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Description


Upgrade your old, inefficient powered vent easily without replacing the entire vent or disturbing the rooftop seal.
Just replace the existing screen and small 12-volt fan with the Vortex fan kit to turn your roof vent into a powerful ventilation system. This kit upgrades your present powered roof vents into a powerful high velocity air movement system in just minutes. The Vortex I is a single speed fan.

Installation is easy with only a Phillips head screwdriver! Just take out the current screen, garnish and motor and replace it with the Vortex system. Non-powered vents can be converted with additional wiring.

Features:

  • Over 300% more air movement than standard small vent fans
  • Quiet operation
  • Easy installation with only a screwdriver
  • Requires no tampering with the rooftop vent seal
  • Universal fit for use with Ventline, Jensen and Elixir powered vents



Technical Specs


Tech Specs

Weight: 3.75 lbs.

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Manufacturer: Hengs Industries Usa Llc

Mfg Part #: 90043-CR

Tech Notes: White Polymer Construction, 12-Volt DC



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Vortex Replacement Vent Fan Upgrade: Customer Reviews

Camper's Choice Rating

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Reviewed by 80 customers

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great fan


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May 17, 2014
Got this fan last fall and am well pleased with it. Had some concern about what the noise level would be, but after installation I measured the noise level and found it to actually be it to be in the normal conversation range. this was a bit surprising after reading reviews where the noise level was the main complaint. I went to radio shack and purchased a dpdt switch and installed it in the corner opposite the on/off switch and configured it for reversing so now I can run the fan as a ventilator or exhaust fan.
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Vortex Fan


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November 22, 2013
Once I got this thing installed, it was wonderful. I had to go in and strip the splines out of the gear adapter to make it fit. It does make some serious noise, so be ready.
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The Best Fan Replacement


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November 22, 2013
I received this fan replacement it was shipped to my doorstep. Installation was fairly simple. I was really surprised by the amount of air this fan moves. If you leave the bathroom door open it will actually suck the door closed. It is not super quiet, however, was much quieter than the original bathroom vent fan. I wish I had purchased this several years ago. The price is right. I rate this as an excellent replacement for the mickey mouse fan the manufacturers install.
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fan ungrade


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November 21, 2013
install easy, one person can do, a lot of air flow, just a little more noise. worth it. good price.
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Vortex replacement vent fan upgrade


0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
July 26, 2013
Installed in a vent that originally had no fan. Followed the instructions, it took about 45 minutes to install. It is helpful to have a second person to hold fan up while completing installation. I was lucky, wires for power were near by. Fan is very powerful and quiet. The only reason it does not get a 5 rating, the company that supplies the instructions need to change their ink cartridge on their printer. Could just barely read instructions.
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Vortex Replacement Vent Van


0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
July 17, 2013
Upgraded my vent fan in the bathroom of my RV. I was concerned the small original fan was not doing the job. I am happy with the simple installation and the amount of air it moves. The one thing I wish would have been better was the amount of noise it makes. I am sure the size of the fan blade is the reason it really moves air, it does what I needed it to do.
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Vortex Replacement Vent Fan Upgrade


0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
July 17, 2013
Good flow but noisy.
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Works well love it


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July 17, 2013
We got this to replace our non working old little fan! This thing really sucks the air in, but it is a bit noisy. It is nice to flip it on and get some relief from the heat. We had to make some modifications to get it in, but it works well. I am very happy we got it. I only gave it 4 stars because of the noise. The noise tends to get into your head after a while. Otherwise it is great!!
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Vortex fan issue


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April 10, 2013
Purchased the Vortex fan and it did work as described for the first couple of months then the 2 reverse speeds quit working. I was sent a replacement , installed it and the replacement worked on all speeds for the first few months but now it only one of the reverse speeds works... if you purchased one of these check out all the speeds. It is a pain to reinstall plus take back for a warrenty.
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Great Unit - As Described


