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Old 05-20-2012, 07:29 AM   #1
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Install Fantastic Fan in A/C hole?

My Argosy originally had A/C but now all I have is a hole in the roof. The exterior opening is 14"X14" which is fine for the FF. However, the interior opening is 14"X18". How do I fill it, the FF base might not? The larger hole is not centered with the the smaller one, which will leave the ceiling with an opening. Bigger interior cover available??
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:47 AM   #2
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You can get a curved interior garnish from Fantastic that will make it look better. Give them a call, and they'll send you one.
Now, for the hole... You can transplant a piece of the patterned aluminum skin from somewhere you can't see, and rivet it in place over the gap between the garnish and the edge of the interior ceiling. Use a piece of regular aluminum sheet to put back over the spot where you appropriated the patterned skin. White rivets will help it blend in. If you don't have any, get a can of white spray paint, stick the rivets into a piece of cardboard with the head facing up, and spray the rivets. After the paint has dried, you can use them to install the ceiling patch.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:45 PM   #3
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Great idea. Thanks Terry.
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I put 4 vents in. I think it looks much better. A/C is below.
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Here's a picture of the filled in interior. When I removed the interior skins, I found that the had factory used strips of the matching interior aluminum to hold the fiberglass in place. I used one of the strips as a filler piece where the A/C used to be. I like the amount of light that the 4 Fantastic vents give. Fantastic Vents company is great to deal with!
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:38 AM   #6
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I'm going to have to do something similar. I think I am going to look for a piece of plastic matching the vent color. Thanks for the pics.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:20 AM   #7
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Has anybody removed the Armstrong air conditioner from a 60's Stream and installed a vent in its place? What kind of interior filler was required? What other problems did you have?

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Nice installation of 4 Fantastic vents. I am planning on doing the same. I will be installing my AC in a side window of my 66 TW. It will be portable. I will carry it in the bottom of a closet and then install it in the window when I need it. I plan to operate it using my 1000 watt Honda genny. I will provide photos after I actually install it.

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Old 05-29-2012, 08:26 AM   #8
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surfpod, one question I have, was the opening after A/C removed have any wood frame, or were you able to see the insulation? My A/C is gone, all I have is the opening. I wonder if I need to do any framing before installing the vent?
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Has anybody removed the Armstrong air conditioner from a 60's Stream and installed a vent in its place? What kind of interior filler was required? What other problems did you have?

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Nice installation of 4 Fantastic vents. I am planning on doing the same. I will be installing my AC in a side window of my 66 TW. It will be portable. I will carry it in the bottom of a closet and then install it in the window when I need it. I plan to operate it using my 1000 watt Honda genny. I will provide photos after I actually install it.

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Honestly Dan, I did not encounter and problems with installing the fantastic vent in place of the A/C on the exterior. It fit perfectly. I trimmed the corners a little, but it fit. I didn't like the look of the A/C on the roof and I was trying to lower the center of gravity. Those rooftop units are heavy! I've plugged practically every hole and hope that the A/C will cool the trailer. That's my next experiment! I would take the interior shroud off the A/C and just measure to see how much filler is needed. If the exterior opening is the right size for a vent, then the interior is a breeze. Four open vents in conjunction with all of the windows open really make for a nice interior! Best of luck. I know it will work for you.
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Installed the Fantastic fan today. Went well, I still need to go up on the roof, put some Trempro on the rivets that were left when the A/C was removed. Next, is the interior opening, where the A/C left a larger hole than the FF molding covers.
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