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Old 02-13-2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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Fan-tastic Vent??

I am scheduled to pick up my first RV (in signature) and wondering what exactly is the reason for installing a fantastic vent in place of what is installed not? The dealer has three models (4000, 5000 & 6000).

Any guidance is appreciated.
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I'm not exactly sure what you're asking but Fantastic Fans are great products (we have two) and their customer service is second to none. These fans are used much like a whole house fan in a stick house. You can open a window on the shade side of your rig and turn on the fan(s) which will draw cooler air into the rig and exhaust warmer out out through the vents.

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If there is nothing wrong with the fans that are there now I would leave them in. In time when they quit working you could then think about puttting in the Fan-Tastic fans. You can't go wrong with them, there customer service is second to none and the fans and any parts are guaranteed for life.

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I am scheduled to pick up my first RV (in signature) and wondering what exactly is the reason for installing a fantastic vent in place of what is installed not? The dealer has three models (4000, 5000 & 6000).

Any guidance is appreciated.
If your dealer is giving you the option of which model Fantastic Fan you want, 4000 is fine, install the 5000 if you want the on/off temperature thermostat, 6000 has the rain sensor that will close the vent lid automatically.

If you're new RV only has a non-powered vent, this might be a good time for an upgrade.

They're all good, just personal preference.
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Thanks for the replies. I will most likely get the 5000 model. I was also discussing a Maxair cover, but I read the following comment on the installation instructions.

"NOTE: Fan-Tastic Vent does not recommend placing a vent cover over, or using a foam
filter on your Fan-Tastic Vent. This greatly restricts airflow, causing accumulation of
dust and increased sound levels."
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Thanks for the replies. I will most likely get the 5000 model. I was also discussing a Maxair cover, but I read the following comment on the installation instructions.

"NOTE: Fan-Tastic Vent does not recommend placing a vent cover over, or using a foam
filter on your Fan-Tastic Vent. This greatly restricts airflow, causing accumulation of
dust and increased sound levels."
This warning is kind of hollow now that FanTastic is marketing their own version of the cover. If you use a MaxAir cover make sure you use the Fan-mate which is designed for use with a Fantastic.

There are a couple of reasons why the cover is useful. First, there are plenty of times that you would like to use the fan (in a toilet room, maybe) when it is raining. If you have a rain sensor you won't get rain in but that doesn't resolve the problem of using it in the rain.

A second reason is that in windy conditions, like those we have experienced here in south TX, the winds can be strong enough to lift the cover and break the lift mechanism. I know because it happened to us. When that happens the cover will flip open and lay flat on the roof. There's no way to grab hold of it without getting up on a ladder and then trying to figure out a way to tie it closed. Not a fun thing to do on a windy night.

We have covers on both of our fans and think they were worth the modest price.
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The low air flow rain covers will not work properly with the F. Fan.
MaxAir II and F. FAN make covers that are designed to accommodate the high air flow rate of the fan.
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"NOTE: Fan-Tastic Vent does not recommend placing a vent cover over, or using a foam filter on your Fan-Tastic Vent. This greatly restricts airflow, causing accumulation of dust and increased sound levels."
This is true if you use the small covers like the Maxxair Standard. They now make covers with much more air flow and work just fine. I put a Maxxair II over our galley Fantastic fan, we have two FF fans, but the bath fan is too close to the roof edge for a cover.
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Fan-Tastic Fans are unbeatable and their service department is heads and shoulders above others. I broke a knob for manually opening/closing the cover and called them to locate a distributor and they sent me the entire motor assembly free of charge. These fans definitely move the air in a MH. Like any fan though you do need clean the blades periodically for maximum efficiency. If in doubt get the 5000 model.
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Reuben the combination of the Fan-Tastic 5000 and Maxxair II cover would be hard to beat. The Maxxair II is hinged on one side so that it can easlly be opened for cleaning. The original Maxxair must be unscrewed and taken completely off for cleaning.
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I can't speak to Fantastics customer service. I've never dealt with them. Hope I don't ever have to, because that would mean something was wrong with mine. I can speak to the fan itself though. They move a lot of air without making a lot of noise. On the highest setting you can hear them, but they're still quieter than the fans in our sticks and bricks bathroom fans. I guess ours is the 6000. It's temperature controlled and has a rain sensor. I would actually like to replace the fanless crank up vent in the shower area with a Fantastic, I'm just not sure there's wiring in place already, and if they're isn't I don't imagine it would be an easy job.
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Instead of the Fantastic Fan, get the MaxxFan with the remote control.
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Great product and customer service is top notch.

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I have a ShurFlo Comfort Air fan in my galley and a Fantastic Fan in the restroom. Both roof vents originally came with Fantastic Fans. My wife couldn't reach the controls for the galley fan, so I replaced it with ShurFlo's Comfort Air Gold fan, so she could control the fan with a remote control. I've found the ShurFlo to be quieter than the Fantastic Fan, but the Fantastic Fan seems to move more air.

What everyone has said about Fantastic Fan's customer support is true. They are the best!

I have MaxxAir Fan-Mate's over each fan and they work great. The new Fan-Mate now comes with a hinged mounting system, which would make cleaning much easier.

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I'd keep the 4,000. I have one 4000 in the back bathroom and then another fancy dancy one in the living room attached to a thermostat thingy. I don't know if it's a 5000 or 6000. You never really know what the heck it's going to do as it has a mind of it's own. Go for the simple one.

I have the Max Air vent covers on all three of my vents so I can leave them open 24/7 if I want to. We have wasps where we live and it tends to help keep them out.

I matched the color of my coach with plastic spray paint at OSH and painted all my vent covers to match my coach. Works fine, lasts a long time.
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