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Old 06-23-2014, 09:20 AM   #1
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Fantastic Fan in Scamp Escape Hatch

Has anyone (as in "I know someone has") made a an adapter cowling that allow a Fantastic Fan to plunk into a Scamp's escape hatch? It's not like I'm ever going to be crawling out of that any time soon...
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:54 AM   #2
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I am pondering a home-made, non-permanently attached snorkel vent with a couple of computer type fans (maybe 12V). In camp you would crank up the vent cover and set this rig over it. Maybe snake the wires inside the trailer around the screen. I don’t want anything permanent on the roof creating drag but it would be nice to create some airflow at times without worrying about rain. Yes it means having a ladder handy but I have room in the tug (pickup) for one and it would only be for those times I am boondocking without 120V hookup anyway. If I have 120v I will just run the A/C or A/C fan.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:26 AM   #3
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No, I just kept the original escape hatch and cut a new hole for a new electric fan. It's an awesome 10-speed forward/reverse fan. Powerful!

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Now I just have to hide the wiring. The fan we got required a minimum 2" thick roof so we had to construct a riser/frame. I had to get it mounted and in place because we were leaving on the Scamp's maiden voyage that same day, but I will be fiberglassing the wooden frame in a couple weeks.

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No, I just kept the original escape hatch and cut a new hole for a new electric fan. It's an awesome 10-speed forward/reverse fan. Powerful!

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Yeh, I know I can cut a new hole in the roof, but that already-there opening is enticing, considering that as an escape hatch, it's kind of dumb. As in "what sort of condition would actually make that the only way out?" I suppose if a Mighty Wind blew the trailer on its door I would need it.
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It is always a good idea to have a plan B. Especially when the plan is to escape a fire.

I recently suggested someone put their fan in the escape hatch, but in a way that allows the escape hatch to be used. Basically cut a hole in the hatch, but use a dis-connectable plug to power it.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:07 PM   #7
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My Scamp has no "Escape Hatch",(but it does have windows and a door!)

The standard "Escape Hatch" cutout is 14"X22" the standard Fantastic fan fits a cutout of 14"X14".
You might consider removing the "Escape Hatch" (if you feel comfortable with compromising safety at that level)
Patch the roof to 14"X14", install the fantastic fan, then place a light on each side of the fan to fill the space usefully and cosmetically.
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If I need the escape hatch to escape a fire, things are very, very, weird.
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If I need the escape hatch to escape a fire, things are very, very, weird.
Agreed, but then it is not necessarily for fire. It is because the windows are too small to crawl out of and for some reason the regular door is blocked. I figure if I want out bad enough I could kick a window out. My 10, soon to be 11 year old daughter thinks the escape hatch is cool though.
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The escape hatch is rather handy to get up and clean the middle of the roof from.

I simple added the Fantastic fan behind the Escape hatch and used the wiring from a ceiling light that had been in that location.
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Gary, you may be suprised. A friend I was stationed with in Texas had rented a single wide trailer. One night a twister came through, lifted it up and dropped it 50' away with the door side down. They did get out through a window, unhurt, but those were house size windows. Think I would stay with the hatch and cut a new opening.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:22 AM   #12
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WOW I never would have thought that would happen! I will keep my escape hatch and buy a table top fan or run the a/c... If their is no 110 vt my Honda Eu2000i will take care of everything...
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Old 09-19-2015, 11:39 PM   #13
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Escape hatch to fan

I would also love to replace my escape hatch with a fantastic fan. I have an A/C unit, so I really do not want to add another hole in the roof. Plan on a lot of boon docking, so will not always be able to use the A/C, but want it there when I can use it.
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WOW I never would have thought that would happen! I will keep my escape hatch and buy a table top fan or run the a/c... If their is no 110 vt my Honda Eu2000i will take care of everything...
I have zero information on installing a fantastic fan, but thought I'd add this link for a battery operated fan that we bought a couple of weeks ago. It's a table top fan, fairly small, but WOW did it cool us off during a 98 degree, 100% humidity, 75 as the overnight low- camping trip. The batteries lasted three nights. I purchased ours at Target, but see you can get them on Amazon, too. Just throwing it out there as an option for when there is no power.... It also runs off of electric, so that's nice, too.

Amazon.com - O2COOL NEW 10" Battery Operated Fan with Adapter - Electric Household Tabletop Fans
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