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March 14, 2013
Great little fan. Sucks so much air it creates a vacumm on our bathroom door. Looks good, overall good quality, fit as easy as claimed, and took all of 15 minutes to install seamlessly (true my wife had to hold it up for about 2 minutes of the process). Would be 5 stars but for two minor complaints (hello manufactorer- are you listening?). Real nice upgrade except for the junky, plastic, tiny twenty-five cent Chineese switch. Hello, for another few cents they could have addressed the most used and abused part on the fan with quality also! Also when done installing to my specific replacment configuration I was left with three holes on the casing, penetrable to insects and looking unsightly. For three cents they could have provided optional plastic plugs. These holes must be sealed. Guess I will daub them with white silicone. Hope they fix these two items - then this unit is a clear ten star product!
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High volume fan direct replacement for original fan


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December 10, 2012
We bought this fan because the original fan did not move enough air to prevent the smoke alarm from going off when cooking. Air volume appears better, but haven't tested with cooking yet. Pros: Draws no more power (~1 amp) as factory-original low-volume fan. Finished installation looks original Cons: Definately a 2-person job. Also, hard to balance screw on end of long philips screwdriver and hit the screw hole. Assuming this solves my smoke-alarm problem, I would recommend this fan to others with the same problem.
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Original Fan Replacement


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December 04, 2012
I received my new Vortex replacement fan in good order with all the necessary hardware. The fan size was an exact match to the factory fan, required no modifications. The fan install in about 25 minutes which included re-installation of trim hardware. The fan is much quieter than the old facture fan; I was pleased with the amount of air this fan moves.
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Vortex Replacement Vent Fan Upgrade


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December 03, 2012
product worked as described, is better than original, but wire leads were to short to complete my install, simply soldered extensions to both leads, works!
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Great Replacement Fan Option


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November 23, 2012
Within the first 2 years of owning the trailer the orginal cheap fan blades disintigrated. I lived without for a few more years before I discovered this product. Installation was a snap and it operates much quiter than the original. The airflow is great. Anyone with a cheap 12V vent fan should consider this inexpensive upgrade.
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Good fan Hard to install in small bathroom


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October 14, 2012
This fan is a great substitute for replacing bathroom vent with a much more expensive vent and fan together. It was a literal pain in the neck to install though. Very difficult to hold up in place while tring to get the vent gear lined up and to catch the holes in the old frame with sheet metal screws. Had to have wife try to support it while I changed wires, lined up, holes correctly and got the screws to catch while keeping it in place. Once installed works great. Screen is easy to remove and clean and it makes no more noise than the tiny mosquito buzz fan that was there. Dont like the knob though- would prefer crank handle that would be faster and easier for wife to turn. Your vent cushions wont fit any more but it blocks out most of light through vent anyway.
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Great purchase.


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September 28, 2012
I ordered this Vortex fan online from Camping World and it arrived very fast as usual. The installation was very easy. The hardest part was running the wiring to it as the vent was not powered to start with. As far as noise I don't think it is that bad. The vent fan in my bathroom is alot louder. The one in my bathroom will be replaced with a Vortex very soon.
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Lots of air moved and lots of noise created


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September 04, 2012
Replacing my old fan wasn't terribly difficult but I wouldn't look forward to doing it again. Also, the new handle they inlude to open the vent is so large you can only turn it about 60 degrees at a time so it takes a lot of turns to fully open the vent cover. Moves lots of air which is what I bought it for, however you probably wouldn't leave it running because of the noise.
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Vortex Fan Upgrade


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August 29, 2012
This little fan really moves some air from the bathroom now! Best upgrade I've done to camper
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Replaced bathroom fan


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August 29, 2012
Although not quiet, it is much better than the fan that was in there. It's keeps the bathroom free of steam and helps to pull the cool air in from outside so that I don't need to turn on the A/C. I'm very satisfied and it was easy to install as well.
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vortex replacement vent fan upgrade


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August 29, 2012
As advertised, easy to install and a nice upgrade.
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Ease of installation


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August 28, 2012
The whole time was about 1/2 hour. Very easy to install but had to have my wife hold it up while I put a couple of screws in, other wise, very simple. Wiring was a snap.
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Fan needs different placement of zip tie


