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Old 12-05-2013, 05:30 AM   #1
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Fantastic Fan vent cover

Has anyone installed a vent cover over their fans? We had then on on other brand of trailer and liked being able to leave the vent open while traveling.

If so, what brand?
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:37 AM   #2
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I have a MaxxAir cover on my Fantastic fan. The make them in silver...
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:37 AM   #3
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Ours had Maxx Air covers on it when we got it. I have removed them, but Fantastic now sells their own vent covers.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:07 AM   #4
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MaxxAir II in silver. They are less restrictive to airflow than the regular MaxxAir.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:18 AM   #5
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We researched them all. Decided on the Fantastic Fan branded covers in smoke after talking to lots of folks. I think Terry (above) recommended getting smoke rather than white or black, perhaps due to longer life cycle. We love them. Vent in rain. Small vent in cold while still covered. Great idea.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:17 AM   #6
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Has anyone installed a vent cover over their fans? We had then on on other brand of trailer and liked being able to leave the vent open while traveling.

If so, what brand?
Easiryder.... I had the plastic cover of the standared roof vent on my 25' FB fall apart due to damage from the sun and then installed a Maxx Air II over the standard vent and a Fan/Mate cover over the Fantastic fan vent. They have done their job of protecting the original vent covers from sun damage but they serverly restrict the height that you can open the vent covers and the amount of air that they allow to come into the trailer. They were also noisy when you have high wind conditions. They also have to be opened and cleaned on a regular basis or you will get mold growing on the covers and around the vents. I'm getting ready for my trip south and just removed the Fan/Mate from the Fantastic fan and will also remove the Maxx Air II over the standard roof vent as soon as I pick up a spare vent cover. Instead of using these devices to protect the original vent covers from sun damage, I plan to replace the standard vent cover every two years and the Fantastic Fan cover every four years so I don't have problems with damage from the sun.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:51 PM   #7
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I have a new 19' flying cloud and during one of our first dry camping trips last summer in the Sierra's we had a couple days and evenings of rain. Not having covers at the time, we were unable to open the ceiling vents. It was during that trip I realized that having vent covers made a lot of sense for us given that most of the locations we intend to stay will not involve full hook-ups. I decided on Fantastic Fan covers over the other brands. I felt they were superior in quality and fit. I chose white because my roof, the air conditioner and other roof top fixtures were white and felt that white would match the best. Although they look a little large and perhaps out of place on my 19', the function makes them very worthwhile.
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Old 09-19-2017, 11:05 AM   #8
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My AS does not have fan or vent covers, so I ordered the white fantastic fan cover.
The video for install is a bit mis-leading since the fellow says he can install it in less than 2 (?) mins. So I just took a look and as I thought, my 10yo trailer is covered in what could be a half inch high load of sealant.

Sooo, any tips ? Should I remove all the sealant, or just enough to find the screws. But if I only find the screws, the metal clips will sit quite high. So would need to clear out channels for them to get screwed in.

Have not removed sealant before, but what I have read here on the forum, doesn't give me the feeling this is a 2 min job. Assuming there is a special tool to remove sealant?

I did pick up some Dicor self leveling sealant to cover the work when done.
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Old 09-19-2017, 11:28 AM   #9
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I love mine. I have the smoke gray one. They are very easy to install and work great. Putty knife or flat head screw driver to remove sealant.
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Old 09-20-2017, 07:29 AM   #10
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I love mine. I have the smoke gray one. They are very easy to install and work great. Putty knife or flat head screw driver to remove sealant.
Thanks, but remove all the sealant, or just where the globs of it that are 1/2 tall so I can fit the metal tabs in to screw it down? Guess I will figure that out when I start, ie if the old stuff comes off without excessive elbow grease, then will get it all off and clean it up and reseal the whole thing.

Had thought putty knife myself, but was concerned with scratching the surface of the AS.

Oh and real newbie question here.... assuming the roof of an AS is no place for a person to be and will dent it... so is all this done off a ladder? Can you lean on to the roof?
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While it may entail considerably more work-effort.... If it's old and been "globbed" on.... I'd remove as much of it as possible. Removing only a portion may actually introduce a leak-source at the edge between the "new" and the "old" sealant. Also, starting fresh will allow the fan cover to sit in a more level manner.

The Dicor is easy to work with and very effective.

The rivet-lines on the roof indicate where internal structure exists. One can walk on those areas without fear of causing damage as long as you wear soft-soled shoes like "tennis" or rubber walking shoes. Barefoot also works well.

Be careful up there. Do this while someone is nearby to assist if at all possible.
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Old 09-21-2017, 07:52 AM   #12
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Thanks Boxite. May as well do it right which is what I planned unless someone talked me out of it

Found a thread here on the forum last night that referenced a youtube video done by Colonial AS that showed the ribs and proper access.

At 225lbs, I will also pickup a few 2ft x 4ft pieces of 1/2 in plywood to straddle the ribs and be sure.

Has anyone ever tried a plastic windshield ice scraper for removing sealant ? Thinking one with a 2ft handle for some leverage to get the major areas.
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