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FANTASTIC FAN
« on: July 21, 2016, 07:10:58 pm »
Our beloved "Baby Beast" (2350 Sprinter) has been sitting in our driveway today because we are loading her up with supplies for our trip up north to the Canadian Maritime Provinces.  We are leaving Saturday morning for a 2.5 month trip to the U.S. Northeast and Canada.

As our PC is parked in our driveway in preparation for our trip, and it is blistering hot here in St. Louis, we have been running the "Fantastic Fan" to circulate the air in the coach. . . . . the Fantastic Fan stopped working today and we don't know why.  Dale looked at fuses, put in new fuses, and nothing seemed to help.
Does anyone have any ideas as to why our Fantastic Fan stopped working?  The little roof fan in the bathroom works fine.

We have our Baby Beast plugged into our household current to run the fans in our coach as we load Her up for our trip.

We very much appreciate any ideas and advise on this problem.

Dale & Cindy Gentry





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Re: FANTASTIC FAN
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2016, 07:26:11 pm »
Unlikely, but... did you inadvertently turn the blue/red temperature sensor control all the way to red by accident?

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Re: FANTASTIC FAN
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2016, 07:49:19 pm »
Dale and Cindy...Carol is right on the mark with her temperature control knob theory.  Turn it to blue and I bet it comes right on.
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Re: FANTASTIC FAN
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2016, 09:00:49 pm »
Thank you Carol & Ragoodsp for your responses. . . . . . but our Fantastic Fan is dead regardless if the dial is turned to red or blue on the dial.

I'm so glad we are heading north on Saturday.   St. Louis temps and humidity are miserable right now.

Carol, where are you hanging out today?  Is it hot where you are?

Anyway, I don't think our problem is "operator error".  Our Fantastic Fan just died today. . . . . who knows why?

Again, thanks to you Carol & Ragoodsp.  I love this forum and all the support from the members.

Take care,

Cindy & Dale Gentry







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Re: FANTASTIC FAN
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2016, 07:05:37 am »
Cindy & Dale--
Sorry about the fan but it sure sounds like a great trip you have planned.  Be sure to keep the forum posted!
I'm in east TN, not far from the mountains, so the heat is slightly less blistering, but only slightly.
Feel free to PM me if your travels here or there bring you near.  It would be lovely to meet you and your Baby Beast!
Wishing you a wonderful and safe road--
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Re: FANTASTIC FAN
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2016, 07:25:38 am »
The Fantastic fan runs off the house batteries. Check the ceiling lights. Check the switch by the door. Call Fantastic vent company, they are great to work with.

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Re: FANTASTIC FAN
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2016, 08:07:04 am »
You say the fuse is good. Depending on your mechanical ability you need to do some trouble shooting. There are four electrical components that need to be checked. I do not know the precise way the unit is wired, you will need a test light or a dc volt meter to check for voltage. First you find the power source wire at the fan and check for voltage. now the four components are. 1) the motor  2) fan speed switch 3) the thermostatic control 4) the switch in the lid cover that stops the fan when it is closed. As I said I do not know the way the fan is wired. You start at the power wire and see if you have voltage to the first component going into it an out of it. follow the wire to the next component and do the same. If you have voltage all the way to the motor that is what's bad.
Now a mechanical failure could be as simple as the fan blade slipping off the shaft. Or some critter brought in something that bound the fan up in the shroud.

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Re: FANTASTIC FAN
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2016, 08:25:44 am »
Here is what always goes bad on mine. The little switch ion the roof that opens when you open the vent. Spray WD40 on it and make sure it goes in and out.

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Re: FANTASTIC FAN
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2016, 08:43:08 am »
Hi Cindy and Dale,

Joe R made a similar reference.  I had wondered if something hardly noticed like a thin twig, lodged itself up there.  The fan will collect debris when the cap is wide open, especially if not running on a higher speed.  It is one reason why I don't like to leave either vent wide open when unattended for extended periods.

I would start troubleshooting by going on the roof and spin the fan by hand.  Make sure it spins freely.  If not, inspect for something like a twig to even something wound around the shaft of the fan, check for clearance between the blade and everything else.

