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Lumatic 10-24-2009 12:19 PM

Maxx Fan Vs. Fantastic Fan
 
My impression is Fantastic Fans are prefered over Maxx Fans. Is one any better than the other?

n2916s 10-24-2009 01:53 PM

Not having ever owned a Maxx Fan, I cannot say as to the hardware. But, as to factory service, well, I called the factory when my Fantastic Fan (three years old at the time) stop working (the thermostat failed).

In two days I had a box full of essentially the entire guts of the fan. No charge. No questions.

For that alone, I would go Fantastic Fan.

Mike

richinny 10-24-2009 02:50 PM

i had a lift motor bracket fail after 12 years and they sent a lot of replacement parts to update the fan. all FREE and in 2 days. i can't get things i pay for with the same great service!

FANTASTIC = :clap:

Smokin Camel 10-24-2009 02:53 PM

Service
 
That makes me glad I installed two of them!:)

Boondocker 10-24-2009 02:58 PM

I recently went through the same process. The new maxx fan is really neat, but you have to buy all the bells and whistles. The fantastic fan route gives you a host of choices ranging from simple vent, to fan, to fan with thermostat, to fan with thermostat and rain sensor. If you get a fantastic will all the bells and whistles they are comparably priced. With the fantastic you have to cut the skin (not fun but I was able to do it).

In the end, for the price of one Maxx, I bought one Fantastic with fan plus one with fan and thermostat. I have been very happy (about three weeks in to it full time) so far. If I had it to do again, I might get both with the thermostats.

ROBERTSUNRUS 10-24-2009 06:13 PM

Fantastic company.
 
:) Hi, I have had more than my share of problems with my Fantastic Vent over the years, but all necessary parts, upgrades, and instructions have been mailed to me totally free. I don't know of any other place or dealer who gives service like this. Fantastic Vent is Fantastic.

Happycampers 10-24-2009 06:47 PM

I can't say enough about Fantastic Vent Company. We have bought 5 fans plus an endless breeze fan over the years. I went to the company in Imlay City this year and ask if they would donate a fan to use to do an installation demo at the Texas Vintage Rally next year and they gave me one. I won't be able to do the install demo as we won't be going south this winter because of health issues but someone else will be doing the demo and the fan will be given away in a drawling at the end of the Rally. They are a great company and the best people to deal with.

Marvin

ArtStream 10-24-2009 09:53 PM

Great company
 
Go for it!
Same great customer service experience here. my 10 year Fantastic vent cover cracked, I called to order another one fully expecting to pay for it. They said "Oh no, we will send you another one free of charge" they even paid for the shipping!

Best customer service in the industry, period!

Lumatic 10-24-2009 11:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lumatic (Post 763153)
My impression is Fantastic Fans are prefered over Maxx Fans. Is one any better than the other?

Yes, I know Fantastic Fan has great customer service, what I am interested in is a comparison of the products.

whitelight 10-25-2009 02:04 AM

Have experience with both Fantastic Fans & Maxx Fan
 
We installed a Maxx Fan on our 22' Argosy. We had the "manual" version, i.e. no remote control. It did have a thermostat, reversing fan (intake & exhaust), and speed control.

We also have 2 Fantastic Fans on our 34', plus we installed 2 on our previously owned 31' Sovereign.

The Maxx fan has the advantage over the Fantastic Fan in that it can be left open when traveling. As well, the design of the vent permits the operation of the fan, in open position, when it rains.
We have found that our Fantastic Fan's rain/moisture sensor gets persnickety quite often - sometimes, in auto mode, the sensor won't close the vent when it rains (told this is due to dirt on the sensor). Or, it opens & closes in the middle of the night with an annoying whine when the humidity is high. When we left the Maxx fan vent open, we didn't have either problem.

In high winds over 25 MPH, the open Fantastic Vent tends to rattle around. In higher winds, we've had to close the vent down as we thought it would perhaps blow off. Never had this problem with the Maxx Fan.

The Maxx Fan does have a bigger "footprint" on the roof than the Fantastic Fan due to its "overhang" on the back. This somewhat restricts installation where the vent is in front of the airconditioner.

We found the Maxx Fan to be a bit quieter than the Fantastic Fan, perhaps because the air hitting the blades is buffered by the design. However, because of this design, a bit less air is pushed through the fan; the air movement was adequate for the area of the trailer.

As with the other comments, we have found Fantastic Fan's customer service excellent! Unfortunately, we have no long-term service comparision with the Maxx Fan as the 22' Argosy was totalled last year.

blickcd 03-27-2010 08:57 AM

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Lumatic,

Since you want comparisons of similar products, are you considering a Turbo Maxx? I installed one in my bedroom a few weeks ago.

