one to use, if you want to keep your airflow near 100%

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself for those that missed it the first time.

I'm actually wondering why one would bother with the sensors if this cover was installed...?
Hi, I watched that video too and have a few things to say about it.

(1.) My camera will correct my pictures with the top up in vertical or horizontal positions, but if I hold my camera vertical for a video, it will only show sideways and cannot be corrected.

(2.) Their black vent cover is ugly and black. My Maxx Air ll is white and much better looking.

(3.) Their vent cover has no screen on it; I would like to see the same test done with the Maxx Air ll with it's screen removed. [it is removable for cleaning]
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:44 PM   #45
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The factory is located in Lapeer County Michigan but not in the City of Lapeer, it is located 13 miles to the east in Imlay City.
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You're welcome.
As for lids, a white lid will block all light, I don't remember for sure about the grey lid, but I think it does, too. The smoke lid will let a good deal of light in so the trailer isn't too dark. You may want a solid white or grey lid if the fan is directly over the bed.
We opted for the smoke lids. I wanted them specifically because they would let some light in since I was losing the lights around the vents. And the smoke ones do indeed let the light in! This caused an issue for my wife though in the morning as she's a light sleeper. She has since fashioned some heavy fabric "covers" which can be velcroed on to the vent opening from the inside of the camper. They work well enough, but obviously not as good as having the "solid" color lids.

As for losing lights, yeah, that happens. For me, having the FF was far better on the trade-off for lights. In our Overlander, there are three vents. We only replaced the front and rear ones. The middle one (in the kitchen) remained the stock Airstream one so that we could retain the lights and because the vent can't open unless the TV antenna is up anyway. In the front, there's enough other lights to give us what we need in the dark. The bedroom is perhaps a bit dim in the dark now, but there's two light bars back there and really we're either sleeping or watching TV there anyway. If we decide that we need more light, then I will dig the 12V wires out from under the FF moldings and install some LED strips and rocker switches.
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:15 PM   #46
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That is a simple but effective demo. Did they indicate if the FF cover only comes in black?
According to their website they come in White and Smoke too.
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Hi, I didn't see any prices, but noted that they offer an optional vent screen.
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:44 AM   #48
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Not sure your aware of this, but last year I needed parts for my fantastic fan.
I found out they were covered under warranty.
Fantastic fan shipped these parts to me for free.
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translucent lids?

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Very true. Thanks for correcting.



We opted for the smoke lids. I wanted them specifically because they would let some light in since I was losing the lights around the vents. And the smoke ones do indeed let the light in! This caused an issue for my wife though in the morning as she's a light sleeper. She has since fashioned some heavy fabric "covers" which can be velcroed on to the vent opening from the inside of the camper. They work well enough, but obviously not as good as having the "solid" color lids.

As for losing lights, yeah, that happens. For me, having the FF was far better on the trade-off for lights. In our Overlander, there are three vents. We only replaced the front and rear ones. The middle one (in the kitchen) remained the stock Airstream one so that we could retain the lights and because the vent can't open unless the TV antenna is up anyway. In the front, there's enough other lights to give us what we need in the dark. The bedroom is perhaps a bit dim in the dark now, but there's two light bars back there and really we're either sleeping or watching TV there anyway. If we decide that we need more light, then I will dig the 12V wires out from under the FF moldings and install some LED strips and rocker switches.
On the Vintage Trailer Supply site, they list the white lid as translucent. Has anybody used that one? I really want to let more light in and would prefer the white color as well.
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I just replaced the [3] vent lids on this latest (and hopefully soon gone) SILVER STREAK with the opaque white. Winter sun and no clouds, yeah buddy, I made me some vent covers of Reflectix with fabric stapled to the underside and attached to the ceiling with white Velcro. They're more than bright enough in white.

But I'd rather have had smoke (OOS the day I bought them) as shades can be put up and down as required. There are even sliding shades available in RV catalogs (other solutions, is the point).
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:16 AM   #51
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At Can-am rv they have a mini blind that went across the
Fantastic Fan vent.
It will made the room a lot darker!!
I hope this helps!!
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I installed the FF 6000RBTA haven't gotten the new wiring in yet, hope they work.
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:43 PM   #53
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This has really turned into a good thread. Thanks to all. I am definitely getting Fantastic Vents. I just still am undecided on which ones. Though I like the idea of a thermostat and a rain sensor, I also like the idea of the manual ones where you "set it and forget it." Not much to go wrong with those. And, I'm undecided between smoke lids and the silver ones. Or maybe a mixture....whatever goes in the bedroom I want to let NO light in. Call me an old curmudgeon before my time....but I don't want to wake up with the first rays of sun. I'm on vacation...I want to sleep until I decide to wake up
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the grey lid is what you want then. I highly recommend the rain sensor. Of all the options, it is only one that really mater to me personally.
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I'm on vacation...I want to sleep until I decide to wake up
Well, yeah ... but when the sun's up, it's time for me to decide to wake up!!
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Well, yeah ... but when the sun's up, it's time for me to decide to wake up!!
Whatever works for you.

Not exactly my idea of a good time, though.

Another vote for the gray lid. It's what I have in my bedroom. Keeps it nice and dark in there.

I also agree with the rain sensor. I've left the vent open and on high the last three days. (Lots of other days for that matter) No way I'd leave it open over my bed when I'm gone without the rain sensor.
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