How To Install A Fan-Tastic Vent (Fantastic Vent / Fan)

How To Install A Fan-Tastic Vent (Fantastic Vent / Fan)


Fan-Tastic Vent Installation. Hi guys! So
are in the process of getting ready to go vacation. We’ve been doing a few upgrades
and things here and there. One of the things we’ve really been wanting to do is upgrade
our vent that’s in the kitchen. We’re gonna upgrade it to a Fan-Tastic Vent and we have
one right now in our bedroom which is awesome. So we’ve been talking about changing that
to kind of help with airflow and help vent out the kitchen when it gets hot and steamy
and all that kind of stuff. Because this little vent above the stove just doesn’t do anything.
It actually takes up too much space and, anyways, that’s a whole other upgrade. When we’re cooking
the smoke alarm goes off. Everybody in the campground knows we are cooking something.
Beep Beep Beep! So anyways, today we’re upgrading. I’m excited.
Yeah so, I picked this up from Camping World. They had the best deal at the time. They had
a sale. I always try to look for the best deal. And um, it’s pretty cool. You guys kind
of know what the Fan-tastic vents do. There is a quiet fan with variable speed. This one
has a thermostat to shutdown and startup, a three speed fan, and it’s reversible. This
is what I really liked about this is that it’s reversible. When we are cooking we can
put it on vent mode with will suck. And when we want some more breeze in here we can reverse
it and it will actually suck in air from the outside and blow around in here. And that will be nice because this area tends
to get hot. So it will be nice to cool it down. So these two wires can be wired into this
light. I’ll just have to tear out some stuff on the top and it should go pretty smoothly. I hope so. Laughing… Alright Remove the old vent Carefully scrape away sealant to expose screws.
Then remove screws. Carefully pry the vent away from the roof.
There will be putty holding it down so take your time. Preparing the roof for the new vent Alright. So removing all of this DICOR is
a bit of a chore so take your time and be careful not to damage your roof in the process.
So what I’m going to do now is carefully remove a lot of this sealant from the top of this.
You can see here’s the membrane for the roof. So I’m going to be careful not to damage that.
The vent will site right in here. I’m just going to scrape this away gently
all the way around…removing as much as I can. It’s gooey. It is gooey. Hello! Ha ha ha. Yeah you gotta fix that.
Make sure it’s closed by tonight! Ok so I’m almost done removing the old vent
and all this old DICOR and sealant. To finish it up, I’m going to use some mineral spirits
and a rag. I’ll gradually work it in and get the rest of it up. I’ll get it all nice and
clean and ready for the new vent. So I’m gonna keep working on this. This just kind of softens
it up. Just give it time for it to do its thing. Gradually you get it up. So far the hardest part of this job is the
removal of the vent and all of this sealant and DICOR off of the roof. Once I start installing
the vent it won’t be that difficult. But I’ve been working on this part for about an hour
and I’m just taking my time to make sure that I don’t get over anxious and damage my roof
in the process. Ok it’s all cleaned up and I’m ready to install
the new vent. But I’m not gonna lie, it took a little elbow grease to get it all um wiped
up and cleaned up. Check out this box of DICOR chunks. Eeew! Ok. I’m about ready to put this vent on, but
there are a couple things I had to pick up from my RV store. THe
first thing is this butyl tape. It’s kind
of a putty sealant with sticky sides. I’m gonna use it to create a water tight barrier
between the vent and the roof. Finally once I get all the screws and everything
in, I’m going to seal it all up with this self leveling DICOR sealant. That white stuff
you see sealing up things on your roof. I got a couple of these and that should do the
trick. And this should be plenty and should give me extra for another project. So, first things first. I’m gonna get some
soapy water and clean this up real good and I’ll be ready to put on the vent. Yup. I used screws from the old vent. The new holes
may not line up, so pre-drilling new holes may be necessary. Ok. The last thing to do up here on the roof
is to put a nice coat of DICOR on this seal it up and let it do its self-leveling thing.
So I’m going to go ahead and do that., starting with the screws. The important thing about DICOR is to apply
it when it’s warm. It doesn’t really work well if it’s cooler out because the DICOR
has to be at room temperature in order to do its self-leveling thing. I’ve actually
had to take a blow dryer to the DICOR before applying when it’s been cooler outside. Or
let it sit at room temperature for a while before applying it. Connect the fan to 12 volt power. The final step of this project is to basically
wire up the fan. There are two wires coming out and a little groove here that they will
set in. I’m gonna maneuver it around and fish it into this hole that goes to this light
and wire it to this light. I’ve tested this out earlier to make sure fan works. I’ve just
finished twisting it on to these light wires. I’m double checking to make sure everything
works. Yeah. It looks like I have power to the fan. Everything is good to go. Alright. So we’ve had this vent installed
for a few days now and…what do you think? I like it. We’re actually on a trip right
now and we have gone into some hot weather. Um. It’s gotten pretty hot and we’ve done
some cooking. We turn that on along with our A/C to cool the rig down a lot faster. To
create some good airflow. We have another one in the back too. So with both of them
running it’s “Fantastic”. I wonder how they came up with that name. I wonder. He he he.
YEah I like it too and it looks much better than the vent that was there before. We’ve
had our rig, what, seven years now. And things start to discolor a little from the sun. The
one we had before was yelowing a little bit. This has a white base to it. Just looks new,
fresh. Yeah…I like it. Yup. Pretty easy to use. Sucks real good. That was the point.
Ok. I like it. I think we’re gonna keep it. I think so. It’s stuck to the roof. I hope this is helpful. See you guys next
time. Bye. Thanks for watching and let us know what you
think in the comments below. Also subscribe if you haven’t done so. See you next time.

