Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-31-2012, 05:22 AM   #1
Rivet Master
 
Keyair's Avatar

 
1984 34.5' Airstream 345
Foothill Ranch , California
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 3,930
Images: 1
Fantastic fan broke... Thoughts?

I had left the cover of my Fantastic Fan open a couple of inches to let the heat out, but we were expecting rain so I went to shut it. Its a manual close unit.
As I turned the handwheel the top kinda juddered and the slammed shut.
I thought it felt odd, so I tried to open it again, but nothing.
Finally found time to get up on the roof.
You can lift the lid now with no resistance, and looks like something broke on the lift arm, or the pivot fell out.



Fixable?
__________________

__________________
Keyair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 06:01 AM   #2
Figment of My Imagination
 
Protagonist's Avatar
 
2012 Interstate Coach
From All Over , More Than Anywhere Else
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 10,291
Replace it with a MaxxAir fan with a built-in rain hood.
__________________

__________________
WBCCI #1105
TAC LA-4

My Google-Fu is strong today.
Protagonist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 06:22 AM   #3
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,189
Call Fantastic t 810-724-3818, tell them your lift arm broke. They will send you a replacement, usually for nothing more than the cost of postage.
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 07:08 AM   #4
Rivet Master<br><img src="/ugala/forums/images/5rivet.gif">
 
CanoeStream's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari FB SE
St. Cloud , Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 13,279
Images: 19
Blog Entries: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by overlander63 View Post
Call Fantastic t 810-724-3818, tell them your lift arm broke. They will send you a replacement, usually for nothing more than the cost of postage.
So true! Fantastic Fan has excellent customer service. Don't be surprised if they get the part to you last week. They are just that good.
__________________
Bob

5 meter Langford Nahanni

CanoeStream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 07:14 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Lily&Me's Avatar

 
2006 22' Interstate
Normal , Illinois
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 13,544
Quote:
Originally Posted by overlander63
Call Fantastic t 810-724-3818, tell them your lift arm broke. They will send you a replacement, usually for nothing more than the cost of postage.
Ditto.

They sent us a complete, new install kit, no charge whatsoever.


Mggie
__________________
🏡 🚐 Cherish and appreciate those you love. This moment could be your last.🌹🐚❤️
Lily&Me is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 07:27 AM   #6
CLOUDSPLITTER "Tahawas"
 
ROBERT CROSS's Avatar

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , WNY
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 11,153
Images: 1
FF Service...

The pin worked it's way loose on ours after 5 Seasons.

An emergency campground repair using a small machine screw & nut with Loctite solved the problem.

After contacting FF to let them know of my concern, (no mention of a replacement, as the repair had already been made), a new updated arm assembly was in our mailbox a day later.....no charge.

They also had previously replaced a cracked cover after three years because of improper hinge install....no charge.

Bob
__________________
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 08:12 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
dznf0g's Avatar

 
2007 30' Classic
Oswego , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 9,399
Images: 5
I had similar story on my SOB. Motor assembly quit (lift motor) after several seasons. Pieces arrived N/C.
__________________
-Rich-

"If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." - Red Green
dznf0g is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 11:37 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
Keyair's Avatar

 
1984 34.5' Airstream 345
Foothill Ranch , California
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 3,930
Images: 1
Awesome info, thanks Peeps!

I have no idea which model it is because despite my thought to do so, I didn't photograph the label up top..

Am I correct in saying I have to take the vent off the roof to access the broken part?
I am asking because I better order a new gasket if I do.
__________________
Keyair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 12:18 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
DanielB's Avatar
 
1974 31' Excella 500
Charleston , South Carolina
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 1,073
Blog Entries: 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by Protagonist View Post
Replace it with a MaxxAir fan with a built-in rain hood.
Ditto
__________________
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
- Andrew Carnegie
DanielB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 12:46 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
Keyair's Avatar

 
1984 34.5' Airstream 345
Foothill Ranch , California
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 3,930
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Protagonist View Post
Replace it with a MaxxAir fan with a built-in rain hood.
I wish I had the money!!!
__________________
Keyair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 01:07 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
dznf0g's Avatar

 
2007 30' Classic
Oswego , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 9,399
Images: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by Keyair View Post
Awesome info, thanks Peeps!

I have no idea which model it is because despite my thought to do so, I didn't photograph the label up top..

Am I correct in saying I have to take the vent off the roof to access the broken part?
I am asking because I better order a new gasket if I do.
No, I don't think so. From inside the AS, take the screws out that hold in the fan assembly (not the surround). The whole thing will hang from the wires (support them with a coat hanger or the like) and you can work on the mechanism from there.
__________________
-Rich-

"If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." - Red Green
dznf0g is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 01:10 PM   #12
Rivet Master
 
dznf0g's Avatar

 
2007 30' Classic
Oswego , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 9,399
Images: 5
Actually, upon further review, the ruling on the field may not stand. Does your manual knob fit into a sub-assembly which screws into the bottom (inside) of the fan? If so, I think you can reattach the lift arm (or replace with new parts) by just removing the 2 screws there.
__________________
-Rich-

"If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." - Red Green
dznf0g is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 10:01 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
Keyair's Avatar

 
1984 34.5' Airstream 345
Foothill Ranch , California
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 3,930
Images: 1
Fixed it!

Awesome info peeps!

Dznfog, your info was spot on...
I removed the inner raise handle, and then the 4 screws holding the trim panel, and let it hang down.

Instantly, I could see the roll pin was pushed off to the side...
I removed the assembly..


Lift mechanism with pin out of place!


It seemed a little loose, so I tweeked the roll pin open a little with a flat screwdriver, to make it a tighter fit.
Put it in position on the arm and pinched the pin back thru with pliers.


And put it back in position.


Fixed!
just missing a couple of screws...


As always, great info and I thank everyone for the input!

Reassembled it all, and
__________________
Keyair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2012, 03:42 AM   #14
Rivet Master
 
2005 19' Safari
GLENDALE , AZ
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 2,439
It might be easier to just replace the bug screen. The new ones don't have screws and just snap into place. Also, the new, round plastic ring covers up the old (empty) screw holes.

I think the screen is only about $10-15 at most RV parts places.
__________________

__________________
Phoenix is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.