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Old 08-05-2011, 01:22 PM   #1
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Fantastic Vent Help Needed

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.

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Old 08-05-2011, 01:31 PM   #2
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:38 PM   #3
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THe Fantastic vent folks are usually at the International and also Florida state. I have installed my own and would say it took an hour each. Just need to find a source of 12 volts, and chances are it is already there
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Wow I am in the wrong business. You can buy them on line and with help from this sight do it for less than half of that. It should only take an afternoon to do both.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:40 PM   #5
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:52 PM   #6
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Wow!! Just priced the ones we want on the VTS site (Thank you Ganglin!) and they are $209/each!! I don't mind paying a reasonable mark up on an item but now both the item and installation pricing seem crazy.

I'm not sure I can convince Ran to give installation a try. I think we've both been so frightened by the leak damage threads that we're afraid afraid to "open" the shell in any way.

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Do a YouTube search. There was a nice video that shows the install well
. It was done by one of those car restoration shows so it is pretty good quality. If I were at a real computer I could post you a link. The install is not difficult and you will get to know your trailer better.
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:13 PM   #8
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Wow...it would be nice to know who the "nearest" is.

I know it's a dealer.... but thats hard to swallow.
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:30 PM   #9
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If you get them from Vintage Trailer supply they have them with silver hatch covers to match the trailer. Also a curved trim piece for the inside that matches the contour of the roof. By all means get the one with the rain sensor. It is a life saver, trust me.

Installation is took me better part of a day so the quote from the dealer isn't all that bad considering labor cost now per hour. Mine had 40 years of goop and junk covering the rivets. Took forever to just get down to the rivets, then you have to drill them out, then you have to slightly enlarge and square off the opening both inside and out. If you do it yourself, the pro's recommend not using the foam gasket that comes with the fan. Rather lay down a good bead of vulkem and bed the base in that. Also, get some stainless steel washers and put under the head of the screws. That will distribute the load over a larger area and help keep the base from cracking. Then cover the screws with a dab of vulkem. That is how I did mine and have had no leaks. I love it.
If you don't have 12 volts close to the outlet installation will be much harder.
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Somke of the fans have features that make them a lot morexpensive. jim
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:49 PM   #11
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Screws vs Rivets

So, do you use screws or rivets to fix it to the roof? Bruce's advice seems good--and frankly easier--than using rivets, like they do in the Classic Rides video. Pros/Cons????

Thanks again to everyone!
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I put 2 FF's in my AS last year. Relatively easy job. I was replacing 2 fans that I removed so the 12v power was already in place. I used screws to fasten them down. It was mentioned earlier about the rain sensor's. Get them, they work, and allow you to have the use of the fan even when you are away, if you want. Not difficult but you do have to take care when working on the roof. But a relatively easy job.

You will also need a couple of sheet metal shears. The FF's are slightly oversized from the original AS fans and you need to do a little trimming. Shears come in left handed / right handed & straight. It goes easier if you have each time. But I'm sure it can be done without.
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I put 2 FF's in my AS last year. Relatively easy job. I was replacing 2 fans that I removed so the 12v power was already in place. I used screws to fasten them down. It was mentioned earlier about the rain sensor's. Get them, they work, and allow you to have the use of the fan even when you are away, if you want. Not difficult but you do have to take care when working on the roof. But a relatively easy job.

You will also need a couple of sheet metal shears. The FF's are slightly oversized from the original AS fans and you need to do a little trimming. Shears come in left handed / right handed & straight. It goes easier if you have each time. But I'm sure it can be done without.
can tin snips be used to trim the openings?
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The units from VTS come with a great template to make the cuts. Snips are fine. I used a jig saw. I tapped 12 volts from the nearby light fixtures in my '81. A couple of hours will be plenty for both fans.

Order 4 tubes of trempro(new name for vulkem) and you will have some left for other sealing needs.
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