About the Author: Michael Flood

81 Comments

  1. Thanks Brian, did you add a vent cover as well? If not, do you plan to, and what would be your recommendation? Thanks!

  2. Hi, Brian. I am not an expert, but a construction contractor once told me that the tube guns you use for the Dicor come in standard versions and contractor versions. He said the contractor versions actually work more evenly and much easier. Just a thought. Hope you enjoy your new fan! 

  3. Cool He does good work..You need to get a reality T.V. show..That shows R.V. life and how to do installs and fix er upper stuff ..etc..cool I'm a fan….tastic…yo!!

  4. We were lucky that both of our RVs each came equipped with two Fan-Tastic fans. They move so much air that we can't imagine RVing without them. Our current rig is over 9 years old and both fans have been working without a single problem all those years (and we keep our bathroom fan on low just about 24/7/365). Awesome product. Thanks for the great tutorial video guys.

  5. Great video on the install.  I want to install this van in my Ford E150.  I need to be brave enough to cut the hole in the roof!

  6. Great video Brian. Your video gives good guidance and most important it gave me the confidence that I could do this my self. Today  Install one of two on our  new RV! Thanks to you vide we are  almost ready for hot weather. Thanks so much

  7. Thanks for the really helpful video! We'll be modding our older trailer with these fans, however, the inside trim of our kitchen fan is slanted/angled. This is because our roof slopes down from front to back over our kitchen. Do you know how we can install the fan with the angle? Can we just use our current inside trim? 

    Cheers.

  8. Can this be installed in our existing bathroom fan opening for our trailer, because we have a small 4 inch diameter fan with a small dc motor which looks like a toy that actually came with our light weight trailer. Are the square openings standard size?

  9. You might want to consider using a plastic putty knife when removing the old adhesive and goop on the roof – it would lower the risk of cutting the roof membrane even further in case of a slip. Just a future suggestion. Oh – I see you did switch to one later as it is sticking up in the box of old Dicor…

  10. Do you think the Fantastic fan is better than the MaxxAir units? I am interested in reliability and quiet operation on low speed. Thanks
    Ron

  11. How does it keep from sucking in Mosquito's at night when on reverse? Does it have a screen?

  12. they sell a Clear top cover that replaces the tinted one that comes on the Fantasic fan, the Clear one acts like a skylight or a solar tube letting in a lot more Light.

