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Old 07-07-2015, 08:07 PM   #1
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Vent covers

Our fantastic fans are not at all fantastic. It is so hot in this tin can! We bought our 2003 Airstream Classic last October and it has two of these fans. What are we doing wrong? I think it's the vent covers.

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We mainly boondock and we are new at full-timing. I think we need a generator to run the AC, and an Eva-dry dehumidifier. This is just part of the cooling trifecta.
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:12 PM   #2
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When it is hot all you are drawing in is more hot air. I have a couple of portable AC/DC fans to at least get the hot air moving. This time of the year I do not boondock. Just to hot for comfort.
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:51 PM   #3
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We don't have covers on our FF.
DW 'sez their plain ugly...I tend to agree. Don't know how much they restrict the flow, but they can't help any.

Who told you Airstreams were..?

In hot weather we...open all windows, the door, turn the fans on low, try and get a shady site and enjoy. We never 'camp' with hook-up's, only have one 2000w Honda so no AC, Streaming since 1988...and still kick'n, kind'a.



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Old 07-07-2015, 08:58 PM   #4
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It is nice to have covers over both vents when it raining. Keeps air flow when I need it the most. MaxAir on the rear and MaxAir II on the front Fantastic Fan power vent. Personally think it is one of my smarter trailer purchases.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:01 PM   #5
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Have two on mine with vent covers as well. They move a lot of air with the covers.

Are you fans reversible? Mine originally blew out only and I bought the kits from the Fantastic Fan to allowing changing the flow direction to blowing in as well. Blowing in is not near as efficient as blowing out. My fan blades were obviously designed for the "out" direction and the flow rate is significantly higher in that mode.
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If your fans are exhausting you must have a source of air into the trailer. Either an open window, or a vent. I will usually have one FF on high and the other with the fan off. That way it will draw air into the vent with the fan off.
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Fantastic sells a cover that doesn't lower the flow. Watch the video for a demonstration.

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What I'm understanding from this is that relying on fantastic fans to stay cool is setting myself up for failure.

I am going to order a 12 V dehumidifier to combat the sticky New England summer
Eva-dry Edv-2200 Dehumidifier, Mid-Size https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001QTW6KQ..._f3tNvbC0N5KKJ

Maybe even a couple of these wireless ones as well
Eva-dry E-500 Renewable Wireless Mini Dehumidifer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000H0XFD2..._04tNvbH1BV365

And this generator because sometimes I'm going to need to run the AC.
Yamaha EF2400iSHC Portable Generator https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AYUWDZG..._S5tNvb60PFEX4

Today I'm moving to a shady spot. Thanks all!
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