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Old 06-10-2024, 03:30 PM   #1
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Has anyone purchased and installed the air vents from Upstream Outfitters. The idea looks good, but can't find any reviews.
We are trying to get increased airflow for the AC in a 27 FB. Have looked at several alternatives.
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Old 06-10-2024, 07:24 PM   #2
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I did not purchase those but these:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B096FLQCGV


Took off the screen and replaced the ones from Airstream. Not perfect, don't really rotate 360 but they are adjusted and work well. I also purchased a 3rd air return in the ceiling. A bit of sheet metal work but much happier with the A/C airflow in our 25'.


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Old 06-10-2024, 09:12 PM   #3
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I just replaced all the vents in mine (9) with erPods. Overall the flow has increased 22% at individual vents. More importantly now I can feel the air when sitting at the lounge area and in bed.
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Old 06-10-2024, 09:50 PM   #4
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Hey Tug- I just installed 8 of the Upfitter vents with dampers this past weekend and will try them out this coming. Will post back on how much they improve airflow. Install was easy and they appear original, which I like.
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Old 06-11-2024, 05:20 AM   #5
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We have the ErPods from AirKrafters too and we love them. Significantly increased airflow, easy to direct, can adjust flow at each vent and they look great!
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I did not purchase those but these:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B096FLQCGV


Took off the screen and replaced the ones from Airstream. Not perfect, don't really rotate 360 but they are adjusted and work well. I also purchased a 3rd air return in the ceiling. A bit of sheet metal work but much happier with the A/C airflow in our 25'.


Steve
I pretty much did the same thing as Steve (with the exception of the adding another return vent). They are adjustable and work well. Greatly increased the airflow.
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Old 06-11-2024, 07:17 AM   #7
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Did you guys replace all the registers or just a select few? These things are quite spending for one. The design looks far superior than stock Airstream, however.
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I replaced all my vents. Steve
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Old 06-11-2024, 07:35 AM   #9
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Has anyone purchased and installed the air vents from Upstream Outfitters. The idea looks good, but can't find any reviews.
We are trying to get increased airflow for the AC in a 27 FB. Have looked at several alternatives.
I bought 4 of the "Non-adjustable" version. It's a plastic ring that attaches in the existing hole and then the original chrome slotted vent screws onto that with a #10 fastener.
His method of attaching the ring was so clever, I gave up on making my own.
The adjustable ones seemed to require too many rotations of the vent to open the mechanism inside. (IMO) I never closed mine, it was always "open" to "wide open" so my plan was to remove the 'guts' but keep the vent cover and attach it using a toggle type clamp inside. His does a better job and accomplishes the same thing.


If you look closely, one tab is fixed and the other two rotate on nylock nuts. You turn those in, insert the device in the hole and turn the screw, thus flipping the tabs out locking them in the ceiling. There's some adjustment to accommodate different thicknesses, and the final step is to attach the original cover using the #10 screw included. Nice rubber gasket to seal.
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Did you guys replace all the registers or just a select few? These things are quite spending for one. The design looks far superior than stock Airstream, however.
I did 4 of the Upland Outfitters. That's because 4 is the number of vents that constantly fell out. I have 10 total vents and it adds up to replace all ten.
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I bought 4 of the "Non-adjustable" version. It's a plastic ring that attaches in the existing hole and then the original chrome slotted vent screws onto that with a #10 fastener.
His method of attaching the ring was so clever, I gave up on making my own.
The adjustable ones seemed to require too many rotations of the vent to open the mechanism inside. (IMO) I never closed mine, it was always "open" to "wide open" so my plan was to remove the 'guts' but keep the vent cover and attach it using a toggle type clamp inside. His does a better job and accomplishes the same thing.


