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Old 05-25-2016, 03:26 PM   #1
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Ceiling vent fan install

Anyone install a vent fan in your bedroom where there wasnt already framing to do so? Just wondering how i would go about doing so. The electric should be easy to tap into a light wiring.
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We use Caframo 2 speed compact 12v fans.

Would not think about cutting a hole in the roof, for a fan.
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Old 05-26-2016, 09:13 PM   #3
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might want to install a small ceiling fan
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I recently did this exact modification. after researching for weeks and not finding much info I went ahead and took the plunge. My trailer didn't have a vent in the living/ kitchen area, and wanted to have the option of intake and exhausting the air in the room. I got the RV plans by contacting Outdoors RV, both structural and electrical, and made a small 3 inch hole in the middle of the truss -and by sticking my hand up there I made sure everything was where the plans said they were. I laid a template on the ceiling using blue tape, drill the 4 corners of the interior ceiling, then cut out the 14x14 hole. Then using a longer bit I drilled at the 4 corners thru to the outside roof, went on top and finished with the jigsaw. I pull power from the furnace wire so I didn.t have to have the lights on to run it. then install a couple of 2x2 to support the vent opposite the trusses using glue and screws.
With the Dicor sealants I used on the roof, I feel this mod is as waterproof as factory install. And with the fantastic fan in the bedroom, I can have a breeze thru out the whole trailer.
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That sounds like a very nice installation--thanks for the details.
Kind of scary cutting a hole in the roof, and not many of the mfgs will be forthcoming with the plans as did Outdoors RV.
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Dumb question but is a truss the same as a stud?

How did u attach the rest of the frame for the 14 x 14 hole?
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A truss is the crossmember in the roof, running perpendicular to the sidewalls. A stud is the vertical support in the sidewalls.
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Look at the ceiling and you will notice staples holding it up. Cut small hole with razor knife. Enough to get your hand up in there to feel for wires you don't want to cut into. Average hole is 14x14. Depending on how thick roof is you will need a thin or thick trim ring. Put a dimple upward to mark roof in between roof joist (front to back). Go on roof and mark out a 14x14 square and cut. Put butyl on vent square up in hole and screw down. Yes use Dicor self leaving sealant over edge of vent and screws. Hook up wires, test fan, install trim ring
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The trim rings come in one size. Long. You'll have to measure and cut it to length to fit your roof. Once you get the hole cut in the roof, the rest is easy.
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Search YouTube for pippi Peterson (I think). She has a rv vlog. Anyways, she just did a vlog on this very topic - but with an Ac unit. Was in the back of a toy hauler. Was informative and neat to watch.
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