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Old 01-06-2013, 11:38 AM   #1
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Fan-Tastic fan

We are getting ready to install a new Fan-Tastic fan in our 65 Safari. Does anyone have any tips about installation, or had any problems that I should be aware of prior to the installation of the fan?

Thanks again for everyone's help on this project! We hope to have it complete by June....

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Old 01-06-2013, 12:10 PM   #2
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Some of the main issues discussed with installation are whether or not to use the supplied gasket and potential cracking of the perimeter plastic part of the fan where the screws are inserted attaching it to the roof. I installed 3 fans on my 58. My solution/method was to not use the gasket but use plenty of trempro or sikaflex 221. Some have suggested using stainless washers above the plastic holes to help distribute the pressure. Be sure not to crank the screws down too tight. I used stainless screws and in addition to stainless washers used a strip of 18 g stainless sheet across each outer edge of screws. So from bottom up at each screw site I have: roof sheet; plenty of sikaflex; plastic fan edge ; stainless sheet strip; stainless washer and then stainless screw through it all. Hope that makes sense. I think it will help distribute screw pressure on the plastic edge and prevent cracking. Ed
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:31 PM   #4
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Well.....I have installed seven of these fans in four different year model Airstreams...(including 2 in a 66.) I Used the Fantastic gaskets even though I felt apprehensive about the look and feel of them. I used Tempro 635 and stainless screws. I have never had a leak or other problem.
While you have the 14 x 14 opening exposed, run a 115v wiring and an ac drain line up there for future possible use.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:49 PM   #5
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You will have to cut the corners of the roof vent hole from round corners to square corners. Be careful not to cut into the wiring harness which is parallel to the roof vent.

Fantastik Fans are fine. But Maxx Fans won't let the rain in and can be left open on the road. Otherwise they are comparable.
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I haven't done this yet but I'd be tempted to skip the tempro and use the method out lined here

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f456...day-86168.html

I used this tape to seal up an aluminum "thru the wall" doggie door and was extremely impressed with the product.
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I used Tempro on mine and no gasket and it has been fine for 3 years. I searched the forums before I installed mine and the discussion back then was the same, some pro some con on the gasket. The use of SS washers under pan head screws was advised by many and that is want I used. The flange can crack if you don't and if you use too much torque on the screws. I used an aluminum cutting wheel on a 4 inch grinder to square up the hole. Tape a garbage bag to the ceiling inside under the hole to catch all the crude that falls out. If you have not purchased the fan yet, spend a little extra and get the rain sensor option- well worth the money. Vintage Trailer Supply has them with a gray top and a curved bezel for the inside to match Airstreams lines.
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I have removeded the old vent without any trouble, and installed the new Fan-Tastic Fan. I have yet to seal and secure it to the trailer. I will post pictures when it is finished. Thanks everyone for your advice.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:52 PM   #9
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I finished the fan installation without any problems. I am a bit disappointed with the amount of air flow, but it is far better than the original. I thought it would be more like a whole house fan, trailer size. Another project to check off the restoration list!

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it just feels like there isn't much airflow. close all but one window and you'll notice a strong flow by that window.
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I replaced both of my vent fans with Fantastic Fans. They fit the old holes perfectly. I used alot of Tempro and Stainless steel screws. I am thinkinh about useing butyl tape over the seams to water proof
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The ladder set up you have to get on top of the trailer for working looks interesting. Can you give more information as to what type and length of ladder you are using? Thanks!!!
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The ladder set up you have to get on top of the trailer for working looks interesting. Can you give more information as to what type and length of ladder you are using? Thanks!!!
I use a similar ladder similar to a Little Giant. I glued a strip of carpet to the ladder rails where it may contact the skin with contact cement.
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I actually am useing two 6ft scaffold platforms placed on each side of the trailer and my ladder bridged between.
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