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Old 04-16-2012, 07:24 AM   #1
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Looking for comments on FAN Upgrades

Several of you have upgraded the standard 12V fan(s) that Jayco installs. How about some comments on what you selected, why, cost, ease of installation, etc. so that those of us who are considering the upgrade can make a more informed decision.

For instance, would something like a Vortex fan be just as good with a Maxx Vent Cover vs. an integrated unit?

Which brands are best and why? Quiet? Amount of air it moves?
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:49 AM   #2
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I did the vortex fan 3 speed upgrade on the BH vent in my unit. The Northern Breeze came standard in the forward bath so I now have high power fans on boths ends of the unit. They are both as loud as each other with no advatange to each there. The new fan does move air quite well compared to the standard issue fan that came with the unit. Having power there made it an easy install too since you just need to drop the 4 screw inner trim ring and wire it in. Maybe 30 mins.

I cannot comment on any other as I have no experience with Fan-tastic but hear very good things about them too. The exterior ones might give you a slight advantage on sound since they are outside the unit.
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I've seen comments made by folks that also installed a rheostat saying that it really cuts down the noise since you can select something other than full on or off.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:14 AM   #4
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I changed over to the large MaxxAir cover with the integrated fan. I chose that one because I needed a rain cover and I didn't want to break the seal on my new roof. So far so good. It moves a lot of air and has made a huge difference --- I run my A/C much less now.
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FYI--just be sure the fan motor is rated for use with a rheostat , some are some are not. Larry
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Terry, thanks... I will check that one out.

Larry, good heads up. Thanks
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:30 AM   #7
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I did the Vortex with MaxxAirII vent cover. The fan moves significantly more air than the factory vent fan. I went with the MaxxAir II vent cover so there would be enough area to vent the the high CFM fan. I suspect the standard MaxxAir cover would be fine but it was only $5 difference so I went with the II. Best thing about this mod was it was quick and easy with no breaking of factory roof seals.

The entire project took about a hour.
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That is exactly why I started the thread in the first place. Camping World has the Vortex on sale for $49 and the cover is probably another $35 or so. That's a cheap combo if it works well and from your experience, sounds like it does.
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Quahog, go for the 3 speed, 2 direction one if you do it. That is the one I have so it allows me to control it better for sleeping and such. I think it is a little more and you can find them on e-bay as well. Heng's I think is the manufacturer. Ran about $75.00 or so for me at the time. No seal breaking as mentioned, just 4 screws, crank mechanisim and wiring.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:34 AM   #10
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I think I saw that one... is this it? Sorry, it wouldn't let me snag the photo.

http://compare.ebay.com/like/2007031..._lwgsi=y&cbt=y
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