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Old 07-05-2019, 04:47 PM   #1
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New Vortex bathroom fan

What are the chances that if I install a new fancy fan in the bathroom that I can install a switch on the wall? Don't know if I can get wires down wall..Also would prefer one with motorized lid lift.
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Old 07-05-2019, 04:53 PM   #2
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Have you considered using wire mold? There are some nicer looking pieces out there.
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If you're averse to pulling wire, both Fantastic Fan (now part of Dometic) and MaxxAir offer wireless remote solutions, complete with a little plastic wall mount that allows you to keep the remote where you want.

In the case of Fantastic Fan, they offer 'upgrade kits' that don't cost as much as a whole new fan assembly (and don't make you rip out the existing outer frame.) Not sure about MaxxAir.

Both of the above have options with motorized vent covers. I know the FF also has a rain sensor option that will lower the cover automatically (which, if you use a vent cover, may be a waste of $)

I see Heng's makes the Vortex fans. Wasn't able to glean much info from their website, which is less than helpful, IMO.

If it's a standard 14" opening, I'd probably give thought to replacing with the FF or MaxxAir. The only Heng's product in my trailer is a range hood, and I'm not too impressed with it. YMMV.
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Thanks guys.I will look into FF.
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Old 07-06-2019, 01:38 AM   #5
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Thanks guys.I will look into FF.
I installed a pull string switch for my bathroom fan.



It was simple to install & my wife can reach it.
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Old 07-06-2019, 11:06 AM   #7
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If this is any help.

I installed 2 Vortex II fans in my coach. 1 in bedroom and 1 in bathroom.

I also installed a nice Remote Wall switch. 1 Button ON the other OFF.

Looks great and my short wife does not need any help to turn it ON or OFF any longer..

https://www.ebay.com/itm/12V-10A-Rel...AAAOSwTxpb2sew
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If this is any help.

I installed 2 Vortex II fans in my coach. 1 in bedroom and 1 in bathroom.

I also installed a nice Remote Wall switch. 1 Button ON the other OFF.

Looks great and my short wife does not need any help to turn it ON or OFF any longer..

https://www.ebay.com/itm/12V-10A-Rel...AAAOSwTxpb2sew
I installed four Fan-Tastic Fans with Ultra Breeze Vent Covers & bug screens. I can leave them open in the rain. Two Fan-Tastic Fans have wireless remotes & are reversible.
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I put a Vortex single speed fan in the bathroom of my previous TT, and a Vortex II multi-speed forward and reverse fan in the living area. The single speed was quite loud, but moved air well. All but the highest speed on the multi-speed fan were reasonably quiet. I prefer the MaxxAir Ventilation Fan we have in the new camper, and I've heard good things about Fantastic Fan as well - but they are more expensive. Bathroom walls are usually hollow, so dropping wiring isn't always a huge challenge (hedging here because Murphy is a frequent visitor on my projects). You do have to be sure you stay clear of sliding doors and other obstructions. And a standard switch will turn the fan off and on if wired correctly, but it won't give you an easy option for choosing speeds. There may be a way to do it, but the wireless Fantastic Fan and MaxxAir Fan remotes mentioned by Reprise sound like a good solution to me. Good luck!
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What are the chances that if I install a new fancy fan in the bathroom that I can install a switch on the wall? Don't know if I can get wires down wall..Also would prefer one with motorized lid lift.
I just got done doing just that, I installed a new Vortex fan and a wall switch next to the lavatory.

The only hard part was fishing the wires from the fan down to the wal area where I wanted to place the switch. My job was made easier by removing the medicine cabinet in the wall behind the lav. The wall behind it is curved so there is quite a bit of room to work.

Once I had the wires down behind the lav I simply drilled a hole into the wall beneath the lav counter to get the wires there and then another to the left so I could fish the wires up to where I wanted the switch.

I actually used the original light switch for the fan and an added residential st=witch for the light.

Here is the end result, you can see the medicine cabinet I had to take out in the top right of the first pic:
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