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Old 08-12-2016, 08:00 PM   #29
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I added two resistors to my FF to lower the noise and speed. Worked well. Then I got to thinking. The resistors made lots of heat and didn't save my battery. So I bought a PWM speed controller on Amazon ($4.00) and now i have variable speed, less noise and less battery draw. Win/win/win.
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On the topic of Fantastic Fan vs. Maxxair: I have had a FF in my van for years with no problem. I have a Maxxair in my Bigfoot. I love the many speeds of the Maxxair but have had to deal with problems.

1) If the lid is not cranked up all the way it rattles in the wind.


2) After 5 years I replaced the printed circuit board, which failed due to corrosion, for $70+. I expect to replace it again some day as it is not adequately protected from the weather.


3) The design does not keep out mosquitoes. Tabs that holds the removable screen have gaps large enough that mosquitoes get through. The gap between the garnish and the face plate may also allow ingress. To solve the problem I installed removable no-see-um mesh to the garnish using Velcro on the garnish and on the mesh. I apply the no-see-um mesh when necessary. The fan works harder to move air but the bugs do not get in.


4) With the lid raised, during a downpour rain bounces off of the roof and into the fan. A steady mist enters the trailer.


5) The unit does not vent well without the fan blowing.


Despite the shortcomings I would buy the Maxxair again. I like the low profile when the lid is closed. For the FF to be open in the rain requires a high-profile vent cover. Rain may blow through the louvres on those covers when the wind is blowing from behind the trailer. The Maxxair under-lid area, prone to mold, is easy to clean by unhooking the raising mechanism, though you do need to be on the roof to do it.
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Good comparison write up....Tim.
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Old 08-18-2016, 06:15 AM   #33
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problems with your maxxair fan...

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On the topic of Fantastic Fan vs. Maxxair: I have had a FF in my van for years with no problem. I have a Maxxair in my Bigfoot. I love the many speeds of the Maxxair but have had to deal with problems.

1) If the lid is not cranked up all the way it rattles in the wind.


2) After 5 years I replaced the printed circuit board, which failed due to corrosion, for $70+. I expect to replace it again some day as it is not adequately protected from the weather.


3) The design does not keep out mosquitoes. Tabs that holds the removable screen have gaps large enough that mosquitoes get through. The gap between the garnish and the face plate may also allow ingress. To solve the problem I installed removable no-see-um mesh to the garnish using Velcro on the garnish and on the mesh. I apply the no-see-um mesh when necessary. The fan works harder to move air but the bugs do not get in.


4) With the lid raised, during a downpour rain bounces off of the roof and into the fan. A steady mist enters the trailer.


5) The unit does not vent well without the fan blowing.


Despite the shortcomings I would buy the Maxxair again. I like the low profile when the lid is closed. For the FF to be open in the rain requires a high-profile vent cover. Rain may blow through the louvres on those covers when the wind is blowing from behind the trailer. The Maxxair under-lid area, prone to mold, is easy to clean by unhooking the raising mechanism, though you do need to be on the roof to do it.
So very sorry you've had these difficulties with your fan, but thank you, for explaining it all so well. Just curious...is your fan installed on the roof, on the wall...where? Thanks again!
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Thanks, Harley.

DonnaMarie, the Maxxair is installed on the roof in the main cabin. The problems it has are not dealbreakers for me. As I said, I would buy the fan again.

One way or another I need to be able to open vents in the rain. My windows are sliders that let in the rain. Sometimes I can get away with opening them on the lee side, but then I must monitor wind direction.

My 9" bathroom vent has a standard plastic high-profile vent cover. I must monitor the wind direction when I leave that vent open during rain, as wind coming from behind the trailer will blow water through the vent cover louvres. That is the reason I stick with the Maxxair. Rain causing a mist to come in through the Maxxair only occurs during heavy, heavy rain.

I have lots of watts in solar panels so I do not mind that I must run the fan to achieve adequate ventilation.
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On the topic of Fantastic Fan vs. Maxxair: I have had a FF in my van for years with no problem. I have a Maxxair in my Bigfoot. I love the many speeds of the Maxxair but have had to deal with problems.

1) If the lid is not cranked up all the way it rattles in the wind.
On mine, if you push up ( or pull down - can't remember ) on the knob used to open the vent, it locks in place and won't be bouncing up and down while traveling.
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your maxxair fan..

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Thanks, Harley.

DonnaMarie, the Maxxair is installed on the roof in the main cabin. The problems it has are not dealbreakers for me. As I said, I would buy the fan again.

One way or another I need to be able to open vents in the rain. My windows are sliders that let in the rain. Sometimes I can get away with opening them on the lee side, but then I must monitor wind direction.

My 9" bathroom vent has a standard plastic high-profile vent cover. I must monitor the wind direction when I leave that vent open during rain, as wind coming from behind the trailer will blow water through the vent cover louvres. That is the reason I stick with the Maxxair. Rain causing a mist to come in through the Maxxair only occurs during heavy, heavy rain.

I have lots of watts in solar panels so I do not mind that I must run the fan to achieve adequate ventilation.
Thank you for the clarity Tim!
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Glenn, locking the raising knob does lock the lid in terms of raising and lowering. At least on mine it does not stop the rattle. I contacted Maxxair, before the company was sold to Coleman. Customer support acknowledged the problem. Their solution: raise the lid to maximum height.
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This thread has comments about "the" Maxxair and "the" Fantastic. I just spent three hours wading through the specs for dozens of models for both. There are some pretty drastic differences. Here is a table for the Maxxair models: http://www.old.maxxair.com/oem/search2.php and Fantastic: Fan-Tastic Vent's Retail 12 Volt Fans
Also bear in mind that both of these companies have old models and new models, many of which are similar in some respects, but have totally different model naiming systems.
(BTW, I settled on the Maxxair 6201K.)
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Should have gone with the 7500K, remote is nice to have by the bed and with the smoke lens lets more moon and natural light in.
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I like the maxxair and if I thought it was a better choice you can bet Eggy-Sue would have one.
My trailer came with a Fantastic Fan with a lifetime warranty. It has worked perfectly for 13 years now. I see nothing in the Maxxair to justify the change. With the addition of the vent cover and the window louvers, it works perfectly in hard rain and windy conditions.
Below is a photo which shows the type of vent cover which allows full opening of the vent and prevents even wind blown rain from entering.
As for profile it blends well with the low profile Mini-Mach A/C.
The widow louvers work well to keep the rain out on my sliders and add an attractive touch of style.
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This thread has comments about "the" Maxxair and "the" Fantastic. I just spent three hours wading through the specs for dozens of models for both. There are some pretty drastic differences. Here is a table for the Maxxair models: http://www.old.maxxair.com/oem/search2.php and Fantastic: Fan-Tastic Vent's Retail 12 Volt Fans
Also bear in mind that both of these companies have old models and new models, many of which are similar in some respects, but have totally different model naiming systems.
(BTW, I settled on the Maxxair 6201K.)
Hi: sharpstick... Good choice!!! Here's pic's of the MaxxFan I put in our former Boler.
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Hi: sharpstick... Good choice!!! Here's pic's of the MaxxFan I put in our former Boler.
Looks nice. Is the smoked cover translucent or opaque? I liked the light coming in through my old one.
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