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Old 08-01-2015, 10:06 PM   #1
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Question Combination ceiling light and vent replacement

I have a 1976 International 31' Sovereign. The ceiling lights in the main living area both have issues and I would like to completely replace or repair them. The main issue for both is that the cranks to raise the vents doe not work (one is completely missing so prior owner used screws into ceiling to hold it in place) and the other the crank shaft is stripped so it does not raise or lower. The one that is in the front (with missing crank) has a fan in it and one of the blades is broken off. To repair these (assuming rest of electrical and moving elements are working which I am skeptical of) is it best to just try and replace the cranks or should I find replacemetn vent/ceiling light setups? Where would I get the parts?

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Old 08-02-2015, 10:21 AM   #2
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A popular move is to replace the entire vent with Fantastic Fans. I am not advocating this replacement, but the point is, that there are almost certainly all the components you need to repair your vent lifters and fan assemblies sitting in some Airstreamer's garage out there. You might put a "want" ad on the the Forums Classified ads. Silver Trailer Supply also sells some used stuff, and if you are patient, you might find them on Ebay.

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Old 08-02-2015, 11:10 AM   #3
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Fantastic Vent is the way to go, check it out at Vintage Trailer Supply. Fan-Tastic Fan Vent
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Old 05-12-2020, 09:08 AM   #4
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I have this same question for my 1986 Excella. I have 3 of these ceiling vent lights and they're dull. If I get Fantastic fans, what do I do for lighting?
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Old 05-12-2020, 10:39 AM   #5
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I replaced the rear ceiling light, vent with a fantastic fan. I have no light there now. You have to add lights somehow if you make this switch. I am keeping the light, vent in the front because of that reason. Putting in LED bulbs.
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Old 01-01-2023, 11:51 PM   #6
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I have an '86 Excella as well. Is the lights and the fan on the same circuit. My front fan works and I was thinking about cutting the hot and neutral wires from the ballast and connect directly to led strips that will take the place of the fluorescent bulbs.
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Old 01-02-2023, 09:56 AM   #7
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I fit Fantastic fan innards into the original vents. I liked the idea the vent lids are metal and won't get brittle and crack from sun. the light covers are still available as reproductions from vintage trailer supply.

I did however remove the lights and put in recessed lighting in the ceiling. that was a much better modification. there are a lot of screw holes under those light and fan fixtures.

before I did that I bought some generic led tape lights and replaced the bulbs with those, they gave better light than the original bulbs.
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Old 01-24-2023, 02:14 PM   #8
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Very similar question. I have a 1995 Excella 1000. The living room light/fan looks original, apparently it is a Jensen (written on the crank). The fan does work. My problem is that the outside cover was very deteriorated by the sun (fell apart). Been trying to find a replacement cover, but the fan has two uprights that hold the lid on and all the newer ones just have a single. Are trying to take the new cover minus the metal bracket and somehow attach the old uprights. There doesn't seem to be a hinge on the old cover to attach to the roof. We think it might be that when you crank it down, it just fits snugly onto the roof (with weatherstripping?) Any ideas?
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