Best RV Roof Vent Guide For 2023
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Keeping air flowing through your camper can be an issue at times, especially if you don't have an RV vent fan.
This is especially true on stagnant, hot days.
When you aren't hooked up to shore power and can't run your air conditioning, there's one superior way to move air through your rig:
An RV roof vent fan.
RV roof fans help to keep moisture, smells, and heat out of your vehicle. They can also somewhat replace air conditioning. (Keeping an RV cool in extreme heat.)
Keeping moisture out with a camper roof vent fan is especially helpful in colder climate. Condensation can become a problem in such a tiny area.
Keeping a window open while your RV fan is on will also help get air moving around in your small space.
If your camper roof vent doesn’t come equipped with an RV fan, or it came with a ‘stock’ OEM fan, do yourself a favor and replace it.
A no-name brand, cheap stock tiny RV bathroom fan is not powerful enough to pull out moisture.
Replacing it with a more powerful RV bathroom fan pays off in a big way.
Below is our guide on all things RV vent fans. At the end, we review the best fans out there. Use our table of contents immediately below to jump to where you would like to go.
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Fan Power Considerations
RV roof vent fans don’t use up a lot of amps. They only run off of your RV batteries (12V) which stores amps.
At the maximum draw, the most powerful ones will pull somewhere from 3 to just under 4 amps at full speed.
At lower power settings they will run a little over 1 amp.
The most powerful vent fans will pull a LOT of air around your rig, depending on the size of your rig. Some rigs have two + vent fans.
With two fans, you may set up one fan up to pull air inside and the other to draw air to the outside.
This circulates the air amazingly well.
Other Important Considerations
There are a few important things to consider when looking for a roof vent fan upgrade:
Vent Fan Options Galore
Options may include:
- a remote control for the trailer vent fan
- varying speeds
- a rain cover so you may use it during inclement weather
- reversible blade rotation to either pull air in or push it out.
Size of Your RV Roof Vent
Most RV or camper roof vents come in one standard size (14x14.)
If you have an existing fan to replace, always be sure to measure the hole to make sure the new one will fit.
Otherwise, you had better be prepared to cut out a larger hole. (OR end up with too small of a fan to insert.)
Leaving Pets at Home Alone in Your RV
Do you have pets with you RVing? If so, and you leave them at home, a camper roof vent fan is crucial for their well-being.
RV’s are a lot like cars in that under sunny conditions, it can and WILL heat up very quickly.
This could lead to your pet overheating. Even worse, it could kill them.
A solution could be to open the windows and have a vent fan pulling air out. However, if it rains, now you have a problem.
You say, "Well, get one with a rain sensor then." That is a very bad idea...
How is a Rain Sensor Solution for Pets a Bad Idea?
Great question! You could get a fan with a rain sensor.
However, once it rains and the camper vent closes, your animals could be in trouble once the sun comes back out.
The rain sensor is designed to close the fan vent when it senses rain.
OK, that great! Actually, it's not. It won't automatically reopen after the rain.
You'll have to manually reopen the vent once it's been closed because of the rain sensor.
In such a case, your pet could die of overheating if you aren't home when the vent fan closes itself. We have a product recommendation for this scenario.
Height of Your RV Ceiling
Can you easily reach your ceiling to manually open the trailer vent fan? Constantly having to get out a step stool to open/close your RV or trailer vent fan would quickly become a pain.
If you (or your partner) cannot easily reach the trailer fan in the ceiling, consider getting a fan with a remote.
How much time will you be spending in your RV? Will you be living in it full-time or twice a year?
Some vent fans are louder than others. One of the primary reasons people replace the factory (OEM) fan is because it is very loud.
It also may not move much air.
Many of these OEM fans come with teeny fan blades and loud motors.
If you spend a lot of time in the RV, whether full-time or part, you need to consider how annoyed you will be with a loud roof vent fan. Climate also plays a part here.
If you will be using a vent fan as your only cooling in a very warm climate most of the time, you will have to use your vent fan during most of the day.
(Don't forget to consider how many amps this will drain your battery if you are not connected to shore power.)
Can you handle the constant loud hum of a cheap fan? Remember, camping is usually an attempt to get AWAY from noise and to experience peace and quiet.
All of the above are important factors to consider before purchasing an RV roof vent fan.
