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Old 01-03-2010, 04:23 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone!

Has anyone had experience with the WindowMax vents? MaxxWindowWebsite

I just bought a Bigfoot 19 push travel trailer , which I plan to use during the Winter.

The trailer has an AC unit and furnace. But it lacks a roof mounted air vent.

Because I will be using the furnace during the night, I'd like proper ventilation. Opening a window may not work on rainy nights.

My first thoughts were to purchase a new Fantastic or Maxi Fan and have it professionally installed on the roof. But I do have other big purchases and the WindowMax vent may be a good, temporary economical solution.

For anyone who has used this system, what are you likes/dislikes? Any problems with leaks?

For you Bigfoot owners with ACs: Will the roof/wiring accommodate a roof mounted power fan in addition to the AC? I find it curious that the older Bigfoots have either an AC or roof fan, but not both. Am I missing something?

Looking forward to your comments.
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:01 PM   #2
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Jane,

I put Window Maxx's on both side windows of my 13 Scamp the first year I got it. That's been a full 9 years now and I have had no problems with them. They allow me the ability to have ventilation without rain coming in. I also happen to have a louvred window over the stove which is always open when the trailer is parked. Having the Window Maxx's definitely reduces condensation. I'd add them to any trailer that I might have.
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:08 PM   #3
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Hi Jane

I installed a WindowMaxx on the curb side window of our EggCamper and have been very satisfied with it. It installs in about 20 minutes including taking the time to read the instructions. It provides good ventilation and is excellent at keeping the rain out.

We just finished our Christmas trip from Golden CO to Ft. Mohave AZ with a side trip to Quartzsite. Over 2,000 miles total. Temps ranged from mid 60s down to -11. Kept the window with the WindowMaxx open about 1 inch at night and had no problems with condensation. The furnace kept it nice and toasty inside even at -11. I tested the rain repellent feature last summer on a trip to Illinois. Not one drop of rain inside while it poured down outside.

I have also installed a MaxxFan and find that with the window open a couple of inches and the fan set on low on the "out" mode we had good cooling.

If you are planning on installing an air conditioner keep in mind that most roof mount AC units have an exhaust mode that allows them to work as an exhaust fan when you don't need air conditioning but do need some airflow. That negates the need for a separate fan unless you need to run the fan when you are not tethered to an AC outlet since the fan runs off of AC.

Hope that helps.

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Old 01-03-2010, 05:33 PM   #4
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I installed a WindowMaxx on the curb side window of our EggCamper and have been very satisfied with it. It installs in about 20 minutes including taking the time to read the instructions. It provides good ventilation and is excellent at keeping the rain out.

We just finished our Christmas trip from Golden CO to Ft. Mohave AZ with a side trip to Quartzsite. Over 2,000 miles total. Temps ranged from mid 60s down to -11. Kept the window with the WindowMaxx open about 1 inch at night and had no problems with condensation. The furnace kept it nice and toasty inside even at -11. I tested the rain repellent feature last summer on a trip to Illinois. Not one drop of rain inside while it poured down outside.

I have also installed a MaxxFan and find that with the window open a couple of inches and the fan set on low on the "out" mode we had good cooling.

If you are planning on installing an air conditioner keep in mind that most roof mount AC units have an exhaust mode that allows them to work as an exhaust fan when you don't need air conditioning but do need some airflow. That negates the need for a separate fan unless you need to run the fan when you are not tethered to an AC outlet since the fan runs off of AC.

Hope that helps.

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Thanks Orlen, that does help.

I [b]do have an AC unit but I [b]do not have a roof mounted fan.

You may have explained why the Bigfoots do not have both power air fans and AC units. Once the trailer is moved to its new home, I'll be able to play around the the AC unit to see how well it performs as an exhaust fan.

Even so, I'd sleep better at night knowing that the cabin is properly ventilated to protect against condensation and provide safety while the propane furnace is operating. I'm hoping that the WindowMaxx will prove to be a perfect solution.

As an aside, the EggCamper has been on my short list of potential trailers. I always paid appreciated your posts regarding your experiences with the EggCamper. One reason I went with the Bigfoot was my intention to do some winter camping. It is good to know that your EggCamper performed so well on your Christmas trip.

