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Old 09-04-2013, 12:57 PM   #1
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378 Kitchen vent problem

Hello fellow Georgetownians.. Need some advice. Like a fool while putting on my RV cover, I stepped through the kitchen vent cover and vent. I would like to replace it with a powered vent but need power as the original was not powered. After removing the vent I can see 2 brown and 1 white 12ga wires running by the vent opening. First question is has anyone replaced a kitchen roof vent and did you install a powered unit and if so, what manufacturer did you purchase from? 2nd question is what do they use for the roof caulk? Some of it was still "wet" as I pulled the unit out of the roof. 3rd, does anyone know what those wires would be going to and from?
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Going to have an RV garage installed on our RV pad, getting to old and dumb to keep climbing up there to put the cover on and off!
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:18 PM   #2
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Opps... Now you get to buy a Fantastic electric vent to replace that manual one.
Link http://www.fantasticvent.com/products/products.html
You can get them online or at Camping World
They have ones that are motorized louvers or manual, They have temperature thermostats to turn on/off or just a manual on, they have rain monitors that will close automatically, most have 3 or 4 speed fan speed switch.

They all fit the same hole size.

You need to check the wires with a digital volt meter to see if you have any voltage on any of those wires to ground. Are these wires dead ended or look like the are travelling to another location?

That is the best advice I can give at this moment.


Oh here is link to how to install
http://www.fantasticvent.com/faq/kno...o_install.html
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:40 PM   #3
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Thanks, I definitely want to put a powered fan in it's place but the power source is the issue. The wires are running from somewhere to somewhere else. They are 2 brown and 1 white 12ga taped together running along the roof. Any ideas where to get a Fantastic for a reasonable price? Camping world is way too expensive for most things. Any ideas on where I might find out what those wires are for?
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I ordered the Fantastic Fan as an option when I ordered my coach. Follow Iggy's advice about checking if they are "hot" or not. Or call FR and ask if they pre-wired the vents with 12v for adding fans.

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Old 09-05-2013, 09:14 AM   #5
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I ordered the Fantastic Fan as an option when I ordered my coach. Follow Iggy's advice about checking if they are "hot" or not. Or call FR and ask if they pre-wired the vents with 12v for adding fans.

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Hey Forrest, thanks, you got a kitchen powered fan as an option from FR? I have one in the bathroom area but not in the kitchen.
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Hey Forrest, thanks, you got a kitchen powered fan as an option from FR? I have one in the bathroom area but not in the kitchen.
I have no idea what the wires are for but I can guess but know it is 12 volt battery voltage and NOT AC 120 volt.
It looks like it is going across your motorhome from side to side.
What do you have in the ceiling that may just that?
Ceiling light circuits 12 volts DC
AC thermostat wires 12 volt DC
It also may be for an outlet in the wall

As soon as you test for power or no power you can turn on some switches and see when it goes on or off.

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the wires are running front to back, you can see the top of the fridge in the picture..Unfortunately I do not have a meter so I guess I will call FR and see if I can speak with someone who might know..
Thanks for your advice..
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the wires are running front to back, you can see the top of the fridge in the picture..Unfortunately I do not have a meter so I guess I will call FR and see if I can speak with someone who might know..
Thanks for your advice..
Ray

I bet it is the ceiling light circuit or the thermostat wires to the front ceiling AC unit
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Racyn778, I ordered one for the kitchen and one for the bathroom. Both are thermostatic controlled and have a rain sensor. I wish I would have got the remote, my wife is height-challenged and can't reach the controls, so I have to get up and do it. LOL. The rain sensor didn't work once on the one in the bathroom, luckily it didn't rain much.

I put the max air covers on after that, so now it doesn't matter.

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Just Installed-----------------

Just installed a MAXXAIR fan #7000K with remote, It is the latest version of the fan. I got #19 of the new style. The latest mod is a gasket has been inserted into the roof flange and the fan housing to prevent rain from blowing in. The early models did not have the gasket. Mine came from Amazon.com with the white lid. It is listed as "MAXXAIR 0007000K Maxxfan Deluxe" for $261.00 includes shipping. It is listed as a smoke cover but the lid is white.

There are two models one is manual opening and fully auto. The 7000K is fully auto,

It sure will move the air, is thermostat controlled, reversible, with remote.

Hardest about installing was removing factory caulking from original vent. But a hair dryer and paint scraper will do the trick,
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