Thoughts on RV Roof Vent Fans
Camp Addict Co-Founder
My travel trailer came from the factory with two roof vents.
I've lived in it full-time since April 2014 and have extensively used both vent fans. One is directly over the bed in front and has a Fantastic Fan with a manually raised dome and a temperature sensor.
In the bathroom, there is a cheap little Ventline fan with a 6-inch blade and a puny electric motor.
It really doesn't push much air and sounds like a hive of bees. The Fantastic Fan is great.
It has three speeds and can move some serious air. Sure, you hear it when it's running, but that's because it's moving some serious air.
And it is much quieter than if I had the air conditioning running.
The puny vent in the bathroom moves enough air to get moisture out after you take a shower, but it takes its sweet time.
If I had a real vent fan in there, I'd be a much happier camper.
I'm eyeballing the Maxxair MAXXFAN Deluxe to install in the bathroom.
That is one nice unit and is what I wish I had in both my roof vent openings. The integrated rain cover is a top-selling point for me. Let me tell you why.
Both of my current vents have the typical dome cover that opens up and offers zero protection from the rain.
I wanted the ability to keep them open in all types of weather, so I installed a vent cover over both.
The covers do what they are designed to do. They allow me to have my vent lids open in any weather. Water won't get in while it's raining, and that's perfect.
But there are a couple of catches.
The forward vent cover is right by my solar panel. The cover looms above the panel and actually shades it at certain sun angles.
If you know anything about solar panels, then you know that ANY shade kills the output.
If I had the Maxxair vent fan, in the closed position there would be no shading of the solar panel and in the open position I'd be no worse off than I am now.
Another issue is that the vent covers are tall and they are always in the deployed position. They can't be retracted when there is a stiff wind out.
Why does this matter?
Because they tend to rattle around when the wind catches them just right. I don't know about you, but I don't sleep well when there are strange noises at night.
Never mind when the wind is rocking my rig. The Maxxair MAXXFAN Deluxe will have its rain cover retracted when in the closed position.
This gives the wind a much smaller surface area to catch.
Oh, one last point about the Maxxair - they just look cool. I'm not a vain person, but who doesn't like a little style? Even when you are boondocking in the middle of nowhere.
RV Roof Vent Covers
If you choose to go with a Fan-Tastic Vent roof fan then it is highly advisable to purchase a separate vent cover.
Seriously, if you don't go with our #1 roof fan pick you need one of these.
You are going to want to keep your RV roof vent open in the rain. With the Fan-Tastic vents, there is zero protection from water pouring from the sky without a supplementary vent cover.
Sure, you could purchase the model with the rain sensor and hope that it works.
But there are enough horror stories of them not working to give you pause. Also, there will be plenty of times when your rig needs ventilation when it's raining.
With a Fan-Tastic fan, you will need one of these covers or your rig will get wet inside.
The downside of these vent covers? They add another additional cost to the purchase of your roof vent fan.
Also, are big, bulky and unsightly. They can cast shadows on any solar panels in their vicinity.
Etc, etc, etc.
Seriously consider getting our #1 rated roof fan, the Maxxair MAXXFAN Deluxe which comes with an integrated rain cover.
No pricey, unsightly vent cover required.
An RV vent fan is a best bet for keeping your rig comfortable in different types of weather.
If you have pets, there's almost no question which fan you should be getting if you are in the market. (See below- the Maxxair)
Most fan openings come in a standard size, so changing out your lame original fan with a new one should be no problem.
A new, better fan is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your RV.
If you are in the market, below, we have reviewed the best brands of fan. We let you know which one's are the best and why- we give reasonings behind our choices.
We have reviews for the quietest, best on a budget, and best for pets. Keep reading to let us walk you through which fans are the best and why.
Best RV Roof Fans Reviewed
There are two ‘gold standards’ for RV vent fans:
- Fan-tastic Fans
- Maxxair Fans.
Both companies have their following and both are very good brands.
We outline the pros and cons of both brands below in our camper roof vent fan reviews.
Best RV Vent Fan Overall
Maxxair MAXXFAN Deluxe
Holy moly, the Maxxair MAXXFAN Deluxe RV vent fan is the mack-daddy of having the most features with a stress-free operation.