If the blade spins freely, then you can look into the next possibility.  Maybe the switch that turns the fan on/off when opening and closing the cap has malfunctioned.  I am not sure where that switch is located in our fan.  If you can get to it, make sure it is aligned right and clicks on/off when the cap opens and closes.  Maybe the switch is good but got loose and is not activated.

Oops, I see keelhauler just beat me with a similar recommendation about that switch.  Make sure it is working, one way or the other.
« Last Edit: July 22, 2016, 08:46:37 am by ron.dittmer »
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Re: FANTASTIC FAN
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2016, 09:31:29 am »
Hi Cindy and Dale,


I would start troubleshooting by going on the roof and spin the fan by hand.  Make sure it spins freely.  If not, inspect for something like a twig to even something wound around the shaft of the fan, check for clearance between the blade and everything else.

If the blade spins freely, then you can look into the next possibility.  Maybe the switch that turns the fan on/off when opening and closing the cap has malfunctioned.  I am not sure where that switch is located in our fan.  If you can get to it, make sure it is aligned right and clicks on/off when the cap opens and closes.  Maybe the switch is good but got loose and is not

There is no need to go on the roof. Just pop the screen off from inside, like when cleaning the fan/screen. You can do everything from inside. Ron must have one of the old style fans that required removing a bunch of screws to remove the screen.


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Re: FANTASTIC FAN
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2016, 09:37:46 am »
Hi Cindy and Dale,


I would start troubleshooting by going on the roof and spin the fan by hand.  Make sure it spins freely.  If not, inspect for something like a twig to even something wound around the shaft of the fan, check for clearance between the blade and everything else.

If the blade spins freely, then you can look into the next possibility.  Maybe the switch that turns the fan on/off when opening and closing the cap has malfunctioned.  I am not sure where that switch is located in our fan.  If you can get to it, make sure it is aligned right and clicks on/off when the cap opens and closes.  Maybe the switch is good but got loose and is not

There is no need to go on the roof. Just pop the screen off from inside, like when cleaning the fan/screen. You can do everything from inside. Ron must have one of the old style fans that required removing a bunch of screws to remove the screen.


Tom, Our rig is nine years old.  I did not realize the latest Fantastic fans have screens that are easily removed from inside.  That is so very convenient.

DON'T go on the roof as I stated in my previous post.....assuming you have a removable screen.
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Re: FANTASTIC FAN
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2016, 11:46:50 am »
Cindy and Dale,

You know that saying about things coming in threes,  well, you two are finished with rv failures.  The first two have been addressed and the third is on the way.   I was going to mention calling Fantastic as I have also heard they have great customer service.

This is not a fix but a suggestion,  We have always carried a small Vornado fan for  "just in case" purposes.   We have never had a fan failure but do use this fan when packing and unpacking our rv  at home and also when we don't need AC but do like a little cooling at times when traveling.

Your caravan trip sounds wonderful.  Enjoy and safe travels.

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Re: FANTASTIC FAN
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2016, 12:10:13 pm »
Dale & Cindy,
Were just there, don't miss Campobello.  If in N Rustico PEI the Blue Mussel Cafe is great, Lobster Supper buffet just ok.  Cabot Trail at Cape Breton lots of construction and little disappointing.  Nova Scotia discourages overnight parking so spent a lot on campgrounds.  Anne & Gilbert musical in Charlottetown worthwhile.  Enjoy.

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Re: FANTASTIC FAN
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2016, 02:29:58 pm »
Thanks for all the good suggestions!  Dale checked out that little switch on the roof to see if it was stuck or something, and it seemed to be working, that is it wasn't sticking in the closed position.  Also, the house batteries are still strong and the coach ceiling lights were working.  The electrical troubleshooting that Joe R suggested will be the next step.

Gail, you had a good suggestion regarding the small Vornado fan.  We will be bringing ours along with us on this trip for sure.

And randallandchris, thanks for the tips regarding the Maritime Provinces! I printed off your message and put it with our travel guide material that we are taking with us.