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hkpierce 10-10-2006 01:57 PM

Roof Vents
Roof Vent

Maxx Air
Roof vent

FanTastic Vent - lots of good comments located at YahooSprinterVan:


hkpierce 01-09-2007 04:03 PM

Re: Roof Vents
Instructions for installing Fantastic Vent in a Sprinter


sikwan 01-09-2007 08:08 PM

Re: Roof Vents
I ordered my fantastic vent from here...


This was the only place that I know that will let you order with the lower profile vent cover and a un-cut plastic trim. Many options to customize your order.

I wanted the flat vent cover vs the one shaped like a dome. I didn't know what the space was between the roof and the headliner so I ordered it uncut. You can have him cut it to your specs too.

georgetg 01-10-2007 05:41 AM

Re: Roof Vents

Originally Posted by sikwan (Post 1997)
I ordered my fantastic vent from here...


mee too the fantastic fans is just that-fantastic
Adhoen actually just has them drop shipped from the factory...

I had the lift motor for the dome break:

2 minutes on hold, first person is a tech.
he sent me out a new one the next day and included the entire mechanism, no questions asked, no charge

I was absolutely amazed that in 2006 someone answes the phone, no runaround, no charge and I'm sorry that shouldn't have happened...


Expert Marine 09-24-2007 03:08 AM

Re: Roof Vents
Which model did you choose. Any pics of it installed?
I was thinking a solar powered one that would run all day, and keep the inside cooler. It cooks in there!
There is a place in the roof that is circular.
What do you all recommend?

jmsokol 09-11-2008 06:56 PM

Re: Roof Vents
Just by casual viewing of the websites, the Maxx Fan seems like a better solution than a Fantastic Fan, at least for my Expeditor style Sprinter application. It appears that the Maxx Fans don't need to close to be rain-proof, and can be used both stationary and while moving. The Fantastic Fan requires cover closure via a rain sensor to avoid water coming in the opening and I'm not sure about leaving it open while moving. Also, the Maxx Fan looks like it "tucks down" when off to limit some clearance issues you might have with the Maxx Vent or Turbo Maxx product line.

However, I have only seen Fantastic Fans installed in Sprinters, at least where I've looked. So is the Fantastic Fan a better solution than a Maxx Fan or is the Maxx Fan just new to the game?

Thanks for any input.


twistyroad 09-11-2008 07:17 PM

Re: Roof Vents
3 Attachment(s)
The MaxxFan on an '08 144" passenger van...
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...and closed.
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But I have to admit, cutting that 14x14" hole can be pretty traumatic! :eek:
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motobueno 09-11-2008 07:55 PM

Re: Roof Vents
I installed the Maxxfan on our '06 SHC.Got the one with the wireless remote.I can leave the van and set the temp so when it reaches the setting the fan goes on.Dosen't cool the van but at least keeps it the same temp as out side.We are very pleased with it.I had the roof done with a Rino type material and had the roof flange on so it is completly sealed.

twistyroad 09-12-2008 12:55 AM

Re: Roof Vents
I went with the LCD wall control... same functions as the wireless model, but I mounted it on the driver's B-pillar, above the shoulder harness reel... displaced the (useless) driver-side coat-hook.

jmsokol 09-12-2008 12:13 PM

Re: Roof Vents
Thanks for the Maxx Fan info. I called them yesterday and had a discussion with Dave (I think) in tech support. He verified that the Maxx Fan is usable in rain or shine while moving or stationary, and that the advanced controllers (LCD and remote) can be used to set a temperature setpoint for the fan to come on automatically when the interior gets too hot. And yes you're correct that this won't cool the van below ambient exterior temperature. But it can keep the van from turning into an oven with the internal temp climbing to 120 degrees F or more.

Ideally, I could mount a small (30 watt?) solar panel on the roof to recharge the house battery during sunny days when I'm parked in a lot for a week or more and want to limit inside temp climb. I did this before with a little solar roof mount fan on my GMC van, and while it didn't provide a lot of ventilation, it was nice climbing into the Sprinter after a week in a Texas airport parking lot and not have the interior be able to fry eggs.

If I go through with this I'll post pictures of the hole cutting procedure (yikes!!!) as well as any wiring installation.


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