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Old 08-05-2011, 06:57 PM   #15
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For me, the job of installing the Fantastic fans was removing the OEM vents. Once the old vents were off it was just a matter of squaring up the opening and screwing the new fan down. I installed three Fantastic fans and no leaks at all in one year of testing.

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Old 09-15-2011, 08:41 AM   #16
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Fantastic Vent Update

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We are thinking seriously about installing 2 fantastic vents in our 80 Excella. We priced it at the nearest authorized Airstream Dealer and the 2 fans were $612/ total and the installation was $270/each! Their prices seem a little high, especially the installation charge. We found an authorized Fantastic Vent dealer nearby, but they won't work on Airstreams.

I think I read here that they are sometimes available at Rally s and we could have them installed then. Or maybe you know of somewhere with better pricing in the mid atlantic area? We live in lower Delaware.

Thanks for your help!
Sue and Ran

In case you're interested in how our story played out.....

We got in touch with Frank Yensan (62overlander) to see if he had any suggestions. Turns out that he is a Fantastic Vent Distributor! So for only $35 dollars more than the dealer was going to charge for the 2 fans--not installed-- we now have 2 fans installed and also the little portable 12v fantastic fan.

We couldn't be more pleased with how things worked out. We have quality installation of terrific fans by a skilled craftsman. The fellows at the dealer really weren't too interested on working on our trailer--they would rather have sold us a new one. Vintage Airstreams are Frank's passion. He's a terrific resource if you're any where near Baltimore. Even if you're not close it would be worth the trip to have someone who really knows and cares about your trailer work on it.

So--Thank You Frank!! Hope to see you soon,

Sue and Ran

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Old 09-15-2011, 09:51 AM   #17
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Home Depot sells a cheap set (LH+RH) of sheet metal shears (tin snips) which are adequate to install two vents. I used sheet metal screws to attach them with few problems, but make sure that any screw points won't hit electrical wires under the skin. Don't use the gasket but do use enough sealant so that it squeezes out a lot when the screws are tightened, and finally cover the screw heads with sealant after you're finished. You can use construction adhesive to stick the trim frames inside instead of using screws or rivets whose drilling can hit electrical wires.
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Old 09-15-2011, 01:16 PM   #18
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Thanks Crusty

Thank you for the advice. Frank Yensan installed the fans for us and they are perfect. Can't wait to get out and use them!

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Old 09-15-2011, 04:06 PM   #19
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