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August 28, 2012
Before purchasing this product, I read many reviews on it. The major complaint was that the fan was extremely noisy. I discovered the same problem. When the fan was running, the outer fan ring was rubbing against the zip tie that was holding the wiring that was going to the motor. I removed the zip tie and installed another one in a different position, thus eliminating the rubbing noise.Overall, the fan is a good purchase, with my modification.
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fan


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August 28, 2012
This is a good product. Easy to install, would have been better if I had 3 hands. The fan is quiet and has a high speed.
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That's a fan


0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
August 28, 2012
I'm in the HVAC industry and really don't want to know the cfm of this one, but it does what it's supose to do! It vents the bathroom. Great for getting out the shower steam. It may be 88% outside, but still gets the 99% out before you open the door. And using the other way the noise is not a facter!? Install took longer to round up the tools and get started than the time it took. Had to adapt to a 2005 Jayco, but pictures made it easy and this is really solid. I try to work from what can go wrong to what is right. Solid
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Much needed change!


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August 26, 2012
Cannot believe that the cheesy fan I exchanged for was actually made by the same company that made this exceptional upgrade fan. The Vortex actually draws enough air to close the bathroom door! You will not be disappointed with your purchase. Simple DIY install for a confident DIY'er.
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Amazing difference


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August 17, 2012
I had noticed moisture on the ceiling of my bathroom after showering this spring. Decided that need to be addressed. I saw an ad for the Vortex replacement fan and read the reviews of it before ordering one. What an amazing difference. So easy to put in. No more than an hour and I went slowly to make sure I did everything according to the directions. No problems. The amount of air pulled by the fan so much more than the original fan. If a window is open, you can actually see the curtains being pulled by the flow of air. Wish I'd done this sooner. Moisture problem is solved. And, I don 't find the noise lever bad at all. Of course it's a big improvement over the other fan.
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Easy Install


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July 02, 2012
I found the fan fairly easy to install but the instructions could have been clearer on the old motor & wiring removal. I had to remove the flat connectors from the motor wires and strip them to connect to the new fan. For those with issues about the noise level; I found that by loosening the fan set screw and lowering the fan a bit from the housing, the noise was reduced. Works well so far.
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Vortex Replacement Vent Fan Upgrade


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July 01, 2012
Product is as advertised. It moves an extraordinary amount of air. It's no more noisy than the original little buzzsaw. Installation is a breeze. It in fact blocks some sunlight thru the vent and keeps the room cooler. Highly recommended upgrade.
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Fan


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June 29, 2012
Very easy install and really moves some air. Bit loud but that's expected with the size motor that it has. Can still use vent insulator
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Necessary upgrade


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June 25, 2012
This fan is 100% better than the standard trailer fan. Quiet as can be expected, but not silent. Fantastic airflow. Easy install.
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vortex vent fan


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June 22, 2012
Very easy to install , but it is nice to have second pair of hands to hold fan while connecting the wires . It is much quieter than original fan. The vent knob is a bit snug against the screen when adapter plate is used but should not cause a problem. The instructions are not really needed for most DIYers but they could be written with a bit more clarity .
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Vortex fan


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June 16, 2012
This fan works well, is easy to install if you're handy at all and is slightly noisier than I hoped, but not as bad as the OEM fan it replaced.
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nice fan


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June 14, 2012
add this to my rv replaced that small fan in the bath room with one of these before when the fan was on it just made nose and the smell was still killing my wife now with new fan in you can feel the air coming out from under the bath room door and the smell is gone. this was so easy to put in that it was a joke
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Good deal


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June 11, 2012
Since my wife cannot reach the crank for the vent nor the button for the fan, I extended the handle for the vent crank. Couldn't find a rheostat locally for fan so bought a 4 position old heater switch, ran the wires and mounted it on the wall. Now she can reach everything and we have a great fan for venting the steam at full blast when showering or just passing the air when needed on medium or low without the high pitched whine.
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real air mover


