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Old 09-16-2018, 07:24 AM   #1
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2004 Fantastic Fan lift rod

Went outside to prep the trailer before leaving this week and flipped the switch to close the front fantastic fan. The closer motor kept running even though the vent was closed. Bottom line it looks like the rod is internally disconnected from the mechanism that opens and closes the fan. I can take a yard stick and push the vent open and it comes back down. Obviously its not secure down and I probably will have to duct tape it down to make sure it doesn't open while traveling. Cant get up on the roof but i can see the rod is in the slot in the fan housing. Push end pulled the manual crank nob and it seems to be functioning other than not controlling the lid rod.

Is there a fix for this or has the fan hit end of life with an internal problem that I can't access?

Just did a little more trouble shooting and if I opened the vent with a yard stick and then manually crank the knob to close, I feel some pulling down of the lid. Then its as if the gearing has slipped and there is no more force being applied to lower the lid. Sounds a lot like a worn out gear or worm gear that drives the rod is slipping or and not securely moving the rod.

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Old 09-17-2018, 01:39 PM   #2
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You might give the folks at Fantastic Fan a call or drop them an email. I had a problem with one in the past, and they were... terrific.

Here's the contact info I found online:
https://www.dometic.com/en-us/us/support
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Old 09-17-2018, 02:06 PM   #3
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If you could open it with a yard stick it's stripped for sure...can't see how it would open otherwise.

We also had to replace one, contact FF, they did send ours NC.


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Happened to me all the time. In the lift mechanism there is a roll pin that holds the arm to the gear assembly. I've had mine vibrate out many times. Remove the screws and lower the gearbox and you'll see what I mean. I tried to spread the roll pin but you need to be very careful. It's hard steel and if you make it too fat it won't fit back into the gear box or maybe it'll be too tight to operate so don't. The only fix that worked for me, and I'm not kidding here, I must have been through this a dozen times has been to take a small zip tie, one that'll pass through the center of the roll pin. Loop it around and zip it up tight. I did this almost a year ago and it's still holding. Of course, you might have a different issue or maybe the gear assy. is broken. But if the roll pin came out this is how easy it is to fix.
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Happened to me all the time. In the lift mechanism there is a roll pin that holds the arm to the gear assembly. I've had mine vibrate out many times. Remove the screws and lower the gearbox and you'll see what I mean. I tried to spread the roll pin but you need to be very careful. It's hard steel and if you make it too fat it won't fit back into the gear box or maybe it'll be too tight to operate so don't. The only fix that worked for me, and I'm not kidding here, I must have been through this a dozen times has been to take a small zip tie, one that'll pass through the center of the roll pin. Loop it around and zip it up tight. I did this almost a year ago and it's still holding. Of course, you might have a different issue or maybe the gear assy. is broken. But if the roll pin came out this is how easy it is to fix.
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yep. I put some stupid glue on the pin for the new arm they sent. The old pin got jammed and the hole was egg shaped, the new pin was loose in the new arm. 😳👎

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