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Old 03-12-2012, 06:48 PM   #15
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wow....thanks guys for the fast response! And still seems to be between the 2 brands but more likely to the FF.
Now the big question is if we can let them on all day how long will they last?
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:55 PM   #16
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Fan motors are very old technology and can run for years. Eventually you will have to replace the brushes (they are cheap).

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Old 03-12-2012, 07:04 PM   #17
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I have to say Fantastic Fan. I have put them in 3 Airstreams. I got mine from Vintage Trailer, ordered with flat grey cover, rain sensor and they offer a interior trim that mates to the curved ceiling. They have all worked extermely well.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:05 PM   #18
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The remote is never where I want it to be.....it resides on the wall of the refrigerator (forward fan) and in the upper bin (rear fan) and they don't always work.....think it is just as easy to turn them on manually. Also, the first remotes I had had tiny screws to remove to replace the batteries.....they replaced them with easier ones to replace the batteries and new rain sensors and they walked me through the change. great customer service. The fantastik vents are the best airconditioning we have.....rarely use the air conditioner...paula
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:24 PM   #19
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one more vote for fan-tastic!
they now sell covers too!
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:22 PM   #20
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Although Fantastic Fan says you can leave the vent open when you drive, try convincing my wife of that. The advantage of open vents is to keep temps down in the summer. The cover may convince her it is ok. Amazon will have them soon for $46.

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Old 03-12-2012, 08:47 PM   #21
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How well does the interior trim on the maxxfan fit a vintage airstream? I'm really liking the look of these, but it looks like I'd need to do a custom trim piece for it.

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Old 03-12-2012, 09:02 PM   #22
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Although Fantastic Fan says you can leave the vent open when you drive, try convincing my wife of that. The advantage of open vents is to keep temps down in the summer. The cover may convince her it is ok. Amazon will have them soon for $46.

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FV coverThe FV seems to werk the best, but it IS kinda yougly.
Still have the best CS though.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:14 PM   #23
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How well does the interior trim on the maxxfan fit a vintage airstream? I'm really liking the look of these, but it looks like I'd need to do a custom trim piece for it.

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Virtually identical to the Fantastic Fan. You don't need a custom trim piece. I have both in my 71 Tradewind
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:18 AM   #24
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Although Fantastic Fan says you can leave the vent open when you drive, try convincing my wife of that. The advantage of open vents is to keep temps down in the summer. The cover may convince her it is ok. Amazon will have them soon for $46.

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I seem to run down the road a lot with mine open. It happens not because I am trying to keep her cool, but instead, because of all the things on my check list, "close Fantastic Vent" is the one I always seem to forget to check off.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:03 AM   #25
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We have those covers on our vents (one is a Fantastic Vent, the other is one that's integrated with the front lights...not sure what brand those are). I'm not a huge fan of them - I think they make the fan run louder.

On the other hand, I am taking advantage of them: Our trailer has a barn smell to it that we haven't been able to eradicate, so I have both vents open (fans off) to help air out the camper, with no worries that rain is going to get in.

So I'm torn. I hate seeing them up there - they're ugly - but they're coming in very handy right now. I've wanted to remove the one that's on the FF since it has the rain sensor anyway, but I couldn't air out the camper like I'm doing right now without it. Since the barn smell issue is MUCH worse than the aesthetic issue, they'll probably stay on.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:07 AM   #26
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I just contacted Fantastic Fan within the last hour to replace the trim rings on the interior of my 2000 Excella that had cracked (---probably from heat.) All they asked for was my mailing address and then told me that the trim rings were on the way - no charge! They stand behind their product!
We have been very happy with our Fantastic Fan, since we resolved the chronic leaks from the crazy-poor factory install.

Doug completely removed the fan and replaced everything from the bottom up, with the kit sent for free by Fantastic Fan.

Love that kind of customer service.


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Since the barn smell issue is MUCH worse than the aesthetic issue, they'll probably stay on.
I am a huge fan of Oxy-Clean to deodorize.

Our first RV was a 77 Barth, whose owner smoked continuously. A thorough scrub of the carpet with Oxy-Clean removed all odor.

Assuming you have scrubbed down and cleaned everything you can, if there is carpet cleaning it thoroughly with above-named product may help.


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"sent for free by Fantastic Fan."

5 year old covers started to leak under the very carefully applied caulking, cracked at the hinge base's from over tightening at install.

New ones sent free after hearing the word, "cracked".

The company recently changed ownership but it seems the customer service has remained intact.

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