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Old 08-30-2009
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Default Fan-Tastic Vent

Hello, I'm new to the Group and to my 2004 M380, I want to replace my fan-tastic vent with one with a rain sensor. My question is how do you remove the center console in the ceiling to gain access to it? I called myself looking but didn't find a way yet? Has anyone any ideas?

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Default Rope Lite

Sorry, missed one, also the rope lite under the cabnet, how can I replace it?

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Terry,

Are you sure you don't already have a rain sensor? I thought all M380's had the rain sensor on the vent.

With regard to the rope light in the kitchen, why do you need to replace it, is it not working; does it have a cracked casing or a bulb not lighting? If it is just cracked, I would suggest using clear tape to make the repair.
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Perhaps the installation istructions might help, but they are not very detailed.
http://www.fantasticvent.com/faq/kno...o_install.html
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Hi Doug, about half of the lights are burnt out.
If it has a rain sensor, it don't work! I thought it was and it came a rain the other night and before I could get out there and close it the floor was wet and now I have some buckling going on with the floor.

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Perhaps the installation istructions might help, but they are not very detailed.
http://www.fantasticvent.com/faq/kno...o_install.html
I think that I can replace the vent OK, just need to know how to get to it on the inside?
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FWIW,

I replaced all three fans in our coach with new Fantastic units with clear amber covers (smoke). The front salon is a rain sensor unit and although it works well, there are two elements that would cause me to reconsider if I had to do it again.

1. When it is light rain, it has a tendency to short cycle up and down and this is annoying and likely would lead to short life.

2. You can't ride down the road with it open.

The other two that I installed have just the thermostats and open manually. Over the bathroom unit I installed a (clear smoke so I still get the the light and can see the sky) Max-Air cover. With this, I can leave the vent open all the time and ride down when its open. I spoke with Fantastic about this and was told this decreases ventilation flow about 15%. To me, its worth it and I am considering buying the clear smoke max vent covers for the rain sensor in the salon and and the kitchen too.

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Hi Doug, about half of the lights are burnt out.
If it has a rain sensor, it don't work! I thought it was and it came a rain the other night and before I could get out there and close it the floor was wet and now I have some buckling going on with the floor.

Regards,
Terry
I checked the specs and the M380 does have a rain sensor on the vent next to the shower. Before replacing the entire fan, I would check fuses and wires to be sure they are all correct.

As for the rope lite, with 50% of the lites burned out, I would try to replace it. I'm not sure who the OEM is, however, you could do the following: 1) check the parts date on this forum; 2) call Coachcraft in Columbus, GA or 3) call Bleakley, Jackson, GA and ask them if they know where to order it from. Both of these locations know Blue Birds and work on them every day.

I'm sorry to hear about the floor problem caused by the rain coming into the coach through the vent. My floors are all wood (except bedroom) and, luckly, I've not had any floor problems.

Good luck getting these things taken care of.
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The M380 should have a Fantastic Vent and there should be a selector switch on the fan that has a position that overrides the rain sensor.

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Terry,
Fantastic fan had a lifetime warranty historicaly. They have since gone with a limited version. Give them a call and see if your fan qualifies. When the fan in my 1978 failed they sent the parts free of charge.

P.S.
I didn't mean to infer that you couldn't install a new fan before, I just thought the installation sequence might give some insight.
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