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Old 12-28-2014, 05:23 PM   #15
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Many don't know, but Fantastic fan is now making their own vent cover. If fits better than some of the other models. I still see people referring to MaxxAir. They were good, but now you can buy a cover made by the people that make the fan.


As noted, the Fantastic covers had four pins that allow you to quickly remove them and clean the vent top.
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Old 12-28-2014, 05:32 PM   #16
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Many don't know, but Fantastic fan is now making their own vent cover. If fits better than some of the other models. I still see people referring to MaxxAir. They were good, but now you can buy a cover made by the people that make the fan.
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Fantastic is a good company, but they went several years arguing that covers weren't needed and tried selling people "improvements" such as rain sensors when a cover always made a lot more sense.

They're selling their own covers because they realized they were losing lots of business to MaxxAir. We've had the MaxxAir FanMate cover for 3 years and it works just fine. I'd recommend buying whichever one you can get the best deal on.
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Old 12-28-2014, 05:41 PM   #17
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Fantastic is a good company, but they went several years arguing that covers weren't needed and tried selling people "improvements" such as rain sensors when a cover always made a lot more sense.

They're selling their own covers because they realized they were losing lots of business to MaxxAir. We've had the MaxxAir FanMate cover for 3 years and it works just fine. I'd recommend buying whichever one you can get the best deal on.

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Old 12-28-2014, 06:12 PM   #18
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Fantastic is a good company, but they went several years arguing that covers weren't needed and tried selling people "improvements" such as rain sensors when a cover always made a lot more sense.

They're selling their own covers because they realized they were losing lots of business to MaxxAir. We've had the MaxxAir FanMate cover for 3 years and it works just fine. I'd recommend buying whichever one you can get the best deal on.
You're probably right in this assessment. When I bought my current trailer,I had the air conditioner replaced with a Fantastic fan. I specified that company's own fan cover for two main reasons - the first is that yes, four pins and you can remove the cover for cleaning, which saves time and money, and second, it's the only cover alleged to allow maximum airflow from the fan. That is probably true, and I watched a You Tube demo on the subject.

Having said that, I'm not sure how often one needs to run a fan at maximum, so maybe the cheaper cover makes more sense to some. Just be aware there are at least two good reasons to buy the manufacturer's version.

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Old 12-28-2014, 06:22 PM   #19
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One other thing about the Fantastic Vent. We had problems with the rain sensor in high humidity areas, and the vent would cycle open and closed for apparently no reason. Disconnected the rain sensor and the problem went away. ...
I had the same problem some years back. Called the manufacturer who explained that dust and dirt will accumulate on the sensor. When that stuff absorbs moisture, the sensor thinks it's raining. He suggested cleaning off the sensor occasionally. I use an old soft bristle toothbrush which I bent at an appropriate angle. I clean the sensor any time I remove the vent screens for cleaning. A small mechanic's mirror helps in locating the sensor. The whole easy chore can be done from inside the rig.

I have the older MaxxAir FanMate on one Fantastic Fan and a Maxxair II on the other fan because of a clearance issue with our satellite dome. The MaxxAir II is easier to open if I want to clean the fan lid.
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In our early years of RVing, we had to do it on the cheap. The only add on or upgraded items were what we absolutely had to have. Now, if it has a vent, it has a cover on it, and have considered updating them to the Maxx Air II and replacing the two vents with the buzz bomb fans with the fantastic fans. I now leave two of the three vents cracked open even while it's down at the starage lot.
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Many don't know, but Fantastic fan is now making their own vent cover. If fits better than some of the other models. I still see people referring to MaxxAir. They were good, but now you can buy a cover made by the people that make the fan.


As noted, the Fantastic covers had four pins that allow you to quickly remove them and clean the vent top.
They allow the vent cover to open practically full position. The vent is designed to the exact shape of the vent cover this allows greater ventilation. Very easy to open and clean the vent cover. Only negative, the grills on two of mine did not snap tightly into place opening on their own. easy fix small bit, drill a hole strap with an 1/8 inch small electrical tie. Clip when necessary to clean. This way I know it's not going anywhere.
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I failed to mention in my previous post that the reason we installed the Maxxair vent covers in the first place was HAIL. We had our standard vent fan cover, plus two sky lights broken by hail while in storage. Luckily, minimal damage, but Peg insisted on the Maxxair covers, and much thicker covers for the sky lights. Seems to have worked, no hail since.

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I added the fantastic fan covers on my Winnebago Journey. The instructions for installing was to remove the screws holding the fan in place and add longer screws to attach the cover. The only problem was that Winnebago did not put a box around the opening and there was nothing used but the glue to set the fans (self leveling caulk) so I simply had to scrape off the excess drill in the four needed for the pins (basically drilled into the fans flange as there is not a thing to set the screws in) then pour on tons of leveling caulk and wait for it to set. Worked ok but I sure was uncomfortable with no screws. I check every time I am on the roof but they seem to hold well!
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