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Old 01-01-2008, 02:07 AM   #1
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I am new to the Winnebaggo forum so please tolerate my lack of knowledge. I just purchased a 2008 Sunstar and I noticed that there is only one vent in the bathroom and one in the middle of the coach. I would like to add a power vent to the front of the coach and one to the rear of the coach. Any advice? Thanks
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Old 01-01-2008, 03:48 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome There is a friendly and knowledgeable bunch here, so nobody is going to jump in your stuff for asking a question.

While I have not cut any holes the size you would need in my roof, there is no reason why you couldn't in your roof. Call Winnebago and they will help you locate the structural roof members to be avoided.

The big challenge will be getting the wiring to the vent. That will take some head-scratching.
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Old 01-01-2008, 04:27 AM   #3
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Before you go and cut holes in your roof, you might want to try using just the two vents you have. Crack open one window and turn on the middle vent. If it is not a powered vent, you can replace it fairly easly with a powered one. I like the Fanstatic vents. The folks there are great to work with and they stand behind and in front of their products. I think you will find that this will cool down your motorhome in a few minutes. This is what I have been doing for years with my 35 footer.

Anytime you cut holes in the roof, you are adding another place for future leaks.

And welcome to the forum.
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Old 01-01-2008, 06:52 AM   #4
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I agree with RV Boy. I have two powered vents in my coach and usually find that one will do the job with two or three lounge windows open. Think of it as a whole house fan. You might want to keep the entry door closed as that is a large opening and will lessen the effect from the windows.
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Old 01-01-2008, 12:01 PM   #5
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I would agree with the others, don't rush to cut holes for a new vent right away. The Fantastic Fan in the main cabin of ours is good, I am going to replace the bathroom fan with either a MaxxAire or Fantastic Fan though. I like to have air in the mornings so I also picked up an Endless Breeze 12v plug in fan for the bedroom, I can set it up and crack the window to get all the air I want. When its really hot and we're running on A/C I can use that fan to push cool air from the rear of the coach to the front.
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Old 01-01-2008, 12:52 PM   #6
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Not sure which floorplan you have (Winnebago brochure lists 33' as the longest) or how many roof A/C's but I would try a power vent in the existing vent before I put anymore holes in the roof.
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Old 01-01-2008, 02:12 PM   #7
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Folks, thanks for the responses. As a former sailboat owner (and a guy still in the Navy) I am always hesitant to put a "thru-hull" fitting in when the manufacture didn't. I will definitely explore the powered vent on the current vent.
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Old 01-02-2008, 12:40 AM   #8
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Folks, thanks for the responses. As a former sailboat owner (and a guy still in the Navy) I am always hesitant to put a "thru-hull" fitting in when the manufacture didn't. I will definitely explore the powered vent on the current vent.
I agree too that extra vents should not be required for most people.

Call Winnebago customer service too find out about the wireing situatuation and look into upgrading the existing non-powered vent to a powered one.

Note that Winnies factory vents are not usually standard run of the mill and have some extras like insulated lids. If the existing vent is by Fantastic Fan I would put in a fan kit if possible and if not I would change it out with a Winnebago spec Fatastic Fan powered vent.

Fantastic is a great company to deal with and lifetime warranties the lids. They even pay for standard shipping when sending out the replacements so the free replacement lids are really free.
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:44 AM   #9
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The Fantastic is a very good option as others have said. I suggest that the model that has the rain sensor and temperature setting is the best option. Also, do not think that the fantastic is anything as inefficient and noisy as the fan provided in the bath area. The Fantastic fans are very quiet and move very large amounts of air (depending on the speed you set).
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:23 PM   #10
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My only complaint on the weather sensors, is when a mist or light rain. The thing is up and down all the time. In the night someone has to get up and shut it off so it stays down. It is usually me.
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:22 PM   #11
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A few years back I ran across a sales rep. for Fantastic. My complaint was that the rain sensor would shut my vent and I was cosidering installing covers. She explained that I didn't know how to use them properly. As the vent is opening when it is raining (lightly) grasp the knob as it turns and stall the motor at your desired opening. Mabee 2 -3 inches. The fan still operates as normal and the sensor won't get wet and close.
She also told me the covers will cut the total capacity of the fan by up to 40%.
It works great for us.
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I have done the 2-3 inches opening. It is being in a sound sleep and waking up, and having to get up and taking care of it. Maybe I should just set it at 2-3 inches before going to bed.
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:13 PM   #13
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We had a fantastic on our Class C and it really was fantastic. Seems like in the technology forum I have been reading some really good things about the company taking care of the product well after it is outside of the warranty period. I think I will look into turning that middle vent into a fantastic
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... She also told me the covers will cut the total capacity of the fan by up to 40%...Ron
Ron,
We have 2 Fantastic Vent Fans (not automatic closers) in our trailer, both with exterior covers. I'd like this "expert" to explain how covers reduce the fan air movement capacity by 40% as opposed to closing the fan cover to 2-3". In my opinion that restricts airflow more than 40%.

In our trailer, we can open the covers wide open without worrying about rain in the middle of the night and we get good airflow. We use the Aero-Flo Roof Vent Cover on both fan vents and the non-fan vent.(Aero-Flo)
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