RV Roof Vent Fans

Having a good roof vent fan is very important in a RV. They are great for keeping moisture, smells and heat out, a good one can also be all you need to stay cool, bypassing a power hungry AC unit. Getting air flow through your RV can be a challenge, opening some windows and turning on a roof fan is the absolute best way.

Removing moisture is also very important to avoid mold growth in your RV, and on colder days there will be much condensation that needs to be removed. Now almost all RVs are going to have roof vent fans already installed but most of these are not that great, especially if you have an older RV like me! Mine were very loud and overall not very effective, the bathroom fan was much to weak, a common problem in most bathroom RV roof fans.

In this article, I’m going to be going over my picks of the best models for the price of the two more popular roof fans brands, the Fan-Tastic fans and the Maxxair fans.

Fan-Tastic Vent 801200

Features:

  • Three fan speeds
  • Standard 14″ x 14″ size
  • Very quiet
  • The lift dome is manual but very to open and close.
  • Durable, solid build.

This plastic is much tougher than my vent covers that came with my RV. The fan switch has a nice solid “click” to it. It’s easy to install with only two wires to attach. This fan pulls stale air out in just a few minutes, much faster than the stock fans. Great for exhaust or open some windows and get great air flow through the RV. Cools down the RV very effectively on hot days!

The power used is minimal, even if you leave the fan on most the day, it is very solar power friendly. No need to plug into shore power, solar is all you need! This is an approximation of the power used by the fan: 18 watts on low, 26 watts on medium and a little over 30 watts on high.

This fan only blows out but if you want it to blow into the RV you can just switch the +/- wires on the unit and the fan direction will change.

For $127, this is by far the best Fan-Tastic fan model. There are more expensive models, some with a reverse switch button built in, but other then that, they are, as far as I can tell almost the same.  This is the best model for the price and features.

Check out this model here. You can also view a couple other Fan-Tastic fan models Here, and here.

Maxxair 0004500K

Features:

  • 10 fan speeds
  • Reversible flow direction with a touch of a button
  • Electric opening
  • Remote control
  • Thermostat
  • Rain sensor

This fan has everything you could need. It’s just as easy to install as the fantastic fan. The thermostat will turn the fan on or off automatically, very useful for if you have a pet you would be leaving alone in your RV and want to make sure it stays cool enough. The rain sensor is also a nice feature, It will shut off and close the top when It’s raining. The remote and the electric opening are not needed but could be nice. (how hard is it to do that manually in a small space like an RV really?)

As with the Fan-Tastic fan, the power consumption is also very solar friendly with this fan. I don’t have the exact watt statistics for this fan, but based on my research, this one will use just a tad more power, you should definitely still have little to fear, your battery bank will be fine unless you are just running/charging a lot at once!

This fan is $186. I think this is the best Maxxair fan model, balancing price and features. There are more expensive Maxxair fan models but with all the features this one has, what more could you want? View this fan on amazon here. If you would like to see a couple other Maxxair fans, check out a cheaper model here. For the most expensive deluxe Maxxair fan, click here.

What’s For You?

The Fan-Tastic fan I chose is the way to go if you want to save some money and STILL get a great working fan of good quality that gets the job done. Much better than your stock RV fan. The Fan-Tastic vent 801200 is simply the most affordable high quality fan, It’s what I’ve installed in my RV

If you want something with extra features, to help convenience your life and don’t mind shelling out the extra $60 bucks, The Maxxair 004500K is the most affordable fan with all the fancy features you could need!

 

Thanks for checking out my RV roof fan vent review! Have you tried one of these fans? Or another that you think is better? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Camping! – Lance

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “RV Roof Vent Fans

  1. Hello! Love this information, my husband and I talk all the time about purchasing an RV for our future travels. We have also discussed purchasing a bus to convert or a large van, would we be able to use one of these fans in there as well do you think? I really like the Maxxair fan. Thank you for this information and I will definitely return for more information!

    1. Lance

      Thanks for commenting! I would definitely recommend installing a roof fan in a van or bus conversion! It’s more work because you have to cut a hole for it, but it will be worth the work!

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