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Old 08-06-2015, 05:52 PM   #1
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Portable fantastic fan -- is this the one?

Is this the one I've seen raves about? We only have a vent, not a fan. So need something that will run from 12v.

http://www.amazon.com/Fan-Tastic-011...=fantastic+fan

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You would be better off installing a fan in place of the roof vent. I know some folks use this fan but storage has to be considered with it also, unlike having it on the roof. Fantastic & Maxair are both exlnt units.
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Old 08-06-2015, 07:27 PM   #3
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You want one like this for your Lil'BigFoot:
Amazon.com: Fan-Tastic Vent 4000R Off White Vent with Reverse Switch: Automotive
That's the same one that we used.
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You want one like this for your Lil'BigFoot:
Amazon.com: Fan-Tastic Vent 4000R Off White Vent with Reverse Switch: Automotive
That's the same one that we used.
Bob, do they swap out easily? Is it the same size as the vent that's there? I also don't see any battery power nearby, except the two little dinky lights that appear to work on battery, one each under the front and the back cabinets. Are those the closest access to battery power?
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Yes, they swap out for the existing vent, but you want to contact the factory for the spacer to use with a thin roof. Ask for two, the are free. I phoned them when I got the fan, they were there in 3 days. You will also need a roll of putty tape from your local RV dealer to seal everything back together again. DO NOT use silicone seal, it will eventually leak.


Sometimes there is already wires at the vent when you take it out. You will have to find the other end. If not, you snake wires under the wall covering using a straightened coat hanger wire.
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I'll throw this out there, not necessarily for the OP, who has a Bigfoot, but for others who might be getting ideas from this thread. While a portable fan will never match the performance of an installed roof fan, not all roof vents are an easy swap. Many of the Scamps, in particular, have an emergency-exit roof vent, which is larger than the 14x14 of a standard roof fan.
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No problem... out comes the multitool and, in less time that it takes to remove the old hatch, you have a new14 x 14 hole at the other end of the roof. Been there, done that.
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No problem... out comes the multitool and, in less time that it takes to remove the old hatch, you have a new14 x 14 hole at the other end of the roof. Been there, done that.
True enough, and that is what I would do, as well. But, cutting large holes in the roof is well outside the comfort zone for a lot of folks.
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I just put in a MaxxFan deluxe(manual) last weekend. I replaced the existing rear 14" vent with it because:
  1. I expect a solar panel or two to end up on the roof - more holes not good.
  2. Like most folks I didn't want to cut a big hole in my perfectly good roof
  3. The rear vent is where I want it anyway
  4. I got to go with a smoke vent cover, which is great for those of us in the South who want to sleep in after 5:00 AM sunrise.
  5. It's rainproof (or at least highly rain resistant).
It took me a good three hours to do, start to finish. The most awkward part was working on the ladder to drill the rivets out. I did most of the work from inside the trailer standing on a step stool with my head through the 14" square hole - it was a lot easier to do the surface prep for the butyl tape that way, for instance.

We used it on a four day campout immediately after the installation and I don't think anybody ever wants to go back to the before picture.

Reasons for selecting the MaxxFan over the Fantastic Vent included the built-in rainproof cover, ten speeds instead of three or four (recommended for smaller campers) and ceiling fan mode.
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Reasons for selecting the MaxxFan over the Fantastic Vent included the built-in rainproof cover, ten speeds instead of three or four (recommended for smaller campers) and ceiling fan mode.
RB, thanks for posting this. Just to clarify... did you mean to say that the ten speeds are recommended for smaller trailers? Or that the three or four were recommended?

I think you've convinced me that MaxxFan is the way to go. Would you point me to the model you have?
Amazon.com: maxx fan rv: Automotive

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I like as many speeds as possible. But I would not pay much more for the 10 speeds. This works better:
PWM Motor Speed Controller Regulator
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I like as many speeds as possible. But I would not pay much more for the 10 speeds. This works better:
PWM Motor Speed Controller Regulator

Very interesting, but maybe too much to deal with at the moment. We can always add later, right?

Our vent is 9.25" on the *inside,* so pretty small. I was going to say I didn't want to saw into my roof to use a bigger fan, but think that 9 x 9 size may be too small to ventilate very well, and so far am not seeing a fan that small...

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I can't speak to the bigfoot but the older scamp has that same small sized vent you describe. I'm pretty sure you have to remove and cut the hole larger to accommodate any newer vent.

And get the shims/part for thin roofs mentioned earlier since the default kit is for going through a couple inch thick stick built.
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I had a 3 speed Turbo Maxx (and a 3 speed Fantastic Fan in a previous trailer). In both cases I occasionally wished I had a speed between low & medium, and a lower low sometimes would have been nice as well. So I'd say go for the 10 speed unless you feel you can't afford it.

These are the bee's knees, they can be left open in the rain or while traveling:
http://www.amazon.com/Maxxair-000700...s=maxx+air+fan
Or you can get the one without remote control for about $50 less.
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