You may as well stop reading right here, and order up a Maxxair MAXXFAN Deluxe, saving yourself the time of reading on, ha ha. (We kid)
TWO CHOICES to make: Manual or electric lid. And white lid or smoke colored lid. (See below)
Continue Reading Maxxair MAXXFAN Deluxe Review
Best RV Vent Fan for Pets
Maxxair MAXXFAN Deluxe
Again, the Maxxair MAXXFAN Deluxe comes in at #1.
The Maxxair is especially good for pets due to its built-in rain cover and lack of a thermostat control that will shut the vent cover. Read on to understand why.
Again, two choices to make: Smoke or white lid, and manual or electric.
Continue Reading About the Best RV Roof Fan for Pets
Quietest RV Vent Fan
Fan-Tastic Vent Fan
The Fantastic Fan is arguably the best-known RV vent fan name in the industry. They opened for business as "Fan-Tastic Vent" in the mid-'80s and haven't looked back.
The Fan-Tastic Vent Fan lineup can be a bit confusing. We've narrowed down the options. There are 5 retail fan models in the lineup.
Pricing is so close between some of them that we opted to list only the low end, the middle option, and the top of the line Fantastic Fan.
- 3 fan speeds
- Manual lift dome
- 3 fan speeds
- Manual lift dome
- Built-in thermostat
- Reversible air flow
- 13 fan speeds
- Automatic lift dome
- Built-in thermostat
- Reversible air flow
- Rain senor
Continue Reading Fan-Tastic Vent Fan Review
Best RV Roof Fan on a Budget
Fan-Tastic Fan EZ-Breeze
If you need an affordable camper roof vent fan, then the Fan-Tastic Fan EZ-Breeze might be right for you. Maybe.
If you just want a basic fan that works, or for a cheap RV roof vent replacement, the EZ-Breeze is a good option.
Continue Reading Fan-Tastic EZ-Breeze Review
By now you should be able to make an educated decision on which vent fan is best for your unique situation.
There's not one perfect RV roof vent fan for all scenarios. Therefore, knowing the perks of each is key to finding the perfect fan for your rig.
Get that vent fan as soon as possible so you can get out and enjoy your camping trips even more.
If you have a question, please read the comments below to make sure it hasn't already been answered. If it hasn't pop your question in there, and we will answer it if it's an intelligent, reasonable question that we know the answer to!
Camp on, Addicts!
Authors: Kelly Beasley & Marshall Wendler
He-llllo. I'm the co-founder of Camp Addict, which my biz partner and I launched in 2017. I frigging love the RVing lifestyle but in December of 2020, I converted to part-time RV life. Heck, I lived in my travel trailer for over 5.5 years, STRICTLY boondocking for pretty much all of it. Boondocking is a GREAT way to live, but it's not easy. Anyway, I'm passionate about animals, can't stand campgrounds, I hardly ever cook, and I love a good dance party. Currently, I can be found plotting and scheming whether or not to start collecting farm animals (or plotting my next RV trip!) at my beautiful new 'ranch' named 'Hotel Kellyfornia', in Southern Arizona.
Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing from April 2014 - December 2020 (now RVing about 50% of the time), Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle. Marshall spends the majority of his RVing life boondocking. He is the part of Camp Addict that knows 'all the things'. He's good at sharing his technical knowledge so you can benefit.
Very practical content!!!
Thank you Miaaa! We’re glad you found it useful.
Hi! Really enjoyed your informative article about vent fans. My wife and I are working on a camper van conversion and have gotten to the vent fan phase. In our research we found many complaints about Maxx Air fans having problems with the board burning out due to voltage being above 13.8. This is the only aspect that is delaying our purchase. Do you have any insight as to how to avoid board burnout?
I haven’t heard of this issue, but then again I don’t have much experience with the van build community. But in the RVing community (as in, rigs made in a factory), I haven’t heard of any complaints about this.
Have you contacted MaxxAir about this? Sometimes it’s best to go straight to the source… 😉
I have been researching everything for our camper van build and had only recently found this problem discussed in a couple of forums. According to many comments Maxx Air is aware, but hasn’t found a solution. I don’t know why they haven’t just added a regulator to protect the board. If you go to you tube there are several videos showing the procedure for adding the voltage regulator. My problem is that I don’t know which regulator to use. Good luck on your build.
Electricity is the most confusing topic for me, and always has been dating back to my time as an aircraft mechanic a couple of decades ago. But I do have a pretty good understanding of how 12-volt electrical systems work, including the charging of batteries.
