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Old 10-11-2021, 05:01 AM   #15
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The remote is wonderful for us 5'3" people.
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Old 10-11-2021, 07:29 AM   #16
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I bought the Maxxair to replace my Fantastic Vent ... at first I was put off by the one time rain sensor - you have to manually reset it. However, with the hood installed one can now run the fan even underway, and in 6 months exactly two times the rain penetrated the hood and shut the fan off. I wish the remote was RF, but I will also admit mounting it at eye level allows control of the fan without reaching up to the ceiling ... RF would make it usable anywhere in the RV, but life is not perfect. All in all a big improvement over the Fantastic Vent (10 speeds vs 3 for example). Total cost approached $300, about the same as the Fantastic vent. It's a winner.
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I replaced two fantastic fans with Maxair. the remote is mounted on the wall below. works well but one remote will control both fans if they are in sight of ea other as they are all the same. Because the fans are recessed "seeing" them is a problem from a distance.
The ir requires you to be pretty much below it to be in sight of the optical receiver. No problem As noted its so the 5'4"DW can control it.I don't mess with it while in bed or elsewhere . I have a hard cover over one of mine so no water issues if I run it in the rain.
The Good .... More solidly built in my opinion with dual support arms , 10 speeds/ reversible of which all run MUCH quieter than the old Fantastic fans.Sips power while boondocking, No motor noise only the fan's air flow noise at higher speeds. That ands as noted Fantastic was bought some years ago sadly and isn't the same company as it was.
We Semi Full time and have an RV port home base when not traveling, but I don't leave the fan on when not onboard for extended time. That and with the cover on one of them if I wanted to do so I could, rain isn't an issue. 3 years now and I love my MaxAir's vs the old Fantastics but the OP is correct with his assessment of the "problems". They aren't issues for us but maybe for you.
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However, with the hood installed one can now run the fan even underway, and in 6 months exactly two times the rain penetrated the hood and shut the fan off.
I put a Camco Aero-Flo vent cover over my Fantastic Fan, but the rain sensor will close it anyway and it won't reopen unless I go in and cycle the switch. I'm guessing a few splashes of rain water up through the main louver or the (hidden) vent slots on either side is all it takes. It won't close if it's turned off, of course, but I'm not willing to risk water intrusion without me being there to see what's happening. No screen, either, so leaves get into the fan if I drive with it open. I just live with it.

But that Maxxair with integrated hood looks like an elegant solution, and with the large overhang, I suspect very little bouncing rain actually gets in there far enough to cause a problem. I just can't justify replacing a fan that's working fine, especially when there are other things I could spend money on to improve my situation. Like a heavier rear sway bar.
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Old 10-13-2021, 08:18 AM   #19
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Exactly - remote is for short people

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Agreed. I bought a pair of Maxxair 700K's. The IR remote works well for us because all we use it for is to control the fan without my wife needing a stepstool.

Exactly what we use our remote for. Additionally, a short-range remote is exactly what you want in a smaller space like an RV. If it had a longer range, you'd be operating all your fans every time you used the remote to try to operate one fan.

I replaced both of the fans in my Bay Star Sport with the Maxxair with a rain sensor and a built-in hood. Don't know anything about the rain sensor working or not working without being reset, but that wouldn't be useful to us in storage, anyways. Even a low-draw item like a fan would have a decent chance of draining the batteries over the three weeks or so our RV spends in storage at a time. We don't have powered storage, and keep the batteries disconnected, to be sure they're still charged up when we are ready to go out again.
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I replaced our Fantastic fan with a Maxxair. We love it. It is much sturdier than the old fan. The remote has never been a problem and is much easier to reach a wall mounted remote than the old ceiling controls. I also like being able to set a temperature for the fan.
When our other Fantastic fans fail I will replace them with Maxxair fans also.
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I purchased this one for the bathroom. No remote, full control from keypad on fan, manually open/close

We purchased that model MaxxAir also. It is quiet and efficient and works well without the rain sensor here in the rainy Pacific Northwest.
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