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Old 07-17-2013, 10:22 AM   #1
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Question 1993 Excella Classic fans don't work & no crank handles

Hello,
We just purchased a 1993 Excella Classic and the po said that neither front nor rear roof fans worked "one day they just stopped." I don't know much about the fans so I took the light shade off and here is what they look like. The lighting portion works fine. Aside from needing a cleaning could someone help me out. Also the cranks are missing.

I have had our local RV place look at it, but haven't heard anything back and it has been a while.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:55 PM   #2
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There is a small switch called "micro" switch that controls fan. It is behind the screen part. When you crank open the micro switch gives power to fan motor.

The switches fail after a while.

I would drop screen then check power.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:13 PM   #3
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There is a small switch called "micro" switch that controls fan. It is behind the screen part. When you crank open the micro switch gives power to fan motor.

The switches fail after a while.

I would drop screen then check power.
I haven't looked yet, but how do you drop the screen part with all the light bulbs attached? Is this repair expensive or can a do it yourselfer handle it?
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:48 PM   #4
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1993 Excella Classic fans don't work & no crank handles

Greetings L & R!

Depending upon how your interpret the previous owners statement "one day they just stopped.", you might have something as simple as a blown fuse. While both of my trailers are much older than yours, both fans in my Overlander are on the same circuit and the case may be similar with your 1993. The micro-switch that has already been described could be a problem as well as a wire becoming frayed and grounding out . . . or the possibility of something being attached to a wall/ceiling with screw or rivet penetrating the wiring to the fans. My suggestion would be to double-check fuses . . . then micro-switches . . . then wiring issue.

Good luck with your search!

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Old 08-12-2013, 11:52 AM   #5
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It seems that the PO wasn't as honest as we originally thought. It's possible that the fans just stopped working because someone drilled through the roof vent with a sheetrock screw to keep it closed! DH got up on a ladder found the screw, removed it and low-and-behold the fan cranked up and turned on. Now one thing we noticed is that when we cranked it back down the rear portion of the fan cover didn't come down all the way this required another trip up the ladder to push it down. Any suggestions on the lifting mechanics and how to correct or does it have to be replaced?
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:00 PM   #6
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I have one of those crummy vents in my trailer. It does not move much air. Last year I had to fix the vent so it would close properly. Whoever originally installed the fan put it on backwards so the vent opens up towards the front. I almost lost the lid on a trip when the gear box failed an only one screw still holding it in place.
When you take down the light fixture you will have access to the bottom of the fan/vent but it doesn't do much good.
I did most of the work from on top of the trailer and had to replace the gear box with screws and rivets if I remember right.
If you decide to replace the fan/vent I remember seeing someone at a trailer rally had replaced the original fan/vent with a remote control model so they could retain the light fixture.
Good luck.
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chuck both of the originals and install "Fantastic Fans", then wire in some Led lights.
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