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Old 04-08-2019, 04:26 PM   #1
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Maxxair in micro minnie?

Hello just wondering if anyone has installed a Maxxair vent in the micro minnie? I am considering one for my 2019 2108DS and thought I would check to see if anyone has any advice on the install.

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Old 04-08-2019, 06:01 PM   #2
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Yup, dealer suggested it when we bought the camper. I was at their open house and found one marked down, they installed it for me. It works great being right over the bed, reversible, temperature control, and variable speed!
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Old 04-08-2019, 07:16 PM   #3
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I installed one in our 2106DS. Works well. Install was straight forward. I tapped into a ceiling light for power. Here is a link to pictures of the installed fan. I believe it took me 4 hours to remove the old vent and sealant and then install the new fan. A couple of additional items you will need is butyl tape and dicor sealant. When it comes time to cut the plastic trim ring, what worked well for me was aviation snips.
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Old 04-22-2019, 10:35 AM   #4
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I installed 2 Maxxair Fans in my 2201DS. I replaced the one in the bathroom and put one over the bed where the skylight was. I had to cut the cover for the one over the bed but the one in the bathroom fit without cutting. Measure carefully and mark a line around the plastic trim piece. I used a jig saw with a fine tooth blade to cut the plastic trim. You have about 1/4" of wiggle room so it doesn't have to be perfect.

These were great upgrades. We like to open the window a little at night and put the Maxxair fan on exhaust. It draws fresh air in during the night. I calculated that by putting one fan on intake and the other on exhaust, theoretically I can change out the air in the camper twice a minute.
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Old 04-28-2019, 08:59 AM   #5
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Bought one for my 2106fbs bathroom. I have not had a chance to install it because ever time I want to it RAINS.
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:13 PM   #6
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I just returned from a too day test trip with our new 2020 - 1706FB. When negotiating the deal we got a Fantastic Fan installed. I'm glad we did because the small windows don't open enough to cool the trailer down at night. When I turned the fan on the breeze was wonderful. In a few minutes it cooled down the trailer. I didn't want the complexity of the model with the rain ☔ sensing automatic cover so we had one of those large plastic covers installed. Now I can use it even if it is raining. I don't know how Max Air differs from Fantastic Fan but Fantastic Fan is available at several levels. The bottom level is very basic crank open and turn on type fan but that's all you really need. The next level is what I had installed and it's like the basic plus it has a thermostat controller so it will go off when it cools down. The next level up is the model with the rain sensing cover. I can't comment on the install but the dealer assured me that it was a bolt on upgrade, no cutting was necessary and the cover attached to the fan.
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Old 07-14-2019, 06:12 PM   #7
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I had 2 MaxxAir Deluxe fans installed in my 2020 2306BHS as part of the sale. The one over the bed has a remote and the one in the bathroom is a manual crank. I really like them. I can have each one turning in a different direction and get a good breeze through the trailer. I love the low profile covers.
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Old 07-15-2019, 02:50 PM   #8
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Consider power source, If your vent is 14x14 probably OK. I am installing a 2nd in my 26rbss to move air. Get remote if affordable for you as it has a lot of options.
How do you like the recurve hitch as I am looking in that direction. My 26rbss is a little hitch heavy and this might help porposing and sway.
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Old 07-21-2019, 04:53 PM   #9
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Maxxair in Micro Minnie

Yep, had the top of the line Maxxaire with remote installed in our 2106fbs. Saves getting up on bed to push control buttons. Love the exhaust/attic fan feature over the bed. Put a cover over the bath fan so rain is never a factor if we want to circulate air in the unit. Got both in smoke so does not wake us with sunlight like a white would do. I like the streamline profile. Hope it lasts a long time like SAM our Micro Minnie. 😎
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Power source location for front Vent?

Hi,
I am considering the electric MAXXFan deluxe for the front vent over the best in my 2018 1700BH.

Does anyone know if the LED light circuit has the required 12v 5amp capacity?
I realize many of you had the dealer install, however I suspect available power came up in the discussion?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 06-06-2020, 12:11 PM   #11
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I would bet the light circuit is okay but to verify that, I would look at the fusing on the light circuit to see how it is fused. I'm guessing it will be 15 amp?
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Hi,
I am considering the electric MAXXFan deluxe for the front vent over the best in my 2018 1700BH.

Does anyone know if the LED light circuit has the required 12v 5amp capacity?
I realize many of you had the dealer install, however I suspect available power came up in the discussion?