0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
June 01, 2012
purchased on sale with the amount of air it moves it is worth it.
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Vortex Replacement Vent


0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
May 18, 2012
Works fine but install was complicated by placement of the camper wiring in the fan compartment. It is too loud to run when talking, watching TV or sleeping (unless you are deaf!
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Replacement fan assembly


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May 17, 2012
My old fan assembly four fan blades had gone bad. So I replaced the whole assembly with this item. Oh, this unit is so much better. I use it in the bathroom. It will cause the shower curtain and the toilet paper to flap around just a bit.
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Great Fan


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May 17, 2012
Easy to install, works Great!
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Works WELL


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May 17, 2012
This fan moves air through the whole RV. Worth the price.
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Vortex Vent Fan Upgrade


0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
May 17, 2012
Easy installation. Directions were very concise and easy to follow.Would be nice if it had a reverse function.
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GOOD


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May 12, 2012
Very good and powerfull Fan, no more ultrasonic noise!
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It does not SUCK and It does not Blow , Its Great!!


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May 05, 2012
I went to my local camping world store and picked up the Vortex fan. (standard model) It took me approximately an hour and half to finish installing it but it was relatively easy the hardest part was that an old Jansen fan handle would not align correctly with the Vortex. So I went to the instructions and found that there is a device to attach to the fan to make sure that it all links properly.Once I connected all the wiring and turned it on it does a fantastic job, It has a lot more blades than the old one and the speed is a lot faster . I opened a couple of vents in the trailer and you could feel the air coming in through all of vents…. for the price this is a great find, It was what I was looking for , and easy to install, worth the money to upgrade a broken or failing fan and not difficult to install
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Vortex Replacement Vent fan


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April 21, 2012
Pretty simple to install, although instructions weren't real clear on making adjustments to fit different brands of vents. Also, screws and other spare parts weren't explained, had to go by trial and guesswork. As others have commented, would be tons better with variable speed AND reverse air flow. With a DPDT switch and rheostat, I added both for under $10.
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Surprised


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April 19, 2012
The fan was easy to install and the fit was good. What surprised me was the airflow I feel the air moving from the other end of my camper.
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vent fan


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April 13, 2012
best bang for the buck, will buy more for my other rv
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Will suck the curtains off but......................


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April 03, 2012
The Vortex Replacement vent fan is very powerful and does the job as advertised. Although a 1o00% quieter than the 6 fan that came with the RV it does have an annoying high pitch hum. I can live with that because of its performance. In addition I installed a $5.00 rheostat for speed control and is a great upgrade. Overall I'm very satisfied, took one star away for the high pitched hum.
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Good additional fan


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March 04, 2012
I installed this in a truck camper bathroom vent that did not have a fan. The camper was wired for a fan so it was a simple task to install this upgrade and I'm glad I did. It is no noisier than the standard bathroom vent fans that come with most RVs and moves a lot more air. The only drawback that I can see is that it does block quite a bit of light coming in the vent.
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great ventilation


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January 21, 2012
We read a few reviews that complained about the noise. It's not noisy at all compared to the litttle 4 fan that didn't move any air. My air purifier makes more noise that this. It really moves a lot of air too. It'll suck the bathroom door closed if you have it pulled to.
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have two now great fans


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November 02, 2011
bought one work great and bought another one best unit I have installed now have two took about 15 min to install also you can get trash out of the vent screen easy2 min highly recomend
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Fan is a nice upgrade/replacement


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October 30, 2011
I had bought a used trailer and one of the things is the fan in the bathroom did not work, so I found this fan at a good price and replaced it with the fan that was not working. It works great.
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Great Value


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October 25, 2011
I installed this upgrade in a standard ventline non-powered roof vent in my rv bathroom. I tapped 12v and ground wires from my bathroom ceiling light. I found the installation to be simple and straight forward. I just followed the directions that came with it for my application and did not have to make any modifications. The actual installation (after running the wires from the light) took about 15 minutes. As previous reviews indicate, the fan is very powerful and somewhat noisy. If it came with a variable speed switch I would give it 5 stars. Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase.
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Terrific Upgrade


