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Old 07-08-2015, 12:11 PM   #1
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Bathroom Vent Fan - 1977 Airstream Safari

I've recently purchased a 1977 23' Airstream Safari and absolutely love it. Everything in it is original and vintage, in every sense of the word. Were renovating and updating much of the interior.

At the moment, it's very difficult to locate a bathroom vent fan smaller than the 6 1/4" advertised on vintageairstream.com. I ended up ordering from Inland Andy because it indicated it fits Airstreams 1970's and up, but turned out to be the identical part from vintage. I'm unhappy that the shell has to be cut to accommodate, and come to find out, he does not honor full returns. Now stuck with a fan I'm not certain I'll ever use....Definitely never ordering off his site again.

Before I waste more money, has anybody had any success locating a bathroom vent fan that fits in the existing rough opening?

also...I've pulled out all the original curtains and track and storing it in my attic. If anybody is interested please let me know and I'll give you a good deal to take it off my hands. Just send me a PM.
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Old 07-08-2015, 07:30 PM   #2
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You're talking about one of the round ventline pop ups right? Try out of doors mart.
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Old 07-08-2015, 07:41 PM   #3
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The one at OODM and VTS are the same. Mine fit right into the hole from the original with the metal housing. What size is your hole? Pic?
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Old 07-09-2015, 07:42 AM   #4
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Here's a pic of the purchased trim (top) and shroud/fan housing (middle), and original trim (below). You can see the noticeable difference in size. The existing rough opening is about 4". I'm hoping there's an alternative to cutting a larger hole....



I did find a similar post (1977 bathroom exhaust fan - Airstream Forums) on this forum posted in 2007, but no luck turning up the Marinco part he mentions.
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I ran into the same issue. I did a bit of research and came up with this for a solution:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o02_s00

It fits the hole pretty well, doesn't require wiring and offers a light. The down side is that our ceiling opening in the bath was less than proportional, and we had to make a custom bezel to give it that "finished" look.
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Old 07-10-2015, 12:12 AM   #6
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Wow noticeably different, my 79 swapped exactly with the one you had purchased . Tough call on finding something smaller. But definitely understand difficulty cutting/drilling bigger hole, especially in that spot.
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Thanks, WickedSister and HiJoeSilver, for the responses. I'll look into the solar vent route.

At the moment, as a temporary fix I've inserted a 3" sched 40 PVC pipe inside the opening of the original trim and capped with a Fernco fitting. With copious amounts of silicone sealant and butyl tape it should keep the rain out until I find a permanent solution.
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