As an important part of the van conversion project, a roof vent van was ordered. There are a number of vents and fan combin,ations out there. Particularly important to me were convenience and water protection. If you spend quite a bit of time living or camping in a van, a lot of moisture will accumulate. A person expels a great deal of water when breathing. The water accumulates on the ceiling and either drips on you or turns into mold. It is essential to keep air circulated to maintain a reasonable humidity level and air quality.
Keeping mother nature from dumping water in your dwelling is paramount. If I am somewhere and the skies open up, I want a vent that will close itself if it is open. Worse yet, can you imagine being in a building and not knowing your van is getting rained in? The Fantastic 6600 will close itself at the first detection of a raindrop or two.
Convenience is also necessary though perhaps to a lesser degree. I have some health issues including sleep apnea and my eyesight is crappy without glasses. I don’t want to be in bed and then have to take off the CPAP mask and try to stand up (bonking the head on the ceiling) so I can poke and diddle some switches to adjust the vent fan.
The fan has more settings to fart around with as opposed to a TV where normally it’s just on, volume, and channel. I really wanted a remote control. It could be kept in a cradle by the bed.
Cost was a concern though. Prices varied wildly for the same model but in general they were all a little higher than I was comfortable with. And then…
I got on the Internet and found a close-out on a Fantastic 6600 roof vent fan on a clearance. I got an incredible price and there was only one left. Just a day ago there were ten. I had resigned myself to getting a lesser fan so you can imagine the delight when I found the full featured model including a remote control and free shipping.
As I install it, there will be pictures and text to document the efforts. I know cutting a hole in your roof sounds scary but it is not rocket science, folks. What about sunroofs? People install them every day and they don’t leak if you do it carefully. A vent fan is much easier!
Update… on 04/14/2011 I installed the roof vent. It’s working perfectly and there is no sign of leakage. The true test will come soon with the April rains.