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Old 07-03-2022, 11:28 AM   #1
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Fan-tastic Fan vs. Maxxair?

We are looking to replace/upgrade both original Hehr metal vents in our '61. We used a Fan-tastic vent on our Bambi II with good results (the rain sensor is a bit of a headache, but not one we can't work around).


I would welcome any feedback/from-the-road impressions of Fan-tastic vs. Maxxair vents.



The price for both has shot up, as has everything else, and I have heard folks state that Maxxair's customer service leaves a lot to be desired.


I am still considering either/or. Availability seems to be an issue in both camps, no doubt tied to the created emergency connected to supply chain issues.


Thanks for your feedback! Much appreciated!


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Old 07-03-2022, 11:33 AM   #2
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Used to have FF on our coach, swapped it for Max and never looked back. Now we have two on our Airstream and like them. No problem running in a downpour, and when closed nothing sticks up.
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Old 07-03-2022, 01:18 PM   #3
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Hi

Fantastic Fan with a "cover" is another option. Takes care of the "dew comes down" shutdown of the fan partway through the night.

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Old 07-03-2022, 01:32 PM   #4
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I have installed several Fantastic Fans in our trailers in the last couple of years. I just am used to using them that brand and saw no reason to switch. Be careful when you buy the fans to get the features that you want. I was dumb enough to buy a remote controlled unit without realizing that it has no manual knobs on it. You have to use the remote. It was a lot cheaper than a manual unit and I like it now. I used to rely on the rain sensors. And you might want to if you are trying to keep a vintage look,. I have the covers on my 4 fans and like them that way.

Each one of my units works a little differently. The problems I have have been with the switch that the dome pushes when it closes. FF just does not seem to be able to mount those correctly.

A word of caution on the installation. On our trailers the rear installation was a snap. But the front installation was a bit of a challenge on both. All of the wiring in the trailer seems to be wrapped around that vent. I had to put the new vent in a little off of centered and not quite straight to get enough clearance for the wires. The FF has a lot larger footprint to clear the wires than the Airstream vents did. I have a local repairman that I like where one trailer stays. He replaced the rear FF. I asked him to put one in front instead of the vent. He declined. After I finished I could see why he did not want to tackle it on site with us living in it.
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Old 07-03-2022, 02:01 PM   #5
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We like the Maxair because it doesn’t rely in a sensor that can malfunction and you can use it while it is raining. We have the Fantastic fan on our AS as that is how it came. Put a cover on it to allow use in the rain. Would still prefer the maxair but will wait until the factory unit breaks before switching.
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Old 07-03-2022, 04:12 PM   #6
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Installed a Maxx today in a 63 Bambi. We have a Fantastic in our 66 and a couple of Maxxs in our 55. I like the function of the Maxx to operate as a ceiling fan with the vent closed to assist in air circulation. We think the Maxx is quieter unless you run it up to the 10th setting. Good luck
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Old 07-03-2022, 07:01 PM   #7
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Hey Ben, we like (changed over to) the Maxxfan with the caveat that they don't like voltages over 12.5 volts for extended periods. Check out this post in a related thread. Camping world has them on sale from time to time. -Brad https://www.airforums.com/forums/f45...ml#post2372320
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Old 07-03-2022, 09:19 PM   #8
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Another vote for the MaxxFan. Our new Fantastic fan broke on the first trip. We replaced it with the MaxxFan with remote and the retractable interior shade. Very nice upgrade. Just make sure it is off/closed when going to bed if it is going to be a cold night. It is that quiet.
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Old 07-03-2022, 10:17 PM   #9
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I put two Maxx fans on our trailer several years ago. I like the fact that I can leave them open during the warm months when the trailer is in storage. It allows the trailer to breathe during the hot summer days. They seem to work well and I have not had any problems with them.
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Old 07-04-2022, 04:51 AM   #10
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The first mod I made was upgrading to MaxxAir fans. Big improvement.
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Old 07-04-2022, 07:51 AM   #11
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Maxxair all the way!


We've dealt with customer service when we had an issue with good results.


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Old 07-04-2022, 09:48 AM   #12
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Use MaxFans on both Airstreams. They were part of the first modifications of both units. Rain does not blow in. There are no leaks and the remotes work well. Have top model in/on both trailers.
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Old 07-04-2022, 09:55 AM   #13
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Swapped out my 2 newish FF with Maxxairs as a Covid project on my '62 GT. Spent the few extra buck for remotes. LOVE them. quiet, leave open during rain, drive with them open during heat. Worth the money & easy swap for FFs.
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Old 07-04-2022, 11:08 AM   #14
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We love our Maxxaires.
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Old 07-04-2022, 08:02 PM   #15
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Too sunny

I replaced the Fantastic Fan on our ‘91 with a MaxxAir unit with the smoke colored cover thinking that it would provide the same level of sun shading as the FF. Not even close! ☹️ The brightness of the sun on our upholstery was alarming and I finally bought the additional cover to forestall any sun damage. While I love the features of the MaxxAir, I dislike the high profile of the fan cover on our sleek airstream. And over the winter dust and debris has collected on the smoke colored cover, under the weather cover, to make it appear dirty. I retrospect, I would have preferred the FF just because of the sun shielding and low profile.
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Old 07-04-2022, 09:18 PM   #16
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Fantastic Fan with a "cover" is another option. Takes care of the "dew comes down" shutdown of the fan partway through the night.

Yeah, we have Fantastic Fans with the MaxxAir covers on them. So far it’s been great! We can keep the fans running in rain.
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Old 07-06-2022, 11:04 AM   #17
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MaxxFan Deluxe

Hi Ben,

We replaced both of our original FF for the MaxxAir MaxxFan Deluxe. https://www.airxcel.com/rv/maxxair/p...maxxfan-deluxe

We like the option of being able to keep them open with the moisture factor. The fans are quiet in operation and easy to use with the remotes. We added the MaxxShade to keep out ambient light when we want. https://www.airxcel.com/rv/maxxair/products/maxxshades

Originally we were going to put covers on the FF, but opted for the MaxxAir as replacements instead.

Good luck with your selection.

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Old 07-10-2022, 10:11 AM   #18
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Maxair is definitely quieter. Would not go back to a FF.
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Old 07-11-2022, 08:16 AM   #19
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Good feedback in this thread. I currently have Fantastic Fans with Max Fan covers and have been debating to make the switch to Maxxair fans.
I recently replaced the shower and toilet fans with the max air version and am so far pleased. With them.
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