Thanks in advance,
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These are times when it would be nice to have a wiring diagram. I'm fairly sure that Winnebago does provide them for motor homes but not trailers.
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The dealer installed mine, he tapped into the light for power. It's been a couple of years and it works great! No issues at all.
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Old 06-16-2020, 12:09 PM   #14
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I replaced both the bathroom fan and skylight with MaxxAir Deluxe 6200K smoke colored fans. They look sharp, are quiet, really move air, and I've had zero issues with power. Tapping into the light over the bed was pretty easy. Also, the shroud cuts to depth very nicely with tin snips. You don't need to try to saw that plastic. Just measure the 4 points as indicated in the instructions, connect the dots, and then snip around. Easy. The tough part of the whole job is climbing on a hot roof and cleaning up after the old vents.

I don't find it difficult at all to operate the fan over the bed by hand (i.e., I didn't go for the remote version), but another tip from experience is to orient the fan's controls so you can see them. You can feel for the vent opening knob without seeing it, but the on/off and other controls are very hard to feel so you'll want them positioned toward the front of the TT so you can see them from where you stand.
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Old 06-16-2020, 12:29 PM   #15
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Tapping into the light over the bed was pretty easy.

Can you elaborate on what that entailed?
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Old 06-16-2020, 07:28 PM   #16
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Sure I can elaborate. In fact, I was just wanting to turn my Maxxair controls around so I had planned to pull the one over the bed apart anyway! Quick note on that subject -- I don't think you can turn it around so I'm stuck with controls that are hard to read. Bummer. I'll look a bit more before giving up. It isn't difficult to tip your head backward to see the controls, but would be nice to avoid doing that.

Note that the following description and photos are from a 2019 2108DS.

The first photo shows the finished setup just for some context. Note how close it is to the light. The second photo shows the fan with the shroud removed. There is a wood frame around the opening which is, as you'd guess, blocking your path for wiring over to that light. The next photo shows an angle as if you are standing on the sofa/murphy bed and that's the same light. You can see I had drilled a hole (probably about 1/4" for a length of wire. The wire was 18 gauge and perhaps a couple feet long.

The fourth photo shows the top of the light removed. Just pry a little with your fingers and the lens of the light comes right off. Then you can unscrew the light from the ceiling with the 2 screws.


(At this point I seem to be limited in photo attachments. I'll put the remaining photos in a subsequent post.)


In the fifth photo (see next post) I pulled the wires out of the ceiling. You'll need to coax the crimp connectors through the hole. The light is dangling off the bottom of the photo.

You'll need to fish the wire through the hole you drilled, starting from the fan side, over to that hole in the ceiling. This actually wasn't difficult. I drilled the hole inline with the light so all I needed to do was feed it as straight as I could. Once you spot it wiggling by, you can snag it with your finger, or maybe use some stiff wire as a hook to catch it.

At that point you'll need to uncrimp the light wires (after shutting off all the power -- don't forget the 12 volt!) and add your wires. I did this a year ago and I'm not recalling if the polarity was obvious or not. I think it was, but I may have briefly turned on the 12v power and verified with a meter.

The last two photos show inside that ceiling light hole with an inspection camera. In my 2108DS the wood is absolutely clear on the fan side as you can see. I also show a photo looking toward the door (street side). That's where the all the wires route. I didn't show a photo the other way because it was pretty much empty space.

I hope that helps orient you with what you'd be up to. Of course crimped connections need to be made with the fan, etc. But the path isn't too bad. I do have to admit it was nice to have a camera to peek in the hole for trouble. I have a GiraffeCam that's a few years old that I hook to my phone. It's a handy device for stuff like this!


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And here are those remaining 3 photos. The first is the dangling wires from the light being pulled out. The second and third are inside the ceiling. You can see my wire through the wood that surrounds the vent opening, and you can see the wires that Winnebago routed to the light. Those wires are heading over to the door on the street side.


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Wow, thank you! That was very useful. Feeding the line through that direction would not have been my first thought.
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Old 06-17-2020, 08:33 AM   #19
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I did the same install in my 1808. What kind of lap sealant did you use? I used Dicor 501LSW-1 EPDM self leveling lap sealant. It really bubbled up as it cured. Was wondering if others had the same issue.
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I did the same install in my 1808. What kind of lap sealant did you use? I used Dicor 501LSW-1 EPDM self leveling lap sealant. It really bubbled up as it cured. Was wondering if others had the same issue.
I had to look it up and found I used Dicor 505LSW-1. I don't recall any bubbling. And also, for the record, I used Dicor BT-1834-1 Butyl Tape between the vent and the roof. This came in a pretty cheap 30' roll that was plenty for both fans. I think I only used a single tube of 505LSW-1 per fan, but I bought two for the first fan just in case.

I searched for the difference between 501 and 505 and found that 505 is "HAPS free." And honestly, I'm not entirely sure what HAPS is.
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