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Old 05-07-2012, 11:27 PM   #1
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Ceiling fan, screwed it up, need new one!

Well Ladies and Gents,
In my quest to evaluate the reason for all the noise in our ceiling fan in our '04 Itasca Horizon, I disassembled it, completely. I mean I took it down to the armature and bearings. Well, all was going OK and was spinning the armature in my hands, listening to the bearings etc while spinning it. The bearings did have some tiny erratic "rumbling" here and there. The noise was very faint nut, none the less, it was there.

But, there's also the noise made by the brushes against the armature. So, combined, it was a noisy fan. Well, not knowing I did it, while holding the bearings and attempting to spin that armature, I accidentally broke one of the tiny winding wires that travels from the outside to the center of the armature where the brushes rub on. Well, I ended up braking a couple more of them. It still works but really bad.

So, I'm in the market for a completely new ceiling fan. C/W has them, and there's a few hundred on ebay. It appears that some of them are or look like an exact replacement. But, I'd sure like a better quality one than what was in there originally. Anyone got any suggestions?
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Back in high school (some 50 years ago) I used to work in a motor rewind shop. Did ruin a few rewind jobs myself trying to put the insulation in between the armature and windings.
I'm assuming your fan is a 12 volt unit as the windings on a 120 are pretty stout and would be hard to break!
I installed my own fan since Newmar refused to put one in our rig due to the slideout and head clearance. I used a 120 volt hallway low clearance fan. Only 30" diam and 6 blades with lots of cant to them. Might be an alternate for you.
Do have to either be hooked to shore power or have the inverter on, not a problem for us as we need the inverter on for the ice maker or TV's
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I got mine at the Winnebago Factory Store when I was in Forest City, IA. Quality wise I am sure it is pretty close to what you had. Might start looking there if you have a mind to.

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Scott, is your fan a Fan-Tastic model....if it is, give them a call and they will replace it for free. Mine was 12 years old and I called them a month ago and they couriered me a new motor, fan blades and switches at no charge.
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Scott,
I went the disassembly route as well without good results. I purchased a replacement from Winnebago hoping to get a quieter unit but it started making noise as well. I would be interested as well in a source for a quiet unit.
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Back in high school (some 50 years ago) I used to work in a motor rewind shop. Did ruin a few rewind jobs myself trying to put the insulation in between the armature and windings.
I'm assuming your fan is a 12 volt unit as the windings on a 120 are pretty stout and would be hard to break!
I installed my own fan since Newmar refused to put one in our rig due to the slideout and head clearance. I used a 120 volt hallway low clearance fan. Only 30" diam and 6 blades with lots of cant to them. Might be an alternate for you.
Do have to either be hooked to shore power or have the inverter on, not a problem for us as we need the inverter on for the ice maker or TV's
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Well Sir, there's about a zillion nice 120V AC units out there that I'd like to install but, I'm not in favor of leaving the inverter on and or trying to figure out how to re-wire the switch to set it up for A/C. I just installed a new unit in our bedroom in the house and man, is it quiet and moves some serious air if and when needed. We dry camp for about 50-75% of the time and while I've just installed (4) brand new Costco 6V G/C batteries and, our inverter seems to function perfectly, I don't think I'd want to use that much battery power just for the fan. Good suggestion though, thanks a heap.

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I got mine at the Winnebago Factory Store when I was in Forest City, IA. Quality wise I am sure it is pretty close to what you had. Might start looking there if you have a mind to.

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Well, after telling the War Department that my puppy paws just screwed up a $140.00 ceiling fan, we both got online and started looking for new ones. It appears there's multiple sources for them. Even Camping World has them. In fact, they have what appears to the the exact replacement for ours, only they have two. One is a 36" and one is a 42". Ours presently is the 36" but, I might spring for the 42" because when I saw they had a larger one, I immediately went out and measured for clearance of the larger radius of the blades and it will work just fine.

There's a ton on ebay too. So, I think we'll take in all the answers here and, find, hopefully a nicer one of better quality. Thanks for the help.