14.4 volts is a common voltage for either a solar charge controller or a converter charger (when plugged into shore power) to use when charging a battery. Which means when the battery(ies) are being charged, the entire 12-volt system is ‘seeing’ this voltage.
Which means that every RV with a MaxxAir fan would be having board issues. Unless I’m missing something here.
I wonder if there isn’t something else going on with van builds? Not sure what, but possibly electrical systems being designed by people who aren’t electrical engineers? I don’t know, just seems curious.
These YouTube videos that show how to add a voltage regulator don’t say which one(s) to use? If that’s the case, then they seem to be doing a disservice.
Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you. Just seems like something odd is going on here.
I have a Fan-Tastic Vent Fan in my previously-owned 2017 Lance 1475 trailer. It has a manual open, 3-speed, and another knob that appears to be for air flow direction. However, it only works in the outflow direction which is good. When I turn the knob in the middle (neutral) position and allow the fan blade to stop and then turn it for the downward flow (ceiling fan) position, I hear a slight “click” noise but nothing happens…the blades don’t turn. My opinion is: The prior owner must have turned the air-flow direction adjustment without letting the blades come to a full stop before changing their direction; thus, damaging the control. It appears the model you show has a separate toggle-type switch for air-flow direction.
Do you know if there is a minor fix to this issue or if there is a fan part I might purchase & install to rectify my dilemma?
P.S. thoroughly enjoyed this article…..I did not have any prior knowledge of the MaxxAir Deluxe “all-in-one” fan and cover and am seriously considered it for my bath.
Thanks for checking out Camp Addict! Glad you liked this article.
I have a 2014 Lance 1995, and I’m guessing my Fan-Tastic fan is the same as yours. Mine is one direction only – outflow. The other knob on mine is a temperature knob. You can set it to have the fan turn itself on/off at a certain temp.
The knob has red and blue markings on it for cold and hot. But no actual temperature indications. So it’s not exactly useful for setting an actual temperature.
I never use the temp knob. I have the fan either on or off.
Does that sound like what this second knob is on yours?
I like the MaxxAir a lot. Especially since you don’t have to worry about keeping it open when there is a chance of rain and you want to be gone from the RV. I’ve been threatening to put one in my bathroom as well. Just haven’t gotten around to it.
Thank you for your reply, Marshall.
Yes, the knob in question is half red/half blue….but the fan only works if it is turned to the blue portion. As I previously mentioned, there is a barely noticeable “click” when it is turned into the red half and then the fan stops.
I just viewed a video made in 2011 where a man states: “All OEM Fantastic-Fans installed in Airstreams, etc can ONLY be exhaust fans and cannot bring air INTO the coach by industry code”.
I assume, if I turn the knob into the red area and had the vent open, the thermostat function would automatically start the fan if it became extremely hot. He also mentioned something about after-market fans having both in & out direction fans.
So, I guess I’ll be looking at the Model 2250 mentioned in your article because I enjoy having a “ceiling fan” blowing down on me at night!
You are correct on how the thermostat knob works. The fan will turn on eventually once it’s hot enough in your rig (with the knob into the red ‘zone’).
Definitely having a breeze blow on you at night is really nice when it’s warmer out. Since I still have the stock, exhaust only, roof fan I just use a portable 12 volt fan to blow on me when I need it. One more step, but at least I have total control over where exactly the airflow is.
Hello, Great info on roof fans! Does anyone make a bathroom fan (6.5” circular) that works on the same principle as the MaxAir and Fantastic fans? We need to replace ours and would like to avoid having to cut a 14×14” hole in the ceiling to get the benefits of these fans. Thank you. Joe
Glad you like this page!
If by same principle, you mean moving a high volume of air… Nope! It’s simply a matter of needing a large diameter hole in your roof to move a big volume of air.
There are a couple of circular vent options I found that fit a 6.25″ opening:
Ventline makes a Vanair vent with a claimed airflow of 100 CFM.
Maxxair makes the MAXXFAN Dome with a claimed airflow of 200 CFM
Neither of these come close to the 900+ CFM you can achieve with the larger fans.
As they say in the car world, no replacement for displacement, or in this case, size of hole in your roof. 🙂
I’ve read that there are warranty problems with the Maxxair fan if you buy it through Amazon. I tried to buy through their company and it looks like they want you to buy from a local vender….
