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Old 03-23-2012, 05:17 AM   #1
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The vent in the bathroom of our Phaeton is very noisy. I've ordered a Fantastic Vent and plan to replace it myself (scary). Instructions say use butyl tape or putty and latex caulk. Where can I buy this stuff?
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A rv dealer that has a good parts department will have it in stock. Don't know about the butyl tape but the putty and latex caulk can probably be found at one of the big box stores as well.
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It's not a hard job, just take your time and follow the instructions. I replaced two fans by myself and it wasn't hard. Just organize your tools and supplies to limit the number of times you have to go up and down the ladder.
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The vent in the bathroom of our Phaeton is very noisy. I've ordered a Fantastic Vent and plan to replace it myself (scary). Instructions say use butyl tape or putty and latex caulk. Where can I buy this stuff?
Home Depot and Lowes have butyl tape.
Forget the latex caulk and use Dicor self leveling or Eternabond tape to seal around the flange edges after installation.
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Thanks for the info on the butyl tape.. Now, any idea where can I get the Dicor self leveling stuff?
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Thanks for the info on the butyl tape.. Now, any idea where can I get the Dicor self leveling stuff?
Probably an RV dealer would be the easiest or online.
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Just make sure the package says 'Butyl'...it's good stuff. Never hardens and won't leak. There some putty looking material that looks just like it that will over time get hard and brittle and IIRC, is darker in color. Bob
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Home Depot and Lowes have butyl tape.
Forget the latex caulk and use Dicor self leveling or Eternabond tape to seal around the flange edges after installation.
I second the Dicor.

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Dicor would be best, but, good butyl will do the trick also. You want to stay away from caulks containing silicon . If you ever have to redo the area or change the vent, it is virtually impossible to get the silicon out of the roofing material without damaging it and your new caulk won't adhere properly. Most latex caulks won't hold up to the constant UV exposure that you get on a roof. Dicor's big advantage over your run of the mill butyl is that it is thick enough to build up a good layer, but, "runny" enough to be somewhat self-leveling.

If you aren't in a big rush, I'd order the Dicor online. Seals very well and will leave a professional looking installation that will hold up to the elements.
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:38 PM   #11
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Fantastic Vents

In my previous RV I replaced the noisy (sounds like a 747 taking off) bathroom fan with a 120mm computer fan. It was so quiet that many times I couldn't tell it was running. Much quieter than even the Fantastic. Net cost was under $5.00. If I were doing it now I'd look for a 230mm one. Bigger fan = even quieter.
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Our bathroom fan has one speed. Noisy! Wait that's not a speed, but it's so loud we hardly ever use it. I would love to replace it with a Fantastic fan, but I'm banned from the roof. I computer fan might be do-able though, thanks.
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The worst part of the job was removing the black stuff (sealing tape) that was on the original vent up on the roof. Winnebago used this and it sure makes a seal that won't leak, but very hard to remove- I used a putty knife. Maybe you'll find yours doesn't have that stuff. Also, you may want to consider not even screwing the new one down. Between the Dicor and the butyl tape, the thing won't budge! BTW- I love the new Fantastic vent and the company will send you replacement parts for as long as you have it...can't beat that!
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I recommend that you seal the edges and mounting screws with Eternabond tape. No leaks and simple.

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