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Old 05-01-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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Fantastic Fan

I have a 25' Safari. It has two vents, one in the front(kitchen/salon)and one in the back(bedroom). Neither of them have fans. In reading the forum there is a lot of discussion re Fantastic fans. I went to Amazon and they list two the 4000 and the 4000R. The only difference that I could see was that the R had a switch that reverses the direction of air flow.

Question #1 - Are they very quiet?
" #2 - Do they move enough air to get-r-done?
" #3 - Is the wiring for the 12v already there?

Thanks for the help in advance.

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Old 05-01-2012, 04:29 PM   #2
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1) they make some noise, but not objectional, IMO.
2) Yes
3) I think so, but you can call AS and they can tell you. Ask for Randy McNeely.

Get one of them with reverse, that way, with one coming in and one pulling out , you get a nice draft down the unit.


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Old 05-01-2012, 04:42 PM   #3
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I have the 25 Safari SS w/ corner bathroom

I had Fantastic Fan installed in the front vent. There was electrical power at the nearby light.

Speed setting 1 and 2 are fairly quiet. Fastest speed is a bit more. I use mid speed the most.

At least on mine, setting the fan to exhaust, and opening the vent over the rear bed creates a nice breeze over the bed. This fan was a very worthwhile addition and moves plenty of air.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:00 PM   #4
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I added one in the bedroom of my '83 Excella. I got it at Vintage Trailer Supply. I got one with a rain sensor, the 6000RBTA. I also chose the opaque gray lid for the bedroom and a curved inside garnish, off white, for Airstream.

Having the rain sensor makes a tremendous difference, in my opinion. It's great being able to leave the vent open and not worry about rain coming in while you're gone. Especially over the bed.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:54 PM   #5
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I don't know all the models Fantastic makes but I certainly suggest the following options/features for both of your fans:

- Reversible (in/out air flow)

- Thermostat - it's not precise but it allows you some control over when (at what temperature range) the fan will turn on and off

- Rain sensor

You never know when you'll want which fan blowing in and which blowing out. Sometimes you might want both in or both out. The thermostat helps save your batteries when boondocking. Set the control so the fans turn on mid-day when it starts to get hot. The rain sensor is a great feature. My only complaint is that heavy dew will sometimes cause the cover to close. I personally don't see the need for a remote control.

Adding Fantastic Vents is by far one of the best upgrades we've made to our trailer.

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Old 05-01-2012, 05:58 PM   #6
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Remote control is nice in the bedroom so you don't have to get up in the night to turn it up or down. Not necessary in the LR, IMO.

If you plan on putting Maxxair, or similar covers on, you don't need the rain sensors. If you don't plan covers, rain sensors are a must, IMO.

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Old 05-01-2012, 07:34 PM   #7
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What are options for cealing lights that are in my 76 sov.?
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:52 PM   #8
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If you get a Fantastic Fan (Which you should) make sure you tell them it's for an Airstream. They have a bottom plate that is Airstream contoured.

Living and camping in the desert ours has two FFs. The one over the bed is reversible. On a hot night those fans really move the air.
I'd rather be boon docking in the desert.

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Old 05-02-2012, 09:59 AM   #9
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Ditto Post #5, Lucius. We use our front and back Fantastic Vents more than our A/C. Pulls a nice breeze through our 30' and the noise is not bad at all. Rain Sensing Really Works, we know from first hand experiences. Get the AS models.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:43 AM   #10
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Call Fan-Tastic direct, they have way more models than you ever heard of. Tell them what you have and what you want to accomplish with your situation, they are very helpful and will recommend a model that will do the best job for you. That's what I did and was glad I made the call 800-724-3818
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:50 AM   #11
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Vintage Trailers Supply had a better price than most places when I bought mine last spring. Also, they have a curved bezel to fit the curved ceiling in an Airstream and the gray top matches the older aluminum vents. Plus, they are great folks to deal with.

By all means get the rain sensor. We left for the day last summer when camping in the Smoky Mountains. Left the Fantastic Fan open and the thermostat set to turn it on as the day heats up. Well there was a late afternoon thundershower that was a monster. We got back to the camp ground and water was 4 inches deep running down the street. Inside of the trailer was dry, the lid was down. I hate to think about the mess without that feature. Well worth the little extra cost.
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:31 AM   #12
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I agree with all of the above. Rain sensor and thermostat are desirable additions, and you almost certainly have power at a nearby ceiling light that you can tap into. Only downside to this is that in order to operate the fan at night you may need to a.) turn on the light fixture at the wall, b.) turn on the fan, and c.) turn off the light at the fixture. Not a big deal, but be aware in advance.

Also, investigate the portable fan they sell ... I think it's called an "endless breeze" - works very well and draws very little current. Plugs into one of your 12v "lighter sockets" in the coach, if you've got one.

One more piont: if you call the factory, be sure to ask this - I think that if you buy a Fantastic Vent at a rally where they are in attendance (there's a list on their website), they will install it free of charge. Their after-sale service is reputed to be second to none - I've not had any problems so can't personally testify to this!
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:36 PM   #13
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If you attend the International or the Florida State Rally, there usually is a team from Fantastic Fan who will service, install or sell you a fan
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:58 PM   #14
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If you install the fan near the soil stack (vent) for the black tank, you would rather have an exhaust fan only. Intake will pull in odors.

If I had had a choice (they came with the trailer), I would have bought the remote because it is hard to read all the controls on ours with the bright sky in the background. With the temp setting, rain sensor, speed, on/off, open/closed, there are lots of settings and some are hard to read anytime.

Rain sensor is a good idea for obvious reasons. Clean the sensor periodically (it is underneath the door on one side) so it works better.


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