Where did you read this? Unfortunately you can’t believe everything you read online.
Always ask the manufacturer to confirm any rumors you hear online. That’s how you get the best answer. 😉
We asked Airxcel (Maxxair manufacturer) the following question:
“Is there any truth to the rumor that if a Maxxair fan is purchased from Amazon that the warranty is not honored?”
This is their response:
“That rumor is not true. If the product is purchased new, we will honor the warranty regardless of who it sold through.”
They seem to very responsive to email inquires. We received that response in less than 24 hours. Feel free to reach out to them at email@example.com if you have further questions.
Maybe silly question, but is there an amp/watts draw difference in these fans, if you’re most concerned with best fan for least energy use? Thx so much…N
Definitely not a silly question!
The amperage draws of each fan (or at least a range) is shown in the ‘Features and Specs’ section at the very bottom of each review. Open up the ‘Continue Reading…’ toggle to see the complete review and then scroll to the bottom to see the specs.
Both the Fantastic Fan and the Maxxair consumer essentially the same. Yes, there is a slight difference, but not enough to make your eyes want to pop out of your head. So you can just go with whichever suits your needs.
Thx, still having trouble finding those amperage draws. N-
Go to the reviews section above. Scroll down to view the individual reviews (in the gray boxes). At the bottom of each individual review gray box you will see where it says “continue reading **name of product** review”. Click on this to open the full review. Scroll to the bottom of the full review to the “Features and Specs” section. This is where you will find amp draw.
Maxxair MAXXFAN Deluxe: Max amperage draw at full speed/power: 3.7 amps (will use about .2 amp at low-speed)
Fantastic-Fan: Amperage draw between about 1.8 and 3+ amps (model and speed dependent)
I swapped out our original fantastic fan for a really nice Maxxair. I can’t remember the model but it comes with a cool wireless remote which has Temp control, Variable Speed Control 0-100 percent, my only gripe is the rain cover, rattles in the wind, (clips into the mounting) but i’m going to fit that.
Isn’t it ‘fun’ when things rattle in the wind, especially when you are trying to sleep?
The cover I have over my non-Maxxair vent in my bathroom rattles like crazy when the wind hits it right. You have to wonder if the people that make these things actually use them? Yeah, that’s a pretty rhetorical question…
Glad to hear that you like the Maxxair otherwise! We feel like it’s the best roof vent fan available.
Thanks for the comment and Camp On!
Two of my three OEM fans died after about 7 years of use. After reading your review about the pet friendliness, I purchased two Maxxair Deluxe fans (without remotes as I have too many remotes lying around).
I’m super happy with my purchase. My mobile RV guy installed them easily and quickly. My first impression: they are very quiet! Today was the first rain day since installation. Awesome having the built in rain covers! I do have two traveling RV cats, which influenced my choice of Maxxair over Fantastic.
Muchas gracias Camp Addict!
Thanks for the great comment and feedback for other readers to hear about this fan! We are glad to hear you love your Maxxairs. And glad you had the information out there to make a smart pet purchase. The thought of the Fantastic Fans closing with even just a little rain and possibly putting pets in jeopardy is horrible. I hope nobody ever makes that mistake again. The built-in rain covers are where it’s at!
Get out there chica, and Camp On!
Thank you so much for including a recommendation for pets. This was exactly what I was looking for!
Excellent! We want to help keep pets in RVs safe, so the Maxxair is the clear winner for the reasons we stated. We hope you are happy with your new Maxxair, and thanks for your nice comment! Not everyone does and we appreciate you taking the time to do so. Camp On, girlie!
I have a Maxx-air fan. I have to put my hand all the way up to the fan to feel the air coming in. It seems like a very poor air mover. Is your experience with the fantastic fan different?
It sounds like there is some setting or something else wrong with your Maxair fan. I’d reach out to the company and get some assistance on their end.
Just a few nights ago we were in an RV that was full of people watching TV and someone commented how stuffy it was, so we turned the Maxxair fan (which that RV had) on low, cracked open the door, and in a matter of a minute people were complaining how cold it was. So the fan was pulling a lot of air thru even on low. So they definitely do the job when working properly.
Best of luck getting yours figured out!
