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Old 04-23-2018, 09:46 PM   #1
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Vent fan retrofit

Hi all,

I have a micro minnie, and while it has 2 vents (1 in bathroom, 1 in main area), it only has 1 tiny fan in the bathroom. This is not really sufficient for those warmer days when I donít have hookups, so I want to add a decent sized fan to the vent in the main area.

There is a light nearby where I can pull the voltage from, but I want to maximize the fan diameter, and have clear fan blades if possible, since it acts as a nice skylight when open. Most fan assemblies I've see are a whole unit, with the pop up cover included, or is simply a tiny fan more like the one in the bathroom. Iím thinking something like just a fan/motor that either screws to the cross brace or something similar. I would rather not have to install and re-seal a vent lid if I donít absolutely have to...

Just looking for ideas if youíve done something similar.

Thanks!
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I have fantastic fans on mine in both the the bath and the other and they have clear blades. I also have the vent covers but they were separate. I believe that Maxair fans have the cover built in and is less expensive but I am not sure about clear blades. Either of them can come with thermostats and reversible
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I have fantastic fans on mine in both the the bath and the other and they have clear blades. I also have the vent covers but they were separate. I believe that Maxair fans have the cover built in and is less expensive but I am not sure about clear blades. Either of them can come with thermostats and reversible
That's actually the fan (or close too it anyway) that I had on my old popup. Great fan.

I'm just curious if the opening mechanism will be able to work with the existing vent, and how much fabrication I'd need to do to get it to work...
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You might look into some of the larger muffin fans (computer fan).
Those tend to be quiet-ish and move plenty of air.
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Both the fantastic fan and the maxair fans replace your existing vent they fit the 14Ē x 14Ē rough opening of your existing vent
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Get a Vortex fan. Pops right in. If it takes you more than 15 min to install, sell your tools. No outside work. If you put one in the bathroom, it will suck the toilet paper off the roll. I have used them on my last three rv's.
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I second the Vortex!! Very easy install. And it does move air, not terribly noisy, and a reversible, multi-speed version is available. We have 2 in our trailer and one Fantastic.

The Fantastic is "fantastic", but does require roof work. Ours is in the bedroom and has remote since the first in command can't reach the vent without climbing on the bed!!! The Vortex ones are in bath and kitchen. They work great. They don't cut light down much, but to me a ceiling vent in an rv isn't a skylight!!!
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That's actually the fan (or close too it anyway) that I had on my old popup. Great fan.

I'm just curious if the opening mechanism will be able to work with the existing vent, and how much fabrication I'd need to do to get it to work...
No, and don't waste your time trying. It doesn't make sense to buy a new, rather expensive fan, and disassemble it (voiding the warranty) to attempt to adapt pieces of it to something it was not designed to fit.

Its not that difficult to remove the entire frame of the existing vent and install the new Fantastic or Maxx Air fan. Just use the proper Dicor sealer and before sealing it, take the time to clean the area throughly so the sealer will actually stick, and use painters masking tape to mask a line around it so it doesn't look like a 3 year old attempted to seal it (like my entire roof looks from when an RV dealer attempted to reseal it, right over the dirt and all, and slopped sealer everywhere).

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Get a Vortex fan. Pops right in. If it takes you more than 15 min to install, sell your tools. No outside work. If you put one in the bathroom, it will suck the toilet paper off the roll. I have used them on my last three rv's.
I think these will do the trick for sure. Doesn't seem like they'd require any modification, since they are adjustable to fit various crank positions. Thanks for the tip!

I'll have to run power from a nearby light, so it might take me 20 minutes, is that acceptable?
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Here's another vote for the Vortex fan. Very easy installation, but I would recommend a helper unless you have three hands, lol.
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