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Old 02-28-2013, 04:58 PM   #1
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Adding Fan-Tastic Fan?

We are picking up our 2013 26RLS next Saturday and are making sure we have everything. The 26RLS has two vents, one in the rear of the TT that is just a plain vent and another vent in the bathroom which has the small, stock fan.

Is it possible to put a Fan-tastic fan in the rear vent that doesn't currently have a fan? Is the vent prewired for a fan? Would you put a fan-tastic fan in the bathroom too?
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:07 PM   #2
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I just got the Jayco Redhawk and it had a "computer" fan for the bathroom and just a vent for the bedroom. I had them install a Fan-tastic fan in both locations. They charged me 1/2 hour labor to run the 12v wire for the bedroom. I thought that was fair. Now it's awesome! I can turn both on high and get a good breeze!
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Can't answer if your rear vent has power pulled to it or not.

I will suggest that you look into Heng's Vortex (or Vortex II) Fan opposed to the Fan-Tastic fan. Nothing wrong with the Fan-Tastic, IIRC however it required breaking the factory roof seal and replacing the entire Vent. The Vortex retro fits into existing vents, no breaking the factory seal, and works great. The Vortex can be found ~$50 and has a single speed and the Vortex II is ~$90 and has multi-speed. I installed the single speed, have no complaints. A very easy DIY, all from the inside, took about 20min.

Consider adding Max-Air roof covers too.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:39 PM   #4
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Not sure about being prewired, but I will say the Fan-tastics work great. We have two of them (one front and one in bedroom ) in our 5er, both with the automatic rain closure feature and thermostatic control on the wall. It's nice to be able to leave them open and running while leaving for the day, and not worry about rain getting in if it clouds over.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:47 PM   #5
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Someone mentioned a max air turbo fan/vent.


Here's the link.


I guess since the fan is located outside the TT it's a little quieter, or so they said.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:49 PM   #6
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I installed the Shurflo Comfort Air Platinum in the rear of my camper where there was a non powered vent. It was an easy install and I had power close so that wasn't an issue. I picked up the the fan at an auction new in the box for $50.
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The fantastic fan I have is made to fit the standard 14 x 14 inch hole. I would think they would be pre-wired but that isn't a real big deal. My bedroom has a rear full cabinet along the front wall of the trailer where our bed room is located that is already wired with 12VDC for the bed lights. We also have a regular 12VDC ceiling light located just inches away from the ceiling fan vent hole.

You should be able to drop the ceiling light and using a long philips screwdriver and poke a hole from the inside of the ceiling light and come out inside the 14x14 - inch vent fan hole already in the ceiling. My trailer uses foam between the ceiling and the roof. Very easy to push wiring cable thru the foam. My fantastic fan has its controls on the unit unit itself so only requires 12VDC you can tap in the ceiling light fixture.

I'm sure you have read about how great the FANTASTIC folks honors their products and offers great warranty for repairs...

My FANTASTIC fan works wonderful in both my trailers. My OFF-ROAD POPUP uses one and it is perfect for pulling in cool evening air thru the fabric tent ends slightly opened on the two adjacent side walls. Great circulation of cool night air...

Same with the fifth wheel trailer - just crack open a couple of windows in the far side of the trailer and pull in cool fresh night air throughout the trailer.

If you have the standard 14 x 14 -inch hole already cut into the ceiling of the trailer it should not be a hard installation task.

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I replaced the el-cheapo stock fan with a Fan-Tastic fan. Breaking the factory roof seal, while it is a scary prospect, it really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

I think the Fan-Tastic fan will move more air in 15 minutes than the stock one would move in a day.
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Can't answer if your rear vent has power pulled to it or not.
I will suggest that you look into Heng's Vortex (or Vortex II) Fan opposed to the Fan-Tastic fan. Nothing wrong with the Fan-Tastic, IIRC however it required breaking the factory roof seal and replacing the entire Vent. The Vortex retro fits into existing vents, no breaking the factory seal, and works great. The Vortex can be found ~$50 and has a single speed and the Vortex II is ~$90 and has multi-speed. I installed the single speed, have no complaints. A very easy DIY, all from the inside, took about 20min.
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Many thanks for the tip on Heng's Mfg.. They have an all metal over stove vent exterior cover. I've replaced two exterior vent covers (plastic) and still the little vent flapper tabs break off and the tabs to keep it closed break off. Heng has an all metal version. I'm buying it- period.
http://hengsindustries.com/aboutus.html

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I went the easier route with the Heng's Vortez 3 speed reversible option. At the time it was aboutt $75.00 and you can find them on e-bay or internet RV outlets. A few members here have done the same mod and with very pleasing results. If it's a scratch install then you need 12 v. You will not need to break the roof seal at all. You retain the original frame work but just replace the screen and fan with this new self contained housing. They work just as good as fantastic and it takes about 30 mins to install if you have power there already.

The Jayco fans are not Fantastic but Northern Breeze brand. I asked for them to install an extra one at the factory and they declined to do it so I put the vortex in the BH for when there is no AC.

Google Heng's vortex and you will see it. It is made by the same vendor that supplies the Jayco vents.
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