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Old 05-28-2005, 03:16 PM   #21
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Both of my fans are exhaust only ... and yes, they both stick once in a while ... just like the windows.

I wish I had a Fantastic Fan in the bathroom insead of the Ventline.
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Old 05-28-2005, 03:47 PM   #22
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Hey, my single Fantastic (reversible, rain sensor) never sticks. I wonder if it's because I live in a very humid area?
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Old 05-28-2005, 05:31 PM   #23
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My 2004 Classic has exhaust only. I too would have liked the reversible one upfront. Mine also stick at the first time opening.
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Old 05-29-2005, 08:59 AM   #24
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The FF people told us to try keeping the fan on intake while traveling in order to positively pressurize the trailer and cut down on road dust infiltrating. This may be more of a problem on our vintage units than for your new ones! I've tried this and I'm not sure I can really tell a difference. Anyone else out there doing the same???

BTW, ours sticks after a long period of non-use, too.
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Old 05-29-2005, 06:07 PM   #25
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The FF people told us to try keeping the fan on intake while traveling in order to positively pressurize the trailer and cut down on road dust infiltrating. This may be more of a problem on our vintage units than for your new ones! I've tried this and I'm not sure I can really tell a difference. Anyone else out there doing the same???
Nope, I find the interior stays clean in travel. Things I think stay pretty tight, at least on the newer trailers. I just talked to some folks who took their 30' '04 Safari up to Alaska. They were on some pretty dusty roads, according to them. The trailer stayed clean on the inside. Now the outside were a different story. The took some pretty good hits from gravel above the stone guards.

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Old 05-30-2005, 08:03 AM   #26
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I wish I had a Fantastic Fan in the bathroom insead of the Ventline.
All it takes is asking them to do it. I have seen the Fantastic Guys at rallies doing replacements on Bathroom fans. You can get a remote mounted control as well so it can be controlled form the throne.....
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Old 05-30-2005, 11:51 PM   #27
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Interesting. Both fans in our 2002 22' CCD reverse. Both have rain sensors...
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Old 06-01-2005, 03:07 AM   #28
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I called Fantastic Fan yesterday to discuss my fan sticking problem - the fans stick almost every time they are opened - and they are sending me some new seals, and some 303 protectant to periodically put on them.

Since I had my trailer sitting in my driveway, I decided to put some 303 on the seals. That seemed to solve the sticking problem - at least for the time being.

I'm sure it's a good idea to put protectant on the seals routinely. The only problem is getting on the roof to do it. When we're traveling and using the trailer, I don't have a ladder that's long enough to get up there.

I also discussed with the customer service woman at Fantastic Fan my desire to put a cover over my fans. (Maxx Air has a cover specifically designed for these fans). She said a problem is that dirt will get in and be difficult to clean, and might prematurely cause damage to the fan.

I also discussed with a guy at Fantastic Fan the fact that Airstream put both fans in my trailer that only exhaust air. He said he would send me the switch to convert the fan in my living room so it would reverse, and said when I get it to call him and he'd walk me through doing it - his quick explanation on the telephone made it seem relatively easy to do this.

I'm finally mildly excited about this Airstream - that's great service, as everyone raves about those Fantastic Fan people. That's just plain FANTASTIC. Maybe I'll be a fan of these fans yet!

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Old 06-01-2005, 07:08 AM   #29
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You all saying that you need to get up on the roof to do this? I thought it was possible to get it done from inside.

If not, I'll have to pull the Safari up to the house and get up on it from the roof of the house.
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Ya got to get on the roof. It would be nearly impossible to get thru the fan blades and support for the motor, and then you still couldn't see what you need to get it on. It is only 5 minutes so it is going to take longer to get the trailer hooked up and in position than do the repair.

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Old 06-01-2005, 08:57 AM   #31
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Ya got to get on the roof. It would be nearly impossible to get thru the fan blades and support for the motor, and then you still couldn't see what you need to get it on. It is only 5 minutes so it is going to take longer to get the trailer hooked up and in position than do the repair.

