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 on: November 28, 2016, 08:20:01 pm 
Started by fandj - Last post by ron.dittmer
Oh, Thanks so much for that quick check.  I would love to hear about your more accurate comparison.  I look forward to your evaluation tomorrow or whenever you get around to it.

I love the affordable price  ThumbsUp, but I would hate to special order this big monster from Walmart just to return it.  I know they would place it on a clearance shelf and take a loss.  I don't want to do that to any retailer.

I can understand that the UV light will weaken the plastic, making it brittle with extended exposure.  I am not worried about that matter given our indoor storage.  Yet good to know.

 on: November 28, 2016, 07:56:10 pm 
Started by fandj - Last post by Barry-Sue

Just did a visual inspection and it looks to be at least an inch lower than the AC.  I'll pull out the ladder tomorrow and take an actual measurement.  Don't forget, we are on a 2551.  The vent cover on ours sits in the front of the AC.

We have had no problem with high winds.  The only reported problems I've heard were from people who stored their units in the sun year round.  They say after about 5 years the sun weakens the plastic and they've had to replace them.  But at $23 it was no big deal to them.  

 on: November 28, 2016, 07:38:08 pm 
Started by fandj - Last post by ron.dittmer
Hi Barry-Sue,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the Camco aero-flo product.  The lady in the video HERE mentions it is 9" tall.  On Amazon it states 7" tall.  It looks quite tall when watching the video.  Height is a big concern for me because of our low garage door opening.  If the Camco aero-flo stands any taller than our Duo-Therm A/C unit, it won't work.

Assuming yours is mounted at the highest point in the center of your roof, how does it compare to the height of your Duo-Therm A/C unit?  I'll need to measure the height of our A/C unit, but am concerned the spec'd dimensions don't consider the air gap between roof and the product.

Given the curvature of the PC roof and our Fantastic Fan at the top-center, is there any concern over the excessive gap between the sides of the Camco aero-flo and the roof itself?  Do you feel any need to stabilize it better, or is it very solid with all the air turbulance while driving down the highway?

Thanks again,
Ron Dittmer

 on: November 28, 2016, 06:49:25 pm 
Started by fandj - Last post by Barry-Sue
how the wind catches underneath the cover when it is open, lifting and dropping it

We have a Maxxair in our bedroom area of the 2551 and find it to be an excellent product for all the reasons that Fred mentioned.  We have the standard bathroom vent in in the bath area and from day one installed a vent cover over it so we can use it while raining.  It works great for a bathroom fan.

In the galley area we have the Fantastic fan.  We did a modification on it so that it has bidirectional air flow.  This works great.  We were always forgetting to close the vent cover and then stress about rain.  We did not want to order the Fantastic vent cover for two reason, one because it requires drilling into the roof of the PC and two it was a bit pricey.  Since the cover over the bathroom room fan works so great we ordered one for the Fantastic fan.  This is the one we ordered  We ordered it in white so as not to darken the galley area.  It does not allow the fan cover to be opened fully but actually you can open the cover even more so then the Maxxair.  It has air flow on all three sides of the fan and it stops the wind from catching underneath it thus eliminating the clunking noise as Ron mentions.  Plus, no more stress about leaving it open in the rain.

 on: November 28, 2016, 01:08:12 pm 
Started by Sandyc - Last post by donc13
Can I tow any vehicle with standard transmission. Just put it in neutral and go? Does it have to be 4wd? I have a small truck that's a standard 2wd, hate to buy something else different. Thanks

The quick answer is NO!   Simply because attempting to tow any vehicle requires a lot of consideration.  How much does the vehicle weigh?   Will you exceed Gross Vehicle Combined Weight rating?   Does the vehicle manufacturer have instructions on how to tow with all 4 wheels down, are you going to add supplemental braking?   Etc.

 on: November 28, 2016, 12:41:41 pm 
Started by fandj - Last post by fandj
Ron, we have never noticed any clunking from the Maxxair units resulting from wind when parked.  We drive with the cover closed and never noticed any sound coming from the fans.  We have been fortunate not to encounter strong wind while parked so I can't say it wouldn't happen at higher wind velocity.  I would guess wind direction would influence this as well.

 on: November 28, 2016, 12:07:22 pm 
Started by Sandyc - Last post by jatrax
And, some dealers do not know which of their vehicles can or cannot be towed.  I had to educate one.
Sadly, never trust the dealer.  Most likely you already know more than they do.

I stopped at my local Jeep dealer last month to start looking into a tow.  Hey, its a Jeep dealer, they know all about towing right?  I told the sales dude "I need a light weight 4x4 that can be towed all wheels on the ground.  His reply was that I had come to the right place as all Jeeps can be towed that way.  And then proceeded to show me the new Jeep Renegade.  Which is not 4 wheel towable.  When I started asking questions about the transmission and transfer case and what procedure to use to get it ready for towing the reply was: "there is a mount plate that goes on the front and that makes it OK to tow". 

Bottom line: do your own research and do not trust anyone trying to sell you something unless you are confident they actually know something about the product they are selling.

Here is a good place to start:
And here:
And here:

But the only document that really counts is the owners manual.

 on: November 28, 2016, 11:29:20 am 
Started by fandj - Last post by ron.dittmer
Done since brand new, something irritating with our standard Fantastic fan of 10 years now, is how the wind catches underneath the cover when it is open, lifting and dropping it.  The clunking noise is bad.  When closed up, there is no noise.

How well does the MAXXAIR resist that irritating clunking?

 on: November 28, 2016, 10:41:51 am 
Started by Sandyc - Last post by ron.dittmer
Hi Sandyc,

A back alley method to provide a good idea whether or not your vehicle can be towed with all 4 wheels on the ground is to research if a tow bar hardware kit called a bracket or base plate is available.  If you can't buy a tow bar bracket to mount onto your vehicle to accept a tow bar, then your question is kind-of answered by reverse engineering.  As previously discussed, there are flavors of vehicle models (manual versus automatic) that come into play.  That is where your owners manual will help.  If you can find the proper tow bar bracket (or base plate) for your little pickup truck with manual transmission, then it seems promising.

Even if your vehicle is permitted by the auto maker for towing with all 4 wheels on the pavement, you'll need the proper bolt-on bracket to actually tow it.  ROADMASTER and BLUE OX are the two biggest suppliers I know of.  I would imagine there are other brands to check out.

I reinforce the previous replies.  As newer vehicles have become more and more "Techie" with push button start and so much else, there is more to consider.  It seems tow dollies will be become more popular to get past all that for newer front wheel drive vehicles.  Not so much with 4WD and AWD vehicles.

Ron Dittmer

 on: November 28, 2016, 08:47:10 am 
Started by Sandyc - Last post by TomHanlon
Some times during the year the cars manufacture will change their mind or some thing on the car will change  and weither or not the car can be towed will change. The only real anwser is in that cars owners manual, not in a magazine or on some forum.

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