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Old 04-03-2015, 05:06 PM   #15
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I think it's a plus to have them. I'm a bigger fan of MaxAir fans and they have that feature. I changed out one of my fantastic fans last year and will probably do the other one this year.


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Old 04-03-2015, 05:11 PM   #16
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I like the reverse feature on our Fantastic Fan, but we usually use it as an exhaust fan. I used it most when a maple tree's seed pod (one of those whirlybird things) got stuck between the fan blades and the fan housing. Had to run that sucker on hi both ways to break it loose!
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:20 PM   #17
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I just use the "in" on the lounge fan in conjunction with the "out" on the bedroom fan to purge the heat after travel or being shut up. Makes the a/c cool down time much shorter. If I'm using just fans with windows open, I keep both fans on "out".
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:32 PM   #18
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Sorry if this has been asked and answered before.
Thinking of upgrading one (or both?) of my Fantastic fan units to have a reverse feature.Has anyone who has this found it to be useful? Right now both of my fans only expel. Wondering if it is useful to have the draw air in?
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We ordered two for our 28' International. They have the rain feature, but only blow out. We have not found this to be an issue, as it was explained to us that Airstreams are relatively airtight, and you can control the flow of air very nicely by opening or closing either just the other fan, or one window only (if the weather is not nice.) The awning windows do allow you to open one of them when raining (as long as it's on the downwind side of the AS!) and you are onboard. A little experimentation with which single window to open to use the fan to create suction and a directed air path makes everything quite comfortable.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:55 PM   #19
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One other comment, and that is I was kinda cautioned away from the Fantastic fans that automatically close if it rains.

I live and camp in drier climates so rain is normally not an issue. The reason I was recommended against the rain sensor models is that if a leaf or other item falls on the sensor the fan will shut down and close, thinking it is rain.

I would rather know that the dog (in our absence) still has ventilation and run the slight risk that we might get some moisture in the AS, than think the dog has ventilation and find that is not the case.

If we camped where it rains a fair amount, I might choose differently, but for us the model that reverses and has a thermostat was the best choice.
Not too worried about the closing of the fans in rain as we will be putting a couple of Maxxair II's up there. I like what has been said about having the fans for pushing a bit of air onto the dining table or into the bedroom.

All of the responses are great. Food for thought. Like sitting around a campfire. Thanks


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Old 04-03-2015, 06:31 PM   #20
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One other comment, and that is I was kinda cautioned away from the Fantastic fans that automatically close if it rains.

I live and camp in drier climates so rain is normally not an issue. The reason I was recommended against the rain sensor models is that if a leaf or other item falls on the sensor the fan will shut down and close, thinking it is rain.

I would rather know that the dog (in our absence) still has ventilation and run the slight risk that we might get some moisture in the AS, than think the dog has ventilation and find that is not the case.

If we camped where it rains a fair amount, I might choose differently, but for us the model that reverses and has a thermostat was the best choice.
Of you pull down the manual twist to open knob it disables the rain closing feature.
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Old 04-03-2015, 06:47 PM   #21
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We have a FF in the front and a plain vent (no fan) in the back (over the bed). First I considered replacing the plain vent with a FF, but then decided to first rewire the forward FF with a reverse switch and see how that worked for us. It solved our issues! We still have the plain vent in the back but can now easily control the airflow using the front FF now. We usually run it in the "out" mode, but there are times when the reverse mode is useful.
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:31 PM   #22
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Of you pull down the manual twist to open knob it disables the rain closing feature.
Too right. Forgot that move.


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Old 04-03-2015, 11:50 PM   #23
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In our '99 Casita we had the FF w/rain sensor, temp, in/out .

On our maiden trip we left the vent wide open. While we were out and about a thunder storm moved in and dumped , The FF automatically closed no water came in

Our 04 Casita had the FF w/ Temp, in/out. I did add a Maxx Air vent cover so we could open the vent and run the fan in the rain. If you don't have one get one.

Our 01 Casita has the FF w/ Temp , in/out. I added a MaxxAir vent cover.

On using the IN mode , It makes a great hair dryer after your shower

Our '69 Tradewind I changed out the stock vents to Maxx Air Automatic remote controlled power vents with the built in automatic cover w/ in/out, temp.

I find them quieter and have more speeds then the FF.

I shopped around and found them on Amazon for less then anywhere else I looked.
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Old 04-10-2015, 02:18 PM   #24
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Does anyone out there have any experience using the Camco 40431 RV vent cover? Found a screaming deal on them but I know nothing about about them.


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Does anyone out there have any experience using the Camco 40431 RV vent cover? Found a screaming deal on them but I know nothing about about them.


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I have a couple of those on our 1987 Avion. They are easy to install: drill some holes in the existing vent frame, mount some brackets to the frame, then attach the Camco cover to those brackets. Piece o'cake. You'll still have the full function of the existing vent cover.
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I just saw in Camping World, vent covers made by Fantastic Fans!
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Old 04-10-2015, 04:00 PM   #27
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Maxx Fans have an integrated cover that is part if the fan. Doesn't stick up from the roof and look really ugly. They allow operation in the rain and have multi speed and in/out selector right out of the box.

Put 2on my '06 19 CCD and never used the A/C.


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The only criticism that I can find so far about the Camco is that they don't allow the vent cover to go all the way up. Do the MaxxairII's allow full opening of the fantastic vent?


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