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Old 05-27-2005, 01:33 PM   #1
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Fantastic Vent sticking

I installed a power lift Fantastic Vent May 1 of last year. From the beginning the lid would stick when I switched it to open, usually I just opened it manually. I heard about problems Fantastic had with some of their gaskets sticking to the lid so I called them (800-521-0298). The lady I spoke with said that the affected vents were from later in the year but mine was definitely sticking. They sent a new gasket, tube of adhesive and a few packets of 303. If you are having this problem give them a call, they stand behind their products.

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Old 05-27-2005, 02:00 PM   #2
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Interesting. My gaskets have always stuck after a period of non use. The one's on our '04 Classic seems to stick a little more often (maybe a week of non use) vs. my '01 Safari which seemed to be more of a 4 week cycle.

I normally just make it a point of giving the motor a little manual crank help on first opening during an outing. I use 303 on my tires so I just might go up there and do a little lubrica'tin.

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Old 05-27-2005, 03:03 PM   #3
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Hey thanks, I just thought it was normal since these are my firsts.
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Old 05-27-2005, 03:08 PM   #4
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Just called and spoke with Karen in support, two kits are on their way to me.

Thanks again John.
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Old 05-27-2005, 03:09 PM   #5
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What's 303?
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Old 05-27-2005, 03:24 PM   #6
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What's 303?
Its a non-petroleum protectent spray on liquid. Safe for tires and other things. You can see it at the Camping World site.

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Old 05-27-2005, 05:14 PM   #7
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FF Rain Sensor Help....

Hello -

Was out in the driveway where SilverToy is staying when a freak Thunderstorm came up and dumped about an inch of ran in the middle of a beautiful 87 degree NM day. FF was spinning away trying to circulate air in the interior. As the rain started and I was sprinting to lower windows I figured the FF would close as it has the rain sensor - no dice.

Looked in the manual but there is no info on how FF works, how the rain sensor works, if it needs to be claibrated, nothing in fact. Any info from the gurus here???

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Old 05-27-2005, 05:18 PM   #8
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I'm not much help. My FF closes with just the slightest rain. In fact, I live near the beach and it has even closed with heavy fog. Try calling the FF people. They were a great help when I first got my AS and couldn't figure out the fans. They have a reputation for first rate service.
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You know for sure you have the model with the rain sensor? They make a few other models that don't. I think mine has a raindrop sticker on the inside signifying it has the sensor.

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Good point, jcanavera. Mine have the raindrop sticker, too.
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Looked in the manual but there is no info on how FF works, how the rain sensor works, if it needs to be claibrated, nothing in fact.
The rain sensor is a small circuit board with a series of traces close together, the drops short the traces and close the vent.

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Thanks for the info, John.

My Airstream was manufactured near the end of April last year, as I recall. We've always had problems with both of the Fantastic Fans sticking. We can open and close them several times daily and they always stick.

I was going to put 303 on the gaskets anyway, but I'll now call Fantastic, and hopefuly get the replacement gaskets as well.

I'm sure their customer service is everything I hear about them, but notwithstanding that I'm not as big a "fan" of Fantastic Fans as everyone else here appears to be.

What I really miss is having a permanent rain shield over them so they can be kept open in rainy and windy weather, like we're prone to have routinely in the northwest US much of the summer. I've been seriously thinking of getting one of those new MaxxAir covers (Models 800, 900) that are specificaly designed to put over the Fantastic Fans.

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Fantastic Fan

That is a first rate operation. We went over in March when we got our trailer out of storage and had two fans installed, they left a power cord out for us Saturday, we stayed there Sat. night and Sunday and Bob installed the fans on Monday morning. We took a tour and seen the whole operation, talked to Steve Sr the founder of Fantastic Fans. They make and ship 1000 fans per day. It is really something to see. Marvin
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Both of the fans in my 2004 30' Classic only bring air into the trailer but they do not reverse and exhaust air, although the instruction sheet that we got with the trailer in our owner's manual describes a model that reverses and moves air either in or out. I wish my fans moved air in or out.

Do you guys with the newer trailers have fans that work only one way as well??

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