If you look closely, one tab is fixed and the other two rotate on nylock nuts. You turn those in, insert the device in the hole and turn the screw, thus flipping the tabs out locking them in the ceiling. There's some adjustment to accommodate different thicknesses, and the final step is to attach the original cover using the #10 screw included. Nice rubber gasket to seal.
I was wondering the same thing; the spinning mechanism to close the adjustable ones seemed like something Id do once or twice and then say screw it. Or, given its wide range of adjustability, Id screw around w/ them endlessly looking for the perfect combo. I know myself; simpler is better.

Why did you only replace 4? Was it a cost consideration or was there another reason?
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I was wondering the same thing; the spinning mechanism to close the adjustable ones seemed like something I’d do once or twice and then say screw it. Or, given its wide range of adjustability, I’d screw around w/ them endlessly looking for the perfect combo. I know myself; simpler is better.

Why did you only replace 4? Was it a cost consideration or was there another reason?
In my case it was simply cost. I had made one of my own design that took some effort to make but was functional. I also have most vents that have never fallen out, and air flow was not my main motivation. BTW, his adjustable operate by turning the outer chrome vent. One revolution equals one thread on the #10 fastener. So you might turn 50 times to fully open or close and that didn't appeal to me.
My design was kinda crude but effective and eliminated a lot of the plastic parts in the OEM vent.


The 'toggle' crosspiece was made using a 3/8" square stock aluminum drilled and tapped for the #10 screw.
I basically put the toggle in the hole and tighten the screw until it's tight. Looks stock. The downside was bending the bar to look professionally made which I couldn't do. I put it in a vice and hammered it, leaving lots of dings and blivets. I know, it's inside the duct, but that's where 3-D printing is better.
Sorry for the term paper when you asked about cost. Yes!
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I replaced all of mine. Originally I was just going to replace the bedroom and dinette ones, but didn't like the asymmetry. They sometimes have discounts if you call.



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Old 06-12-2024, 05:38 AM   #14
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We replaced all except the one in the bathroom because its a separate room (door always closed and didnt need more airflow there
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I bought 4 of the "Non-adjustable" version. It's a plastic ring that attaches in the existing hole and then the original chrome slotted vent screws onto that with a #10 fastener.
His method of attaching the ring was so clever, I gave up on making my own.
The adjustable ones seemed to require too many rotations of the vent to open the mechanism inside. (IMO) I never closed mine, it was always "open" to "wide open" so my plan was to remove the 'guts' but keep the vent cover and attach it using a toggle type clamp inside. His does a better job and accomplishes the same thing.


If you look closely, one tab is fixed and the other two rotate on nylock nuts. You turn those in, insert the device in the hole and turn the screw, thus flipping the tabs out locking them in the ceiling. There's some adjustment to accommodate different thicknesses, and the final step is to attach the original cover using the #10 screw included. Nice rubber gasket to seal.
Nice explanation.

Im still not clear on what these are called and who sells them. Would you happen to have a direct link to this product?
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Nice explanation.

Im still not clear on what these are called and who sells them. Would you happen to have a direct link to this product?
Sure.
BTW, I have no affiliation with Upstream Outfitters. I had made a post somewhere about my idea, and he responded asking that I take a look at his. I assume he's a one man band with a 3-D printer.
https://shop.upstream-outfitters.com
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Nice explanation.

Im still not clear on what these are called and who sells them. Would you happen to have a direct link to this product?
Here is the link
https://shop.upstream-outfitters.com

608-237-1542
hello@upstream-outfitters.com

Anybody know of a discount code? Thx
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BTW, his adjustable operate by turning the outer chrome vent. One revolution equals one thread on the #10 fastener. So you might turn 50 times to fully open or close and that didn't appeal to me.
Maybe he changed the design from when you installed. I installed two of the adjustable units earlier this week. Turning the chrome vent turns a 3D printed acme-like screw inside so it takes maybe 10 turns to fully close the vent when it is fully open. I'm quite happy with the way they operate and look but I don't have a trip until next week to see how they really work out.
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I installed two erPods: one in each zone. They are high quality and increase airflow considerably. At $145 ea it doesnt make sense to me to replace all 10 vents.
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