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Old 08-26-2013
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Before I start doing too much research I thought I would ask here first. My MCI has 2 fantastic fans, that work really great. Both fans have started to crack on the outside, so they need to just be replaced. The problem is that they are controlled by 2 switches on the wall. I see a lot of the new fans have remotes, but are any still able to be controlled the old way on the wall?
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Old 08-26-2013
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I made the mistake of trying to repair an old bathroom vent fan. The housing was so brittle it just broke apart like an eggshell. I put in a MaxxFan because the lid had 2 supports instead of 1. Their concept of translucent white lid doesn't let much light in unless it's open. Looking at Fantastic and MaxxAir I didn't see one with wall switches.
Leonard Campbell
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We have the Fantastic fan controlled by the original 'bird wall thermostat. The stat is on/off as well as temperature controlled. I do not see why your wall switches would not work with the fantastic fan. Ours is the rain sensor fan.
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Old 08-27-2013
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The fantastic fans have a lifetime warranty, wonder if that covers the housing? Mine is cracking also...
Ok, I thought they had a lifetime warranty, but not...
Lifetime on plastic cover only... 2 yr everything else.
"Effective January 1, 2013 Parts and Labor - 2 Years
Additional part only warranty - another 5 years. but freight charges would
apply. Lifetime on Dome, but after 4 years then freight charges would apply."

Maxxair warranty: 2-YEAR Limited WARRANTY with LIFETIME Limited WARRANTY on lid
Karen & Adrian Abshire - Current coach: 1998 double slide 45' Newell
Prior: 1985 Foretravel ORED 35, 1988 38' Foretravel U280, 2000 Foretravel 42' U320, 1990 WB40 'Mauvelous'(sold)

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I was able to re-wire the bedroom fan in the 84-PT35. Three switches over the headboard, on-off, up-down and a light. I have to set the fan speed manually. The new fan did not have a light kit, it was on my big to-do list install LED lights.
Dan Ackerman
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Herndon, VA
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Old 08-27-2013
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Actually the "deluxe" model of the Fantastic fan with the remote control is well worth the extra cost.

My Roadtrek came with a lower-end model Fantastic Fan with 3 speeds, noisy, noisier, and really noisy.

At many campgrounds, we could turn off the AC at bedtime, but an open window and running the fan kept some airflow that kept the van from being too stuffy. During the night, it was necessary, when it got too cold, to get up and turn off the fan...

The remote control gives the fan 14 speeds and the choice of manual or temperature control. It uses a radio signal, so direct line of sight isn't necessary (like a TV remote).

Now, with my upgraded fan, I can set it at a low speed (where the fan is more of a whisper rather than a roar) -- and then I can switch it off without getting out of bed (which is certainly a convenience).

My 'bird had the one Fantastic fan in the bathroom. It did not have a thermostat, but rather operated with a switch by the entry. Basically that was just an on-off switch. The fan itself had knobs to adjust the speed and direction of air flow (in or out).

The OEM Fantastic fan in the Roadtrek was much the same -- but without the wall switch to turn it on/off. (It also did not have the reverse direction switch.)

Installation of the remote control upgrade pack replaces the fan controller board but uses the same frame and motor as the OEM model. This eliminates the need to remove the frame during installation. The instructions claim the work can be done all from inside the RV -- not quite true, as I had one wire -- and installation of the rain sensor -- that required access from above.

Net result, if I had to replace a Fantastic Vent unit on my Wanderlodge, I would simply go with the remote control version ... and remove the wall switch from the circuit.

Pete Masterson
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Ridgefield, WA
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Remote wall functioning fans if you want to keep the original switches.

Mike and Karen Shawn
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Default Replacing Fantastic Fan

Our fan will go up but won't come down (thanks Tom Jones)... it's noisy, noisier and noisiest... the switches really don't work too great either but after nearly 25 years I think it has paid it's dues. The opaque plastic lid is fine and the mechanism works ok.
Should I pull the caulking and replace everything or just the inside parts?
I like the idea of the remote control unit and may get one for the kitchen to replace the fan over the stove... can't remember the name of that big, noisy thing...
Karen & Adrian Abshire - Current coach: 1998 double slide 45' Newell
Prior: 1985 Foretravel ORED 35, 1988 38' Foretravel U280, 2000 Foretravel 42' U320, 1990 WB40 'Mauvelous'(sold)
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Old 04-10-2014
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Originally Posted by pairodice View Post
Our fan will go up but won't come down (thanks Tom Jones)... ...
Tom Jones? I dunno. What goes up must come down.
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Our bathroom uses a single wall switch that is a momentary contact - up / down / stop.
Just bought 2 from Amazon to have a spare after I replace the current one.

Leviton 1257-I 20-Amp 120/277-Volt Toggle Single-Pole AC Quiet Switch, Ivory
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