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Old 04-30-2013, 08:01 AM   #15
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Can you just lay a couple of 2x4s across the top area and then lean on the board and it will distribute your weight across the entire section. Just a thought.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:29 AM   #16
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I am 6ft3 at 255 on a good day,lol I will get it done one way or another that is for sure. The last and really only owner had a clown put a roof top ac unit on it and yes it cracked. I already thought of a way to fix that. I just don't want to do any more damage with my fat butt. Been a long time since I put in a vent but I was able to walk on top of my last unit. Wish I could get it in my garage...
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:04 AM   #17
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Even though it's an excellent fan, I personally would call the clamp mount the soon to be "Leaky Mount".

If my roof was that thin, as a lot of aluminum and fiberglass sheet (i.e. Sticky) roofs are, I would opt to make a 1/2" thick wood frame to put on the inside and put my s.s. screws through the top and into that for good sealing and security.

As it's being sold as OEM, I am sure that it's good-enough for a year or so on a new coach, but that's as long as most mfg warrantees last anyway.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:11 AM   #18
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I don't want to take away fro my head room being 6ft3. What would work on using a spacer on top of the camper? I read where most put their spacer on the inside but they are shorter peeps too. And we all know what happens to wood in time in the weather. Primer and paint only go so far.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:41 AM   #19
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Maybe this will give you inspiration: Fantastic Fan thin roof spacers

Or, this one: Fantastic Fan spacer installation on top of a Boler
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Thanks Miss Donna, I watched a lot of Kevin's vids on YouTube. I just got off the phone with a lady from FF and she didn't say nothing about a spacer for the top side which is what I would need. I am waiting for a call back from her now. I will ask her about that and order 4 spacers. I think I will put in just the vent model in the back and if I ever want to put a second fan in there it will save me some time. I think I will go with the 5000 or 6000 unit. The 6000RVT I see is going for 180 on Ebay. Wish they would go on sale now!
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:54 AM   #21
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The "Thin Roof Spacer" that Fantastic Fan sent to me for the Scamp roof was an "inside" spacer that filled the space between the inside of the roof and the inside trim. Although I guess it could also be used on the outside, it would give you two places for leaks instead of just one.


BTW: If you put spacers on the outside you are still dealing with thin roof material ,if that's what you have.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:37 AM   #22
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My hole less FF install appeared to be well attached with some sort of white glue. While switching the lens cover to an insulated one i was
able to thoroughly inspect the installation on both of my fans, I like the clamp system as a way to eliminate screw holes in the roof. I'd be surprised it would come off or leaked, JMHO.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:50 AM   #23
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I wouldn't expect the clamp version to ever come off, however I could see it shifting under bad vibration, which is likely why Trillium told me to add some fasteners to it. I'm betting they had to fix one before.

If you're worried about head room, make sure you buy the high profile vent to start with. It sticks out of the roof much more than the low profile vents. Then if you need to make a spacer it won't be as thick or you might not even need one.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:25 AM   #24
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Just got off the phone with FF. Wow, having a thin roof makes buying a vent a pain. I have to order from someone I dont want to order with. From his emails and he wont return my calls it will not be a happy happy happy deal.
FF told me to order from him. Looks like the only guy for the X series vents. He said I can put the spacer which is made for the inside on the outside if I use Geocel All In One and or Roof seal tape. Guess it will never come off,lol. I find these fans cheaper on the net but they can't or wont bother with the X series clamp system, so I am stuck.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:00 PM   #25
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Can anyone point to another vent fan besides FF? I guess the knobs on these things will stick out so I can knock it with my head. And by only having one person to buy the X series from makes it worse. Even if I order today I wont have it for another 2 and a half weeks. And the bill will be coming close to 400 bucks. 400 bucks plus another 150 for a A/C is 550. For just 200 more I can buy a mini split a/c system like the ones you see in homes. 9300 btu and I can install that within 3 hours easy.
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Can anyone point to another vent fan besides FF?
Maxxair is the other big player.

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Old 05-06-2013, 10:09 AM   #27
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I went and ordered the Maxxair 4500K with remote ( because the wife is short) and I can take the knob off so no one (me) can hit their head! There were a couple of things I liked better with the Maxxair over FV. I went to Home Depot and bought a stick of solid pvc, the same kind you use on the outside of your house. It is 3/4 x 1 1/2 for 6 bucks. I will make a spacer for the outside. I ordered the fan with Amazon with the Prime 2 day shipping thinking I was going to get it Saturday. When I found out I wasn't going to get it till Wed I raised cane. So now I get it today plus they gave me 20 bucks in my act with them. So now the fan cost me 200. Maybe not the best price but CW is a lot more!
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Not sure what kind of solid PVC you are referring to Shawn. Perhaps you can take a few pixs of your installation processes when you get it going.
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