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Old 07-14-2006, 09:39 AM   #15
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I believe that Fantastic Fan recommends that you do NOT use one of those with their fans. I saw that in some of the documentation. I think that the reason may be that the vent may limit the opening and burn something out or may actually suck the fan in the opposite direction it is powered to go burning up the motor. Something like that.
They may say that, but It just may be marketing. I had 2 covers on the Fantastic fans on my MoHo when I was full-timing for 5 years. Never had a problem!
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Old 07-14-2006, 11:46 AM   #16
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It does let some light in, but it can be handled by putting a cover over it. They sell them precut or you can buy a piece of that foil insulation and cut it to fit. Stick a few pieces of velcro to it and the frame to hold it in place when you need it.

Also a tip, throw that gasket that comes with it away. It'll eventually leak. I installed one on the Caravel and it was fine for about a year, then I started to get a drip in heavy rains. I talked to our Airstream dealer about it and he said they never use those for that reason. Just lay down a HEAVY layer of Sikaflex or Vulkem or better yet 3M 5200 where the gasket would go and install the fan. The caulk will ooze out all over the place but it will seal. You can go back and clean it up later. A little blue masking tape around the perimeter of the fan will minimize how much you have to get off.

By the way - our new 25' ccd came with the two fantastic fans, both had that crappy gasket and both started leaking, but thankfully fixed under warranty.
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Old 07-14-2006, 12:06 PM   #17
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Kent,

Have you considered a MaxxAir vent cover for your Fantastic? Lets you use the fan in the rain....just like a MaxxFan!
I like the looks of my old stuff but the rain and noisy fan make me consider somthing else.
In a word Lewster, MaxxFan or MaxxAir?

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Old 07-14-2006, 01:40 PM   #18
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Fantastic Vent and Maxx Air cover

Using a Maxx Air cover with a Fantastic Vent Fan works just fine. Never a problem with rain and you can leave the vent in the open position.
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Old 07-14-2006, 08:04 PM   #19
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I wondered about that. I saw a few others with the Maxx Air cover on and scratched my head a little.
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Using a Maxx Air cover with a Fantastic Vent Fan works just fine. Never a problem with rain and you can leave the vent in the open position.
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Old 09-18-2006, 12:36 PM   #20
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Nice pictures Buttercup. Did the scruffy man on the roof say "bad" things to you as you took his picture?
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Old 09-18-2006, 04:19 PM   #21
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With regard to external covers over the vents, Fantastic has this to say in the FAQ's on their website:

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DO YOU RECOMMEND VENT COVERS?
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Vent covers restrict the airflow of your Fan-Tastic Vent by about sixty percent. In addition, covering your vent requires more frequent cleaning due to dust and dirt accumulation. Although we do not recommend any cover over your Fan-Tastic Vent, it will not void your warranty."

http://www.fantasticvent.com/
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:06 AM   #22
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Vintage Friendly Fantastic Vent Available

FYI...for those in the mood for spring breezes. Steve at Vintage Trailer Supply has worked with FanTastic to come up with a vent which blend well with the original look of the trailer.

They are flat domed and grey colored to match the existing vents. The colored base which sticks up out of the roof is usually white on fantastic fans. Somehow Steve got them to make a special batch of these in grey. They're going to look great!

The matching flat grey vent lid will blend in better with the existing lids, too. If you plan on replacing 2 out of the 3 vents for inflow/outflow purposes.

You can order +/-automatic opening rain sensor, +/-thermostat and curved/straight bezel.

The attached pic shows the flat lid and grey color (see the white in background for comparison--the flash washed it out a little).

I think I'm going to follow the "buttercup" installation instrucions!!!
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:16 AM   #23
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say...that looks neat! but does it still allow sunlight through? or do you need to go w/ a standard lid to get that feature?
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:22 AM   #24
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The "flat opaque grey" will not allow sunlight in, but there is another option on Steve's website for a "flat translucent white" so that one probably would.
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:13 AM   #25
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Now for the stupid part. My thoughts were: rain? there is always warning and clouds come in and I know when it starts and I am smart enough to stand up and close the vent. I am going the save the $50.00 and get the cheaper fan without the sensor. Boy do I regret that decision.
Kent, you can get all the needed parts from the Fantastic people, and upgrade the fan you have. Should take about 30 minutes or so to accomplish.
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:54 AM   #26
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If you want to run your fantastic fan in the rain, put it on high, then switch to open. As soon as the fan starts to run, grab the knob on the cover opener and hold it so that it won't open any further. As soon as it quits trying to open, you can let go. This tip was given to me by the Fantastic Fan people a few years ago at International.
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Fantastic Fan installation

It is as easy as they say it is! The first one took about 90 minutes, the second one about 45. The easy way to remove old rivets is to use a steel putty knife and run it (hammer lightly) between the old vent flange and the skin.

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Old 10-21-2008, 06:31 PM   #28
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It is as easy as they say it is! The first one took about 90 minutes, the second one about 45. The easy way to remove old rivets is to use a steel putty knife and run it (hammer lightly) between the old vent flange and the skin.

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Larry,

There is an article in the recent Vintage Advantage on how to use the old, flat cover on the fantastic fan for the vintage look on the outside. You might think about it.

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