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Old 05-12-2003, 04:13 PM   #1
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I could use some input from you all. We are getting ready for Summer travel and doing things to our little house that would add to the comfort of it. We have a swamp cooler on our Scamp and are thinking about removing it and replacing it with a fantastic fan. (I have read the posts here and they have been helpful.) We have never used the cooler in the almost three years we have owned the trailer. We have never been to a place that dry.

Is the fantastic fan that good in cooling the trailers? What models do you use? We are looking at the 4000 models but I wondered about the 5000 models with the thermostat.:conf

The other thing I am wondering about is window tint or film?:o I have read about different tints in the Camping World catolog. They have heat control grey, maximum heat control platinum, and glare control smoke. The smoke's shipping wt. is 3lb. and the others shipping wt. is 1lb. They come in 3'x6' rolls for about $25.00. Has anyone used the tint on there windows? What kind? Did you like the results?

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Old 05-12-2003, 04:31 PM   #2
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1. fans:

The fantastic fan is great because it moves the air thru the little trailer completely changing the air in a short time. Either outside/in or inside/out. Low energy use and relatively quiet. I don't have a thermostat because Camping World had the reversible model on sale and I think it's fine. I think the factory installed fantastic fans do have the thermostat?!

2. Window tint is one of my top rated modifications (at last count 38) especially for the folks in the sunny south. I got Alte-meres limo tint (darkest) as it was rated highest for (non) heat transfer. It's like a panoramic view all the time. We only lower the blinds at night, or block one window on the 'sunny side' with a reflective windshield cover. :)
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Old 05-12-2003, 05:03 PM   #3
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We tinted the windows in our Trillium 4 years ago and love it. Definately one of the top renovations on ours too. We used limo tint also, the others let in too much light. Automotive stores sell it also.
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Old 05-12-2003, 05:09 PM   #4
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Like Don, I've used the limo-tint also ... except I use the static cling window tint ... because up north, sometimes you want the solar gain inside the rig ... so I remove it when we're headed for the mountains or doing some cold weather camping.

I know, I know, static cling (bought at Walmart) loses its cling, shows bubbles, etc etc. But hey, folks, we're talking function over form here. It works to block the hot summer sun rays!

>>fantastic vent

They're all fantastic! Seriously! I wouldn't have a trailer without one! In fact, years ago, I (and others) convinced Casita to start offering them in new rigs. The "thermostat" is really just a blind "red to blue dial" that you can adjust to make the fan turn on and off at a certain (unknown) temperature point.

That comes in handy when you leave a pet couped up for a couple of hours and are afraid of the trailer getting hot, you can set the dial in the middle, which will cause the fan to come on, if the rig heats up long after you're gone!
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Old 05-12-2003, 06:08 PM   #5
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I got the static cling stuff also.Works great.Fantastic fan next.:wave
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Old 05-12-2003, 07:25 PM   #6
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I got the static cling stuff also.Works great.Fantastic fan next.:wave
Hi Ches, Did you also get the static cling film at Walmart? Sounds like the film makes a great improvment on the heat problem. Can`t afford a Fantastic fan but am going to try a fan from Princess Auto mounted in the vent. I`ve never used the Boler in the heat so guess will find out when we go to the island next month. Benny
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Got it at Canadian Tire.
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Old 05-12-2003, 08:40 PM   #8
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Thank you. Is the limo tint hard to put on and can you see through the tint? Sometimes you want to see out.

The fantastic fan is more then ok, that is good to know. I talked to people at fantastic fans. they gave me the name of a company that works with the customer. Adohen Supply Co. in Avon Ohio. Website http://members.aol.com/fantasticvent/ It sounds like I can get a high profile fan in choice of three color domes and three color inside trim. The website said Casitas take 1/2 in. trim. I think I will call this week.:E

This is an eye opener
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Hi Pat
You can see out the limo tint just fine unless it is a real dark cloudy day and then its darker inside and looking out. One thing we really like about it is that to see in you have to have your nose pressed right up to the window.

We have a Trillium. Putting it on all those louvered windows was time consuming, but it is not difficult. Don't put it on in the sun as that dries the water/dish soap mix too fast. It also helps to have someone on the outside to help point out bubbles.
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Thank you, the nose pressed to the glass to see in is a big plus. The curtains in a Scamp hang away from the walls because of the curve in the walls. I think many of us have that. You can see the stars as you lay in bed. The tint would help the curtains not fade.

One more question? Can these tints be put on plexiglass? I think the front window is plexiglass. I read in a catolog the tint can be put on any glass.

I think this forum is great and full of so many good ideas, thank you again.:ola

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nose pressed against the glass...

One of our small joys with the window tint is when we stop for a break while travelling. Gawkers going by don't know if there's someone inside or not. Gives you a chance to observe the observer and decide if you want to get acquainted or not. For watching birds and animals, it's fun. :)
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:wave Don;

I like that, I am putting it on my list. That said, I hope I can find it someplace close. :ola

I want to go camping
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Walmart sells it in automotive.
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Old 05-13-2003, 05:12 PM   #14
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We ordered the fan today. It will be here next week. Now I have to get that 15 miles to town to Walmart to see if they have what I want in the window tints. I can wait. OK OK I have to wait but not for long.

Then I can go camping,:wave
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