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Old 06-26-2007, 06:00 PM   #21
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I agree that the Fantastic (or MaxxAir, or ShurFlo...) products with large-diameter fans are likely to be much more efficient than the little "muffin" fans. The big ones will also be quieter, for the same airflow. I think the little ones are good when you can find them cheap, and you only need a little airflow, such as to ventilate a cabinet for a refrigerator.

According to the brochure for the Fantastic Vent fans, 3 A is at maximum speed (920 CFM), with the lowest speed drawing only 1.86 amps. Although they're pricey, I went for the big unit (a MaxxFan), and would do so again.
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Old 06-27-2007, 08:28 AM   #22
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I agree that the Fantastic (or MaxxAir, or ShurFlo...) products with large-diameter fans are likely to be much more efficient than the little "muffin" fans. The big ones will also be quieter, for the same airflow. I think the little ones are good when you can find them cheap, and you only need a little airflow, such as to ventilate a cabinet for a refrigerator.

According to the brochure for the Fantastic Vent fans, 3 A is at maximum speed (920 CFM), with the lowest speed drawing only 1.86 amps. Although they're pricey, I went for the big unit (a MaxxFan), and would do so again.
Yes the fans are expensive however I ordered mine with an insulated hood from the US and had it delivered for Can$300. The price at RV dealers in Calgary is around Can$425 without the insulated hood.
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Old 06-27-2007, 12:41 PM   #23
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With all the good reports about Fantastic Fans,I decided to buy one. Here in the north country I feel we are getting ripped off. The model 5000 are $279-$355 plus tax locally,I purchased one in Portland, Or. for $151 usd.no local tax and no duty.Even with the exchange thats a large spread.Haven't installed it yet but looking forward to using it.
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Old 06-27-2007, 08:41 PM   #24
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As a temporary fix I picked up a 6" fan from Wallyworld for less than $10. It's called an O2 Cool. It runs on AC, or DC, or with built in rechargable batteries or D cell batteries. I replaced one of the vent screws with a hook, then used two cable ties attached to the fan, then put one tie on the hook and the other over the crank handle. It is easy to reverse. It has not been that hot here in the PNW but this has worked so well that I kind of forget that it's temporary. It's kind of a quick fix but will work until I figure out what I'm going to do and then I can still use the fan in a window or on the picnic table or whatever.
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:10 PM   #25
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Bought one on Ebay for $71 and will install it shortly
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Old 07-26-2007, 06:57 PM   #26
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The best success i have had with the fantastic fan is to have the fan drawing air out of the boler and having the windows opened a crack. It draws a cool breeze over your shoulders while sitting at the table. If you are at the bunk end i have the fan blowing air in.
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