Originally Posted by wheel interested
Wow John, that is innovative. I think you are the forum Mc Guiver! I also have exhaust only fans. Is the conversion something that can be easily done and are the parts expensive or should I bring it in to Fantastic Vent which is right near here? I had wanted to have that done.
I emailed Fantastic and they quoted $35 for the conversion kit. When I called to order and said I had a new Airstream, there was no mention of payment. The guy simply said he would put a kit and instructions in the mail to me. It hasn't arrived yet but should soon.
The conversion is fairly simple. Remove some screws, drop the fan plate, remove the current off/on switch, put in the new switch, and wire in the new switch according to the instructions. You would need solder and a soldering iron. The wiring necessary to reverse the motor is quite simple and you would have to solder about 6 or 7 connections.
I'm sure Fantastic could do it easily at their plant, but I don't know what they would charge. They might simply swap out the fan plate rather than change the switch.
In the meantime, I may have to go with the single operating fan on my next trip leaving 8/2. A single fan at highest speed should keep the tailer safe but uncomfortable for my cats if the AC fails.
Come to think of it. Simply swapping the supply ground and 12v
inputs to the front fan motor should make the front fan an in-only fan until I get the kit. There are no polarity sensitive components in the fan except the motors. I could do that change in a few minutes with screwdriver, diagonal pliers and crimp tool. I'll try that tomorrow and let you know how difficult it is to get to the wiring to accomplish this.