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Old 08-02-2007, 04:17 PM   #1
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Fan comparison: Fantastic vs. Shurflo

Literally, by accident, we now have two ceiling fans: a Fantastic originally installed as an option and a Shurflo (Gold Series) that we had installed by CampingWorld.

Sure the Fantastic fan has a thermostatic control and a cover that closes when it rains but in all other respects, we much prefer the Shurflo. The Shurflo is considerably less expensive, is quieter, has a continuously variable speed, is reversible for inflow or outflo, and has an easily removable screen. Also, we find that we can use the fan with the cover closed to circulate the A/C better around the bedroom where the fan is installed. Lastly, it appears that although the Shurflo has fewer fan blades, their pitch is such that the volume of air moved at the same speed as the Fantastic is greater.

By the way, had we opted for the Shurflo Platinum Series it would have included a remote control, a power dome, a thermostat, and a rain sensor all at a price that would have still been lower than the Fantastic, but close.
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Old 08-02-2007, 06:18 PM   #2
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Rivet Thanks for the Information!

Hi Mike and Rosemary,

I have been considering a Fantastic, but will certainly check out the Shureflow now.

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Old 08-02-2007, 08:46 PM   #3
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Being able to run the fan with the cover closed is a nice feature. Thanks for the comparison.
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:59 PM   #4
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Very interesting, thanks for the info. I'm about to replace some fans.
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:50 PM   #5
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You should also check out the MaxxFan. It is like a Fantastic or Shurflo, but has a rain-proof cover that allows you to operate in in the rain, which you can not do with either of the others.

I have 2 of them in the 19CCD and they work so well, that I rarely have to use the A/C.
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Old 08-02-2007, 10:23 PM   #6
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You should also check out the MaxxFan. It is like a Fantastic or Shurflo, but has a rain-proof cover that allows you to operate in in the rain, which you can not do with either of the others.

I have 2 of them in the 19CCD and they work so well, that I rarely have to use the A/C.
If Shurflos work with the covered closed, I'd think you could use them when raining, or even snowing.
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:06 PM   #7
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Does Sureflow have a curved ceiling adapter for us folks with older trailers with more of roof radius?
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:22 PM   #8
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You should also check out the MaxxFan. It is like a Fantastic or Shurflo, but has a rain-proof cover that allows you to operate in in the rain, which you can not do with either of the others.

I have 2 of them in the 19CCD and they work so well, that I rarely have to use the A/C.
Lew -

I assume that you can also operate the MaxxFan in windy conditions as well. That's one of the reasons why I added a MaxxVent roof vent cover over my Fantastic Fans (the kind designed for over high speed fans).

Before someone tells me you can operate Fantastic Fans when it's windy outside, I'd like them to meet a longtime Airstreamer who's staying at our RV park now in MT who had his Fantastic Fan cover blow off in a storm one night recently.

Next time I have a choice, I think I'll opt for the MaxxFan.

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Old 08-02-2007, 11:36 PM   #9
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I have the platinum series installed in my 56 Caravanner. The 7 speed fan circulated a great deal of air in or out. The remote was very handy as I could lay in bed and press away.

They did not have a trim piece for the curved ceiling, but it looked fine in the caravanner.

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We've had the fantastic fans in our previous 31' & the now 34' - unfortunately, they can't run when it's raining and the lids do rattle a lot when windy (never had one blow off though-probably because we close them!)
We just installed a Maxx Fan in "Our Gussy" and have really come to appreciate it. Yes, it can run & fully ventilate when raining. During the summer when the trailer is in storage, we leave it in up position to have some airflow inside.
Can it withstand high winds? We (accidentally) left it open when driving - it survived the 60 mph drive unscathed.
The fan seems quieter as well - probably because the airflow is indirect across the blades?
Now, we're big Maxx "fans"
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One other thing to consider.... Fantastic Fan is noted for it's well-deserved reputation of fantastic customer service. I have no experience with the other brands, so they may also provide good service. Just a thought.
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You should also check out the MaxxFan. It is like a Fantastic or Shurflo, but has a rain-proof cover that allows you to operate in in the rain, which you can not do with either of the others.
We love our MaxxFan, and the cover was the big selling point since we live in rainy Seattle. We leave ours open most of the time in the Spring/Summer, and it really keeps the air moving.
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One other thing to consider.... Fantastic Fan is noted for it's well-deserved reputation of fantastic customer service. I have no experience with the other brands, so they may also provide good service. Just a thought.
I agree. Their customer service has been amazing. That being said, I like the idea of being able to operate the fan in the rain, and am considering a MaxxFan for the rear vent over the bed - best of both worlds.
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My '83 has the combo vent/skylight/light fixture. I can't even see the vent. Has anyone installed in this type of fixture? Photos?

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