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Old 07-24-2014, 09:47 PM   #1
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Anyone install the Max Air on their AS? Wife decided we need them... so...
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:53 PM   #2
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Don't have one on the Airstream, but I do on my Casita (previous owner put it on there), but I don't like it. Restricts the air movement too much.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:00 PM   #3
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Since I have the same trailer as yours, I'll comment.

I wanted to let my fans run while I tow in the summer, so I bought a Max Air vent cover. But I did not install it. When I set it over the Fantastic fan I realized the lid would not fully open. I took it back and got an Ultrabreeze, which works perfectly with the Fantastic fan. If you are wanting a cover to go over the bathroom vent or the original front fan, the cheap Camco vent cover from wallyworld will fit at less than half the cost. The volume of air that either of those fans move will not be impeded with the Camco vent.

add edit: I first installed the Ultrabreeze cover on my Excella. I liked it so much that I installed another on my Safari. The reason I like them is that I can continue to run the Fantastic fan with the windows cracked open while it's raining.
Additionally, I blow air inward with the Fantastic fan while I am towing with the toilet vent open. The trailer is noticeably cooler when I arrive at the campsite. No rain gets in while I tow with the fan blowing inward and the toilet vent open.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:04 PM   #4
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Well if she wants them it must happen.

The vent covers? We have the Maxx Air II (bigger vent) and like them mostly because we can leave the vents open and no rain will come in and we can travel with the vents open without concern. I haven't noticed any air restriction. They can easily be tilted for cleaning inside by pulling two pins.

I don't think the Fantastic Fan lids open fully, but nearly so. Doesn't matter, we never close them.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:48 PM   #5
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Thanks, Y'all! Yeah.. It 'will' happen. We do not have the 'FF' anymore.. So, we are going to put over the bath and den..

I did notice on first trial fit that the bath vent lid cannot open completely.. but it should work... I hope..

The Den vent cover will need replacement some day.. so this may give us a few more years... I hope...

Thanks so much!
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:39 AM   #6
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Channing,

First mod that I did on my then new '06 19CCD was to replace the fantastic Fan with a Maxx Fan and add a second Maxx Fan to the dead vent over the rear bed. I don't like the Fantastic Fans, as they can not be operated in the rain (very prevalent here in OR) without those gross looking (IMHO) fan covers that are permanent protrusions to the roof line of the trailer.

The Maxx Fan closes flat to the roof when in travel mode and opens about 10" to reveal louvers at the back where the air comes in/out. This allow you to operate them in the rain without worry of leaks (mine never let in any water) and when closed, leaves no square box cover protruding from your roof. Remote thermostatic control, 8 speeds (IIRC) and fully reversible.

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Old 07-25-2014, 12:55 AM   #7
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Well if she wants them it must happen.

The vent covers? We have the Maxx Air II (bigger vent) and like them mostly because we can leave the vents open and no rain will come in and we can travel with the vents open without concern. I haven't noticed any air restriction. They can easily be tilted for cleaning inside by pulling two pins.

I don't think the Fantastic Fan lids open fully, but nearly so. Doesn't matter, we never close them.
You'll get to forget to even worry if your vent is open or not in a rain, doesn't matter under the Maxx Air. Travel with your vents open too.
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I also replaced FF with MaxAir fans in both my '07 Safari and '14 FC. As Lewster said, having the FF close when it starts raining (or even in heavy dew) is a problem when you need the ventilation. It's also annoyingly loud when opens and closes in the middle of the night.

I also like being able to use the remote to control the fan when you really don't want to jump out of bed to do it.
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You'll get to forget to even worry if your vent is open or not in a rain, doesn't matter under the Maxx Air. Travel with your vents open too.
My Interstate came with a MaxxFan. Once I learned to trust it, I leave it open more-or-less year-round, except when we're expecting a hurricane.
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On our FF, if there is a light mist or rain that would cause the rain sensor to kick in, I just put the lift motor in manual mode and raise the lid to a height that will not let rain in, but keep air circulating. Works fine. That said I keep it closed when traveling.
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It was the first thing we installed on our newest trailer. We had it on the others also. We travel with the FF open so it is comfortable in the trailer when we stop.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:36 AM   #12
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When you guys started talking about opening the fan and forget about it, I looked at Maxx Air's website to see what you were talking about. I was thinking the Maxx Air fan is almost the same as the Fantastic. Then I saw the Maxx Air Deluxe, I had never seen it before. I think that louvered cover/lid built into one unit is definitely a better product. If my FF's goes kaput, I would change over!
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When you guys started talking about opening the fan and forget about it, I looked at Maxx Air's website to see what you were talking about. I was thinking the Maxx Air fan is almost the same as the Fantastic. Then I saw the Maxx Air Deluxe, I had never seen it before. I think that louvered cover/lid built into one unit is definitely a better product. If my FF's goes kaput, I would change over!
Yeah, the fan itself is probably similar; the shroud, or hood, or whatever you call it, it definitely the difference. I've driven my Interstate in a howling thunderstorm with the vent open, and not a single drop of water came inside.
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Old 07-25-2014, 09:38 AM   #14
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Maxxair II Vents

Within the last two weeks I installed two of the MaxxairII vents.
Two basic reasons:
1. My trailer is 10 years old and didn't want to take the risk of losing the vent covers (which happened to me years ago on an SOB because of the plastic breaking down over time from the sun beating on it)
2. I didn't trust my Fantastic fans to close when it rained. On a few occasions we woke up with a wet bed spread because the sensor wasn't working correctly. Fantastic vent did send me a replacement sensor but that hasn't worked all the time either.
3. Now I leave the vents open all the time with no concern about rain getting in. Wolf146
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