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Old 08-25-2019, 01:41 PM   #1
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We just purchased our Trillium (4500) a month ago. We are thinking about installing a Fantastic fan. There are a few to choose from. And looking at the trailer, it looks like we will need to run the electrical across the ceiling. Does anyone has thoughts on which model of the fan to purchase (fan with a thermostat or not?) and does anyone has ideas on how to hide the wiring or just leave it in plain sight. Any pics would be helpful too. Thx.
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Just to complicate things further, you should also look at Maxxfan.
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We just purchased our Trillium (4500) a month ago. We are thinking about installing a Fantastic fan. There are a few to choose from. And looking at the trailer, it looks like we will need to run the electrical across the ceiling. Does anyone has thoughts on which model of the fan to purchase (fan with a thermostat or not?) and does anyone has ideas on how to hide the wiring or just leave it in plain sight. Any pics would be helpful too. Thx.
here are a couple of photos of a fantastic fan which I installed in my Trillium...
As you can see I used a white cord on the surface.
You could do this then cut a slit in the liner and insert the cord, or just do it as shown and carefully glue the cord down.
On other trailers I have fished the cord under the liner, but that doesn't work as well with the Trillium.
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Hi Glenn, any reason why you recommend the Maxx Fan? Which model do you recommend? Thx.
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Thanks for the pics Floyd! Looks good.
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Hi Glenn, any reason why you recommend the Maxx Fan? Which model do you recommend? Thx.

I didn't.
I do have Maxxfan. I has built in rain cover so it can be used in a downpour. Cover can be locked at any position so you can have it open while driving.

I've never used a Fantastic fan, so I can't comment.
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What features are chosen is very subjective.
Its a fan, a simple 3 speed fan non reversible would do 90% of what is needed.
I like the reversible feature, for times when I just want the fan blowing directly on me or it is great for pushing cooking odors out through the kitchen window.
There are additional, somewhat superfluous,features which add some convenience at diminishing returns on investment.
Only your budget and your desire for gadgets can determine their value.
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Agree. Our hand-me-down van camper has one that lacks the reverse feature, and Iíve found myself looking for it more than once.

Thermostats and rain sensors are just marginally useful complications to me. Ours does have a thermostat and Iíve never moved it from the coldest setting.
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My experience is partially a case of not knowing what I'm missing, I'm sure, but I have the basic, one-directional 3-speed Fantastic Fan, and I've never felt the need for anything more.

Hot air collects up high. The fan sucks that air out with quite a bit of power, while pulling fresh air in through open windows. It works great. I'm sure there are reasons, but I've never been able to come up with a situation where I'd want to pull air in from the top. I have a small fan mounted in the corner of my trailer for moving air around inside the camper for comfort. It draws less power than the large roof vent fan and I leave it running all night during hot times.

I don't see any need for temperature settings.
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I don't see any need for temperature settings.

Quite a few posts on Escape Forum about the board in the Maxxfan dying. I expect that board is required for all the settings in the top end models. Mine is relatively simple. Has In and Out, fan speed and a thermostat.
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Thx!

Thanks everyone for your advice. Lots to consider and I donít think we need anything too fancy, just something to help on those very hot days. We have a small fan that we plug in right now. We need something when we have no 120v power.
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Our 2006 Scamp came with a Fantastic fan. On low speed, it draws ~1.5 amps and moves plenty of air. At night, with the fan blowing out and one window opened at head of the bed, the moving air pulls the curtain in just enough to direct all the air towards your face. Great for sleeping. The power used is easily replaced with a solar panel or the next day's drive.
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my casita has a fantastic fan, my escape has a maxfan deluxe. the deluxe has some cool features, like auto opening when the thermostat turns the fan on, and its got 10 speeds, the first 3-4 are really whisper quiet.

i'll set the thermostat so it comes on when it gets up to around 70 inside on nights when I've been out stargazing all night and want to sleep til noon.... the fan will kick on in the AM and blow air down on my bed, I'll roll over and kick off the covers and sleep another 3-4 hours.
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Interesting. I don't know why, but my fan seems noisier than average. My friend just installed a fantastic fan in his camper and I was shocked at how quiet it was. Mine, even on low, is moving quite a bit of air and makes more noise than I want to sleep with.

I haven't been around enough of them to know for sure if mine is louder than average. I've even replaced the motor unit once, and both units were just as loud.

I agree those are some nice features you mention.
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