Hello! Thank you so much for all that you do for Outdoors enthusiasts like me. Do you have any information you can share about best roof AC for small campers or vans?
Thanks for letting us know you are digging Camp Addict! We strive to eventually have every category imaginable under the sun about RVing, camping, vanning, etc. Unfortunately, we have not researched AC’s yet and cannot give you any tips on what to get. Hopefully, it’s not going to be too long until we get there!
We hope you are out there camping regardless, and if you aren’t, DO IT, and Camp On, Romina!
Thank you so much for your educated advice & knowledge on the RV roof fans. I’ve been painlessly searching for help on what is best to replace my RVs bathroom fan. I replaced my AC unit with the MaxxiFan deluxe model. Im still in the process of hooking it up, but I do have it in. The advice on the solar panels, which I’m going to install in a few weeks is great, I didn’t think about that!
Guess I need to save up a little more to get the fan you highly recommend.
Again thxs for the info, & making my decision a better one. ?
Happy Roads to you!!
Ms. Rose B
Hello Rose B,
We are very happy to know that our RV roof fan page has helped you out! We love hearing that what we are doing is helping others know their RV products better than they would without it. Thanks for commenting, and Camp On, Rose!!
Thanks so much for the reviews – my primary concern is keeping my old rescue pitbull cool and comfortable, and your review is the only one I found that included a choice specifically for pets! I followed your link and ordered the Maxxfan Deluxe today 🙂
Hi Jen, that’s great to hear! Yep, we love pets so we wanted to make sure to cover which fan was the SAFEST for pets, as they are precious! In related news- I just got a new app the other day… one that doesn’t need a monthly subscription to monitor. It’s called Presence. I think I did pay for it, but there’s no monthly fee. All you need for it to work is an old smartphone, iPad or other device to use as a camera. Point the device at a temperature gauge in your rig, and walla- you will always be able to see how hot (or cold) it is inside. Also, you can monitor what is going on inside of your rig. Use it for security or to watch what your dog is doing while you are away! Pretty cool, eh? Thanks for using our link and thus supporting Camp Addict. We hope you enjoy your new fan! Camp on, Jen!
Hi Phil, we have a Gidget Retro Teardrop Trailer that was made in Australia in 2017. Our space is very limited on top to place an electric vent fan, and wondered if you could recommend anything smaller than 14×14? Was looking for 12×12 but no luck (yet), did find Ventline Ventair which is diameter of 6 1/4″ round. Pefect size, but no extras it appears. But we might not have a choice. Also the body is made out of fiberglass, so a tad worried about cutting a hole (we are using a professional to do this). Just a little scared to make a change (but a well needed one to circulate air).
Unfortunately 14×14 is the industry standard, so that’s what the RV roof vent manufacturers make their products to fit. The one exception that we are aware of is what you mention, the round 6.25″ style fans that are just fans. These are popular with smaller trailer manufacturers as a bathroom vent fan.
Your best bet, if you want a vent fan that actually will vent any amount of air, is to go the 14 x 14 route.
Best of luck and Camp On!
Thanks for doing all this analysis! We’re converting the largest version of the Transit van. We have decided to have two fans, but curious if it makes sense to spend the money on 1 Delux AirMaxx and then maybe go cheaper on the second fan, like a Fantastic. SO many decisions! Thanks again, looking forward to reading more!
You are very welcome Olivia!
Isn’t that the truth? Sooooo many decisions, especially when you are doing a build-out on your own. I’d probably suffer from analysis paralysis! ?
I’d definitely go with at least one Maxxair just because they are so much the better option, in our opinion. The second fan is up to you (says Captain Obvious), but if it were my rig I know which way I’d go. ?
Thanks for the input and best of luck with the build!
What is vent mode vs ceiling fan mode?
Vent mode is when the roof vent cover is open and you are ‘sucking’ air (or venting) out of your rig. Ceiling fan mode (not available on all roof vents) is when you run the fan with the cover closed, recirculating the air already inside your rig (not bringing fresh air in).
I have a NV200 cargo van that I’m turning into a camper. It has a much smaller volume than most to ventilated. I like the EZ-Beeze’s low profile and built-in rain cover. It looks like I could install the solar panels above it. Do you see any issue with it ventilating that small a place? I would expect to run it all night to handle respiration moisture and heat, so power draw and noise matter.
