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Old 04-20-2017, 01:30 PM   #41
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This thread has comments about "the" Maxxair and "the" Fantastic. I just spent three hours wading through the specs for dozens of models for both. There are some pretty drastic differences. Here is a table for the Maxxair models: http://www.old.maxxair.com/oem/search2.php and Fantastic: Fan-Tastic Vent's Retail 12 Volt Fans
Also bear in mind that both of these companies have old models and new models, many of which are similar in some respects, but have totally different model naiming systems.
(BTW, I settled on the Maxxair 6201K.)
Hi: sharpstick... Good choice!!! Here's pic's of the MaxxFan I put in our former Boler.
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Hi: sharpstick... Good choice!!! Here's pic's of the MaxxFan I put in our former Boler.
Looks nice. Is the smoked cover translucent or opaque? I liked the light coming in through my old one.
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Old 05-11-2017, 12:03 PM   #43
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CFM in roof vent fans

Most of the modern ones are rated 900 or 920 CFMs. I just installed my Maxxair fan and it's pretty good, but 920 CFM is the entire volume of the Burro and then some. It has nice flow, but it's hard to believe that much.
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Old 04-01-2021, 10:39 AM   #44
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The widow louvers work well to keep the rain out on my sliders and add an attractive touch of style.
Floyd, I've heard wonderful things about these louvers, but also have heard they are no longer made... did you find them somewhere? Or are these legacy from way back?

Thanks for any info!
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Floyd, I've heard wonderful things about these louvers, but also have heard they are no longer made... did you find them somewhere? Or are these legacy from way back?

Thanks for any info!
I installed mine in 2004.

They may be hard to find now.
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I installed mine in 2004.

They may be hard to find now.
I was kind of afraid of that. Where did you find these?
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I was kind of afraid of that. Where did you find these?
I can't recall, but I bought them off the self at an RV store.
I did see a pair at an RV salvage place in Indiana last summer, still in the box. They were made by Maxxair Vent Corporation,,, Tampa FL
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I’m following the discussion bc my new to me 13ft Boler style 1978 only has a vent no fan. I’ve been looking at several options. Since my current vent is original and quite small (approximately 7x7inches) I dread cutting a bigger (?12x12?) hole in the roof. I’ve seen some people putting computer fans in the existing original small vents. Thoughts on that option?

Also, I already have to take the wheels off to get in the garage for storage and the maxx seem to stick up a few inches more possibly making that impossible.

It’s seems for my purposes either the computer fans or FF would be my only options
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Old 05-15-2021, 02:11 PM   #49
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I like the maxxair and if I thought it was a better choice you can bet Eggy-Sue would have one.
My trailer came with a Fantastic Fan with a lifetime warranty. It has worked perfectly for 13 years now. I see nothing in the Maxxair to justify the change. With the addition of the vent cover and the window louvers, it works perfectly in hard rain and windy conditions.
Below is a photo which shows the type of vent cover which allows full opening of the vent and prevents even wind blown rain from entering.
As for profile it blends well with the low profile Mini-Mach A/C.
The widow louvers work well to keep the rain out on my sliders and add an attractive touch of style.

Floyd,
I like the window louvers, and have been trying to find them for our 2004 Bigfoot. Do you have any suggestions for sites that offer them? I found only one seller who said they are no longer made.

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I can't recall, but I bought them off the self at an RV store.
I did see a pair at an RV salvage place in Indiana last summer, still in the box. They were made by Maxxair Vent Corporation,,, Tampa FL
I think that someone should do a scan and make these with a 3D printer... Im sure there would be a high demand! The only problem is that someone who has a set would need to SHARE them!
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Old 06-01-2021, 03:35 PM   #51
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Both fans are good quality fans. You can get the Maxxair fan with a handheld clicker but generally speaking, both fans are reversible, multi speed and can be temperature controlled. I just removed the fantastic fan in my casita and replaced it with the Maxxair. I'll use the fantastic fan on a Sunrader rehab. I chose the Maxxair fan because the fan cover can be left open when it's raining. The fan cover on the Maxxair is superior to that on the Fantastic fan.
We just bought a new Maxx fan model 6401K on sale from Camping World, 4 speeds, blows out only. We do not need the fan to draw in, so we saved the higher price. However, speeds 1 and 2 (which are VERY quiet for night time) do not work, only speeds 3 and 4. CW says to contact MaxxAir. We have tried repeatedly to reach MaxxAir by phone to repair or replace the fan; they have not returned our calls.

The problem could be the PC board. Or an issue with over-voltage (but why do speeds 3 and 4 work?)

Does MaxxAir have problems with their quality control?

Has anyone else experienced similar problems to ours?
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We installed a Fantastic fan last year and are quite happy with it. The only feature we would have liked is the automatic rain feature of the Maxx fan so we could leave it open/on when were away from the trailer but other than that, we highly recommend the Fantastic fan.
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We just bought a new Maxx fan model 6401K on sale from Camping World, 4 speeds, blows out only. We do not need the fan to draw in, so we saved the higher price. However, speeds 1 and 2 (which are VERY quiet for night time) do not work, only speeds 3 and 4. CW says to contact MaxxAir. We have tried repeatedly to reach MaxxAir by phone to repair or replace the fan; they have not returned our calls.

The problem could be the PC board. Or an issue with over-voltage (but why do speeds 3 and 4 work?)

Does MaxxAir have problems with their quality control?

Has anyone else experienced similar problems to ours?

The answer: After a long conversation with the tech at MaxxAir this morning, they are sending us a new PC board --shipping will take 2-3 weeks though, but all ya got in retirement is time!
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Bill, or Sherry,

I don't know how comfortable you are with electrical stuff, but there is likely an even better solution. The four speeds on your fan are probably the result of 3 different in line resistors, (top speed would be no resistor). This works, but it wastes power. The resistors heat up. The more expensive speed control has more settings, and wastes little power. This is achieved by turning the power supply on and off very quickly, using a method called pulse width modulation, (PWM). At half power, the switch is on half the time, and off half the time.

You can buy a PWM module and add it yourself:
https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/...tml#post459872
https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/...tor-64815.html

Also, if you do want to have the fan reverse, that can be done with a fairly simple switch.
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