Maxxair Maxxfan Deluxe Roof Fan – Review

Maxxair Fan Installation

Maxxair Maxxfan Deluxe Roof Fan – Review

The Maxxfan Deluxe roof fan has many roles in our Ford Transit campervan conversion. It keeps the air fresh, helps to increase airflow, to evacuate cooking odors and to control moisture. We use it when we’re parked or when we’re driving, day or night, during summer or during winter… it might not seems important at first, but without the fan, the van would quickly become undesirable to live in. Here is our review!

 

 

 

Key Features

  • Can be left opened when raining (Built-in Rain Cover)
  • 10 Speed Intake & Exhaust
  • 900 CFM
  • Lid Opening: Manual or Electric (models 7000K & 7500K)
  • Can be left fully closed or fully opened when driving (partially opened may damaged it)

 

Models and Features

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White
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Smoke

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Where to Buy

MODEL COLOR BUY FROM
5100K / 6200K White / Smoke  Buy from Amazon.com
7000K White  Buy from Amazon.com
7500K Smoke Buy from Amazon.com

 

Runner-Up

Fantastic (See it on Amazon.com) offers a product similar to Maxxfan in term of performance and quality.

Fantastic Fan. Buy from Amazon

 

PROS

  • The Fantastic fan is relatively cheaper.
  • It was reported that Fantastic fan has outstanding customer service and support.

CONS

  • The Fantastic cannot be left opened when raining. This is a major issue, since ventilation is very important when it’s raining and humid outside. The Fantastic features a rain sensor on some models, so the lid will close automatically when it rains (some users reported that the lid will close if there is condensation on the roof, which is not good)
  • 3 speed (vs 10 for the Maxxfan). As it turns out, we use speed 1 and 2 a lot on our Maxxfan as it reduces noise and minimizes electrical consumption.

For us, the cons did not outbalanced the pros so we’re glad we went for the Maxxfan.

 

Specifications

Dimensions:

Fits a standard RV fan cutout of 14″ x 14″.

 

Flow:

900 CFM

 

Power Consumption:

SPEED AMP
1 0.1
2 0.2
3 0.3
4 0.4
5 0.6
6 0.9
7 1.1
8 1.5
9 2.0
10 2.8

 

Installation

We covered the Maxxair Fan Installation previously in the following post. It includes the material list and how we installed the fan, step-by-step:

Maxxair Fan Installation
Fan Installation

 

 

Operation

Exhaust or Intake (reverse)?

We normally use the fan in exhaust mode (pushing air outside) so that fresh cool air enters the van near the floor and exits at the roof through the fan.

The fan can also be run in intake (reverse) mode with the lid closed; this way, it acts just as a home ceiling fan.

 

Speed

Here is a general guideline on how we set the speed:

Lid Opened (Speed 0):

  • While driving during a warm summer day. Driving will create a natural draft and create an air circulation in the van.
  • Light cooking in winter.

Speed 1 or 2:

  • Warm summer night. The fan is really quiet at these speed and it creates a sufficient ventilation.
  • When cooking in winter.

Speed 3 or 4:

  • Warm summer day.
  • When cooking in summer.

Speed 5 to 9:

  • The fan starts to make more noise at this level and requires a sufficient passive intake.
  • Deep Fried Bacon cooking odors evacuation!
  • We found that it is not generally necessary to use that mode.

Speed 10:

  • LUDICROUS MODE

 

Lid Opening

We bought the model with the manual lid opening, because our fan is installed in the center of the van. We did not see the need to have a remote, except we can now see that it could be useful (when we forget to close or open the fan while driving or at night to avoid getting up from bed). Also, we were worried that the automatic mechanism could suffer in snow/ice, but we did not read any report that there is actually a problem with that. Opening the lid manually is very easy; just turn the knob a few turns and voilà! We were glad to see that the lid doesn’t tend to get stuck in ice or snow.

 

 

Reliability

We’ve been using the fan since June 2016 and we had no issue so far!

