Maxx Air vs. Fantastic Fan?

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I’m considering a better fan for the rig. Maxx Air’s Turbo/Maxx Deluxe 1200T 12V Ceiling Fan with Thermostat looks easier to install then the Fan-Tastic Ceiling Fan Vent which would require removal of the existing vent. Any comments would be appreciated.

I have a Maxx-Air, 2 friends have Fantastic Fans.  I installed mine in about 3 hours, but I’m a bit anal-rententive about doing a good-looking job.  The outside part is easy, but the siting of controls and wiring can be a bi%$h.  (However, the wiring would be an equal pain for either.)  It has a 2-year warrenty. It took them all afternoon to get theirs in, but once they’re in, it is a nice clean installation.  They run theirs inside of Maxx-Air covers to handle the rain problem. I don’t think there is much difference in terms of who moves the most air.  In a small camper, either will suck a thought out of your head. In a bigger camper, the increased volume makes is seems like less air is moving. One thing I can say for the FF is that it is quiet.  My Maxx-Air isn’t too noisey, but it is decidedly more noisy than the FF. One interesting note, especially for the boondockers.  Maxx-Air now makes a Solar-Maxx, which is a Maxx-Air with a small solar panel attached so that you aren’t draining your batteries by running it during the day. Bill Seward http://web.northstate.net/~seward

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I selected the Maxxair for my rig for two main reasons.  One, it moves a LOT more air than a Fantastic Fan.  Second, I can use it in the rain.  This

last Has anyone actually used BOTH in ONE camper and been able to tell which "moved the most air"?  The Fantastic Fans I’ve had can suck off a toupee. I’m wondering if I’ll need to drag the dog off the screen if I put in a Maxxair.

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I selected the Maxxair for my rig for two main reasons.  One, it moves a LOT more air than a Fantastic Fan.  Second, I can use it in the rain.  This last part is very important to me.  I can’t imagine sitting in a muggy summer rain storm without some ventilation.

I don’t know why people keep saying you can’t use a FF in the rain. That’s just not so. I’ve done it. The fan can adequately move air when the vent cover is only a couple of inches away from closed. The rain cannot get in with it in that position, even if the fan’s turned off. That is, unless the wind is so strong the rain is blowing horizontally, in which case you may have other, more important issues to deal with — like survival. GB in NC

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    Most people put covers on their vents that keep rain out when the vent is open.  This also protects the vent from wind and tree limb damage. — Jim Walker Northern Virginia  I don’t know why people keep saying you can’t use a FF in the rain. – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – That’s just not so. I’ve done it. The fan can adequately move air when the vent cover is only a couple of inches away from closed. The rain cannot get in with it in that position, even if the fan’s turned off. That is, unless the wind is so strong the rain is blowing horizontally, in which case you may have other, more important issues to deal with — like survival. GB in NC

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I don’t know why people keep saying you can’t use a FF in the rain. That’s just not so. I’ve done it.

I don’t know why people keep saying Fantastic Fan when it’s a Fantastic Vent….or FV for those in the know. <snerk Gotcha……. Mr. "No such thing as flat co-ax" Hunter

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I don’t know why people keep saying Fantastic Fan when it’s a Fantastic Vent….or FV for those in the know. <snerk

Well, actually, according to their web site, it’s "Fan-Tastic Vent." Gotcha……. Mr. "No such thing as flat co-ax"

No problem. I’ve been "got" before… GB in NC

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I don’t know why people keep saying you can’t use a FF in the rain. That’s just not so. I’ve done it. The fan can adequately move air when the vent cover is only a couple of inches away from closed. The rain cannot get in with it in that position, even if the fan’s turned off. That is, unless the wind is so strong the rain is blowing horizontally, in which case you may have other, more important issues to deal with — like survival. GB in NC Most people put covers on their vents that keep rain out when the vent is open.  This also protects the vent from wind and tree limb damage.

Jim, I’m puzzled. "Most people"? If this is a response to my post, I don’t understand the comment. What covers are you referring to, and on what kind of vent? The Fan-Tastic Vent (okay, Hunter? <g) cover is all the "protection" mine needs against the elements. Do you mean while a rig is parked and not in use, while parked and camping, or while being driven? From their web site: "Vent covers restrict the airflow of your Fan-Tastic Vent by about sixty percent." GB in NC

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I selected the Maxxair for my rig for two main reasons.  One, it moves a LOT more air than a Fantastic Fan.  Second, I can use it in the rain.  This last Has anyone actually used BOTH in ONE camper and been able to tell which "moved the most air"?  The Fantastic Fans I’ve had can suck off a toupee. I’m wondering if I’ll need to drag the dog off the screen if I put in a Maxxair.

