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Old 08-21-2013, 01:13 PM   #1
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Fan Tastic Fan Install....Dealership or DIY

We just purchased a 2014 FR Evo T195BH a few months ago and absolutely love it (its our first TT)! Currently its back at the dealer for some small warranty issues (crank handle on one of the vents broke).

I want to install a Fan Tastic fan in the non powered vent in the kitchen area. I've already purchased the fan, and the dealership wants between $200-$250 to install it. There is a light about 18" away from the vent location, so it shouldn't be that bad to pull wire though?

I pulled the trim piece off the vent in the kitchen area, and there's a wood frame around the vent. I was thinking that i could drill a small hole in the vent frame, remove the adjacent light fixture, and use a coat hanger to pull the new wire through the hole I drilled. Does anyone know what kind of framing or insulation i'd find when i try to snake the wires through?

Or is this going to be a nightmare job and just pay the stealership to do it?
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:28 PM   #2
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I don't know what your ceiling is made of.
MINE is a styrofoam sandwich.
I pulled the fan-less vent trim off mine over the bed and found wires running right by
the opening. It was easy to tap onto a ceiling light wire and I was done.

You can probably poke a coat hanger thru the styrofoam from the light to the vent
or vice versa. I say probably because you never know until you try.
I would definitely go for it but I'm allergic to paying for stuff like that when I can do it
myself.

I wanted to add an extra ceiling light in a dark spot and I did just poke a
stiff wire thru the styrofoam from an existing light over to the new light
I was installing. Other than styrofoam BBs all over the place it was pretty
straight forward a job.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:58 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. What about removing the old vent and installing the new? What kind of sealant is best?
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:10 PM   #4
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I just did mine.
Use heat gun and plastic scraper to get old caulk off.
Then use dicor self leveling caulk to replace.

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Removed a std vent and installed a power vent .
About an hour and a half install.

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That doesn't seem like too hard of job. did you have to run power to it?
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That doesn't seem like too hard of job. did you have to run power to it?
There was a ceiling light right there within 8" away.
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There was a ceiling light right there within 8" away.

Is that the one with the rain sensor? Do you need to mix the Dicor?

Nice install Turbs!!
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Is that the one with the rain sensor? Do you need to mix the Dicor?

Nice install Turbs!!
No rain sensor.

Dicor comes in a tube that dispenses from a normal caulk gun.

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There was a ceiling light right there within 8" away.
How'd you pull the wire from the light?
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How'd you pull the wire from the light?
Removed light fixture then pushed the wires between insulation and ceiling from vent hole to the light hole.

Now fyi fan will only work when light switch is on but in my case the light switch is outside of the bedroom in the hallway coming up the steps to the fifth wheel upper level.
So we just turn light on and off at the individual lights in bedroom.

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