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Old 03-13-2012, 01:41 PM   #29
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I installed Maxfan's in my old AS and really liked them. I liked that they could run in the rain and going down the road. They were quiet. My new trailer came with a Fantastic Fan, and it is also a quality product. Works well.

I am partial to the Maxfan because of the ability to run in the rail and going down the road, but both are great and you can't make a bad decision with either one.
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:49 PM   #30
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OMHO, but in damp rainy weather is when you want the ventilation. Sal.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:47 PM   #31
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Although Fantastic Fan says you can leave the vent open when you drive, try convincing my wife of that.
Wow. Do all wives compare notes? Must be what they do on those knitting forums and in all of those book clubs...

All Fantastic Fans in the Minuet, and I can also attest to the excellent customer service. Got a new motor assembly 2.1 years after purchase by warranty, no muss, no fuss.

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Old 03-13-2012, 07:49 PM   #32
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I removed both Fantastic Fans from my new trailer and installed the Maxxfans. The remote control is extremely handy, the fan has 10 speeds, you can have them open while you tow, and they are very, very quiet. Nothing wrong with the FF's, but the Maxxfans provide more options and zero issues with inop rain sensors...
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:08 PM   #33
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I removed both Fantastic Fans from my new trailer and installed the Maxxfans. The remote control is extremely handy, the fan has 10 speeds, you can have them open while you tow, and they are very, very quiet. Nothing wrong with the FF's, but the Maxxfans provide more options and zero issues with inop rain sensors...
How long ago did you replace the fans? Do you still have them?
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:22 PM   #34
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If you paint the cover of a fan with a rain sensor, it may render the sensor inoperable. They don't work when they are dirty, so paint would be worse, I would think....

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The rain sensors are under the cover on the inside of the fan. Painting the outside of the cover has no effect whatsoever. I have two coats of Super Therm on mine.
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Vaughan, that's interesting. The technology as I understand it is there are wires on the cover surface and when a drop of rain rests on both sides of the circuit, it closes the circuit and closes the cover (cover goes up and down a lot in a very light shower). In the 1990's skylights were available with this feature. I would think anything painted on the surface would make it impossible for the water to reach the wires.

Maybe this is different technology or magic.

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Vaughan, that's interesting. The technology as I understand it is there are wires on the cover surface and when a drop of rain rests on both sides of the circuit, it closes the circuit and closes the cover (cover goes up and down a lot in a very light shower). In the 1990's skylights were available with this feature. I would think anything painted on the surface would make it impossible for the water to reach the wires.

Maybe this is different technology or magic.

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Gene,

The sensor is under the cover in the lower right corner with hinge at the top.
Wipe it down regularly wit a wet rag and that's enough to keep it working.

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Old 03-13-2012, 09:54 PM   #37
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I find the myriad controls on the FF difficult to figure out. One thing cancels another, or is needed to be switched for something else to work. I wish I had the one with the remote so I wouldn't have to look up into the sunlight and try to remember how I did it last time. These switches are not intuitive.


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Old 03-13-2012, 10:17 PM   #38
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I have some Maxx covers, over the original vents. No fuss, don't even care if my vents are up or down other than I should shut them when it's cold, or open if it's too hot. Nothing running a battery down unless I leave the orig vent fan running. Someday I'll get around to a reversible switch so I can blow cleaner air in and pressure the dust out.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:30 AM   #39
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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.
Yeah, we've done a LOT of cleaning. It's not too bad when we're using the trailer, but it seems to accumulate when it's stored. I ate some peanut butter cups recently that had a distinct camper taste to them... and they were in a plastic bag when they were in the camper!

I had a thread about the issue a while back. Thanks for the Oxy-Clean suggestion. If nothing else, it made me go back and re-read that thread to see what we haven't tried yet.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:10 PM   #40
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RJ, is this a barnyard smell or is it more like a medicinal one? Barnyard smells are generally gifts left behind by visitors in the insulation, a medicinal smell comes from the decomposition of the subfloor. The cleaning might be in vain if the barn yard smell is coming from the insulation or the medicinal smell is coming from the floor. These situations are very common and that is why us restorers are always trying to tear it down to the axles.
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RJ, is this a barnyard smell or is it more like a medicinal one? Barnyard smells are generally gifts left behind by visitors in the insulation, a medicinal smell comes from the decomposition of the subfloor. The cleaning might be in vain if the barn yard smell is coming from the insulation or the medicinal smell is coming from the floor. These situations are very common and that is why us restorers are always trying to tear it down to the axles.
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Vaughan, that's interesting. The technology as I understand it is there are wires on the cover surface and when a drop of rain rests on both sides of the circuit, it closes the circuit and closes the cover (cover goes up and down a lot in a very light shower). In the 1990's skylights were available with this feature. I would think anything painted on the surface would make it impossible for the water to reach the wires.

Maybe this is different technology or magic.

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The sensor is under the cover in the lower right corner with hinge at the top.
Wipe it down regularly wit a wet rag and that's enough to keep it working.

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Bob's right on this one. Like I said, the sensor is inside under the cover. See the photo below. The sensor is the yellowish thing with the squiggly lines in the lower right corner just inside the seal.

(It was not easy finding a photo of the top, most of the photos show the bottom as seen from the inside or the lid closed. Finally found this one online. I guess that's one of the advantages of installing things yourself, you get to see all sides of it.)

This has a couple of pluses over having the sensor on the lid:

1) The unit is stationary and the wired don't flex back-and-forth when opening and closing the lid.

2) In the event the lid ever needs replacing, the lid is just a lid. Simpler to change.

A possible disadvantage to mounting it inside is that when the sensor dries the lid may reopen briefly while it is still raining. Others have mentioned this in other threads. Once a new drop hits the sensor the lid will re-close immediately, but some have mentioned that it can be annoying, especially while they are sleeping. I haven't had problems with this, myself. Usually by the time the sensor dries, the storm has moved on or I have manually switched off the unit to prevent this happening.

Possibly the best solution would be an external rain sensor mounted on the base or remotely. I'm not sure if the advantages would outweigh the increases in complexity and installation procedures. The rain sensor works pretty good where it is.
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