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Old 06-13-2014, 01:04 PM   #15
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I had to re-read the entire thread. I didn't realize he made spacers on both the inside and outside. I guess the fiberglass tube from Granger will have a longer life than the wood.
Brian made two spacers on the outside... One a wood spacer and the other a frame. Would the one fiberglass tube replace both of these? And then still have a wood spacer on the inside?
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Old 06-13-2014, 02:07 PM   #16
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No spacer on the inside. the tube would replace all the wood. Like I said, the frame would be glued, with resin, to the top of the trailer, (no leaks). Then, I would drill into the frame and use rivets to attach the fan to the frame. Don't forget the butyl tape.
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:42 PM   #17
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I bought the fiberglass tube y'all recommended and it's on it's way and I just ordered the Maxxair fan w/o remote when it dropped to the lowest price it's ever been on amazon today! Only $195 shipped! (Just a heads up for anyone else in the market.)
Maxxair 00-05100K MaxxFan Ventillation Fan with White Lid and Manual Opening Keypad Control by Maxxair http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002OWAIB8/..._VxCQtb01NXCM5
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:09 PM   #18
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Tomorrow might be the big day to begin the install and I wanted to make sure I have all my ducks in a row.
The fiberglass tube is cut and marine epoxy is currently drying on the mitered corners. Tomorrow I'll remove the old vent and then the Grainger fiberglass tube frame is epoxied straight to the roof or do I use butyl tape between there too? Also, I read in another thread about a Fantastic Fan install, does the fiberglass tube need to be painted?
I bought some 2" stainless steel screws to replace the shorter ones that came with the hood hoping they'll be long enough to go thru the top of the vent and tube and into the roof. I hope that'll work instead of rivets.

I'm nervous to start this... I'll take pictures of the progress but I'm worried about botching the whole thing. :/
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Kelly I used Butyl tape to seal my MaxxAir Fan in place.
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Kelly I used Butyl tape to seal my MaxxAir Fan in place.

So just between the MaxxAir and the spacer? I don't need it between the spacer and the fiberglass?


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either way Butyl tape is great stuff!
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We're currently having some major trouble drilling out the rivets in the existing vent. I might start a new post asking about our rivet issues.
We can drill thru them, but they're not budging.


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I feel your pain! Mine was over-zealously riveted in place as well. I started with a small bit and went slowly larger till the head popped off onto the drill bit(then i knew what size bit to use). It was a scary job in a way, afraid to make the holes too large. But if it makes ya feel any better mine has survived many hard downpours with no leaks! I Love my MaxxAir fan, and I pretty much always leave it open to keep heat rising out of my ParkLiner...even when it is just sitting in the driveway.
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I started with a huge bit. The head pops off when you get through the cap. I didn't drill all the way through. When using a huge bit, it is important to keep the bit centered on the rivet.
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The rivets were all crooked and poorly installed. DH had to drill thru from the top to break them because they were all coated with some white goop. After, he changed to a larger bit and drilled them thru while I pulled them off the bit from the inside. Not sure if it was the best way, but we got them all out once we figured out a system.
On Saturday, he epoxied and and used butyl tape for the painted frame. It's still in the garage with c-clamps holding it on. We'll try to drop the vent in and screw it down tonight if the weather cooperates.
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I'm a bit confused. You both epoxied, and butyl taped it? Should be one or the other, not both.

I would recommend building the frame on a flat surface with 45 corners epoxied together. Then, epoxying the frame to the trailer, after sanding the gel coat, either down to the fibreglass, or just to rough it up to assist adhesion. Then butyl tape between the frame, and the fan. Then rivets through the holes in the flange on the fan, into the hollow frame.
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Hey David, did you do the install on your MaxxAir fan yet? I just received mine today from Amazon and wondering what you used for the spacer?
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No install yet. The kid has not coughed up the cash. I guess I am going to save it for when I find a front dinette 4500.

I found a source for the 1" fiberglass square tube, in Canada:
Maple Leaf Communications - Fiberglass Products
At $7 per ft, they are comparable to Graingers price.
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