There was one poster on a previous tread some months back that had both, and his comment was that Maxxair is considerably more noisy. Wade

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    Most people put covers on their vents that keep rain out when the vent is open.  This also protects the vent from wind and tree limb damage.

Mine are covered so I can leave them open when driving without having to deal with replacing the cover every few years due to wind damage.  Loosing the opportunity to use the vents on the road due to wind problems seems like the biggest reason AGAINST the automatic opening devices.

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Mine are covered so I can leave them open when driving without having to deal with replacing the cover every few years due to wind damage.  Loosing the opportunity to use the vents on the road due to wind problems seems like the biggest reason AGAINST the automatic opening devices.

Two points: 1. Fan-Tastic Vent folks say you can leave their vents open while driving. (They recommend opening them all the way.) A couple of years ago, the first time I ever called them, I asked the tech about that. I also asked him what would happen if somebody forgot it was open and drove under a tree limb or something that damaged it. He said with a smile in his voice, "It happens all the time. I just send ‘em a new cover with our compliments and suggest they be more careful in the future." (Their web site says the vent cover has a lifetime warranty.) 2. It’s not necessarily an "automatic opening device" unless you purposely wired it that way (some folks do, but I don’t want the cover to open and close each time the thermostat turns off the fan). What it is, is an automatic *closing* device for when it rains. Only after the rain sensor dries out again does it reopen automatically. I freely admit that I have never once had the urge to leave it open while driving. I have plenty of either fresh air or dash a/c (and/or generator and roof air) in my Class B to stay comfortable. I don’t like wind noise (from any window or vent) while driving, unless I’m on a back country road just looking around. In almost four years, I haven’t found a single reason not to be completely satisfied with my FF/FV <g and with the people at the company. It’s a great device — well thought out and well made — that does an outstanding job, quietly and efficiently, for a reasonable price. If my next RV (whatever and whenever) doesn’t already have one — although I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t — it will be one of the very first accessories I add. GB in NC

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I freely admit that I have never once had the urge to leave it open while

driving. Once mine closed in the night because it started to rain…. The next morning I broke camp and got on the road….. at some point I decided to stop and go into the trailer and the vent was open and running….. I had been on the freeway. No harm done. I closed it…. Hunter

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From their site: CAN I DRIVE WITH MY VENT OPEN?. YES! It is best to have the dome completely open. There is a lifetime warranty on the dome GB, Their answer sure settles the matter.  If you break the dome on a low over pass, its covered under the warranty! Tom – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – What covers are you referring to, and on what kind of vent? The Fan-Tastic Vent (okay, Hunter? <g) cover is all the "protection" mine needs against the elements. Do you mean while a rig is parked and not in use, while parked and camping, or while being driven? From their web site: "Vent covers restrict the airflow of your Fan-Tastic Vent by about sixty percent." GB in NC

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I freely admit that I have never once had the urge to leave it open while driving. Once mine closed in the night because it started to rain…. The next morning I broke camp and got on the road….. at some point I decided to stop and go into the trailer and the vent was open and running….. I had been on the freeway. No harm done. I closed it….

No harm, huh? You wish. You’ve never heard of "hyperventilating"? <g Hmmm — "Airstream." Maybe there’s something to that name after all. You had an airstream in your Airstream. If you were driving with your window rolled down, was your hair in the hairstream? (Okay, okay.) Anyway, it would be really hard *not* to notice an open Fan-Tastic Vent in a Class B… GB in NC

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I know that people rave about Fantastic Fan giving away parts for free but the counter point is, if it doesn’t break, you don’t need parts.  For the record, Maxxair does the same thing but in the several years I’ve had mine, nothing has broken.

I’m leaning towards the Maxxair simply because of ease of installation as it seems everything else is about the same compared to the other. As you said, customer service may or may not be as good as the Fan-tastic vent, but I haven’t heard any complaints about the Maxxair’s reliability or customer service and I don’t expect it to fail anytime soon (it’s just a fan for crying out loud). I was hoping I’d get some more people responding that owned one. Seems lots more people own the Fan-tastic Vent then do the Maxxair, though. Thanks, Ben

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Just have to point out that if Fantastic Fan or any other company is going to stay in business then any ‘free’ parts or service are actually already paid for – by you, in the purchase price. – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – I’m considering a better fan for the rig. Maxx Air’s Turbo/Maxx Deluxe 1200T 12V Ceiling Fan with Thermostat looks easier to install then the Fan-Tastic Ceiling Fan Vent which would require removal of the existing vent. Any comments would be appreciated. I don’t know much about either model, but all i keep hearing on here is about the way above excelent service from fantastic fan’s manufacturers, has made me decide with out a doubt, that i’ll be getting a fantastic fan for my motorhome when i can afford one (they’re well over

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