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Old 03-25-2017, 09:11 AM   #1
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Bad ventilation fans

In my 1991 Excella 34ft I have two ventilation/light units. The handles are not able to turn the vent open so the fans do not come on.

It seems the problem is up in the top part of the units. Are there replacement units that allow me to keep the lighting or some repair that can fix the problem? The handle just spins without raising the lid. I see plenty of replacement fans from Maxx Air and Fan-tastic but this would mean I would lose the lighting.

Solutions?
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The combination vent/light fixture is one of my favorite Airstream details. I would replace the old vent with a new Maxx Fan with a remote control. You won't need the crank to operate the remote control fan, and the existing knob can still be used to turn the lights on and off.
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So you can replace the fan part and still leave the original light console with cover in place? My switch to power the light is on the wall near the door, high, low, or off. How would you control the fan then? Only with remote control?

I am not a fan of those, no pun intended. I had one for a fan in my previous home and it was all fine until someone misplaces the remote.

Is there no direct solution?
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First, I would take off the crank and see if the splines are stripped. Then, I would get up on the roof, try to manually raise the dome and see if it can be fixed. The dome on mine had a hole in it. I replaced it last summer.
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I have tested it and the splines are intact. It seems the mechanism / gear might be stripped. It looks like I have to the top to fix.
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So you can replace the fan part and still leave the original light console with cover in place? My switch to power the light is on the wall near the door, high, low, or off. How would you control the fan then? Only with remote control?

I am not a fan of those, no pun intended. I had one for a fan in my previous home and it was all fine until someone misplaces the remote.

Is there no direct solution?
If you can find a direct replacement for the vent and or the fan, by all means do so. My suggestion assumed that the original vent could not be mended. I think that I have seen repair kits for the vent lids, but I don't remember where. The vent and fan can be replaced a new style fan while keeping the original light fixture. In the old days, the fan was one speed and it switched on when the vent cover was fully opened with the crank at one end of the light fixture. I was not aware that some fans had wall switches.

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If you can find a direct replacement for the vent and or the fan, by all means do so. My suggestion assumed that the original vent could not be mended. I think that I have seen repair kits for the vent lids, but I don't remember where. The vent and fan can be replaced a new style fan while keeping the original light fixture. In the old days, the fan was one speed and it switched on when the vent cover was fully opened with the crank at one end of the light fixture. I was not aware that some fans had wall switches.

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Sorry if I wasn't clear. There is no light switch for the fan on the wall, just a high and low and off switch for the lights. I assume the power for the fan must be directly wired and is activated at some point when the vent is opened and you are confirming that is the way it worked.

I have been searching all over for what you say and I do not see anyone documenting a how-to in repairing them. I also don't see anything about replacing them and keeping the original light which is what I would rather do. The other option is to just abandon the light fixture and go with the new style fan, but I am not sure how much i would use it.

I've been trying to get a feel for what others have done as surely this problem must be not uncommon. Both vents are in the same condition. So how do I do this: "The vent and fan can be replaced a new style fan while keeping the original light fixture." Is my only option to replace the fan and install the light fixture using the remote control you mentioned?
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My fan works the same way... Wall switch for light, fan comes on when dome raised.... I really like the light for a living room light. IMO, the fan doesnt move much air.

Worst case is for you to replace the unit with a Fantastic or Maxxair and add a ceiling light near it.
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Has anybody replaced the fan unit with a Fantastic or Maxx unit, and installed the original lights and light shade? A friend and I are both going to replace out front fans in our 34'. I replaced the rear fan last year and did not replace the light in the bedroom, but it would be great to keep the light in the front. I wonder if the flow of the fan would be greatly restricted by the light cover. Any thoughts out there?? I think it is "doable" with a few modifications of the light and mount, but I wonder if it is worth doing. Chris
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