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Old 01-14-2017, 01:16 PM   #1
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Fantastic Vent Lift Arm

The good news was that we arrived at our winter pasture on the north edge of Phoenix unscathed by the rain and snow in northern California on the way down. The bad news was that the Fantastic Vent fan dome cover would not raise thus no way to evacuate all that nice warm Arizona air.

I pulled the little gear motor out and it was turning OK but the lift arm gear was not lifting the arm. I assumed that something was broken in the gear assembly. A call to Atwood/Fantastic yielded a part number. They referred me to a dealer who supplies their replacement parts. I checked locally and found one at Bell Road RV Center for a couple of bucks more than those on the internet. At $14.55 plus tax it was a bargain. Well, kind of a bargain.

It turned out that I did not need a replacement. The arm pivots on a roll pin that had worked its way out of the housing. I pushed the pin back into place and it worked fine after lubricating and putting it back into the fan. They have updated the old lift arm roll pin with a knurled pin. Don't know if it's better but I'm keeping the new one in case it fails again.

This is an easy repair and can be done entirely from the inside of the coach.







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You might have been able to remove the interior screen and push the lid up through the blades. I replaced the screw in screen with the push in ones on the DSDP, the Magna came that way.
Do you have the double wall, insulated covers? I made that change on the '02 DSDP, and again, the Magna came with them.

Spent a week up your way at the Escapees park over Christmas. Wish I knew what the DOT used to melt the snow! It sure corroded my wheels in just a week. Will have to get out the polish and polishing ball and I haven't needed that since 2015.
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You might have been able to remove the interior screen and push the lid up through the blades. I replaced the screw in screen with the push in ones on the DSDP, the Magna came that way.
Do you have the double wall, insulated covers? I made that change on the '02 DSDP, and again, the Magna came with them.

Spent a week up your way at the Escapees park over Christmas. Wish I knew what the DOT used to melt the snow! It sure corroded my wheels in just a week. Will have to get out the polish and polishing ball and I haven't needed that since 2015.
That's what I did - pulled the screen and pushed the cover up with a stick. I pushed the roll pin back in mainly to see if that would correct the problem. Also, I hadn't made up my mind at that moment as to whether or not to return the one I just bought. In the end I decided to keep the new one and leave the repaired original in place.

I don't believe our dome covers are double walled. Good idea about the snap-in screens. I think they are included in the upgrade kit for this series of fans.

Don't know what they use on the roads but you're right, it's aggressive stuff. That red cinder-like material they use in Oregon is pretty messy too. One year we got so much of that junk shoved into all the nooks and crannies I was still flushing it out two years after the fact.

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Had the same problem with the roll pin working its way out. After the second time I installed a machine screw through the roll pin to keep it from moving. Use loctite on the nut.

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That's what I did - pulled the screen and pushed the cover up with a stick. I pushed the roll pin back in mainly to see if that would correct the problem. Also, I hadn't made up my mind at that moment as to whether or not to return the one I just bought. In the end I decided to keep the new one and leave the repaired original in place.

I don't believe our dome covers are double walled. Good idea about the snap-in screens. I think they are included in the upgrade kit for this series of fans.

Don't know what they use on the roads but you're right, it's aggressive stuff. That red cinder-like material they use in Oregon is pretty messy too. One year we got so much of that junk shoved into all the nooks and crannies I was still flushing it out two years after the fact.

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I got the double wall covers from Fantastic Vent before they were bought out. Called to get one new cover (boss that holds the metal track broke) and asked about the cost to upgrade to the insulated one. All they asked was how many did I need, told them 2 and he said "no cost", not even the shipping! Amazing service, but no longer that way since they sold out.
Yep, we got that red cinder coming back from Bend one year! What a mess.
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Had the same problem with the roll pin working its way out. After the second time I installed a machine screw through the roll pin to keep it from moving. Use loctite on the nut.

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when the pin was out, you should have heard a constant motor spinning sound, even though the fan switch was off. correct?
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when the pin was out, you should have heard a constant motor spinning sound, even though the fan switch was off. correct?
That is correct.

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Fantastic fan customer service told me last fall to buy the parts from the Internet, specifically eBay or Amazon. She said everything was available and much cheaper than her prices.
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Hi,we had a fan motor that would keep running after it close,i call fantastic and the teck told me to shime down the opeator with a peice of carboard,then he ask our address,he sent us a new motor and a operator also,no charge,back in nov 2016 .Charles 2000 magna 5886
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