I have a Fantastic Vent in my living room and like most people I am satisfied with it. Two reasons I didn't want one in the bedroom though is the skylight effect and I didn't want to rely on that nutty rain sensor over my bed.

I've only had the Turbo Maxx in place for a few weeks now but as far as thermostat control, in/out fan direction, noise level and power consuption on the three speeds, it compares almost the same as the Fantastic Vent. The bonus is you can leave the roof vent under it open rain or shine.

Here are the few drawbacks. First, it takes up some space on the roof with that swept back design. Chances one won't fit over every vent on your trailer as it would be blocked with the air conditioner, prevent the TV antenna from being raised, etc. The second drawback only applies to older trailers like mine in that it won't work with the old light/vent combos. This means an extra step and expense, in that you first have to install a modern RV roof vent (I also installed an adjacent light fixture) in that location. After a few days when your vulkem cures you can put on the Turbo Maxx.

Christopher

Lumatic 03-27-2010 09:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blickcd (Post 829957)
Lumatic,Since you want comparisons of similar products, are you considering a Turbo Maxx?

it won't work with the old light/vent combos. This means an extra step and expense, in that you first have to install a modern RV roof vent

Christopher

I saw 2 new MaxxFans on ebay the mothership was selling and got them for $100 each. That was a deal I could not refuse. 3 speed, reverseable with a thermostat. I have not put them in yet but I don't see any reason why I would have to put in a new vent with this model, just take out the old one and maybe do a little cutting and reinforcement to the hole,

silverleeper 03-27-2010 09:31 AM

I have a Maxx fan on the Safari and a Fantastic fan on the Caravel. Both have worked without a problem for a few years. The Maxx fan can run when it's raining with no water in the trailer(important in the Pacific NW). The Fantastic fan costs less and is easier to install. Both have a low profile when closed. I would only feel comfortable opening the Maxx fan while traveling.

Boondocker 03-27-2010 09:37 AM

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Originally Posted by silverleeper (Post 829978)
I would only feel comfortable opening the Maxx fan while traveling.

I installed fantastic fans last fall. I asked around at that time about running with them open since I my habit is to run with vents opened about 4 inches during the warmer parts of the year. My memory is that the factory says it is OK to run with them open some, but I am to lazy to go find the post.

silverleeper 03-27-2010 09:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Boondocker (Post 829981)
I installed fantastic fans last fall. I asked around at that time about running with them open since I my habit is to run with vents opened about 4 inches during the warmer parts of the year. My memory is that the factory says it is OK to run with them open some, but I am to lazy to go find the post.

I'm sure you could, but looking at the two the Maxx fan is a better setup for this. IMO.

cammur 03-27-2010 03:52 PM

comparative noise levels?
 
This thread has me again thinking about adding a reversible fan (I have no fan there now) in the bedroom. I'm curious about the comparative noise of a MaxxFan vs. a Fantastic Fan.

silverleeper 03-28-2010 10:23 AM

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Originally Posted by cammur (Post 830119)
This thread has me again thinking about adding a reversible fan (I have no fan there now) in the bedroom. I'm curious about the comparative noise of a MaxxFan vs. a Fantastic Fan.

They seem to be equal in noise level. Both have low noise levels.

wolverine 03-28-2010 10:38 AM

I put MaxxairII vent covers (silver color) on both of my Fantastic fans and can run them anytime even when traveling without worry of rain or leaks. I also put a standard Maxxair cover on my smaller bathroom vent and have been very pleased with all of them. Best price I found was on Amazon.

blickcd 03-29-2010 08:15 AM

How about some photos?
 
With all this talk about Maxx Fans, could someone please post some photos, inside and out of a completed installation?

I've seen them in catalogs and installed on other brands but never have seen one up close and photos of an actual installation would be the next best thing.

Photos of an installation job in action would also be great.

Christopher

texascanuk 09-07-2011 08:10 AM

Sorry about picking up this old post, but if owners of the fantastic fans with the curved garnish could post a picture that would help me. Also, Maxx Air owners with the standard or deluxe fans could post a pic of interior and a pic of exterior appearance with a deluxe fan.

This is alot to ask, I would help me decide what to get.

After looking at the Airstream Website, I see that the new trailers are not using the curved garnish. It is probably not necessary since the aluminum will conform to the flat garnish and there is no framing to prevent it from conforming as was the case with the A/C that I installed.


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