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Old 11-09-2011, 01:37 PM   #1
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adding a Maxair or fantastic fan.

I'm wanting to add either of these in a vent that doesn't already have power to it....my question is how difficult is it to get the power there and does it need to be 12 volt power to run one of those? Thanks.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:12 PM   #2
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if there is a light in the ceiling close to the vent get your 12 vdc from it, you should be able to remove the light fixture and the vent trim ring to snake the wire through. our windjammer came wired this way, the wall switch energizes both the bath light and fan, and you can turn either on/off at the fixture.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:50 PM   #3
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Like Pat said, if there's a ceiling light nearby you are probably OK.

Yes the maxxair or fantastic fans are 12v just like your lights.
I had a ceiling vent over our bed with no fan.
I removed the inside trim ring and found wires running right past the
opening from a light.
I just tapped into the light circuit and hooked up my fan.
It's been working great for 3 years and I've never blown a fuse.

Take off your vent trim ring and see if you have wires already there.

Good Luck!

We like the maxxair fan because it's made so you can leave the vent open
24-7 even in a driving rain and water won't come in.
You can get a maxxair vent cover for fantastic fans also that let you keep
the vent open in inclement weather.
IF you ever camp without electric hookups and just one hot steamy night
with rain showers you will be SO glad you can use your fan for ventilation!
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:25 PM   #4
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Thanks, I'll be checking this weekend for existing or close wiring to scab on to!
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:54 AM   #5
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Follow-up ramblings on the fans.....
We have a MaxxAir fan. It is great except that at times when on low
speed the motor or fan blades set up a resonance. It moans slightly.
This moaning can vary in pitch especially if there is any outside breeze.
It's not loud but it's there sometimes. It seems to be more when on battery
power. Less when we're plugged in and battery voltage is max.
It does not moan on med or hi speed.

2nd-- The MaxxAir can be bought with hinges so you can go on the roof
and easily tip it to the side for cleaning the underside and screen.
This is a GOOD thing. Sooner or later the screen will get bugs or dust or
cobwebs on it and you'll need to clean it. This is especially true if your
fan is over you bed where your wife can lay there and look up at it and
then nag you about cleaning it!!

If I had it do do over I'd probably consider the Fantastic fan with a maxxair
cover only because I'd hope the Fantastic fan is a little quieter.
I have not listened to a Fantastic fan so I do not really know if it's any
quieter.
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motor or fan blades set up a resonance. It moans slightly.

Dan...you bought the bedroom model!

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