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October 15, 2011
I just installed this upgrade in my new small Sunray 109 trailor. It made a world of difference with the original powered fan that was installed by the manufacturer. It is not exactly quiet but less noisy than the original. The only improvement that they should consider is to put a variable speed button instead of the on off swich. Certainly worth the price in added comfort.
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Vortex Replacement Vent Fan Upgrade


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October 07, 2011
This is a good product I like that the screen is easy to remove to clean off debris, my only complaint is that it is quite loud, but it certainly moves alot of air, and was very simple to install.
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Vortex Fan Review


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October 07, 2011
Seems to be an okay fan, definitely more power than normal exhaust fan. It does have a whine to it, but in bathroom its okay. It took longer to install because the unit didn't fit with the roof hatch that was there - had to use some steel washers, but works now. I would recommend it for the bathroom, but not other places in the RV. I will try a Fantastic Fan other places.
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Vortex fan


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October 06, 2011
Installed as advertised no problems instructions easy to follow Noise factor not much more than small bath fan that it replace/ but a lot more air movement Would be nice to have a reversing switch to change direction of air flow as needed Would recommend this fan for easy install and air movement
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Good for older RV's, but instructions need revision


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September 27, 2011
Installed 2 in an older 5th wheel. Instructions need revision but an average owner should be able to figure it out.. I never found instructions where it said to put the screw into the lever winder and cog mechanism. Worked ok on 1st fan without it (I'll still fix that), but was needed on the 2nd to ensure the cover would open/close. Based on 2 installs, sometimes it's easy to get the mounting screws in, and the very next install can be a challenge. It's just luck of the draw. The original bathroom fan was an older Jensen, and instructions didn't line up. The spacer for that install didn't work as it didn't allow the gear systems to mate, and after 5-6 attempts I worked it out and got it working. Lesson learned is to be sure you can open/close the cover manually before screwing too many parts in. All in all, it's a good fan especially for an older unit where you really don't want to put the roof chalking/seals at risk. When it's time to really change it, then I'll put in a higher end Fantastic fan.
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Installed in 20 minutes


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September 22, 2011
Easy to install and works flawlessly. Should have bought this a long time ago. Doesnt require you to get on your roof and mess up your seals. Just a few screws and connect 2 wires and it is working way better than the little fan it replaced
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Easy to install - A great upgrade


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September 19, 2011
Bought two of these. One for the inadequate exhaust fan in the bathroom that came with the camper and one for the main living area. Both work great, when you are in the bathroom you can actually feel the air being sucked in from under the door. I would recommend this to anyone. They are louder than the OEM fan, but the air movement is great. Wish I would have done this sooner.
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Vortex Vent


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August 24, 2011
Look good and works great.
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Excellent fan


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August 21, 2011
It was very easy to install. Quality is good. As noted in other reviews , it is a bit noisey. Given the power it has the noise is not a problem. I would recomend this for a quick up grade from the OEM fan.
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Get the Crank Aligned and She's Done!


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August 18, 2011
This fan is very functional and is about as described-a tad noisy but with good suck. The difficulty in installation involves getting the fan assembly aligned with the existing vent crank shaft while holding it in position in the vent opening. With patience, it gets done. I powered it from AC via a Wagan 5 Amp, 12 VDC converter. Looks good and works well.
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Vortex Replacement Vent Fan Upgrade Vortex Replacement Vent Fan Upgrade


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August 10, 2011
Very pleased with fan and ease of installation. Replaced bath vent with this fan and ordered another for the bedroom. Friend came over and looked at my fan and is ordering one for his new 5er.
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Best replacement fan on the market


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August 04, 2011
Easy to install, very quiet and effective especially in bathroom.
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Very powerfull but NOISY !