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Thanks...makes sense...but as Canavera would say...oh Gawd!

Looks like I'm EVA bound.
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I just spoke with FF. They are going to email a wiring diagram for the 3-way switch (forward and reverse), though I'm not sure I am going to install one.

It should be noted though that putting a reversable fan too near the waste vent for the bath could have consequences. If the fan is the one closer to the front, it should not be a problem.

I was also told that in certain conditions, the FF might flake out at night, depending on the dew point/moisture in the air. The dome might cycle open and closed.

About the seals: I was told to DEFINATELY manually open the dome after the trailer has been sitting for sometime. The stress of the initial opening could burn out the little lift motor. And the only way to get to the seals either to lube or replace is gettin' up on the roof.

This might be something for the second owner of my AS to do!!!

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Old 06-01-2005, 04:01 PM   #33
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Was out in the driveway where SilverToy is staying when a freak Thunderstorm came up and dumped about an inch of ran in the middle of a beautiful 87 degree NM day. FF was spinning away trying to circulate air in the interior. As the rain started and I was sprinting to lower windows I figured the FF would close as it has the rain sensor - no dice.
Looked in the manual but there is no info on how FF works, how the rain sensor works, if it needs to be calibrated, nothing in fact. Any info from the gurus here???
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In order for the FF to close/work using the rain senor, you must have your FF in the Auto mode. If you have the knob pulled down (You'll hear the click when you pull it..it's in the manual mode) it will not close automatically.
We have two FF in our unit in the rear and upfront and they're both reversible units as well as rain senor model.
I sure wouldn't recommend for anyone to be traveling with their FF in the open mode.. Just the thought of losing that vent cover is enough to send shivers .
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Old 06-01-2005, 10:38 PM   #34
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Got my new seals and some 303 in the mail today. Didn't get any glue....what would you all suggest I use?
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Got my new seals and some 303 in the mail today. Didn't get any glue....what would you all suggest I use?
I was under the impression that they were supplying the glue as well. However, I'd call Fantastic and ask them what brand of glue they recommend. I spoke to Bob Beretta in their parts department and he was telling me about applying the glue along a groove or something on the inside of the seal, and he said not to put too much glue on it. At some future point you'll probably need to replace the seals so you'll want to use an adhesive that you can get off.
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Got my new seals and some 303 in the mail today. Didn't get any glue....what would you all suggest I use?
Say what??? I got a tube of siicone construction adhesive, caulk gun sized for 1 seal. I couldn't believe they didn't send a squeeze tube. I don't remember the brand name. Whatever you do I wouldn't use a 'forever' glue. Removing the old seal was easy, it was on but not a lot of residue to deal with. You just have to hold the seal in place and most of the time the lid is doing that.

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I'll give them a call to see if they are sending the glue seperate. Thanks!
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I got the 2 replacement seals, a big tube of adhesive, some 303 protectant, and also a switch to convert the fan in the living room so it will reverse to blow air either in or out. I put the new seals on, which was a piece of cake, but the guy from Fantastic Fan told me to call him when I'm in the trailer so he can walk me through installing the reversing switch. I hope to do that tomorrow.

I am really glad I got up on the roof and looked down onto the vent covers. Before, I had only laid over the edge of the roof just far enough to wash and wax it. On the back side of my living room vent, the person at the factory who had done the caulking (which was a wretched job anyway, with a large amount of carefully assembled garbage embedded in the caulk) had created a large "crevice" in the middle of the cauking that ran the full width of the vent cover, about 1/4" to 3/8" deep and an equal width.

It was partially filled with dirt and debris from my several months of using the trailer, and I can just imagine how long it would have taken for it to fill with water, freeze, and cause a major leak around the vent.

Now, I'm doubly glad I replaced those seals.

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