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Old 06-23-2009, 09:05 PM   #1
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Interior heat build up

I have a relatively new 07 25 FB and am concerned about how to store it when not in use. I will eventually build a shelter for it, but in the meantime it is in the driveway of one of my houses, and once a week I will turn the fantastic fan on and crack some windows to ventilate it, but in my absence the Texas sun can get quite hot and the interior tempertures get pretty high. So do I keep the shades drawn and expose them to the sun, or do I let the interior be subjected to the sun? At a minimum, I have the vents open in the head and shower. My thoughts are that to keep the Fantastic fan on would create it's own set of problems, in addition to the fact that I would have to remain plugged into shore power.
Any suggestions?

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Old 06-23-2009, 09:26 PM   #2
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What we have done is install a Maxx-air vent cover over one of the vents, and simply open the vent as far as the cover will allow. The cover will keep the rain out, unless you have a tornado (in which case it won't matter), and the vent will let the heat escape. Keep the drapes closed, and you can put some of the insulating foil like you find in sun shields for car windshields in the windows.

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Old 06-23-2009, 10:18 PM   #3
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It is very wise to protect the interior from the sun.
Overlander63's ideas are excellent.

A covered shelter is the best option, but that is not available for every owner.
Wish I had a shelter, NC summer sun is harsh too.
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:12 PM   #4
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That's an excellent idea. Thanks. What's involved with the installation of the Maxx Air Vent Cover? Can I do it from the inside or do I need to get on the roof? I am concerned with denting the roof if I am working on it. I know to stay on the ribs, but not having been on it before, makes me wonder how fragile the skin is.
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:25 PM   #5
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One version of the Fantastic Fan automatically closes when it rains. Perhaps there's a kit to convert yours.

We open the door and runs one or two of the fans every couple of days. We have a solar panel, so that keeps the battery charged and the fans draw very little power. Even after more than 1 1/2 years, we still get the chemical smell from the materials they use in building these, so we want to keep airing it out besides reduce the heat.

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Old 06-24-2009, 10:19 PM   #6
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Thanks Gene
My Fantastic Fan does have the rain sensor, but I did not think that it would be good for the fan motor to keep it running 24 / 7. I also believe that I have the solar pre-wire, and maybe I should install some panels. Do you know what is involved with that?

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