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Old 07-21-2012, 03:33 PM   #1
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Venting shower steam.

I have a 1975 Tradewind with the full rear bath. We are getting ready for our first trip since getting everything working (we think). I am a little concerned about venting the bathroom out while showering. With the door closed, it is a sealed room. We can open the back window, but that complicated the privacy issue. Does anyone mount a small fan at the rear window or have you installed another Fantastic Fan in the bathroom area?
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Old 07-21-2012, 04:06 PM   #2
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Fan Options

Rather than a giant Fanastic Fan (which is great!) maybe something smaller would work. In the later Airstreams, a small 6" fan unit from Ventline (VanAir VP-543) is intalled in the shower and works great!
It is unobtrusive, quiet, and effective for your situation

Attached is a PDF whitepaper of the fan I described.

Good luck!
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Old 07-21-2012, 04:51 PM   #3
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Mine came with one like that and it works great. You push up on the handle to open it, and push a button to turn on the fan. I leave it open most of the time to air out my "wet toilet" combo. That way I can keep the door closed without it getting too stuffy or chemical-smelling in there.
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Yes, for the size they work remarkably well! I think they can be bought for less than $60
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:59 PM   #5
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How are they to instal? It scares me to cut a hole in my roof!
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Its a clean 6" hole in both inner and outer skins. The way I see it.. its better to make one yourself that you control, rather than one whose location is unknown and leaks!

The most difficult thing will be to locate it so you have an easy time routing 12volts to it.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:23 AM   #7
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Or you could go with a solar vent. Nicro makes a nice "mushroom" solar vent that you might want to check outů

NICRO VENTILATION Solar MiniVent 1000 at West Marine

I'll confess I've never seen one on an RV, but I've seen at least sixtyleven boats with them.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:27 AM   #8
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My '76 had a vent switch right next to the toilet. Are you certain there isn't a hidden vent switch in the bathroom? My '86 has one like in post #2. The problem with the solar one is that you'd have to take showers when there is sunlight in order for it to work!
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:40 AM   #9
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I just checked out the Ventline and can only find it with an SP suffix. It is noted to NOT be used above tub, shower, or range. Is there another model that is intended for the moisture of a bath that I cannot find?
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My '76 had a vent switch right next to the toilet. Are you certain there isn't a hidden vent switch in the bathroom? My '86 has one like in post #2. The problem with the solar one is that you'd have to take showers when there is sunlight in order for it to work!
Not entirely true. When there's no sunlight you don't have the fan running, but you still get passive venting as long as there is any breeze at all. So, you only have to avoid showering at night in a dead calm.

I will admit, though, that its primary benefit of the solar vent is venting heat when you've got the unit in storage, since you don't need to depete your batteries to run the fan. The ideal setup in that case would be two, at opposite ends, one set to draw air in, one set to push air out.

Anyway, I'll have to check and see who makes the vent fan in my Interstate if the solar option is no good for you. It has a switch directly on the fan, so all you need to do it run 12v power to it.
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Hmmm, the Ventline in mine is a factory install, as are the umpteen others I have seen in Airstreams over the past 25 years!

Mine has been in service for 21 years now, looks like new, and still sucking steamy shower air!
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That is why I was wondering about the "sp" designation that I found. I figured you were not lying or leading me wrong, just if I found the right thing.
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If you look at the whitepaper, you will notice these fans are available 2 different ways, They come in a "multi 12 pack", and a "single pack" hence the "SP" in the product number. It has nothing to do with being able to install in a bathroom. Where does it specify not being installed above a shower? Look at the PDF again.

Airstream has used these directly in the bathroom and showers for many moons. If you are still unsure, why not give both Airstream and or Ventline a call?
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It noted where not to use it on the description for ordering one when I googled the model. I was just confirming that I had the right unit, not questioning your recommendation. Is there one with a light, too, that is recommended?
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