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Old 03-13-2015, 04:39 PM   #1
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Anybody ever put a new Fantastic-Fan in a '67 Overlander.

I'm thinking about replacing the existing vents with fantastic fans. I'm wondering if it is a straight up swap or if cutting will be involved.
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Old 03-13-2015, 04:56 PM   #2
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I replaced the original rear vent in my 68 with a Fantastic Fan. A little cutting is required but not much. I tried various methods but I found that the easiest was the using a cut off wheel (one for aluminum) on my 4 1/2 angle grinder. A template comes with the fan. The inside cut is messy but if you get a helper to hold a shop vac by the grinder as you cut, you can minimize the mess.
I would suggest you buy from Vintage Trailer supply as Steve has a curved bezel for the inside that fits the curve of the Airstream ceiling and looks great and has a gray cover that matches. Also, the model with the rain sensor and thermostat is well worth the small extra cost (only takes one thunderstorm while you are away to make the rain sensor seem like a bargain- how do I know this- ha)_
Final tip, toss the mounting screws that come with the fan. Instead, by some stainless steel panhead screws of proper size and put a small SS flat washer under each screw head. This will distribute the pressure over a much larger area than the countersunk factory screws and will be much less likely to cause the flange to develop a crack later.
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Old 03-14-2015, 03:45 PM   #3
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Awesome, thanks for the tip TWind. I'll probably order some here in a couple of days.
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Old 03-14-2015, 05:12 PM   #4
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Put 2 in my 1960 Tradewind, piece of cake.

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Old 03-15-2015, 02:10 PM   #5
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I have two in my 1965 Safari, and I love them. Installation is very easy.
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Old 03-15-2015, 02:53 PM   #6
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I myself installed two in our 67 with no problems.
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Old 03-15-2015, 03:52 PM   #7
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I installed Fantastic vent in 64 Tradewind.

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I'm thinking about replacing the existing vents with fantastic fans. I'm wondering if it is a straight up swap or if cutting will be involved.
It was pretty much a straight switch. The opening was a good fit and wiring access was close.
I am assuming it would go as well for your 67.

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Old 03-15-2015, 03:53 PM   #8
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I installed one in a 64 Tradewind, very easy.
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Old 03-15-2015, 05:07 PM   #9
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I installed one in place of a standard vent. Pretty easy - I had to trim the inside opening a bit with a pair or snips. Cutting through the old exterior caulk to make a good smooth surface to mate to was the hardest part, as I recall. I tapped into wiring for a nearby light. I heavily caulked the seat and perimeter of the exterior flange and over the screw heads, but a couple of years later the flange cracked. So, I'd recommend covering the entire flange with vulkem or other good caulk that you can smooth with a putty knife.
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I installed two in my 69 Overlander. THey went in well. Had to remove the old adhesives and used tin snips to square the openings. Had to tap into some power for the rear fan (formerly a venting skylight) the front powered vent skylight had power and was a snap.

One issue was the interior trim not fitting well because of the lengthwise ribs in the center trim that runs the length of the ceiling. The trim piece is just a smidge too wide and so I filled the gap as best I could with some rigid foam trim
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