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July 29, 2011
We replaced our bathroom fan with one of these units. My wife and I call it the B-52 ! That's what it sounds like. Install was a snap, and the fan moves a ton of air. Damn near sucks the TP up to the fan ! We are looking to replace the on/off switch with a 3 way rotary switch.
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Sooo, easy to install


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July 26, 2011
OK, so I had to waite a couple of weeks for the back ordered fan, was well worth it, was easy to install in my C-Class and all the parts were there for modifacations of different makes of fans, can't beleive the amount of air it moves and quieter than the original small fan it replaced.
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Awesome relacement fan kit!


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July 16, 2011
I replaced my bathroom fan with this unit and I am completely satisfied with it, Very quick and easy installation. After replacing the bathroom fan I bought two more. One for the bedroom and another for my front roof vent. Best replacement fans for the money for sure! I would recommend these replacement fans to anyone looking for a low cost , easy to install replacement fan!
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Great upgrade!


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May 22, 2011
The Vortex replacement Vent Fan is the best upgrade I have seen in a while. I replaced the stock bathroom vent with this on my Georgetown and very pleased with the way it operates, it moves as much air as the Fantastic Vent.
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Great mod for the money!!


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May 07, 2011
I bought this to replace the cheapo fan that they put in the bathroom vents. The old ones let moisture build up during an average shower. This new Vortex moves air so fast, you can feel it being sucked under bathroom door. No steam on mirror after a hot shower anymore. This is an awesome mod for the money.
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Good fan moves some air!


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April 29, 2011
This fan was cheap and easy to install. No modifications were needed to install this. The only down side of this fan is that it is a little noisy. This fan really moves some air. I mounted my in the bathroom and is a good place for it. I would not have put this over the bed because of the noise. If you have smoke (from cooking) steam or strange bathroom smells this fan moves it out for you.
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Nice Breeze!


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March 23, 2011
I used this to replace the small factory fan in the bathroom of my travel trailer. It provides a nice breeze from any open windows while it's on. It's a little noisy, kind of ramps up and whines while running, but not too loud. This works out fine since it is used in the bathroom, but probably not good for over a bed.
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Good upgrade but install modification needed


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March 15, 2011
I am very happy with the Vortex upgrade for quietness and improved air movement verses the OME ultra loud Ventline. I feel it is a well engineered product but I had clearance problems with the install due to a lot of excess vinyl roof material around the vent roof opening that the old Ventline was in. Not wanting to disturd the roof material, I finally cut off the 2 small tabs on all four sides of the Vortex. Putting the screw in the opposite side of the frame that the crank is on helped me get the correct alinement for the crank. Connecting the wires was a fight also, I removed screen and fanblade assembly so I could reach the wires to make a proper connection. I am embarrassed to admit the total time for install but it was over 2 hours
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Great fan with a modification


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March 01, 2011
I installed one of these fans with a slight modification. I bypassed the original switch and wired the fan to a wall switch. I then replaced the original built in switch with a push button double pole double throw switch and wired that so I could reverse the air flow from out to in. While taking showers It sucks the hot / moist air out and in the evening I reverse the air flow with the new switch and the fan pulls in cool fresh air from outside. It works great. That seems like something they should have designed into the fan at the factory or at least had it as an option. There is enough room on the fan housing that a new reversing switch can be added to the fan and still use the original power switch built into the fan. My wife just couldn't reach the switch in the ceiling, thus the wall switch option.
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good replacement fan


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September 24, 2010
I purchased this unit about 3 months ago. Installation was simple even though the gears were off at first. I realized that the gear mech was movable and once I did that it worked fine. Not as quiet as I thought it should be but it does displace a lot of air. Note: Make sure you inspect your vent cap also. My coach was less than 1 year old and right after I replaced the fan, the cap fell apart while I was cleaning the roof. Sun deterioration I guess. When I replaced the cap I also sprayed it with white paint for plastic. Has some UV properties. I would recommend this instead of disturbing the roof membrane.
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Vortex Replacement Vent Fan


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August 02, 2010
The replacement of the small fan in my vent with the vortex fan only took a few minutes. It was easy and certainly provided more circulation. If you couple this with the vent that you can put on a window it really works well. I found that the fan lined up well with my existing vent and the open and close knob worked well. The cost is certainly not near as much as the $250 model fan system.
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Great upgrade - highly recommended


