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Old 05-05-2015, 11:58 AM   #1
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Which vent fan do I need?

I'm starting to get an itch to put a vent fan in my den area roof vent. I'm not interested in having a thermostat or a rain sensor, just wanted to be able to turn it on/off when I need it. The vent is between 2 overhead lights so I believe I will be able to tap into power from 1 of these. There aren't many threads about adding a vent fan to an existing non-powered vent location.

There are a few YouTube videos on how to install so this looks fairly simple to do. The hardest thing for me is determining which wire on an existing light is the hot wire and where to put the ground wire.

I've looked at several vent fans on CW and Amazon and they all say they are the greatest thing made, just wonderful. I want it to be functional to draw heat and odors from the kitchen and to be quiet while running.

Do I need a complete vent replacement or is there just the fan assembly I can add to what's there already?

So, do any of my fellow FROGS have any suggestions as to which one you recommend?
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I'm starting to get an itch to put a vent fan in my den area roof vent. I'm not interested in having a thermostat or a rain sensor, just wanted to be able to turn it on/off when I need it. The vent is between 2 overhead lights so I believe I will be able to tap into power from 1 of these. There aren't many threads about adding a vent fan to an existing non-powered vent location.

There are a few YouTube videos on how to install so this looks fairly simple to do. The hardest thing for me is determining which wire on an existing light is the hot wire and where to put the ground wire.

I've looked at several vent fans on CW and Amazon and they all say they are the greatest thing made, just wonderful. I want it to be functional to draw heat and odors from the kitchen and to be quiet while running.

Do I need a complete vent replacement or is there just the fan assembly I can add to what's there already?

So, do any of my fellow FROGS have any suggestions as to which one you recommend?
I put a vent fan in where one did not exist.
I also used a nearby light for power.
Wasn't bad @ all to do.
I'd go with a standard fantastic fan.
I'd also "while" install a toggle switch so you can draw air in or flip the toggle and blow air out.

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Go with the FantasticFan. When I bought my current tt, I had the dealer remove the cheesy factory fan from the bathroom (only fan in the whole trailer) and install a FantasticFan. They are the best. In my previous tt, I replaced a non-fan vent with a powered vent and was pleasantly surprised that the power wires were already there under the trim ring. Maybe you will luck out too.

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These are interesting.

Standard Fan-Tastic Ceiling Fan Vent without Thermostat - Fan-Tastic Vent CW4000R - Fans - Camping World

Amazon.com: Fan-Tastic Vent 801200 ABS LID Vent Create-A-Breeze 3-Speed Manual Crank ABS Smoke Dome: Automotive

Amazon.com: Fan-Tastic Vent 4000R Off White Vent with Reverse Switch: Automotive


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... blow air out.
That's a natural phenomenon for you.
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That's a natural phenomenon for you.
Some people are talented I'm just downright awesome !

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So, for about $40 I can have it reversible. Do many of you use it to blow air in?
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So, for about $40 I can have it reversible. Do many of you use it to blow air in?
I do

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I do
X2. Wouldn't be without.. especially in the bedroom. It's much more pleasant pumping in cool night air than it is trying to pump warm air out.
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I went with the Vortex II it is multi speed reversible and fits in the existing housing. Works well for me.
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I went with the Vortex II it is multi speed reversible and fits in the existing housing. Works well for me.
What about the noise level?
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We prefer the noise so I can't help with "quiet"

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We prefer the noise so I can't help with "quiet"

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The "white" noise from a running fan helps me sleep and the extra air movement is a bonus.
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The "white" noise from a running fan helps me sleep and the extra air movement is a bonus.
Yep

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You're setting yourself up for a comment from you-know-who!
He won't read this thread......

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Which wire?

I took the garnish off in hopes there would be a hot wire sitting there waiting on a vent fan. Nope.

Before I start snipping wires, which 1 would be a likely candidate for THE hot wire?

I figure the colored wires go to the radio, overhead light, exterior running lights, speakers, etc...

The wire that is white/red stripe, could that be the one I need to tap into?
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These, red should be 12v, white should be ground.

The other IMG looks like it could be for speakers.
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These, red should be 12v, white should be ground.
I would check with a meter first. There is some wierd color coding on these RV wiring.
I'm sure one is 12v and the other ground though, just which is which?

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Of course, I haven't even purchased the vent fan yet. Just trying to get the understanding for a DIY project.

But I assume the fan will have a white/black or red/white or even have +/- on the wires. I'll have to figure out which goes to which, right?

Snip the white/red wire in pic #2.

Wire nut the red wire to the + wire from the fan and wire nut the white wire to the - wire from the fan, right?

If the fan turns the opposite way it is supposed to, the wires need to be switched?

I may even get a reversible fan.
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