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Old 01-12-2016, 08:14 PM   #1
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Insulated fantastic vent dome

Has anyone got any experience of the fantastic vent replacement double panes dome?

I am getting 2 installed in the hope it reduces condensation in cold temps and reduces slightly heat loss..

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Old 01-12-2016, 10:02 PM   #2
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Has anyone got any experience of the fantastic vent replacement double panes dome?

I am getting 2 installed in the hope it reduces condensation in cold temps and reduces slightly heat loss..

Smoke Opaque Insulated Replacement Double Dome - Fan-Tastic Vent K2020-19 - Vents - Camping World
I have had three that I keep changing out on my last three travel trailers. I always keep the originals and put them back on when I trade trailers and keep my insulated Fan-Tastic covers for my new trailer. I love them for several different reasons. 1. They are twice as strong, in the event of a falling tree limb or hail storm. 2. They are darker than a single pane, thus reducing the suns brightness. 3. They do help in keeping some of the heat out. 4. They also help in keeping the heat in. 5. They also help in keeping the noise down, from rain or whatever. I have never experienced any condensation whatsoever. IMHO these are money well spent! Forget those silly pillows. My new Classic only has one vent, so I have two more in the basement awaiting my next trade? They operate much like a double pane window, which I wish AS offered as an option. My first project in the spring, when my Classic comes out of storage is to install two new dark tinted triple pane Maxum sky lights.
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Old 01-12-2016, 10:11 PM   #3
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Thanks Duke, you are have re-affirmed my suspicions. It seems daft that they are not supplied as standard!

I will be using my AS in the snow for a few more weekends this winter so I hope to write a decent review/comparison.

Now I need to work on an insulating solution for the windows in the bedroom!
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Thanks Duke, you are have re-affirmed my suspicions. It seems daft that they are not supplied as standard!

I will be using my AS in the snow for a few more weekends this winter so I hope to write a decent review/comparison.

Now I need to work on an insulating solution for the windows in the bedroom!
Your exactly right. None of the eight different RV's that I have owned has ever had them as standard equipment. That is why I keep hanging on to the three that I received from Fantastic. I had the three rear windows in my Classic tinted as soon as we received it in August, before we headed out west for a month and boy was I glad. It really helped with the sun and the heat! We didn't camp after Thanksgiving, which was cool at night and we used our heat pumps. We don't camp in the winter cold so that is not really a problem for us. If AS would offer thermal pane glass as a option, that would really help with the hot and cold issues. I have owned two RV's with them and they basically offer the same benefits as the one's in you home do. I for one would gladly pay extra for them if they were offered. The only downside is that they do add some weight, although not a significant amount. You can get them as a option on trailers that cost 1/3 of an AS. Makes no sense to me? Offer them as a option, then if you don't want them you don't have to have them. Just my "two dollars" worth. Yeah, I know, but my opinions are worth more.
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:19 PM   #5
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We were up in whistler BC during the xmas break. It got down to 14F. We were fine, but some basic issues came up. The vent covers were one big deal. Number 2 was the window above our heads in our bed (2015 25ft fc rb). You could feel the heat vanishing from the pillows! The third big deal was the furnace pumping heat into the dinette more then the bedroom ( I am testing a solution for this!)..
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Old 01-13-2016, 04:55 AM   #6
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How hard is it to replace the vent lid with one of these?
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Old 01-13-2016, 08:53 AM   #7
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How hard is it to replace the vent lid with one of these?
It looks easy, but my AS is still under warranty I am having the dealer do it..
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Another item to add to my list. Didn't know there was this option.

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I will have to add them to my AS. We were at Crystal Mt over the New Year and nearly froze in the single digit temperatures. The furnace ran all night and the thermometer never got off the peg. Where do you camp at Whistler?
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I will have to add them to my AS. We were at Crystal Mt over the New Year and nearly froze in the single digit temperatures. The furnace ran all night and the thermometer never got off the peg. Where do you camp at Whistler?
We were at the Whistler RV campground. It was an interesting place. Great views. But I will not go there again. I prefer the campground on the north side of whistler, I think it is riverside RV park or something.

What killed it for us is the ridiculous access road getting in. Stupid grade, narrow, twisty, icy..... Now warning about it... Honestly, that last 0.5miles was the most ridiculous thing I have ever driven when towing. i had to put chains on, stick the truck in 4-low. the dash lit up and the beeps went.... ugh....

I really want to camp at Crystal, we will be there in the spring for sure!
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We were at Riverside last summer. Beautiful, about as perfect as you could ask. Great people & facilities from sites to laundry. Easy biking to town. Would go back in a heartbeat.
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We were at Riverside last summer. Beautiful, about as perfect as you could ask. Great people & facilities from sites to laundry. Easy biking to town. Would go back in a heartbeat.
I was there in Jan 2007. I should have gone there this time too...
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