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Old 07-13-2006, 06:58 AM   #1
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Fantastic Fan Install

This is my recommendation for how to properly and quickly (around 23 minutes) install a Fantastic Fan if you are thinking about putting one in.
If not - look anyway because it might help you with other metal work. WARNING: This article involves the use of sharp metal cutting tools. Not for the lighthearted!!!

Enjoy!!!

http://overlander.archnevada.com/index.php?fantasticfan
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Old 07-13-2006, 08:46 AM   #2
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way funny!

BTW, I noticed in the photo where you're having coffee in a successful effort to avoid work, you got the tattoos off the left side of your face...nice work. Laser or a new face implant?
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What was the labor charge for this installation?
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$70 - worth every penny.
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I must admit that I did work a little harder than you when my son and I installed our fan but we did it in well under an hour. This was one of the easiest and most rewarding projects I have ever done on Chummy and do not know why we waited so long. 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. In the less than two months we have had the fantastic fan installed there have been two down pours which drenched our kitchen and several times I left the vent closed and off when it did not rain thinking it would.
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Old 07-13-2006, 10:32 AM   #7
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We too had a Fantastic Fan installed by the pros at International...way to go! They even came back to help trouble shoot it later in the week when we had a minor problem with a loose ground wire.

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I just put two Fantastic Fans in the Ambassador. I'll tell you, putting in nice new things is much more rewarding than ripping out rotted floors.

I have the model 5000 w/o rain sensor in the bathroom, and the new remote controlled 6600 w/rain sensor in the kitchen.

Very nice improvement!

Now to polish the original Hehr vents so I can make a killing on eBay
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So...what are you gonna do for a light fixture in place of the one that went out with the old vent? anything?
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What I had done is put a strip fluorescent light in the bedroom and use that old fixture installed next to the new fantastic fan. When the old vent was out I drilled a hole through the ceiling brace for the wires. We now have more light in the bedroom and a better light in the kitchen.
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Well, we are low light people ourselves. In fact, most of the lighting we use is dimmed down (saves a bunch when boondocking).

The fan actually lets in more light than the old fixture before.

And we did get the rain sensor and it has already worked. I watched one day when a minor sprinkle passed overhead. The fan closed and shut off. Then about 10 minutes later, after the hot sun came back out (typical Northern Nevada weather) the fan opened back up. NICE!!!

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So...what are you gonna do for a light fixture in place of the one that went out with the old vent? anything?
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I must admit that I did work a little harder than you when my son and I installed our fan but we did it in well under an hour. This was one of the easiest and most rewarding projects I have ever done on Chummy and do not know why we waited so long. 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. In the less than two months we have had the fantastic fan installed there have been two down pours which drenched our kitchen and several times I left the vent closed and off when it did not rain thinking it would.
Kent,

Have you considered a MaxxAir vent cover for your Fantastic? Lets you use the fan in the rain....just like a MaxxFan!
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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.
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The fan actually lets in more light than the old fixture before.
How much light does it let in at night?

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