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Old 11-08-2015, 06:00 PM   #1
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Newbies can't figure out the Fantastic Fan

There's no question too dumb for a newbie to ask, right? So here goes:

We can't figure out the Fantastic Fan controls on our new 2015 23 ft Flying Cloud. How do you operate the motorized vent controls? We have figured out the manual lift but only sporadically and accidentally get the motorized lift to work. (The information that came with the trailer is astoundingly unhelpful.) Thanks!

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Old 11-08-2015, 06:32 PM   #2
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My '02 Classic has 2 Fantastic Fans. In the front the controls are all on the fan surround. Then fan speed has 0, 1, 2, and 3. 0 is the fan off. 1, 2, or 3 is the fan speeds. There is also a thermostat dial on the controls. There are two toggle switches as well. One is for air pulled in or pushed out. The other is for fan open and running or closed and fan off. In the bedroom the controls are the same except for a wall mounted thermostat. This will also act as the on / off switch as long as the speeds are on 1, 2, or 3. Both of mine also have rain sensors that close the vent when it rains if the speeds are on 1, 2, or 3 AND the manual opening knob is engaged for automatic use.


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Old 11-08-2015, 09:14 PM   #3
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Farmer Dan likely has it right..

I've learned it about a half dozen times, and then have to relearn just about every time we use it. It's a very clever device, but it has a terribly non-intuitive user interface which imo takes a lot away from it's potential utility. Maybe some better labeling on the 2 switches would help.. on my list.

So don't feel bad Danielle for asking..
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Old 11-08-2015, 09:17 PM   #4
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On the bright side, the user interface (UI) on the Fantastic Fan won't frustrate you nearly as much as the UI on the Clarion audio deck.. :-/ (but alas I don't intend to hijack your thread so no one needs to comment on that here)
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Old 11-08-2015, 09:25 PM   #5
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The manual lift control also pulls and pushes. One way it runs on the motor, the other way it is manual operation only.

I am not near my trailer now, so I can't go and see which is which (pull or push) but it is another variable in the picture.
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Old 11-08-2015, 10:23 PM   #6
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Tagging into this as these fans frustrate the crap out of me also......

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Old 11-09-2015, 01:39 AM   #7
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In 2013 the Fantastic Fan had a lid crank with a clutch so that you could just pull down the knob and turn to open.

In 2014 they changed to a crank that requires you to turn the gears while you turn the crank knob. The tech at Fantastic Fan doesn't know the reason for the change but told me that it's ok to turn the gears with the knob.
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Old 11-09-2015, 10:13 AM   #8
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we had the same issue with our 2015 we called zech support from the fan company. they changed how it works. it does not automatically reopen when it closes from rain. if damp when you do open it may reshut
you turn on main control then the on off for the lid. you may leave the main on and if it shuts with rain you turn the vent fan off and back on. the company told us that you can manually open the lid to get it to dry the sensor. overall. when we want to use the fan we leave the main control switch on and work with the vent switch. remember. not like previous fans it will nit automatcally reopen. i would send a picture of the switched but unit is on storage. we also had to let our dealer know if the changes in the operation of the fans. they were not aware
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Old 11-09-2015, 10:14 AM   #9
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We were at a nice camp site when I heard my wife scream at the top of her lungs and I came running to see what happened, as I was about to open the door I heard her saying I will get the person who came up with this fan.

I knew then NOT to open the door at this point.
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Old 11-09-2015, 11:05 AM   #10
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For once, I am not alone. It's true that I have to "reacquaint" myself each trip out. I just flip switches until I get it to open.
I had no idea that the fan was multi directional.
Right on Gary. Clarion is humbling too.
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Old 11-09-2015, 11:51 AM   #11
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That is why we switched the two stock Fantastic fans out for the Maxxfan model 7000K on the 201523D. Plus no shroud is needed to keep the rain out like on the Fantastic fans. We will replace the Fantastic fan in the Classic in the spring with a 7000K Maxxfan and get also get rid of the Fantastic fan shroud.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:36 PM   #12
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Ignoring for a moment the change in the rain re-open function, this is our personal preferred method of using the Fantastic Fans in our 28' International (2010):

We leave the main switch on, and have the manual switch pushed to engage the auto function. We leave the fan speed switch (the big one) on "1" almost all of the time (if you turn it to "0", it serves as a second "off" switch, where is where it's easy to get confused.) We then use the thermostat switch as an on/off switch. We either set it and leave it to work automatically, or turn it to colder if we want to "semi-automatically" activate the fan, or turn it to warmer to find the set point to "semi-automatically" turn it off.

There have definitely been times, expecially in damp conditions, when the rain sensor function can be irritating. In those times, we pull the knob down to go to manual to open and close the lid, but we still use the thermostat as our primary on/off switch.

When we leave the coach in storage, we turn the main (little) switch to off AND the fan speed switch to "0", just to be safe.

As I read the forum posts, it looks like Fantastic Fan has changed the rain re-open function since we purchased our 2010 28' International and since we added another Fantastic Fan when we customized our Sprinter 3500 2013 tow vehicle. This is most likely because people complained about the opening/closing after a rain when the sensor remained damp.

Five minutes ago, we watched as a shower passed over our Sprinter outside the house. The vent closed perfectly, and then reopened after it passed. This has been our primary experience, and we like the Fantastic Fans very much for it.

Hope you enjoy yours, too!
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Tagging into this as these fans frustrate the crap out of me also......

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makes 2 of us! 2015 27ft. international signature. rear fan works o.k. front fan cycles up amd down constantly!
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makes 2 of us! 2015 27ft. international signature. rear fan works o.k. front fan cycles up amd down constantly!
2015 will still be under warranty - call Fantastic fan, they will send you a new rain sensor and instructions - it's pretty much plug and play. I have the controls memorized, but then I fulltime.


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