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Old 11-21-2009, 08:17 AM   #15
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I have had them on mine for the last year or so, worked great so far.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:29 AM   #16
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You might want to look into the Maxx Fan as a stand alone. It has the same profile as the Maxx Vent when open but also folds down when not deployed. It is well recommended by members who know more about vents than I.
We love our Maxx Fan!
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:56 AM   #17
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We love our Maxx Fan!
I'll second that. It can rain all it wants and you can still operate the fan. Maxx Fan has all the features as a Fantastic Fan without the rain sensor auto-close because you don't need it.
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:21 AM   #18
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We installed a Maxx Fan on an SOB last month and I was impressed with it's performance. Definitely worth consideration IMHO.

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Old 11-21-2009, 02:22 PM   #19
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Fan Mate Model 900 is made by Maxx Air
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:46 AM   #20
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The newer Fan Mate Model 900 is designed to allow the fantastic fans to open fully. The previous models did restrict the opening.
MaxxAir makes three versions of the their MaxxAir vent cover for existing fan-powered roof vents and are all the same size. The MaxxAir Model 400 is a basic white cover and does not have the louvers or screen. The MaxxAir Model 800 is white and has louvers and a built in screen. The MaxxAir 900 is the same as the Model 800 (louvers & screen) and it is black. The louvers are suppose to provide added protection from wind driven rain and to enhance airflow.The MaxxAir Model 800 which is the same as the Model 900 & Model 400 does not allow the Fantastic Fan cover to open completly.
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:09 AM   #21
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After checking the web site and talking to Maxxair's customer service department, I confirmed that the Fan/Mate 800 & 900 have nearly the same clearances as the MaxxAir II (all models slightly limit full opening) and that the fantastic fan will not be damaged when not completely opened. They also told me that there is very little airflow difference between the Maxxair II and the Fan/Mate. The Maxair II has a shorter footprint so that may be a consideration on deciding which model to select.

Given the $30 lower price and the availability of the silver color, I ordered a Maxxair II from Amazon and will be installing it this afternoon. Will let you know what I think.
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:11 AM   #22
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We changed the non-powered vent over the bed to a MaxxAir last year. Best thing we ever did. Nothing is worse than having your Fantastic fan shut off and close due to rain on morning dew.
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Old 11-22-2009, 07:25 PM   #23
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I've always installed Maxx-Air covers over all my Fantastic Fans, and would never want to do otherswise. Just make sure you get the covers designed for over high speed fans - I think my covers are Model 800's (in white).

There are several advantages to having these covers. You can keep them open when you store your trailer to insure your trailer is adequately ventilated, and can keep your vents open in rainy weather - having 2 fans like we do, one in the front and another in the back of our trailer allows us to bring air in from one fan and out from the other to eliminate condensation and have fresh air flowing throughout the trailer. We also camp in an area where there is frequently high winds, but we can still leave our vent covers open. If we just had the Fantastic Fan covers there'd be a good chance of them blowing off -- I've seen this happen to another Airstream.


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Old 12-02-2009, 07:54 AM   #24
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I found this thread interesting because I am also thinking about adding a vent cover over a Fantastic Fan.
However...when I went to the roof for a closer inspection, I realized that the vent is very, very close to a skylight (see photo).



Has anyone installed a vent cover in such cramped conditions?

Note: The front of the AS is towards the AC unit (left side of the photo).

Thanks in advance for any advise
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:15 AM   #25
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Just installed the MaxxAir Fan Mate 900 over my Fantastic Fans. It is high enough to clear the skylight, although it may hang over part of it.
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:29 AM   #26
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Progress Report on installing Max Air Vents

After researching installation of the vent covers and contacting the supplier for insturction my installation is
complete. We installed a Max Air II over the front fantastic fan. For those of you with tight spaces for the installation, the footprint for this vent is 20.8 wide and 22.8 long. It was a very easy install. They provide hinges so that the device may be removed from the roof for cleaning. We installed an original MaxAir over the bathroom vent and that to was a very small job. The footprint for that is 18.5 inches wide by 19.5 inches long. A second Air Max II was installed pver the rear bedroom famtastic fan anfd the instlaton was complete.

If you have any questions whatsoever, a call to Max Air wil connect you with an engineer who can answer all your question in installing the units. We used the silver gray on our vents which sets off well on air streem.. We found that Amazon had the best price and service on them,
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:22 PM   #27
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Visual reference for any members that want to to this installation in the future. The Maxx Air Fan Mate will fit in the cramped configuration where the center vent is close to the skylight with some overlap.
I am going to change the black one for a white one.
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I found this thread interesting because I am also thinking about adding a vent cover over a Fantastic Fan.
However...when I went to the roof for a closer inspection, I realized that the vent is very, very close to a skylight (see photo).



Has anyone installed a vent cover in such cramped conditions?

If you have a month or two before you need to install a vent cover, you may want to attend the Texas Vintage Rally just North of Houston in mid-February.

Thanks to "HappyCampers" Fantastic Fan donated one of their powered vents, and Colaw's RV Salvage (Missouri) donated a roof section with an old vent still attached to be used as a demonstration piece for the fan installation. Unfortunately, Marvin ("HappyCampers") will be unable to attend this year. Fortunately, I was able to pick up the roof section donated by Colaw's.

During one of the seminar presentations I plan on doing the actual (old) vent removal, some sort of a new Fantastic Fan installation, and demonstrate the installation of a Maxxair II vent cover (below) over the Fantastic Fan.




The (undamaged) Fantastic Fan will be taken home by one of the participants of the Vintage Rally.

You have to be in attendance to get a chance to take the FF home.

All ya'all come on down to the Texas Vintage Rally in February - Ya hear??
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