  13. I loved it! Can't wait to do the same but might wait till
    next spring…not too many more warm days ahead. My concern is the strength of
    the roof. I'm not quick to get up there (newly owned)…no ladder affixed so it
    seems to say not a good idea. Anyone know what the weight restrictions might
    be? (2014 Fleetwood Jamboree)

  14. Hello from Florida! We love your videos! We just ordered a Fantastic Fan (should be arriving tomorrow) and I noticed on yours and other installation videos that the roofs have a rubber membrane…ours is fiberglass. My question is, do we use a different self leveling Dicor sealer for fiberglass roofs? Also, (not to be too needy) we are planning to install another fantastic fan towards the front of our unit where there is a manual crank vent. (same opening size as the fantastic fan) there is a light that we can tap into for the power, do we need to do anything different with the wiring so that the light and fan are independent? thanks in advance.

    Kasey and Jenn

  15. Merci beaucoup for your video. I Just finished my installation. Tooks 5 hours including the cover remplacement with a Maxxair.

    I watched several video and your Youtube is the best!!

  16. Thanks for this video. You have given me the confidence that I can do this myself. I need to do two, one in the bathroom and one in the kitchen. Thanks!

  17. Here is a tip on removing old Dicor. Take a metal putty knife (maybe 1-1.5 in wide). Heat it for about 10-15 secs with a torch. Scrape dicor off. Comes off like melted butter. I keep torch going on low and as blade cools, just reheat for a couple seconds, scrape more…repeat. I did my entire roof in about 30 minutes.

  18. Thanks a lot Tito, you do good work, I like when you are finished I know I can do the same job on my RV. Planning on putting on new air vents so I can leave the inside open all the time, wish me luck.

  19. Brian, is that the 7350 model? I definitely want the variable speed and reversible, because IF it is… have you tried the rain feature? Does it really close automatically? Thanks… I'll be sure to use your link if I get it at Amazon.

  20. Thanks for the video. You said you got your Fan Fan at Camping World but the link below was for Amazon. Can you please explain? 😉

  21. I upgraded my Fantastic Fan with the 7350 upgrade kit for $150 over the kitchen. The remote and ability to reverse is pretty nice. I also stuck a Maxxair 7500 over the bathroom. All in all I firmly believe the Maxxair is just better in everyway. Also, my Ventline exhaust shroud above the stove works pretty good. I'm guessing some people don't know there are 2 small tabs on the outside that need to be moved to allow the door to swing freely. Thanks for the videos. I enjoy them and have picked up quite a few things.

  22. Nice upgrade.
    I installed on ein our last trailer in the kitchen that had a thermostat built in. When it was open it would turn on automatically after the stove was lit.
    Better than a range hood exhaust fan!

  23. Just got mine in the mail today. Won’t be installing until the weather is warmer. Nice easy to understand video. Good job!!

  24. Hi Tito!
    Love how you approach your projects, very organized!
    You have any after thoughts on your Fantastic Vent install?
    I am getting ready to do the Fantastic Vent install, so a little nervous!
    Going to watch your video at least 3 mores times before I attempt! ;o)
    I may have to wait till it gets warmer here in Rhode Island (64 degrees yesterday).
    Any extra tips or words of wisdom?
    As always thank you!

    Rhody

  25. What was the old fan… and why did you replace it? Your videos are well done, and very helpful. (Gorgeous assistant, too.)

  26. How much noise do they make when you are trying to sleep on a hot night? Also, it should be a nobrainer, but make sure the hinge is facing the front of the vehicle.

