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Old 03-29-2010, 08:17 AM   #15
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Thought that was standard

I put two fans in last fall, both are bi-directional.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:01 AM   #16
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Simple mod

We have 2 cats in the trailer and I run the front fan blowing in and the rear fan blowing out which keeps the trailer quite habitable for them up to about 95 degrees. Before I installed the reversing switch, I simply swapped the leads to the front fan motor so that it blew in instead of out.

I called FF and they sent me the reversing switch for free. That was about 4 years ago.
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Old 03-29-2010, 04:37 PM   #17
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I put two fans in last fall, both are bi-directional.
Rodney...I think that if you buy the fans independently you can get the bi-directional versions...but if they are pre-installed in a rig they will likely be out-only. I think it has something to do with a potential problem bringing fumes/gas in, so they just side-step the whole issue by installing exhaust only. Dumb if you ask me. We had a bi-directional fan in our previous motor home, too, and were disappointed to find the one in the AS only blew out....TB
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Our 2005 25FB came new with a reversible Fantastic Fan in the living area. We had a second on installed at JC in the bedroom. We got the model with the remote control, and it is also reversible. Until recently, I did not even realize that they made a one way Fantastic Fan.

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There is no way fantastic fans are going to pull enough air for the positive pressurization needed for leak testing. Alot of people try leaf blowers as well, but that really won't do the trick either.

Here is the fan unit for the gold standard in testing "the Sealtech 430r". It's a huge squirrel cage impeller that can keep up with the air loss. It is mounted in a vent, but that is where the air is drawn in from, so it doesn't escape there.

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Thanks Soldiermedic for the info. Interesting unit you got there. How does it mount to the Fantastic vent?

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Thanks to all for the great info. I did email Fantastic Vent and they directed my to Camper's World to purchase the switch.
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:22 AM   #22
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We currently have our new AS at the dealer for a leak test. They told us they no longer use the soap method, but now pressurize and use smoke of some sort. Has anyone heard about this?
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This is a common practice with autos and trucks. They use pressurized smoke, and wherever smoke comes out of the trailer, that's where the leak is. Depending on your preferences, the smoke doesn't smell bad, but it will need a lot of it to properly test the trailer.
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This is a common practice with autos and trucks. They use pressurized smoke, and wherever smoke comes out of the trailer, that's where the leak is. Depending on your preferences, the smoke doesn't smell bad, but it will need a lot of it to properly test the trailer.
This sure doesn't sound like something I would want done. To the best of my knowledge, the only way to have "smoke" is to have a lot of particles of something suspended in air. There is no way all of the particles of whatever it is are going to stay suspended. For the rest of the life of the vehicle, whatever these particles are, there is going to be a certain amount left in every nook and cranny, especially along the route leading to the leak.

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At least with soap on the outside it gets a nice clean bath afterwards!
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I called FF and they sent me the reversing switch for free. That was about 4 years ago.

Same with me. Not only did they send me a free switch, the customer service guy told me to call him after I got it and he'd walk me through the installation. My son (who's more savy on these things than me, actually held the cell phone to one ear, standing beneath the fan in my trailer, and the Fantastic Fan guy told him eactly how to do it. The whole thing probably too about 5 minutes.

That impressed the heck out of me -- I hope their fantastic service isn't becoming just ordinarily good.

I know now that Fantastic Fan offers a variety of options with their fans, something that I didn't know when we bought our Airstream in 2004. They have both wall mounted and remote control options, which may also be desirable for those who are considereing changing their fans for one reason or another.

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Thanks to all for the great info. I did email Fantastic Vent and they directed my to Camper's World to purchase the switch.
I searched Camping World on-line today, six hits for FF, no parts, no switches. Sure wish they had given me a reversing switch or two. And yeah, I think $40 is pretty high for a dpdt switch. Makes we want to reverse engineer it and do it myself.

I'll try again at International this summer in Gillette. We'll see how this works out.
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I'll try again at International this summer in Gillette. We'll see how this works out.
If you can wait, that probably your best bet. I had mine installed at the International at Perry. I saw the special at their booth, and made an appointment. They sent two techs, and it took less than 20 minutes. They even cleaned the screen and fan blades while they had everything disassembled.
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I bought 2 fantastic fans used last week . the rain sensors ant power dome opener would not work. called FF and they are sending the faces with all the switches to me for free. They are the best!
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