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Old 10-11-2015, 01:38 PM   #11
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Great Idea

Joe, I love this mod. Now, I have another item on my 'to do' list.

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Old 10-11-2015, 03:46 PM   #12
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Thanks for the tip. Bob has a new to do on his list.

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Old 10-11-2015, 03:54 PM   #13
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If you put a crutch tip on the opposite end you can turn the fan off and on. The rubber in the crutch-tip grabs the knob and it is easy to turn from the floor. I only need the stool to lock and unlock the fan.
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Old 10-11-2015, 05:43 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Swampweasel View Post
I must be vertically challenged because I can't reach the knob to open my fantastic fan. I even have trouble reaching it from a step stool. Obviously a tool was needed.
I made the tool from the following materials:
3/4" PVC pipe, length to suit (I think I made mine about 32" long)
3/4" PVC pipe coupling
1" PVC pipe coupling
3/4" PVC pipe cap (to finish the bottom end)

PVC cement

I took the knob off of the fan and traced around it on a piece of paper so I would know where to cut the notches in the end of the 1" coupling. After cutting the 4 notches, try it on the knob before gluing everything together. You want a loose fit on the knob.
It is light weight, works great and stores easily.

Nice could have saved me big money. DW had to have the very expensive model with the remote.
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Old 10-12-2015, 02:07 PM   #15
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What a great MOD idea. I made one today with a slight modification to the original post. Rather than putting a cap on one end I installed a 3/4" to 1" fitting, then ground out a portion of the 1" end to accommodate the two round knobs on our Fantastic Fans. One knob is for temperature control, the other to turn the fan on/off and set fan speed. Some of the cuts are a bit rough on the end which is used to open/close the fan lid so I consider it a prototype which I will redo once my wife has an opportunity to use it for a few days. One picture shows one of the two round knobs, the other picture shows the knob captured by the modified 1" fitting.
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Old 10-12-2015, 02:49 PM   #16
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Nice mod!

If this were the 70's it could double as a TV remote control!
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Old 10-12-2015, 04:40 PM   #17
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Now that's some good

thinking and doing!
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Old 10-12-2015, 10:44 PM   #18
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Just wanted to add that there are many mods on the aliner forum for a-frame campers like ours. This mod for fantastic fan had appeared in the aliner forum over a year ago and yes it is a good mod. There is no fee to register for this forum and there are many good mod ideas for our type of trailers such as this one.
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:32 PM   #19
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Wow, kudos to coming up with a great idea!

My lovely but vertically-challenged wife says THANK-YOU and I do, as well, as I don't like getting up in the middle of the night to open the fan for her!!

This is, now, on my winter season "RV MOD" list which is, unfortunately, rapidly approaching us....
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Old 10-13-2015, 07:17 AM   #20
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Thanks MZAK, I was not familiar with the Aliner forum or that somebody else had built a similar tool. Now heading off to check out the Aliner forum!

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