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Old 06-12-2020, 03:49 PM   #1
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Fantastic fan worth it?

Thinking of installing two fantastic fans one in the front and one in the back in my 40ft bus. If you guys have one how do you like it and is worth the cost and trouble to cut the celling and install. I would be spending all my time out west so humidity is not to much of a problem. So do they allow you run the AC less or not at all

Can’t deside if one 15k Btu rooftop in the front and 5k window unit in the rear or two fantastic fans and two small 5k window units and 14k potable dual hose AC. I am not a fan of the rooftop, they seem to cool very well like window units do. And the noise
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Old 06-12-2020, 04:11 PM   #2
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I like them Fantastic of Maxxair are the only ones to get.
I like ventilation so I'm putting two on my 5 window shorty.
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Old 06-12-2020, 04:50 PM   #3
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I'd put one in the shower area and cooking area. Both make lots of steam, humidity added to the atmosphere. Sealing should be fairly simple.
Toilet area may also be served by the shower area, hate lingering odours.

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Old 06-12-2020, 05:39 PM   #4
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I'd put one in the shower area and cooking area. Both make lots of steam, humidity added to the atmosphere. Sealing should be fairly simple.
Toilet area may also be served by the shower area, hate lingering odours.

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Yes agree this is what I have done, and both mine are Fantastic fan. On hot days but cool nights they are great, pull in the cool air, and turn off the noise makers... Any fan less then fantastic fan (I think maxx air should be as good) is just not worth it. The cheap vent fans are little about 6" and rather noisy. They just do not move the air as well as the fantastic fans.

I do believe they offer a thermostat to control on and off. I kind of wish I had done that to one of mine as a really cool night and I have to get up in the middle of the night to turn it off, or freeze by morning. A thermostat would cure that. And they close the lid too. So maybe worth checking on that feature.
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If you don't mind laying out bigger bucks this one is pretty slick-
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Old 06-12-2020, 08:30 PM   #6
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I really like the MaxxFan in that most models you can run even when raining, and you don't have a permanent big hood on the roof, lowering my max height while driving. Also, the lowest setting or two on the fan is so quiet I can't barely hear it, even while overhead while sleeping.

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Old 06-12-2020, 11:44 PM   #7
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Our bus came with a Fantastic Vent that had a cracked dome and a broken motor mount. I called to buy parts and was told they would send them for just the cost of shipping. I told the rep that we hadn't bought the fan ourselves but he said it didn't matter, the parts are free.

I would definitely buy another if I needed a second fan.
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More of the same positive. I have two of the 7350 model and use they are nearly always running during the spring/summer/fall (assuming I don't have shore power and air conditioning). This model has the temperature and speed control on the remote control plus rain detector. All of that seems to work pretty well.
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More of the same positive. I have two of the 7350 model and use they are nearly always running during the spring/summer/fall (assuming I don't have shore power and air conditioning). This model has the temperature and speed control on the remote control plus rain detector. All of that seems to work pretty well.
Wow, would not have guessed they were so pricey -- good to hear they're real user approved. How many amps (watts) do you find they draw when you're boondocking?
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How many amps (watts) do you find they draw when you're boondocking?
Yes, definitely. The fan running at 100% draws 3 amps (12.5VDC). When running at a "comfortable vent" speed (not making too much noise but keeping the air moving, it draws 1 amp.

I've not measured the motor to open/close the "lid" because it only runs for a couple seconds.
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I am trying to keep my roof stock since panels and a deck will occupy most of all the real estate. I plan on using the same essential fan by in any open window.
Called an endless breeze. Anyone try these? They push so much air and just like a fantastic, sip energy
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In addition to my two rooftop fantastic fans I do have a fantastic fan portable. Often use that one by my bed at night. I could see putting it in a window, it should be effective.
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I plan on using the same essential fan by in any open window. Called an endless breeze. Anyone try these? They push so much air and just like a fantastic, sip energy
Yes, have one of those as well. I think it is a great "tool" which serves a slightly different purpose that the roof vents.
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We may be talking about our 'stay cool' strategy. For me, it involves running the two roof vents with windows open to pull cooler air from outside thru the coach and out the roof. I spend a lot of time sitting at my computer so I have the Endless Breeze fan directed right at me. For sleeping, I have a 12VDC ceiling fan (this one) mounted over my bed. Basically, get as much of the warm air out of the coach as possible and keep a steady flow of air blowing on my person. That works pretty well for me as it can be ~90 degrees before I start feeling hot (dry southwest - different with humidity).
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I love my Maxxair fan I have the 7500k Smoke, the remote, the features, all awesome. moves air quietly. https://www.airxcel.com/rv/maxxair/p...maxxfan-deluxe

Install was easy enough. just installed over the emergency roof hatch that was deleted. I think there are pics in my build thread. (link in bio)
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Know that yesterday's Fantastic Vent isn't today's Fantastic Vent. The original company was bought out by Atwood (which in turn was bought out by Dometic) and the Michigan plant shut down. Customer service was highly valued by the old company. Dometic doesn't have the same interests it seems.
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Like Sepudo I like to keep the real estate on the roof for solar panels. Not a fan, pun not intended, of roof fans and will be trying computer fans to force air into the space and natural convection out. If that doesn’t work I’ll consider adding the Fantastic I salvaged out of a bus with a blown engine. That bus has two more Fantastic fans in the roof but they used adhesive sealant to install them and I had a heck of a time getting just one off.
I’ll be checking out the Essential fan.
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