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Old 06-26-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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Fan-tastic Vent Cover

I don't understand what purpose a Fan-tastic Vent Cover serves other than protecting the interior from rain. Is it's only purpose to allow the vent to remain open and the fan running during rain?

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How difficult is it to install one of these?
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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I assume installation is easy. Remember that is is always up! I think this adds wind resistance and looks hideous! My opinion.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:14 PM   #3
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I have a similar cover over the front vent in my trailer. Maxi vent, I think. No fan there. In the summer I travel with the vent open. Keeps the trailer cooler while we are moving. Keeps rain out. Have the fantastic fan in the bedroom vent with the automatic closing cover.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:29 PM   #4
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I don't understand what purpose a Fan-tastic Vent Cover serves other than protecting the interior from rain. Is it's only purpose to allow the vent to remain open and the fan running during rain?

This is the cover that I'm questioning:
Fan-tastic Ultrabreeze Vent Covers - Product - Camping World

How difficult is it to install one of these?
Easy to install... meant to be able to leave the vent open when driving, in the rain, and to protect from heavy snow loads in the winter.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:31 PM   #5
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Thank you both for your replies.

I agree ... I don't really like how they look. Our Fan-tastic Fan has the rain sensor on it so I think I'll just continue without purchaseing and installing these covers.

Thanks again.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:42 PM   #6
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With the covers you can leave the vent(s) open while in storage and never have to worry about excess heat no mold and mildew due to high humidity stale air.
Plus, you can run the fan(s) in the rain.
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:34 AM   #7
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Just bought two of them to replace the SOB covers that I installed several years ago. The SOB covers cut down the air movement far too much. I haven't installed them yet, but the hardest part will be to get through the sealant to remove 4 of the original #8 mounting screws. The cover mounts with #10 screws in the same 4 holes. I have a tube of Sikaflex to seal everything.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:03 PM   #8
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Just bought two of them to replace the SOB covers that I installed several years ago. The SOB covers cut down the air movement far too much. I haven't installed them yet, but the hardest part will be to get through the sealant to remove 4 of the original #8 mounting screws. The cover mounts with #10 screws in the same 4 holes. I have a tube of Sikaflex to seal everything.
Hi John. Next time we camp with you and Kay I'll be interested in seeing what you install and hearing your reviews on the results. Your Airstream/RV knowledge always helps me very much.
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I would not add covers over the fantastic fan either. I have the vent cover over a vent without a fan. The cover I used installs to the metal vent, not to the skin of the trailer. No holes in the trailer to install the vent.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:57 PM   #10
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It seems like it would work great while moving. but once camped it would seem to restrict the air flow of the fan from pushing air in or out, as it can only come through the back.. Any users have any experience with this? I could be wrong.
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I have the Maxxfan on my trailer. It can be left open when stored or towing. Does not let water in when raining so has no rain sensor. Have had one on for more than two years now with no issues. Same airflow as the fantastic fan.
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There's nothing worse than a warm rainy day and having the vent close. Get the cover or get a Maxxfan.
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There's nothing worse than a warm rainy day and having the vent close. Get the cover or get a Maxxfan.
Very true, that would not be comfortable sitting in the Airstream without any air flowing on a warm rainy day. But we can't even use the Fan-tastic fan until very, very late in the fall through very, very early in the spring because the outside temperature just doesn't cool down enough until that time of the year. The rest of the time throughout the year we have to run the air conditioner because of high temperatures. But it would be nice to use the Fan-tastic fan, regardless of rain, when we have the cooler temperatures.
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We have two of the Maxxair II covers over the Fan-tastics on our 23' Flying Cloud. Easy installation, no drilling into body. Mount to the exisitng aluminum frame of the Fan-tastic. The fans still move plenty of air with the covers in place. As stated, great when it's raining outside to provide ventilation. I leave both of my vents open when stored, one fan on thermostatic contol to come on when temp in the tailer goes up. Pulls air from one end of the trailer to the other. I don't mind the look so much; mine are white to match the a/c shroud. Looks OK, INMO.
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