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Old 10-09-2017, 07:29 AM   #1
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Question Replace AC unit with Fantastic Fan.

I am considering purchase of an Axion, but would like to add a vent fan. I gather that the standard AC units and Fantastic Fans all mount through a 14X14 inch hole in the roof. So with a minor bit of rewiring I could ditch a perfectly good 100# AC unit and replace it with a 10# vent fan/skylight. While cooking, the vent fan would keep the smoke detectors from going off.

Although I live in California's hot central valley, I typically camp either on the coast or in the mountains. For the trip to either one, the dash AC should be fine. While stored outside between trips or while parked along the road, the automatic fan would run off the solar panel keeping inside temps below 120F (hopefully).

Finally, since the Fantastic Fan takes up 1/2 the roof space of the original AC unit, I may have freed up enough space on the roof to store a spare tire.

My question is: Is this a practical concept? Have I missed anything?
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:25 PM   #2
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I am considering purchase of an Axion, but would like to add a vent fan. I gather that the standard AC units and Fantastic Fans all mount through a 14X14 inch hole in the roof. So with a minor bit of rewiring I could ditch a perfectly good 100# AC unit and replace it with a 10# vent fan/skylight. While cooking, the vent fan would keep the smoke detectors from going off.

Although I live in California's hot central valley, I typically camp either on the coast or in the mountains. For the trip to either one, the dash AC should be fine. While stored outside between trips or while parked along the road, the automatic fan would run off the solar panel keeping inside temps below 120F (hopefully).

Finally, since the Fantastic Fan takes up 1/2 the roof space of the original AC unit, I may have freed up enough space on the roof to store a spare tire.

My question is: Is this a practical concept? Have I missed anything?
DougB

--- Oh crud. I accidentally posted this in the ClassB+ forum area. DB ---
I don't think it's unrealistic to assume that some day you will decide to sell what you are considering buying and modifying, and IMO the predominant word you will hear from prospective buyers is: Sayonara.
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Old 10-11-2017, 03:55 AM   #3
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It is practical given the way you plan to utilize your vehicle. Leaving the AC wiring in place would make the mod reversible, in case you ever change your mind. I find the ACs very loud especially in the confined space of a van. But I understand that different people have different tastes, needs and priorities.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:28 PM   #4
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We use our fan a lot more than the AC. The AC is loud and I can't turn the temp up enough to keep it from freezing me to death. However, we don't do a lot of summer camping in hot temps.

If you do replace your AC with a fan, you might want to check into a Maxxair instead of a Fantastic since those have a rain shield. It's nice to be able to get ventilation even if it's raining. You can buy a rain cover for the Fantastic fan, but it sticks up a long way and I don't know how well it holds up.
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I am cool (pun ..heh heh) on yanking a perfectly good A/C unit on a perfectly good new rig.
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