Interesting application… Yeah, I would think that this might work with the low profile of the EZ-Breeze. Just keep in mind, when you are installing solar panels right on top of the EZ-Breeze (obviously with sufficient clearance), that you need to have somewhere for the vented air to go. Obviously it will go out between the roof and the solar panels, but you want somewhere for it to ‘escape’ not too far away from the EZ-Breeze, I would think. You might want to contact Fan-Tastic directly to get their opinion.
Very nice vent-fan iterative evaluation! I have limited room on my Nissan NV High Roof. I’m going to go with 2 – 180w Grape Solar panels and a Penguin II 13.5k roof ac in the rear. I’d like to dual task the front 2 solar panels above one or possibly two Fan-Tastic Easy breeze fans facing away from the passenger or awning side (I could probably fit them under 1 panel easy, but it would be more of a spoiler effect if both the front panels were adjacent, imo.)
1. What is the minimum height distance from the roof should the solar panels be placed above?
2. Are there any metal covers for Fan-Tastic fans, like Heng’s 90114-C1 Universal Roof Vent Lid – Metal, to shield wi-fi radiation?
Thank You for your expertise!
Thank you, Phil! We are very proud of the site and are happy you are getting informed by it as well.
To answer your questions:
1. To find out the clearance, we suggest installing the vent first. Then measure the height needed to allow the vent cover to be fully opened, THEN get the brackets you will use to mount the solar panels.
2. We are not aware of a metal lid that Fantastic Fan makes. You may have to fabricate your own.
Good luck, have fun with your installs, and Camp On, Phil!
Thank You Kelly.
One thing I have noticed is there is a Fan-Tastic Vent U1500BL Ultra Breeze Vent Cover which almost looks rain proof is not mentioned in your article. It has hundreds of near perfect 5 ratings on Amazon.
And with 13 speeds, quietest rating, and remote control, the Fantastic vent 807350 7350 looks unbeatable (professionally installed though!) The MaxxAir has one speed which is also the LOUDEST of all fans, so it is not even in the ballpark with me. I have blast shock tbi from Army firing and mortar range, and the MaxxAir fan would put me on my knees!
As well, the MaxxAir 900 cfm would suck contaminated particulates in my van since my Dometic Penguin II 13.5k btu AC is only 335 cfm max: my clean air source. Instead of one speed like the loudest MaxxAir, the 7350 Fantastic remote vent has 13 speeds, so I’m sure I can get just below 335 cfm and as well, a more manageable sound pollution.
Thank you for your extensive and exhaustive vent fan survey! I would have never figured it out o/w.
Sorry for the confusion, but the MaxxAir Deluxe roof vent fans that we review on this page actually have 10 speeds so you can ‘crank’ them way down if you wish. It doesn’t have to be full blast all the time. ☺️ They too come with an available remote control and we LOVE the integrated rain shield (speaking from experience, the after market shields are big, bulky, and ‘love’ to shade solar panels).
I also wanted to point out that rooftop air conditioners only recirculate the interior air. They don’t pull in fresh air from the outside. So your only source of fresh air (other than windows and doors) would be the roof top vent fan (Fan-Tastic, MaxxAir, or whatever you choose to install).
Thanks for the great comments and we hope you enjoy building out your van. Should be quite the adventure mobile!
I need a roof vent fan that has a outside height of less than 3.5inches to clear my garage door.
Do you have a recommendation for such a product.
3.5 inches? Wow, you don’t have much clearance. ????
I just climbed on top of my rig to see what my Fantastic Fan height is and it’s somewhere in the 4.5-5 inch range, so definitely doesn’t meet your requirements. Maxxair makes a Fantastic Fan style roof vent (not the one that we feature on this page), but it appears to be at least as tall as the Fantastic Fan. Not sure you are going to find anything ‘slimmer’ than these – at least I don’t know of any.
Don’t you have other things on your roof that stick up more than 3.5 inches? I’ve got tons of stuff up there that is ‘bumpy’ including the air conditioner, TV antenna, solar panel, holding tank vents and skylights. I’d be really curious to know what type of rig you have that has nothing sticking up on the roof.
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Without pricing, not sure any of this means much,.
Hi Dick. We cannot put prices on Camp Addict as the prices constantily fluctuate on Amazon.To view prices, you may click on the links in the reviews. Thank you!