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Old 03-01-2018, 06:47 PM   #1
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Fantastic Fan Fuse?

The front vent on our 2004 Safari is a Fantastic Fan. Some time ago it started making a whirring sound that could only be made inaudible by removing the fuse (in the picture). When I wanted to run the fan I would put the fuse in, then, since it still made the whirring sound, I would take it out until next time. But now the fuse won't stay in, and there is no mention of such a fuse in any of the fan literature in my suitcase full of AS manuals. They tell me what the fan is, and how it works, but not how to deal with this situation or even make any notice of any kind of fuse at all.
Any thoughts?
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Old 03-01-2018, 06:58 PM   #2
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First, the fuse is a part of the fan. Airstream typically relies on the appliance manufacturers to provide the manuals for their products. Do you have a manual for the fan? If not you can probably get one from Fantastic Vent, which is now part of Dometic, I think.

Does your fan have the rain sensor, indicated by a blue rain drop decal on the trim plate? If not does the lid raise and close by a motor? If so there will be two switches in addition to the fan speed control. One is marked IN and OUT and the other is smaller and not marked. It sounds like maybe you have a fan with a motorized lid and the fan is in manual mode, which is engaged by pulling down on the knob that you turn to raise or lower the lid. If you push up on the knob it will engage the gear drive and the lid will open or close, whichever it is trying to do.

If you don't have the motorized lid, I don't have a clue.

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Old 03-01-2018, 07:20 PM   #3
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It sounds like your lift motor gear is stripped and the motor is running....Happened to my original fan.
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Old 03-03-2018, 11:56 AM   #4
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There's a one-sheet (two sides) instruction page for the fan in with all of the other AS manuals, but it just tells how to operate the fan. There's nothing about a fuse or any indication of the fuse on the operating illustration.
Should I ass-ume that my 14-year-old fan is stripped and kaputt? If so, how difficult would it be for me to put a new one in?
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Old 03-03-2018, 12:13 PM   #5
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Hardest part will be getting top of the trailer and then getting to the screw heads that wukk ask be covered with sealant of some type. After that, just pull it off and install the new one.
I used sealant instead of the foam gasket and have had no issues in many years.
If you go back with a FF I suggest not using the factory countersunk screws but instead use a pan head with a stainless steel washer under it. This will spread the load of the screw over a much larger area and reduce the risk of cracking the flange. This used to be a common problem. I installed my fan several years ago and the supplied screws may be different now. Also, if you don't have with model with the rain sensor I highly recommend it.
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Old 03-03-2018, 12:34 PM   #6
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Suggest replacing with a MaxxFan 7000-K instead. We have replaced the three stock FF with the MaxxFans in both of our trailers. They are a "drop in too the existing hole" installation.
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Old 02-04-2024, 11:23 AM   #7
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Fan-Tastik Fan fuses, why so expensive?

Anyone use these common Buss fusses instead of the over priced Fan-Tastik ones? They are the same 4 amps and slo-blo. Is there anything special about the branded ones?
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