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Old 03-13-2014, 05:01 PM   #1
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I've always liked the bathroom skylight but wanted a Fantastic vent fan too.
I modified a Fantastic Endless Breeze and mounted it in the existing skylight fixture.
Best of both worlds - get to keep my Westy skylight AND have a Fantastic fan!

The fan is mounted to a wooden frame using two hinges.
The wooden frame screws into the existing skylight frame.
The fan swings down and out of the way for access to the skylight open/close handle.
The fan does not interfere with either the mosquito net or the open/close handle.
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:46 PM   #2
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Neat mod


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Old 03-13-2014, 06:02 PM   #3
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Old 03-14-2014, 03:42 PM   #4
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Nice! I like this for several reasons.
1. Prob lots cheaper than the fantastic vent
2. retains the original equipment
3. Good design, clean execution
My replacement w/ the fantastic fan was somewhat of a dissapointment, partly due to some folks on van blogs listing it as one of the best modifications to their van, and my expectations being high, and what seems like a
pretty high ele load from it.
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Old 03-14-2014, 05:28 PM   #5
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Endless Breeze modification inside larger European sized skylight is a great mod. Don't have to remove and redo wood frame, get to keep clamp-style skylight frame (versus drilling holes in fiberglass top for Fantastic Fan), and probably easier to do than removing original vent and installing Fantastic Fan.

The Fantastic Fan (or any fan) in that bathroom is one of the better mods, I feel. (Other favorite mod is the bench back tilt for access to behind rear seat.)

Great for venting steam from bathroom if use shower. With upper side window vents open, front door windows cracked (Weather tech side wind deflectors and not buggy), and/or sliding door cracked open, keeps temps down. With sliding door open (if not buggy) or awning window open, can really get a breeze going. Without fan, hard to get a breeze through van.

Agree that Fantastic Fan literature is a bit misleading re low amperage usage as that figure is for low speeds and not higher speeds, but still relatively efficient. (Solar panels offset load during day.) Remote control batteries need to be changed frequently. And recently, my Fantastic Fan lid doesn't close properly (have to do manually for last 2" by jiggling). Advantages of Fantastic Fan 6600 radio frequency model versus this clever mod are the auto rain sensor close, the auto on and speed based on temp, and the remote (with fresh battery, can adjust while snoozing in upper bed).

Some folks do not like idea of changing out the vent so this Endless Breeze mod is great solution. Haven't looked closely enough at photos to see if can still use fan freestanding by snapping back into original housing.

Also, another type of fan--a magnetic portable fan, the 12 volt O2 tent camping fan with magnetic base as shown by a Westy owner at Westyfest, is handy to stick to bottom of ac cabinet or metal rail strips of upper bunk to move air (the Westy owner at Westyfest pointed out the rails to me as good place to stick). A bit noisier but convenient to get direct airflow when sitting on bench seat. The Westy owner at Westyfest also velcroed a base plate between upper speakers to mount there as well-great for air on upper bunk..

Another fan mod by another Westy owner who likes the original bathroom vent and does not like the idea of changing it out to a Fantastic Fan, was to make removable inserts for the upper side vents with little computer fans in them. Featured on his blog.
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Freestanding Endless Breeze fan (made by Fantastic Fan with apparently same basic motor, fan blades, and mechanics--but not extra rain and temp sensors, lid closing) ranges from $50-80 (on sale to full price) versus the custom ordered European size Fantastic Fan of $240-350 (depending on choices).
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:05 PM   #7
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Hi Old West
A thought occured to me, I remember reading while researching the Fantastic Fan, so many comments about what good service and warrenty they had. You may want to contact them re: your lid sticking on close. Maybe something they can send a replacement of.
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Old 10-31-2014, 09:12 PM   #8
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Great idea. Nice mod. Think I'll do it too.

How did you run the wires, what did you hook into to provide power to your fan?

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Old 11-01-2014, 01:54 AM   #9
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Here are a couple of additional images revealing the wiring...

From the fan I ran the wires to a DPST toggle switch I mounted in the ceiling.

The purpose of the switch is to add the benefit of forward/reverse fan rotation.

From the switch I ran the wires to a point in the closet overhead compartment.

In the picture look for the telltale sign of black electricians tape:-)

I think the circuit I wired into is the same as the cigarette outlet for the TV - it's been awhile...
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Old 11-01-2014, 08:04 AM   #10
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nice work. Thanks for that.
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