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Old 08-19-2004, 09:01 AM   #15
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He will also configure the fans with different domes, etc for the cost of the domes. I just got 2 with completely opaque insulated domes, the up charge was 18.00 and they were installed as well as the garnish was trimmed to the correct height upon receipt. Scott is a member of the forum too.
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Old 08-19-2004, 09:55 AM   #16
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I bought my Fantastic Vent here. >>> http://members.aol.com/fantasticvent/
He ships them with the Airstream trim piece. Also a fair price to boot.

Bought mine from Scott, also - he knows the product and takes time to explain all of your options (Domes, colors, reverse, autorain, etc....)

Delivery was as promised.

His knowledge was worth a great deal as there was so much more to ordering a fan than I was aware of. I purchased the clear dome, but there are many others available. Scott can explain the differences, and then you can think about the one just "right" for your installation.
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Old 08-19-2004, 01:30 PM   #17
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So many options...

I did not realize that there was a curved trim panel even available. I have already purchased and installed 3 Fantastic vents. My AS is a 1973 31' Sovereign. The old units I took out had a metal surround that seems to be flat on both the top and the bottom. Because of this it seemed to me that it was OK for the new ones to be flat also instead of curved. Of course the old ones also had a plastic light fixture mounted on the inside so any need for curvature directly on the bottom of the vent would not have been a visible issue. My inner skins are still off so I have not yet installed the inner trim ring. Am I going to find there is too much curvature of the ceiling panel to work with the flat trim? Are older trailer models more rounded on top?

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Old 08-19-2004, 02:49 PM   #18
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..... Am I going to find there is too much curvature of the ceiling panel to work with the flat trim? Are older trailer models more rounded on top?
I think you will find a gap of between 3/8" and 1/2" with the flat interior panel - entirely taken out by the "airstream" curvature interior panel.

The flat exterior mount simply conforms to the anticlinal dome of the airstream roof with screws/rivets. (I've been carrying that word (anticlinal) around in my head for the past 30 years - first opportunity to use it )
I used the kit supplied screws on my installation - will probably do so again should I decide to replace the rear fan with a Fantastic.

I think I read that ALL of the dome curvatures were the same (trailer and motorhome (except G2)) until the new wide bodies were introduced.
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Old 08-20-2004, 08:53 PM   #19
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fantastic fan troubles

It isn't working. Is the most common problem a shot motor? Should I just buy a new fan? Also in my 1965 Caravel there is a switch on the wall near the sink. Is that for the fan? I have a small button type switch on the fan that does nothing. I have no idea how to tell what is wrong.

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Old 08-20-2004, 10:34 PM   #20
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Fantastic fan domes

I know that the Fantastic Fans are available with many different types and colors of domes. Anybody care to share their experience with and recommendations for these options? What do you have, and would you buy the same thing again?

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Old 08-21-2004, 10:44 AM   #21
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.......Anybody care to share their experience with and recommendations for these options? What do you have, and would you buy the same thing again?
Bob:

I chose the clear dome......most of the time the MH is parked under cover (with the blinks closed). Several owners with the smoked dome suggested I would be unhappy with the amount of heat transferred through a clear dome. - Remember, I am in the deep south.

The increased light was more important to me than the increased heat. I rationalized that I could always install some sort of a opaque cover over it should the heat become a real problem.

I think I would again go with the clear, but light is always an issue for me when working in the interior. I do not think it would be hard to change out the dome should you be unhappy with your choice, but, again, I have more versatility with the clear (by covering with an darker, opaque, or insulated cover) than I would have had with a darker dome.

- Somebody's sig line here on the Forum says the memory is the first thing to go, I don't remember if that is correct or not, but I do know that loss of eyesight ranks right up there with memory as far as age related losses. -- I will not discuss other "things" that do not work nearly as well as they did 20 years ago. Suffice it to say that the increased light helps a bit with the eyesight - doesn't help a lick with (for) the other "things".
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Old 08-22-2004, 03:11 PM   #22
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Use the supplied foam gasket or not?

The fantastic fans I bought came with a foam gasket for installing them. Is is a good idea to use the gasket or to toss it and install with a good bead of Vulkem instead?

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Old 08-22-2004, 03:40 PM   #23
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I have done it both ways.

It depended for me on the condition of the roof sheet. If it was good and smooth, I just used Vulcem. If it was more uneven I bed the gasket in the vulcem and then run the screws in. I finish both with a a generous bead at the joint once it is fastened down and use my finger to push it in and smooth on all 4 sides. I also pot the screw heads with a dab of vulcem to seal from the top.

I have not had one leak yet.

Be careful when you enlarge the hole! The main wire loom run alongside the vent openings and it is easy to get into the wires.
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Old 01-20-2005, 02:20 PM   #24
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I had (2) FF's on my previous 5r with wall mounted thermostats , rain sensor and because I didn't trust rain sensor I put the covers over the vents so if they stuck in open position, I was still dry. My question is : I would like to replace the existing fans in my AS (88 34' Limited)with FF's. What if anything do I have to do to the light fixtures? I would like to utilize the existing fixture. Also, has anyone installed the vent covers and if so was any flashing strips available for the shape of an AS roof?
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Old 01-20-2005, 08:12 PM   #25
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The gear stripped on my fantastic. I called the factory and told them what I needed. The sent me a complete repair package at no cost. Fantastic people are fantastic in my book. I have had a similar experience with the folks at PacBrake. Its hard to find a quality product that the company stands behind these two products are well made and well serviced. My advice is if you are having trouble with your fantastic call the company and they will put you on the right track.
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Old 01-20-2005, 10:57 PM   #26
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If you're replacing fans then there ought to be wiring there for Fantastic Vents. You shouldn't need to do anything to your lights. Or, am I not understanding the question? Also, you can order the Airstream trim kit, but the way they come requires you to shave them down to actually match the slight curvature. On your '88 the roof may be flat enough to not need the AS trim kit. For instance, on my '66 I shaved the trim down to the point that they were not that much different from the regular trim kit, and the roof on a '66 is considerably more curved than on a '88. Still, if you order the AS trim kit, I found that the fastest and most accurate way to shave the trim was with a small carpenter's plane.
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I want to replace my current fans with the new Maxxfan. I think it's cool that the Fantastic fan closes automatically when the rain starts but then the air circulation stops. Doesn't make sense to me. I like the idea of being able to use the fans when it's raining. I think the maxxfan is a better solution, who knows, maybe Airstream might come to the same conclusion and start putting maxxfans in their coaches. Check it out... P.S. has anyone installed one of these, if so how do they like it? http://www.maxxair.com/products/MaxxFan.aspx
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