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Old 08-11-2016, 10:57 AM   #1
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Un-redesign a fan-tastic fan?

OK, I'm super pissed right now. If this were any other place I'd probably be dropping F-bombs right now.

When I bought the replacement fantastic fan it was super important to me it had a rain sensor. The rain sensor on my old one was great- it sprinkles a little and the fan closes for 10 minutes. It rain rains and it closes until the sensor dries. And then... then it reopens. If it's still raining? It closes as soon as it gets wet.

It's really quite brilliant.

So of course they completely horked it up.

Now when it gets the slightest bit of water (single drop, mist, sprinkle or a downpour) it closes.

Period. That's it. It closes. Boom, closed until human intervention, which means getting up out of bed at 3am, sweating because the cheeky fan is off, and finding the right switch in the cab ceiling in the dark and flipping it. Twice. Off, on again.

I am seriously enraged. I'm trying to be nice to the fantastic people because I want to understand how to reverse engineer it back to the old way but as a design engineer I want to scream bloody stupid chicken soup idiots at them.

They've ruined the BEST thing about their fan. The best feature, and they ruined it. Bloody stuipid chicken soup idiot rainbows.

I swear I'd tear the thing out and pitch it in the bin if it hadn't taken me literally days to put it in.


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Old 08-11-2016, 10:59 AM   #2
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So, how do you really feel about this?
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Old 08-11-2016, 03:28 PM   #3
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I was about to pull the trigger on purchasing one for my van......
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Old 08-11-2016, 04:12 PM   #4
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Well if e trailer doesn't take returns once installed I may have one for sale in a few days...
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:51 PM   #5
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F#%#%#!!! F$%$^&#!!!! F$^%&*!!

There...I feel better already.....

Any chance you can rip the old sensor/electronics out of the the old fan and do a transplant? I suppose that you already shipped it to 86Scotty....maybe if you ask nice.....
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Old 08-11-2016, 10:01 PM   #6
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F#%#%#!!! F$%$^&#!!!! F$^%&*!!
My thoughts exactly!

But good need everyone, I bought the "obsolete" model on eBay an hour ago so I get to tear out the new fan just as the sealant is curing and redo the whole install!

As a bonus to the rain sensor not working according to market research, I'll get the obsolete low profile design and the less desirable more powerful fan motor! Terrible, terrible things but what can you do?
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Old 08-11-2016, 10:49 PM   #7
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Nice score!
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Old 08-12-2016, 01:13 AM   #8
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I loved that auto reopen feature on my last van. You could leave it open and leave camp knowing it would close if it started raining and then try and reopen every so often. I also had to redo my fan install and I don't envy you having to do it twice! Glad you scored the "terrible market research" model.
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:39 AM   #9
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Well... here's what I did:



And one of a few models available:

https://www.amazon.com/Maxxair-00070.../dp/B003ZOF09Y

Very pleased with it...

Good Luck Jage !

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Old 08-12-2016, 06:39 AM   #10
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My thoughts exactly!

But good need everyone, I bought the "obsolete" model on eBay an hour ago so I get to tear out the new fan just as the sealant is curing and redo the whole install!

As a bonus to the rain sensor not working according to market research, I'll get the obsolete low profile design and the less desirable more powerful fan motor! Terrible, terrible things but what can you do?
Which unit did you purchase?
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