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Old 08-20-2014, 11:31 AM   #1
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Maxxair Standard Cover Over Fantastic Fan

OK, so we get the 2014 Sport 22 FB. It came standard with the base model Fantastic Fan, 3 speed, only blows out (not reversible). I purchased and installed a standard Maxxair cover over the vent. I made this choice due in part to the proximity of the vent cover to the TV antenna when the antenna is folded down. It is a close fit.

We usually run the fan on the lowest speed. I just do not see the issue with "reduced air flow" with using the standard cover on the Fantastic Fan. The fan does not sound like it is laboring any more than without the cover, and the airflow seems fine, even on higher speeds. I think this may be due in part to the fact that the install using the Maxxair brackets leaves the cover above the roof of the trailer just a bit. It does not sit flush against the roof. The instructions even mention this is to allow any condensation to escape out. The end result is that when the fan is on, air is blown out the actual vent louvers of the cover, as well as all around the base of the cover.

I just do not see the issue as discussed elsewhere on the Forum.
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:45 AM   #2
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Hi from AZ. . .the Fantastic Fan instruction sheet included in my AS manual /book says not recommended. "Never place a Maxx-Air style cover over ceiling fan. Greatly reduced airflow, increased sound levels, & electronic component failure will occur (WILL not might !) un-quote. I too think that's odd, cause you sure see a lot of them on Airstreams ! regards, Craig
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:14 PM   #3
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I think they ate just protecting their brand.
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:19 PM   #4
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They just want us to buy their cover. It is all about marketing.
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:32 PM   #5
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They just want us to buy their cover. It is all about marketing.
There is a little more to it.

I bought a Maxxair cover thinking what you said is true. I took it back after I found that the Maxxair cover does not allow the lid of a Fantastic fan to open fully. The Fantastic Ultrabreeze cover does cost more, but it is molded so that the Fantastic fan lid fits exactly into it, allowing the lid to open normally.

I think a mechanical failure eventually will occur in the automatic lift arm or its motor if a Fantastic fan is covered by any vent that stops the lid from opening fully.
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:17 PM   #6
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We use the MaxxAir II cover with its wrap-around grill design, very large opening. I think it may give better ventilation than any of the others and may be more effective regardless of wind direction. But it's most likely six of one and half dozen of the other.

No water enters even in blowing rain so the vent stays open all the time, never worry about it. That's the best part.
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:37 PM   #7
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We had a MaxxAir cover on our 2005 for 7 years with no problems. We put one on the trailer we have now. I guess we shall see if we have problems or not.
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:37 PM   #8
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I was not completely clear. Our fan is the base model and does not have the auto open feature, or the rain sensor. You just crank it open manually. I would agree that it might be a problem if the cover blocked the auto-open feature.

I think it is marketing also. I am going to go with it "as is" and see if that "electronic component failure" occurs. If so, I am just out a couple of bucks. BTW, the standard cover integrates well with the 22' Airstream. It looks good from the outside, and provides some light blocking inside. I think that the larger covers might be a bit out of proportion.

I don't know what I am concerned about. I live in S. Texas and will run the A/C 10 months out of the year.
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Demo of "Ultra Breeze" vent cover, versus other brands:

Ultra Breeze Vent Cover from Fan-Tastic Vent - YouTube
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The powered fantastic opener stops when it meets resistance. That can be the end of the travel on the mechanism, a MaxxAir cover, or even grabbing the knob on the fan.


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I have watched that video before. My question is that in this video, they put the Maxxair type vent covers over the fan and flush to the mounting surface. That is not the way a Maxxair cover is installed. They are installed on offset "L" brackets that are mounted to the sides of the vent fan frame. When the cover is then bolted to the brackets, there is a gap of perhaps 1/8" to 1/4" between the bottom edge of the cover and the actual roof, depending on the curve of the roof. That gap has to allow for more airflow. When the fan is running, you can feel air being expelled all around the edges of the cover. The install instructions say this gap is designed this way to allow condensation to escape from under the vent. Makes sense.

I am going to conclude that this is a non-issue for me, and worry about something more substantive, like meteor strikes on my endcaps. It seems that the worst case scenario is that I burn up a fan that is available at Camping World for $145.00. I can live with that.
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Does the maxxair II cover or the ultra breeze increase fan noise?


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Demo of "Ultra Breeze" vent cover, versus other brands:

Ultra Breeze Vent Cover from Fan-Tastic Vent - YouTube

Thanks for this Phoenix I would not have believed it unless I saw it myself. Well done!
Now I just need to figure out were to by a couple of these for my trailer
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By the way does anyone have images of how either if these covers look on an AS?
I'm heading south to the balloon fiesta in a few weeks and might try to get something installed while I'm down there. Are they complicated to install or should one leave it to a dealer ?
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