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Old 07-11-2016, 11:39 PM   #1
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Fantastic Fan/Vent Malfunction?

I own a 25', '04 International CCD, with forward and aft ceiling fans/vents. The fans are not working and I've checked all of the fuses etc. and the manual info. is not helpful in terms of problem solving. They do not appear to be 'dirty' etc.. Is there a 'trick' to these fans, other than having the vents open at least 3"? Power seems to be getting to the Fans, given their millisecond start, but they don't continue. Thanks in advance for any feedback etc..

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Old 07-12-2016, 06:22 AM   #2
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I have found mine a bit tricky, as there are a couple of buttons and sometimes I have touched the wrong one.

If the rain sensors have turned it off, it sometimes requires a bit of fiddling to get it open again.

If you can hand crank it open, with the fan on, that will insure it is working.

Then find the proper switch for off, and it should retract itself and turn off the fan, then should work normally.

If you don't get the answer you need here, or are impatient , might Google fantastic fan and call their customer service. They are friendly and very helpful.

Take your phone out to your rig, be sure your battery is set to use, and they will walk you thru it.

Good luck.


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Old 07-12-2016, 07:37 AM   #3
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Clean the topside pinswitches with an electrical cleaner. They tend to oxidize after getting wet.
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Old 07-13-2016, 11:29 AM   #4
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Pin Switches?

Thanks for the tip Atomic. Where are the pin switches? Do I remove the whole assembly from inside the Airstream, or work from the roof down?

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No dont remove anything!
Open the vents all the way.
climb up to the vent and youll see a silver plunger type switch on the front inside edge. Give it a squirt of your favorite electronic or motor cleaner then a shot of penetrating oil. Exercise the switch a few times. Should cure your inop condition.
this should be a part of seasonal maintenance.
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Fans Dilemma

Thanks Atomic,

I'll try your suggestion(s) tomorrow.

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Old 07-26-2016, 05:17 AM   #7
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My fan quit yesterday afternoon, and I've noticed the red sensor light is off, so I'm hoping it is a fuse.

Looking at the fuse box, tho, nothing is labeled for the fan....anyone have any idea what the vent fan would be attached to?


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Old 07-26-2016, 07:32 AM   #8
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I located and replaced the fuse , which is actually in the fan framework rather than the fuse box , but the blade is still not turning tho the cover opens when I flip the switch.

Have reset the switch, will try resetting everything after a bit and see what happens...


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If the cover is opening then it's getting power. Mine has a thermostat, cuts off the fan when the temperature is reached. It's a knob that can be rotated from red to blue. Try turning that knob to one extreme or the other. If nothing happens then the motor may be burned out.
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Have you cleaned the pin switch? This is the problem most of the time!
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I've had the same issue. Fantastic Fan warranty is 7 years for all fans installed in Airstreams. Customer service has been very helpful, except for one problem - they won't send you a new fan. I've had them ship me on several occasions the following items.
1. motor
2. the pin switch
3. control board
4. Main on off switch
5. temperature switch
Only thing left is the rain sensor, I think I'll request that just for grins.

None of these made the fan turn on. I finally gave up and replaced with a Maxxfan Plus. 10 speed variable, much quieter, and came with a remote so I don't even have to get out of bed.
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I've noticed the little sensor light is still not on, so something apparently is burned out.

I'm going to call their customer service and have them walk me thru a thorough check of everything.

I'll report back.


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I think the pin switch is like the button that turns off the light inside the fridge when the door is closed. Those can get stuck in the retracted position. Some here have suggested cleaning and lubricating this switch. See if you can find anything like that on the fan assembly--probably located so it tells the fan if the cover is open or closed.

At least that's what I'm getting from the discussion. Never saw one of these fans, so I'm just trying to re-state what others have said. Everyone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
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Does anyone know what the little red led light is for? Sometimes mine is flashing, sometimes it's steady. Why? I have no clue.

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