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Scott, is your fan a Fan-Tastic model....if it is, give them a call and they will replace it for free. Mine was 12 years old and I called them a month ago and they couriered me a new motor, fan blades and switches at no charge.
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I cannot see a name or brand/model on ours what so ever. It does however look identical to this one:
36" 12V Ceiling Fan - Product - Camping World

So, is it that one, who knows. Itasca put it in there and I'll dig around on the build sheet or other paperwork I have to see if I can get more info on the mfgr of it. I'm not one for trying to finagle a new fan or part when it was "I" who broke it, not that you were or are implying I do something like that. You can definitely tell some one's been in there monkeying around. So, I'll eat my mistake and fork out for a new one. I just want as nice of one that I can get for a replacement.

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Scott,
I went the disassembly route as well without good results. I purchased a replacement from Winnebago hoping to get a quieter unit but it started making noise as well. I would be interested as well in a source for a quiet unit.
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Well Sir, I think that I recall reading other threads on this subject and and we're certainly not the only ones in this boat. You know, in the auto industry, 12V motors have been made for decades and for the most part, they've been fairly quiet. What's up with these fans? I mean can't they make a "brush-less" motor and put a good set of bearings in it? House ceiling fans are incredibly quiet. Why can't the RV industry get a clue?

Now, just wondering do any of the real "high end" rigs have 12V ceiling fans? And, do THEY make noise in NEWELLS, PREVOST'S, COUNTRY COACHES' AND MORE??????? Or do those folks have the same issues?
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Just make sure you check clearances with all bedroom slides in!
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Mine is doing the same thing. I'm going to remove the ceiling fan and put in a Fantastic fan to improve circulation in the bedroom.
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Mine is doing the same thing. I'm going to remove the ceiling fan and put in a Fantastic fan to improve circulation in the bedroom.
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Are you talking about removing the four bladed ceiling fan and installing a vent, and fantastic vent fan in it's place?
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I have that same fan & it also looks just like the one show at CampingWorld. Mine has been replaced once under warranty. It is a sorry fan & it doesn't move much air.
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Well Sir, there's about a zillion nice 120V AC units out there that I'd like to install but, I'm not in favor of leaving the inverter on and or trying to figure out how to re-wire the switch to set it up for A/C. I just installed a new unit in our bedroom in the house and man, is it quiet and moves some serious air if and when needed. We dry camp for about 50-75% of the time and while I've just installed (4) brand new Costco 6V G/C batteries and, our inverter seems to function perfectly, I don't think I'd want to use that much battery power just for the fan. Good suggestion though, thanks a heap.
We have four less than two month old Interstate 6V U-2200 replacements. The ceiling fan doesn't seem to take much juice to run it. We also have two Fantastic roof vents and an Ultra breeze as well as several small portable ones. No problem leaving the inverter on all the time, have done it for years with several rigs. Wiring wasn't a problem, just ran the wires through the roof into an overhead cabinet, then to the TV plug in.
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Yes, I'm going to replace the noisy ceiling fan with a Fantastic with a vent cover. Much quieter and they have a model that is reversible and remote controlled. It will cost several hundred dollars but should cool the bedroom significantly.
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Yes, I'm going to replace the noisy ceiling fan with a Fantastic with a vent cover. Much quieter and they have a model that is reversible and remote controlled. It will cost several hundred dollars but should cool the bedroom significantly.
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Roger that Sir. The D/W and I discussed that and as we see it, the problems with doing what you're planning on would be:

1. Sun in all day long and early morning resulting in added heat and way too much light
2. Possible too much light at night due to parking near campground lighting and or parking lot lights if you're in a quick stop over for some sleep at say, a Walmart etc.
3. You could not keep it open during any wet weather and if it's humid outside and you need the A/C on and circulating air, that unit might not work as planned.

Now, this is all as we see it. I'm sure you've taken all that into consideration. If so, I hope you are satisfied with the project when completed. Let me (and or the whole forum) know how it turns out. There might be some out there that are thinking along the same lines as you. Good luck.
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I will put a Maxxair cover on it like my other two have. The dark one limits light, keeps out all rain and has a shade that pulls across it if light presents a problem though it (shade) would block ventilation.

I'll let the forum know how it turns out. Get home on May 15th and have lots to do since we've been gone since early November.
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