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Old 07-16-2010, 05:35 PM   #1
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Roof vents: whats best?

Hi all

If this is in the wrong section perhaps a Moderator could move it for me.

Our 1987 Bounder has 2 standard roof vents ( hand crank) the rear(toilet) one has the sub par little powered fan on it. Looking at getting new vent covers and/or perhaps even the powered vents.

With so many available just looking at peoples views & experiences and basically what one/s are the best to choose?!?!

For example the "Fantastic" line of replacement power vents.
Or the "Turbo Maxx" Range of powered vent covers with/without thermostat
What are peoples experience with these? Are there anyother makes of these that are worth looking at?

Also just how hard is it to add 12v power to a "non" powered vent?
Had a look when taking the internal trim off the non 12v vent and couldnt see any tell tale wires.

Thanks for any advice
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Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic! You will never regret that choice.
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:44 PM   #3
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Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic! You will never regret that choice.
Thanks for that!! They do look a good quality powered vent Can you fit one of the vent covers over those? Or do the vent lids stay still in wind?! As
the original hand crank ones flap all over the place!!
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Fantasic vent lids can be left open while driving and yes another cover can be used over them tho Fantasic states air flow will be reduced. I have had that configuation for a number of years with great sucess. FYI Fantastic warrants their dome cover for life
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We've always had Turbo Maxx fans & have loved them. Ours are 3-speed w/thermostat. Quiet, powerful & can run even in the rain due to the way it's designed. DH added a Turbo Maxx thermostat-controlled fan to a previous 5r's non-powered vent by running the electric feed from a nearby 12v ceiling light.

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Old 07-17-2010, 03:37 AM   #6
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It is impossible to beat Fantastics service and support as they set the bar at perfection. Others may try to match them but I guess what they say is true immitation is the sincerest....

So far I have not ever had to pay for a part from Fantastic. The only troubles I have had were after 8 years of use. Fantastic in years 9 and 10 when I had a lid fail and then an electric lift unit were right there for me providing replacement parts not even charging for the shipping.

Add friendly, helpfull, knowledgable and quick to that - what else is there?
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:26 AM   #7
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We've had both Fantastic Vents and MaxxAir and consider them pretty much equal in quality and customer service. I've also had models with and without thermostats and don't see a lot of value in the t-stat, so wouldn't pay extra for it.

2 of our 3 Fantastic Vents in this coach have MaxxAir covers over them, so that tells you something about the FF the rain sensor. Too sensitive, inmy book. They close the vent just when we need it the most, when its really damp outside.

Some other companies have now imitated the FF and MA powered fans, but I don't know of they are in the same league or not.
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Fantastic vent is one of the best in both quality and service. There are many options available including: Thermostat control, Reversable fan, Rain sensor, Two choises of fan blade pitch ( less pitch is quieter but moves less air ) Variable speed, Remote control. Max Air covers will fit over them if desired.
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Thankyou for all the input on the roof vents and covers Now the hard or not so hard choice of which ones to get ! Either way between these 2 it seems you can't go far wrong.
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Another vote for fantastic, one note for a poster above, the rain sensor can be turned off easily from inside, that will solve the sensitivity problem, G
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Well..First, Being as I'm from Michigan, and my income is from the State of Michigan (Retirement Program) I am quite naturally biased toward Michigan companies.

Fantastic Fan, is such a company.. What's more it's not the fan that is all that fantastic, it's the company that makes it. (First rate customer service, none better)

That said.. The Maxx Air products can be operated even if it it is raining, the design of the fan housing sheds water.. With the Fantastic Fan we have to shut it down in the rain.

This alone is enough to make me wish I had a Maxx instead of an FF.

NOTE: I"ve not heard much about MAXX Air's Customer service, which leads me to think it is good as well.. Cause when it's bad.. Oh man do we read about it here !
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Fantastic fans are great. I replaced both vents with powered fantastic fans. Very quiet for the air they move.
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I just had my first experience with fantastic fan. My 5th wheel is 15 years old and the motor to the fan failed. Not ony did they replace the motor but they replaced both of my fans with new units including two wall thermostats for $ 000 Now I call that service. I will always use them in the future
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Fantastic Fans are fantastic.
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