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Old 12-16-2010, 09:35 AM   #1
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Vortex fan retrofit

Has anyone installed one of these fans in their vents? This fan can be added to an existing vent without breaking the seal on the roof. It has much more air moving power then the stock bathroom fan but not as strong as a Fantastic fan which is more expensive and replaces the entire vent. I`m thinking about getting one. Here`s a link: http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...eplacement.htm
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:52 AM   #2
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I spoke with one of the techs back in the shop and he said the Vortex is easy to install.

The thing I like about the Fantastic Vent is the lifetime warranty. That is why they cost so much more. Even if the vent lid cracks from weather, they replace it free. I had a customer who had a tree limb bust his vent lid and they shipped us a new one at no charge (didn't even have to pay freight).
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Thanks CCI. I agree the Fantastic fan is a nice unit available with many features. I guess I am looking for the lazy/cheap way out which does not require getting up on the roof and taking out the old vent. More then likely the Fantastic fan would be better in the long run.
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Hey, I prefer the lazy way as well. LOL
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It is easy to do.. here is what I did
https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=1413
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I replaced the stock fan in my little Jay Feather Sport with the Vortex fan in about 30 minutes and it works great. As soon as I replace the switch with a DPDT switch and a resistor so I will have 2-speeds (hi and lo) it will be perfect!
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:39 PM   #7
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I replaced the stock fan in my little Jay Feather Sport with the Vortex fan in about 30 minutes and it works great. As soon as I replace the switch with a DPDT switch and a resistor so I will have 2-speeds (hi and lo) it will be perfect!
Thanks. I think I`m going to get one. Let me know how the switch upgrade goes. I understand they were going to introduce a 3 speed reversible model but I have not seen it available yet.
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Update: After running the furnace a bit to warm up the rig I just installed the Vortex fan in the bathroom vent. It took about 30 minutes, all done from the inside. The new fan is a huge improvement over the stock fan and really moves the air. This is an easy inexpensive upgrade for the occasional user like me. If I was a fulltimer/snowbirder etc. I probably would go with the Fantastic fan with its many available features and warranty.

Pros:
Cost, about 47.00 with shipping on Ebay.
Ease of installation, no need to get on roof. (this was the deciding factor)
Uses existing roof vent.
Good air flow

Cons:
Only one speed
not reversible
Made in China
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