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Old 03-16-2012, 10:01 PM   #57
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Last year, I replaced one of the standard, non-powered vents in my Bambi with a Shurflo fan. I know that people love the FF, and you don't hear much about the Shurflo, but it fit well, works well, and I got a great deal on it. I'm very happy with it, FWIW. It came with a smoked, dark cover, but you can see through it. It's nice to have the fan on when you don't really need the air. Also, it's very quiet.
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Old 03-17-2012, 12:36 AM   #58
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Just installed the 6000RBTA

Yesterday, I received the FF 6000 RBTA from VTS with the white lid. It lets in lots of light which I really like. To install, I used Vulkem and Olympic Rivets. Since my interior skins are gone, I used some 1/8" x 1/2" x1/2" aluminum angle to back up the rivets and reduce stress on the fan frame overall. The rivets went through the fan, the trailer exterior skin and then the angle. I used clecos to hold it all together while I set it up and it worked pretty well. Took me a couple of hours to put it all together. It looks great, but I don't have power yet to test it. I am still patching holes and fixing floors but I am trying to have a leakproof shell before I put in anything new below. Right now it is just a really expensive patch. Thanks to the folks on this thread for all the info.
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:04 AM   #59
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I have read in other posts on this site that the FantasticFan people often provide FREE replacement parts; and today, I confirmed this myself.

The housing for the knob that manually raises and lowers the cover started deteriorating last year. Both of the tabs for the mounting screws broke off, and the body of the housing started crumbling. On our last road trip, I pulled the handle down to disengage the motor; and the whole thing came off in my hand.

I checked the FAQs on the FantasticFan Web site to find out how to contact them, and found an explanation for the free parts. They take part of their advertising budget and use it to provide parts for fans that are out of warranty. Then, they let their goodwill gesture travel word-of-mouth as additional advertising. It sure works for me!

In any case, they are sending the part I need at no cost, including free shipping.
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:15 PM   #60
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Last evening I received two 6000 RBTA models. I am going to install them. I notice that the directions (and box) comes with a cell gasket to be used as a seal under the unit then sealing the seams and screws with sealant. Is this what others with Airstreams do? I was planning on using that roll putty underneath and sealing the seams and screw heads with vulcam. Is the cell gasket a good way too? It IS recommended by Fantastic Vent. Opinion?
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:17 PM   #61
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Yes I called Fantastic Vent and spoke with Rodney. He was very helpful and shared that if I needed one installed to go to a rally and they would meet up with those in need!
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:24 PM   #62
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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.
Yes the domes come in white (no light in), white translucent (some light), smoke (blue light), and clear (all light)

I chose clear for the lounge area and translucent white for the bedroom as they provide light. My bedroom is fairly dark as I do not have the pano window. The clear although totally open has the blades and the motor frame to contend with as blocks so I look at it as another skylight with semi direct blockage of rays. I cannot wait to get these installed. Hopefully today.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:24 AM   #63
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Last evening I received two 6000 RBTA models. I am going to install them. I notice that the directions (and box) comes with a cell gasket to be used as a seal under the unit then sealing the seams and screws with sealant. Is this what others with Airstreams do? I was planning on using that roll putty underneath and sealing the seams and screw heads with vulcam. Is the cell gasket a good way too? It IS recommended by Fantastic Vent. Opinion?
I researched this question a great deal. There are lots of opinions, but I ended up going with just vulkem sealant and no gasket as supported by several folks on the forum. I've read quite a few posts on this forum where folks had trouble with the FF supplied gasket (It doesn't look very tough to me anyway). The vulkem that I removed from my 30 year old trailer so far is still pretty flexible so I think it is a good product. This is how I installed mine. Fantastic Vent install - Airstream Forums
It has held up great for 21 hours so I think that speaks for itself!! Seriously, I think putting some kind of support underneath the fan flange (I used some 1/8" thick aluminum angle I got at Lowe's) will help with the long term flexing of the outer skin. My guess is that the problems people have are that the outer skin flexes constantly against the pretty stiff plastic flange on the vent which causes sealant failure over time. I think if the flexible skin is sandwiched between two relatively rigid components, the seal will last longer. I hope that I'm right.
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:32 PM   #64
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Fantastic vent

I replaced both fans , one 2 years ago, the rear one last summer . I got the 6600r417 with remote. FAN-TASTIC VENT 6600R417 12 VOLT RV 14 SPEED REVERSIBLE CEILING FAN WITH THERMOSTAT AND HAND REMOTE

The caulking on the front one was already going bad . I decided to use Roof Leak Repair Products & Sealing Tape | EternaBond® Eternabond on rear one .put small bead of caulking on edge of fan and tape over it ,also re-did front fan. I think this tape will last a very long time. Its is available @ Grainger 25' roll 4" I cut it down to 3" . 25' roll you can do 2 fans. Here is a photo, also notice new Maxim skylight.
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I replaced both fans , one 2 years ago, the rear one last summer . I got the 6600r417 with remote. FAN-TASTIC VENT 6600R417 12 VOLT RV 14 SPEED REVERSIBLE CEILING FAN WITH THERMOSTAT AND HAND REMOTE

The caulking on the front one was already going bad . I decided to use Roof Leak Repair Products & Sealing Tape | EternaBond® Eternabond on rear one .put small bead of caulking on edge of fan and tape over it ,also re-did front fan. I think this tape will last a very long time. Its is available @ Grainger 25' roll 4" I cut it down to 3" . 25' roll you can do 2 fans. Here is a photo, also notice new Maxim skylight.
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Help I am in the middle of installing a fantastic vent in the rear bedroom but there does not seem to be wiring like in the front area ready for a fan where should the wiring be?
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That's one of the reasons to go to a Rally; the Fantastic folks know where the wires are ...

but if your coach doesn't have wiring right where you want the vent, it's likely that there's a ceiling light nearby and you can tap into its wiring. Only real issue is that you may have to have the wall switch for that light in the "on" position to get power to your fan. That's no problem for me, 'cause I've got the cheap ceiling light fixtures that also have a switch on the fixture itself. YMMV
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Ok, well four hours later I am finished with the second installation. I had to dig around with my hand in the fiberglass insulation to find a purple and a white wire set. They were the only ones I could find. The light in the bedroom was on the other side of a body frame. I pulled it out just to hunt for some wires but found none. At least the fan is installed and working. I just hope there is no issue with using those wires.
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I replaced both fans , one 2 years ago, the rear one last summer . I got the 6600r417 with remote. FAN-TASTIC VENT 6600R417 12 VOLT RV 14 SPEED REVERSIBLE CEILING FAN WITH THERMOSTAT AND HAND REMOTE

The caulking on the front one was already going bad . I decided to use Roof Leak Repair Products & Sealing Tape | EternaBond® Eternabond on rear one .put small bead of caulking on edge of fan and tape over it ,also re-did front fan. I think this tape will last a very long time. Its is available @ Grainger 25' roll 4" I cut it down to 3" . 25' roll you can do 2 fans. Here is a photo, also notice new Maxim skylight.
They offer two thicknesses of tape. Which one did you use? The thinner one was around $43.00 for a 4" x 25' roll and the thicker one was around $84.00.
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