  27. The fan didn't sound so quiet. Wish U would have turned it on while in the kitchen. It is quite loud compared to the MaxxAir fan… just saying… Thankhz for sharing ((-;

  28. Suggest "automotive" style crimp connectors instead of wire nuts. Wire nuts can back off with vibration from the fan motor through the wires, hot and cold cycles, and vibration of driving down the road.

  29. Overlap butyl tape ends. It will compress. Don't butt the ends together. Butting can leave a gap that water can seep into. Butyl is almost bullet-proof when installed correctly… Same goes for those new window installed in the door.. Dicor can have micro channels in the caulk line that water can seep through. Nothing worse than a water leak in an RV over time…. Did you do a water test after it all cured?

  30. The title honestly made the think the fan was bad and I'm getting ready to install one and was mad till watched it and realized what u meant by sucks. Lol

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    I remember the first time we met. It was january 11th 1974 and we went
    Out on our first date and we had a great time. I remember when I took
    Her home that night we we're making out in my car sitting in her drive
    Way. It was so sweet, so hot, and so fine. We didn't want to stop, we
    We would of went all night If her dad wasn't flipping on and off the
    Porch light letting her know to come In. We was fogging up the window's
    of the car and burning up. We fell In LOVE that night, not sex, LOVE.
    I remember latter sitting on her front porch one day talking about us.
    I remember telling her It was ME or her so called friends, No more
    DRUG'S, POT, DRINKING, OR FOOLING AROUND WITH OTHER'S IT WAS US OR
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    Would spend the rest of OUR life with each other and take care of
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    TALKED ME INTO IT, he said WHEN I got back from Paris Island I could
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    and pleated with them that I'd see that she would If they would let us
    get married, but they wouldn't. Both our heart's was broken. So We went
    together for three year's, And two day's after staci birthday We got
    Married. At that time I still don't think they we're to happy about It.
    But latter on I became the son they never had. I't was april 4th 1977
    And we've been together ever since. Now 44 year's latter she Is still
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    WHAT WE GET, IS NOT MINE OR HER'S, IT'S OUR'S PERIOD AND THAT'S HOW WE
    HAVE BEEN SINCE THE DAY WE MET. We camp, We fish, We ride our motorcycle,
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    BEAUTIFUL STACI, THANK YOU STACI FOR BEING MY ONLY TRUE LOVE FOREVER.
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  32. TRY USING XYLOL/XYLENE INSTEAD OF MINERAL SPIRITS IT DOES NOT LEAVE AN OILY RESIDUE. IT COSTS A LITTLE MORE $21 VS $14 BUT WELL WORTH IT. IN A NUTSHELL MINERAL SPIRITS IS THE SAME THING AS PAINT THINNER AND IS ONLY USED IN OIL BASED PAINT. XYLOL/XYLENE WHICH EVAPORATES VERY QUICKLY AND IS DRY TO THE TOUCH NOT OILY BECAUSE IT IS THE DRY PORTION OF MINERAL SPIRITS OR PAINT THINNER AND HAS NO OIL BASED ADDITIVES. THIS IS IMPORTANT WHEN YOU NEED TO ADD AN ADHESIVE LIKE BUTYL TAPE OR DICOR AFTER CLEANING SO IT CAN MAKE A BETTER ADHESIVE CONTACT THAT WILL LAST LONGER.

  33. Hey guys, I know this was a few years back now but could you kept using the same vent cover? I think you had the maxxair vent cover with the old vent. Thanks.

  34. FANTASTIC VENT  PARTS  are still free.  I think that they do now charge for shipping.   I once backed under a tree limb with mine open about 20 years ago and they sent me all of the broken parts free.  NO PAPERWORK REQUIRED.

  35. What a “fantastic” video…. 😂.. but seriously, this helped so much. I’m about to tackle 2 in our 5th wheel so I’m very happy to find this explanation.

  36. Very nice and informative video. I like it. I have a fantastic fan in my camper that is now 9 years old. It works but is not so quiet anymore

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