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Old 03-12-2010, 01:03 PM   #1
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Reverse Fan-tastic direction?

We have a Fan-tastic Vent above the bed in our Safari Trek. It has the rain sensor and the digital controller.
How can we modify our unit so it will reverse direction? A switch would be nice, so that we can have it go in either direction, but if that is not possible, just reversing it would be great.

We emailed the folks at Fan-tastic Fan and this was their responce. "Yes, you can add the reversing feature to your fan. Unfortunately, we cannot sell this switch anymore as they are considered as up-grade to your fan. You will want to order a round reverse switch form your local RV distributor ( Camping world ext.)."
We called our local Camping World here in Orlando and they didn't have a clue 'bout nuthin'!
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Any dpdt (double pole double throw) switch should work. The leads to the switch will be connected to reverse the polarity of the leads going to the motor. The switch should have a current rating higher than the motor, which I believe is about 3 amps. Did Fantastic Vent offer advice on connecting the switch? And, is this going to mean the loss of your warranty?
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Most FFans have a switch to reverse them already installed. Get out the instructions and check it out.

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Old 03-12-2010, 08:16 PM   #4
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Most FFans have a switch to reverse them already installed
I have 3 in my coach that don't -- 2 original and 1 installed later. I would guess it depends on the model. I have wondered too if/how I could enable/cause my fans to have that feature.
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I have not paid a lot of attention; but I thought, all of the rain sensor models would also have the bi-directional switch.
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I have not paid a lot of attention; but I thought, all of the rain sensor models would also have the bi-directional switch.
Newmar's are exhaust only.
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Newmar's are exhaust only.
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Same for my Fleetwood. However mine are not the rain sensor type.

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It's a little on the 'pricey' side but you can get an upgrade kit for the Fantastic Vent that converts any of their fans to their top of the line model with all the features.

The best option would be the round switch as recommended by Fantastic Vent wired per the schematic below:


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I can understand why someone would want to reverse a ceiling fan such as those that are installed in the bedroom and living room areas that are the decorator style that are used to circulate air inside the coach. However, why would you want an exhaust fan that's located generally in the bathroom or toilet area and possibly one in the kitchen, to reverse and bring the stinky air from the roof vents into the coach?

Could someone explain, please?

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We enjoy the cool evening air coming down on us as we sleep. No stinky air for us, if it was, we'd shut the vents.
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We have one on each end of the trailer. we can power air in one end and out the other if we don't want to open any windows.
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try calling them on the phone..tech support They sent me the revering switch and new lift motor free. 1 year ago approx.. I think the guy I talked to was bob baratta.. they even provided tech support on how to wire the new switch..
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Thanks James, good idea. Phone calls to a RLP (real live person) often gets better results than emails. We did reverse the fan motor manually and seems to work pretty well for sleeping cooler. As an added bonus, with the one pulling in air and two pushing air out, it feels like we have a lot more air movement in the coach.
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