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July 26, 2010
Well made unit. Fan had basic directions for install on box. Took about 20 minutes to complete the install. The pre-existing small-blade fan had its crank handle (to raise/lower the vent cover) in a slightly different location than this fan. Although the instructions on the outside of the box referred to further instructions inside for this purpose (switching crank handle location) no such paperwork was found. The crank handle assembly on the new vortex fan has two sets of mounting holes. I simply moved the crank handle assembly over to the proper holes, lined the crank gear up and that was it. The fan moves large volumes of air which is great for removing moist air while showering, odors, etc.. I recommend this upgrade for any RV or TT which is currently running a small, low volume fan. It is a bit noisy, but a minor issue for me. Keeping the bathroom well ventilated is essential. Money very well spent.
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WORKS GREAT


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May 25, 2010
Could use a printed enclosed list of instructions with pictures? The instructions on box elude to another instruction sheet enclosed in box, not?Found by removing screen and fan blade, it was easier to install. With the screen and fan removed you could feel where the spline on the fan unit needed to move to line up with the cover gear spline.
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Simple Sweet Easy to Do


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May 17, 2010
Who needs instructions when you have common sense. It took longer to get the tools together than it do to install the fan. They could have placed the wires on the other side but my leads were long enough to reach. Now they need to put a pull chain for the fan w/auto open on the lid. Well worth the money.
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Vortex Vent Fan Upgrade


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May 10, 2010
Replaced the orginal fan in my bathroom with the Vortex fan in under an hour. The instructions on the box seemed pretty clear to me. The original fan was a Jensen and the instructions on the box clearly said for Jensen the gearbox needed to be moved. All this required was removing two screws, moving the box and replacing the screws. The fan moves a lot more air than the original unit and is fairly quite.
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Good investment... but MaxxAir affects performance as with all fans


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May 01, 2010
To begin installed in a 2000 Cardinal fifth wheel I have been talking about adding Fantastic fans in all vents for 3 years. Installed my first Vortex, I say first because I am buying 2 more. To set the stage I have MaxxAir vent covers on all vents so be warned that this will affect overall performance, as they do with all fans including Fantastic Fans. Does it work, yes. Is it quiet, quieter than the cheap standard bath fans of a few years ago, yes but not as quiet as a Fantastic Fan but close. Is it easy to install? I installed over bed where there was no fan before so I was converting a non powered vent to a powered vent. Perfect for conversions. You do not have to do anything on the roof, everything is from inside. That is best part besides being easy. If you have a light next to your vent, most RV's do, drop light tap into 12v dc wiring and now you have the required wiring for the fan. I had to snake wires only about 8-12 inches, not hard, small hands would make it easier, but mine are big but still not hard. The wife liked it enough to suggest that I buy 2 more so I am ordering now. The other reviewer was correct that there are no instructions other than what is on the box, contrary to the instruction on the box. The provided instructions are basic but useful. Luckily my crank lined up so no issues. I rated 4 stars because I would have liked it to have been a little quieter and it was missing instructions and a screw.We all have extra screws so no biggie. Since it was not perfect I only gave a 4. I definitely suggest that you look at this for $59.95 - vs- $200.00. If the folks at Fantastic Fan are smart they will look at doing this with their product and cash in on the ease and cost. If you are good with electricity you can install a DPDT switch and reverse the fan direction for pulling in air as well as exhausting air, making the value even higher Highly recommend product.
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Noisy


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April 17, 2010
Installs very easily but mine had no instructions inside the box as the back instructions stated it should. The vent gear did not line up and needed to be moved - instructions said to read instructions inside on how to do that - well there weren't any and I searched and searched the web to no avail. I think I figured it out, I have a screw left over so who knows. Fan switch is mounted opposite the original so the wires are pulled pretty tight. It does definitley move air but is not quiet at all. We will try for awhile and then decide whether to put the original back in or not. I may add a pot to it so I can vary the speed.
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