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Old 05-29-2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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No Effective Shade For Fantastic Fans

I wouldn't be without the Fantastic Fans on our trailer, butů

The damn things are a PITA at dawn's first light.

I've searched and have found basically two offerings; neither of which work very well with the newer FF installs.

1. There is the window shade type of contraption. The push pull/automatic/manual knob pretty much makes this solution a non starter.

2. The cushion (and you can take this to the stadium) solution. Once again, that pesky push/pull knob gets in the way.

One would think that a solution to defeat dawn's early light should be out there, but I've yet to find it.

Anyone come up with their own mod?
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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This isn't pretty, but I tied a long loop of string around the ON/OFF selector switch shaft and the crank handle that opens the lid. Then, I put my Tilley hat in-between the string and the bug screen. (My hat was the first thing I grabbed that fit in the opening.)

I also have a square piece of cardboard that replaces my hat when I can't find it. During the day, the string is hardly noticeable; and the cardboard sheet slides down between the wall and the mattress.

My wife has never complained about my MacGyver modification; but then, her eyes are closed and she's snoring when it's in use.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:09 AM   #3
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Fantastic fan covers come in several different types, regular, dark smoke, and I believe even opaque. I have the dark smoke one on my Argosy, and it is pretty good in reducing light. I would not have any objection to the opaque (no light) one either, as I don't care about the little light they provide. FF can supply you with new covers if you want to go that route.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:12 AM   #4
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I have an opaque cover, and it keeps the light out completely...when it's closed.

When the fan is running, lots of light gets in around the lid. Enough to be annoying in the morning. I run the AC when I would otherwise be happy with the vent, just to make it dark in the bedroom.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:33 AM   #5
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I have an opaque cover, and it keeps the light out completely...when it's closed.

When the fan is running, lots of light gets in around the lid. Enough to be annoying in the morning. I run the AC when I would otherwise be happy with the vent, just to make it dark in the bedroom.
I guess the only solution for that would be a black cover like a Maxi fan cover over the entire thing.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:50 AM   #6
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We have the black FF cover over our bedroom and it works great at blocking the AM sun. Before the addition of the black cover sun coming in that fan area was a challenge.

Big difference from the fan in the dining area that is Smoke.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:00 AM   #7
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1. There is the window shade type of contraption. The push pull/automatic/manual knob pretty much makes this solution a non starter.
I have used this on my vents with Fantastic fans. Fits on the bottom outside trim so does not interfere with the knob. Still lets light in around the edges and the roll up function sometimes does not work. Better than nothing.

Lights Out Vent Shade - Camco RV 42913 - Fan and Vent Accessories - Camping World
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:10 AM   #8
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I bought the smoke lids originally with my fans. I thought it would be good to have the light coming in since I lost the original lights when installing the fans. Wrong. We made some Velcro-on shades out of heavy fabric/vinyl which worked reasonably well. I was going to replace the lids with opaque but only found opaque in white. So, I removed my smoke lids and applied a about 5 coats of gray spray paint. Some light still gets through, but we're happy and the gray color looks better than white, I think.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:13 AM   #9
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I have used this on my vents with Fantastic fans. Fits on the bottom outside trim so does not interfere with the knob. Still lets light in around the edges and the roll up function sometimes does not work. Better than nothing.

Lights Out Vent Shade - Camco RV 42913 - Fan and Vent Accessories - Camping World
Here is a Carefree shade that looks wider than the Camco "lights Out" shade. Cost a lot more but might work better.

Carefree Vent Shade - RVWholesalers.com RV Parts and Accessories
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:32 AM   #10
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I wouldn't be without the Fantastic Fans on our trailer, but…

The damn things are a PITA at dawn's first light.

I've searched and have found basically two offerings; neither of which work very well with the newer FF installs.

1. There is the window shade type of contraption. The push pull/automatic/manual knob pretty much makes this solution a non starter.

2. The cushion (and you can take this to the stadium) solution. Once again, that pesky push/pull knob gets in the way.

One would think that a solution to defeat dawn's early light should be out there, but I've yet to find it.

Anyone come up with their own mod?

Fantastic Fan offers a double thick replacement lid. I don't have one but, when replacement time comes around I'll try it. It might be the cure your looking for to block out some light.
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Instead of covering the fan maybe you need one of these?

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Old 05-29-2013, 12:53 PM   #12
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Get a rooster. He will wake you up before the light coming through the FF.

Then you can be mad at him, instead of the vent.


We made inside covers out of Reflectix insulation from Lowes. I cut it to fit, and we found white stick-on velcro tabs at Lowes.

They are flexible enough to fit over the knob, and the silver film blends in with the interior.


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Old 05-29-2013, 02:10 PM   #13
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you could try one of these...OceanAir CABINshade (RAILshade) from Zarcor, an authorized Oceanair Dealer, reseller.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:15 PM   #14
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Well, I've got the smoke cover and it lets in some light, but not too much. And that was my choice. I want to know when the sun's comin' up. When the light comes in, I get up and get moving!
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