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Old 09-19-2015, 11:00 PM   #1
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Trillium - MaxxFan Install

So, I finally got around to doing the install on my MaxxFax 6200 today. Actually I started the process a while ago by building the outside spacer to go in-between the exterior of the roof and the unit (thanks to David Tilston for the advice and the source for the square fiberglass tubing). I started with 1 1/4" square fiberglass tubing cut at perfect 45 degree angles. Then I built a picture frame jig and used marine fiberglass epoxy on the joints. Next put a layer of fiberglass resin on all the corners to add a bit of additional strength and painted it with white automotive paint.
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Old 09-19-2015, 11:18 PM   #2
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I then installed the flange on the fiberglass spacer with a layer of butyl tape, rivets and a bead of Dicor sealant. (I also put a dab of Dicor on each rivet head that you will see later on).
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The old vent was in bad shape. Lots of hail damage on the exterior from years ago and the inside screen was dirty and in bad shape as well.
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Old 09-19-2015, 11:39 PM   #4
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Now the fun starts! Put masking tape on the roof and traced out the 14" x 14" opening for the spacer. Drilled 4 holes on the corners and used a jig saw with a 24t blade. It worked awesome! Then did a light sanding around the opening and cleaned with acetone.
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With the new opening ready, I put a layer of marine fiberglass epoxy on the bottom of the spacer and clamped it in position. I then peeled back the ensolite slightly on the inside and added rivets from the interior into the spacer and again a bead of Dicor around the spacer and roof of trailer. Next attached the MaxxFan on the base and installed with the supplied hardware.
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I still need to add the interior trim flange and route the wires under the ensolite. I should have it done tomorrow morning!
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Nice clean job Clayton
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Old 09-20-2015, 08:45 AM   #8
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Nice job Clayton.

I have been looking at a Fantastic Fan
installation for my trailer, too. Please
post photos of how you routed the wiring.

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Old 09-20-2015, 09:31 AM   #9
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Looks really good, your pictures will be really helpful to someone wanting to do this in the future.
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Nice looking install and great documentation.
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Old 09-20-2015, 04:06 PM   #11
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Looks great, Clayton. Nice write up too. Now that you have the process down pat, you could come across town and do one for my daughter.
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Thanks for the positive comments everyone.

And now the finished product......

I routed the wires under the ensolite toward the front of the trailer. To do this I got a wire coat hanger and cut it open then straightened it out. I pushed it under the ensolite to where a support is for the front shelf. I made a tiny little slit in the ensolite and pulled the coat hanger through behind the support. I then got a butt connector and attached it to the coat hanger and to the extension wire. I then pulled the coat hanger back to where I inserted it by the fan. The connection was made with the extension wires to the fan and at the other end (where the support for the shelf is) I tied the wire into the LED light wiring. It turned out awesome. It's amazing how much air is pulled through the trailer by the fan when you have a window open.
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Good work! Thanks for the great write up.

The supports for your upper shelves are not factory. The factory did nothing to support those shelves, other then screwing them to the wood frames for the windows. How would you have done it without the supports?
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Thanks David. You are correct, the previous owner had installed the supports. I'm not sure how else I would have been able to run the wires under the ensolite. Possibly run the wires under the ensolite into the upper cabinets in the galley but I think that it would be next to impossible to get the wire under the ensolite around the curves of the roof.
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For now I am likely just installing a large two speed computer fan. I am thinking I might cut the ensolite to run the wires, and us T-moulding to cover it up. Lots of that stuff in the trailer already.
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That sounds like a good solution Jim. I can't believe that running the wires under the ensolite actually worked........hahaha.
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Looks great! I need to do this.


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Looks really clean. I'm going to try the same thing. What is the wall thickness of the 1 1/4 tubing?
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Looks really clean. I'm going to try the same thing. What is the wall thickness of the 1 1/4 tubing?
Sorry about the delayed response......it is 1/4" wall thickness.
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I used PVC trim (Home Depot), ripped it to ~0.5", built two 14" frames and screwed them together inside and outside. As my roof is somewhat soft, I also used the opportunity to glass in some additional support using 5/8" aluminum angle. Not complete yet but here are a couple pix.
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