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Old 01-05-2008, 09:13 AM   #1
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Before I go rooting around in the ceiling of my Bambi (19' 2003), can someone tell me if either of my roof vents is prewired for a "Fantastic" style fan. If so, which vent is prewired and how/where will the wires be located? If not, how do I go about wiring the vent area with power, i.e., where do I jump power from (?a nearby light?), will that be "jumpoff" able to handle the extra load, do I need a separate fuse, or is the fan fused? Also, what is an easy way to conceal these wires? How long should I expect to be able to run the fan before the batteries are kaput? Thanks, rd

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Old 01-05-2008, 03:15 PM   #2
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I had a Fantastic fan installed in our Bambi by the folks at the factory - it was installed in the front vent - they tapped into a hot wire by the adjacent ceiling light - obviously they knew what they were doing but even to myself it didn't seem a big deal to find the hot wire nor hide the extra wiring.

As for draining the battery - we use it very liberally as our "air conditioner replacement" when dry camping - we have one battery and, depending on what else we have been using, we may run the generator a maximum of an hour in the morning and again in the evening to top it up.


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To install a Fantastic fan in a 2003 Airstream Bambi you will need to steal/borrow power from a near by light. The power to the lights is a switched power so in order for the fan to function you will have to have the light switch on, but if light is not needed you can turn the switch off on the fixture itself.

The fantastic fan has a 3 amp fuse built in and the wiring in the trailer can handle the additional load.

There will be no need to conceal the wires, because they will run from the light fixture to the fan between the interior and exterior aluminum sheeting. To access this you will need to first remove the inner flange for the manual vent. Be sure to set aside a full day for the two fans, the most labor intensive part of installing the fans always seems to be, the removing of the old manual vent cover exterior housing.

On a fully charged Group 24 series dual battery system, running a single fan on low setting, and thermostat set on a comfortable temperature, you should be able to run at least 8 hours.

For Peace of mind, An Airstream service facility can install and provide the 6000 series Fantastic fan for around $400.00
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Thanks for the replies, so far. Keep the ideas and info. coming. Cheers, rd
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