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Old 03-28-2017, 12:06 PM   #1
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Fantastic Vent Remote Control

Our Berk 34QS has a Fantastic Vent in the kitchen and it has an antenna sitting inside. So, I assume that it should work with a remote control. But, we didn't get a remote control with it.

Were we short-changed, or is there an upgrade available by simply purchasing a remote?

I've looked at the Fantastic Vent website and it seems to suggest that an upgrade to a remote control requires work on the fan itself. Is that really necessary?

Thanks for your advice.

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My 2014 has a simple thermostat on the wall. I have to manually open the vent cover with the knob. Do you have one of those? Is there a 3 speed control knob up on the fan?

If it has the 3 speed control knob on the band my guess is that he would have to change / modified to work with a wireless remote.

I don't know what this antenna is that you're talking about looks like. Have you got a picture?
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Old 03-28-2017, 02:05 PM   #3
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Mine is just like yours Dan. I don't know of any antenna either. I do wish they would have spent a few extra bucks and put the power door, rain sensor and remote on ours, but I will live with it I guess. My DVD player is a lot like your old one... ;-)
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Hope the DVD is working well for you.
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I'll send a picture of the fan on Thursday when I get the RV out of storage.

The antenna is the classic telescoping antenna that we used to have on transistor radios and cars. The fan has multiple speeds and can be turned on by temperature, so it seems to have the functionality of the radio-controlled ones. Just not the rain sensor.

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Working great Dan, thanks again!
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I'll send a picture of the fan on Thursday when I get the RV out of storage.

The antenna is the classic telescoping antenna that we used to have on transistor radios and cars. The fan has multiple speeds and can be turned on by temperature, so it seems to have the functionality of the radio-controlled ones. Just not the rain sensor.

–cheers, Gordon
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I upgraded my Fantastic Fan about four years ago to one that has a battery operated remote, no antennas, a rain sensor, motor driven open and closing, about ten manual speeds and ten temperature settings. It works fine and the company "Fantastic Fans" was, well Fantastic. Unfortunately, they were bought out; I believe by Surburban. My original living area fan had a wall mounted thermostat, which was connected by wires; not air waves.

Can't help you with the antenna.
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What Gale & Hank Said!


IMO, the Diesel Division should be ashamed of the vent fans that they put in our Coaches! OK, so the Kitchen is a FantasticFan. Big deal, with 84" cielings, my wife (and I bet a lot of other folks!) can't reach the control panel. And don't get me started about the el-cheapo fans in the Bath & toilet!

Here is what I did to remedy the situation:
http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...od-129156.html


Since the vents have integrated covers, we can use them during rain & down the road. Turn the Kitchen on exhaust, and the Bath on intake and you create some very nice air circulation!
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Bob,
Thanks for the link to the MaxxAire fan. It might be something to replace my bathroom fan, which is an antique noisy fan with a 30 year old design. (Maybe 50 year old design....)

If I can upgrade my Fantastic kitchen fan to have a remote for a lesser cost, I'd be tempted to do that.

The height of the current fans isn't a big issue for me, because I have a tall RV/Trucker antenna for my WeBoost cell phone booster and it is the highest point on my roof right now.

I agree with you that the fans provided by Forest River on the Berkshires represent a lower standard than the rest of the items in the coach and don't speak well for Berks.

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Old 03-30-2017, 09:12 PM   #10
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The Antenna is actually the temperature sensor

I got my RV out of storage today, and here is the photo I promised of my Fantastic Fan. Once I took the screen off for the photo, I realized that the "antenna" is actually just a temperature probe. It is horizontal in the photo, just to the right of the 4-star knob for cranking the top up.

The photo says it is a model 2200, so I'll look at the Fantastic website to see if it can be upgraded to a remote or whether it must be replaced.

Thanks for everyone's advice.

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Replacing the noisy old-style bathroom fan with a Fantastic

If I replace the old-style bathroom fan with a Fantastic with remote control, do I need to do any cutting? Or, do I just remove the old fan, clean off any sealant and install the new?

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The only cutting I had to do with my upgrade was to cut off some of the inside plastic trim piece. That's the square piece that butt up to the ceiling. That was on my old Class C motorhome. Don't know if you would have to trim it on the Berkshire.
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I previously said that Fantastic was acquired by Suburban. Wrong, they were acquired by Atwood in 2010.

When I upgraded to a remote controlled fan in 2012, Fantastic sold a kit that only changed the necessary parts. Did not replace the roof housing. Not sure if they offer that kit now.
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Old 03-31-2017, 01:48 PM   #14
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Hank,
Was this the kit?
Fantastic Vent Upgrade kit 6600 Wireless Remote - $147.99

The model numbers have changed, but they presumably are still selling it. If it is available, it's the one I want, but I probably need a Canadian supplier.

BTW, I thought I saw somewhere that Fantastic is owned by Dometic.

And, they are in Elkhart Indiana, so maybe I'll see if I can get the parts from them in July. I'm going to drop in to see Forest River and they'll replace my headlight that is full of water.

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I previously said that Fantastic was acquired by Suburban. Wrong, they were acquired by Atwood in 2010.

When I upgraded to a remote controlled fan in 2012, Fantastic sold a kit that only changed the necessary parts. Did not replace the roof housing. Not sure if they offer that kit now.
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I just did mine with just the up grade kit like you. No changes to make to roof vent Took all of 45 min to do the mod. Later RJD
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If I replace the old-style bathroom fan with a Fantastic with remote control, do I need to do any cutting? Or, do I just remove the old fan, clean off any sealant and install the new?
Gordon,

The hardest thing about replacing the fans with the MaxxAirs was getting the dried Dicor & sealant off the roof!

Drop in replacement for me!
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Gordon,

The hardest thing about replacing the fans with the MaxxAirs was getting the dried Dicor & sealant off the roof!

Drop in replacement for me!
If you ever have to remove Dicor again try using a heat gun or hair dryer to soften it first. Should make it easier.
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