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Old 07-29-2018, 03:20 PM   #1
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So I'm ordering the tinted Lexan for the skylights and the Fantastic Fan to go in the rear one. Is it worth the extra $125 to have all the bells and whistles of the one with rain sensor, 14 speeds, reversible, etc.?
I can get the Fantastic Fan 8000 for $114 shipped, the rain sensor one is $240


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Old 07-29-2018, 03:29 PM   #2
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Rain sensor has already saved my butt twice... and we donít even live in it yet haha. I used the maxxfan model though. I have used both forward and reverse functions for air circulation.
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Old 07-29-2018, 04:25 PM   #3
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I think itís worth it!! We have 2 MaxxFans and the rain sensing and the automatic feature is worth it. We went with one cheap and one with the bells and whistles and in hindsight, wish we bought 2 of the more expensive ones with the remote. You can set the temperature to say 70 degrees and it will reverse and increase and decrease the speed and in the middle of the night when it may drop to 50 degrees, it will shut off and close. Definitely worth the extra money in my opinion.
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Old 07-29-2018, 04:37 PM   #4
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Model numbers?
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Old 07-29-2018, 04:47 PM   #5
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Old 07-29-2018, 04:55 PM   #6
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This is the one that we have up front. It serves double duty as ventilation for fresh air along as works as a exhaust fan when cooking.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...oop_bw_c_x_3_w

We have the one that thrifty posted on our travel trailer but had to get the cover to be able to open it when it rains.
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Old 07-29-2018, 04:57 PM   #7
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Haha thatís why I put an a/c in the other slot tar heel. They do make covers aftermarket for that purpose on my model as well but I donít plan on opening when raining.
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Old 07-29-2018, 05:01 PM   #8
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True true, thatís what we did on our travel trailer! Either way will accomplish the mission, all in one or two piece. Fresh air in or out...hehehe
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Old 07-29-2018, 05:13 PM   #9
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Bear in mind that your e-hatch is 24" square and the typical RV hatch is 14" square.
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Old 07-29-2018, 05:16 PM   #10
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Bear in mind that your e-hatch is 24" square and the typical RV hatch is 14" square.
Again commenting on something you don't understand.

Sucks that the hole is 24", that means a 24" piece of Lexan is too small. That means when you cut the pieces out of a 4x8 you end up with expensive pieces of scrap.
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Old 07-29-2018, 05:39 PM   #11
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I have had Fantastic Fans in RV's for 25 years.

All of them fairly basic models. Multiple speeds and some with the ability to change the direction.

I have never needed the rain sensor. The ability to reverse the fan was a good feature.

For me, three speeds and reverse is all of the features I need.

Just my $0.02
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:42 PM   #12
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So I'm ordering the tinted Lexan for the skylights and the Fantastic Fan to go in the rear one. Is it worth the extra $125 to have all the bells and whistles of the one with rain sensor, 14 speeds, reversible, etc.?
I can get the Fantastic Fan 8000 for $114 shipped, the rain sensor one is $240


https://www.ebay.com/itm/807350-Fant...from=R40&rt=nc
The regular fan that's around $130 is the model I've got. The extra stuff is cool, but IMO the basic unit is the best buy.
I really LOVE mine.
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:20 PM   #13
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The fancy stuff sounds nice, but i just have the basic model and havenít felt like it didnít do anything I really wanted it to.

Very helpful when the oven and stove are running to get the layer of hot air at the top of the bus out fast.
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Old 07-29-2018, 10:15 PM   #14
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We've got the basic Fantastic Fan and installed one of the Fantastic Fan vent covers. Now we can leave the fan top open in the rain.



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I have Two Fan-Tastic Vents model 807350. Also have the Ultra Breeze vent covers.

I think the ability to control the vents based on temperature or speed is nice. Meaning set the desired temperature when you go to bed and it shuts down automatically when it cools off when it reaches whatever temperature you have set.

At first I didn't like the idea of a remote control but it comes with a wall mount so that works ok. Not super great range but you aren't usually standing too far away from it.

I mounted mine close to the roof A/C units so, even with the covers, some rain will splash into it. Thus; the rain sensor has proven VERY valuable - more than once this rainy season. If nothing else, it is nice not having to get out of bed to close them (when it starts raining).
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