Thanks!


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Old 01-03-2010, 07:22 PM   #5
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I have the window maxx on both side rear windows and leave them open about an inch all the time. If i bought another trailer they would be one of the first things i would install as i really like them.
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:05 PM   #6
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Does the Window Maxx only allow you to open the window 4 inches? Or, have I read the installation information incorrectly?

Having a senior moment here.

Without an air conditioner in our unit I want all the open window I can get, but would really like the Window Maxx otherwise.
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Old 01-04-2010, 05:19 PM   #7
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In my previous Scamp 16' i have 2 max vent installed by previous owner and it's great especially combined with a maxfan
In rainy day or hot day, open 2 window and run mafan on exhaust positon : result an fresh air breeze
In my new Bigfoot 17' i have installed a new mafan in the roof and i open le vent in the bathroom , it's make a nice flow of air but this spring i will install 2 new maxvent in the windows each side of the table to make same thing of my old Scamp

Maxvent and Maxfan are two great product !!!!

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Old 01-04-2010, 07:54 PM   #8
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In my previous Scamp 16' i have 2 max vent installed by previous owner and it's great especially combined with a maxfan
In rainy day or hot day, open 2 window and run mafan on exhaust positon : result an fresh air breeze
In my new Bigfoot 17' i have installed a new mafan in the roof and i open le vent in the bathroom , it's make a nice flow of air but this spring i will install 2 new maxvent in the windows each side of the table to make same thing of my old Scamp

Maxvent and Maxfan are two great product !!!!

Thanks for your reply Yvon.

It will be a couple of weeks before I have a chance to look at the AC unit in my trailer. I'm hoping that an exhaust fan is integrated into the AC. If not, then I'll probably install a MaxxFan in the spring.

BTW, I spoke with MaxxFan people today about this window vent. The engineer suggested that we locate the WindowMaxx Vent as far away from the roof mounted power fan as possible. The reason being you want the exhaust to draw the air through the trailer before exits through the roof vent.

In my trailer, I plan to install one vent in the galley window (which is located a little forward of the AC), and the second vent in one of the back windows. The engineer felt that this would give me fairly efficient air flow when using the roof exhaust fan.

Did your Bigfoot have AC when you bought it?

I must say, I just do not understand why Bigfoot did not automatically include a roof vent in their trailers.

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Old 01-04-2010, 07:59 PM   #9
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Does the Window Maxx only allow you to open the window 4 inches? Or, have I read the installation information incorrectly?

Having a senior moment here.

Without an air conditioner in our unit I want all the open window I can get, but would really like the Window Maxx otherwise.
Good question!

I took your question to the WindowMaxx people today. Their engineer told me that you can open the window all the way when the Vent is installed. It has a pin that you engage to keep the window open 1-4 inches. If you want to open the window completely you can just pull out the pin.

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Yes , you can open window at full open position but not in rainy day , just open 4 inch in the rain!!!

More open , water come inside
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:26 PM   #11
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My Bigfoot have two roof vent , one in the center of the trailer and othe one in the bathroom , there are two standard 14' vent , i put a maxfan in the center roof an ad a maxair cover on the bathroom vent

I don't have roof ac in my Bigfoot i have a small wondow ac thati install temporarily in a window when i need
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The window opens about four inches with the pin in place on the rail.... you can open the window all the way if you want but what a pain in ars to get that window back under the leading edge flap of the WindowMaxx.
Wish i could find the picture i have of it
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:35 PM   #13
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My Bigfoot have two roof vent , one in the center of the trailer and othe one in the bathroom , there are two standard 14' vent , i put a maxfan in the center roof an ad a maxair cover on the bathroom vent

I don't have roof ac in my Bigfoot i have a small wondow ac thati install temporarily in a window when i need
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OK, my Bigfoot has a vent in the bathroom, but not in the main cabin. As I posted, I'm hoping that the AC unit also has an exhaust vent.

Thanks for the information!
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The window opens about four inches with the pin in place on the rail.... you can open the window all the way if you want but what a pain in ars to get that window back under the leading edge flap of the WindowMaxx.
Wish i could find the picture i have of it
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