 

Conclusion

While we hesitated to get a Fantastic to save some cash, we’re glad we went with the Maxxfan. As it turns out a fan is especially useful during a humid rainy day, the Fantastic can’t beat the Maxxfan on that. We really appreciate the 10 speeds as well. It’s money well spent!

 

Resources

Manufacturer Website (look for the installation and operating instructions at the bottom of the page)

 

 

 


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22 thoughts on “Maxxair Maxxfan Deluxe Roof Fan – Review”

  1. We’re about to install a Maxxfan in our Promaster Van. The roof of the van is “ribbed”. I understand there is an “adapter” which can be installed on the roof (under the fan unit) to provide a level surface.

    Is this necessary? Where can I get the adapter for a reasonable price?

    Reply
    • We highly recommend to get the adapter, otherwise you’ll have to find a way to fill the corrugation by your own means. The adapter will make the process much easier! The adapter for the ProMaster is listed in this article (under “material” section): faroutride.com/fan-installation

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  2. We found that there was a leak when we left the fan fully open during a storm.
    Is this something you would do , or would you tend to close the fan when there is heavy rain?
    Have you ever noticed that the hood moves up and down when left partially open in windy conditions? I guess this is where damage could occur so we have been closing the fan completely.
    Cheers
    Ben

    Reply
    • Indeed it is recommended to leave the cover fully in OR fully out when driving (or during a big storm) to prevent damage.
      We notice small drops sometime during heavy wind, but it seems to come from “rebound” rather than getting in directly. We don’t worry much about that.

      Antoine

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  3. Hi!
    Thank you for everything you do for the community.
    I am wondering if I install 1 or 2 fans. A fan is cheaper than a window that opens and is probably better in term of insulation.
    I’ve read a lot on forums about people installing 2 fans in Sprinter 170.
    Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

    Reply
  4. Is there any advantage to the color choice (7000 vs 7500)? The white one is less expensive and wondered if it had anything to do with UV or heat?

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  5. Great article! My main question is for the summer. We travel with our dog and might need to leave her in the van for long periods. How good is the fan at cooling during the summer? Would you suggest two fans for more airflow? Thanks!

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  6. Thank you for your very detailed description of your conversion. I’m just beginning my conversion.

    I’m curious about heat loss through the fan during the winter. Your comments mention using the fan during the winter, especially when cooking. Curious, how much heat is lost? Do you keep it closed when not cooking? Does it have an interior cover for cold nights?

    Do you have a cooling system for the summer?

    Also, curious about your removable shower plan.

    Reply
    • It’s always a battle between heat loss VS moisture management.

      If you spend winter in Arizona, you could leave to fan closed most of the time (except when cooking).
      If, on the other hand, you’re skiing in the Pacific North West, moisture management is the priority so the fan is opened more often. There is a lot of heat loss, but that’s a necessary evil.

      We like to leave the cover of the fan slightly open at night to have fresh air to breath, but we had it totally closed a few times and we’re not dead. There is no interior cover for the fan, we don’t feel it’s needed. Most of the heat lost is from the sliding door and the cabin anyway.

      We don’t have a cooling system for summer (just the fan and air intake).

      We’ll post pictures about our shower in a few days, but we already discussed about that on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/faroutride/

      Cheers!

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  7. Hello,

    We just purchased a maxxfan with remote… my husband has read several reviews on where to place the fan as we have not installed it yet. He has read that it is better to place the fan closer to the rear of the van due to aerodynamics and how the wind catches if it is placed closer to the front of the van. I would like to place it closer to the front as our shower will be placed right behind the driver seat as well as where we will be cooking. Can you share how your van drives with the fan closer to the front? Any feedback would be appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Cassidy

    Reply
    • We don’t feel the fan catches into the wind and it does not rattle, so we can’t complain! We cook a lot in the van (when it’s cold or when it’s dark) so we’re glad we installed the fan in the front. I think the van would smell otherwise! We also plan on installing a simple removable shower in the front (eventually) so that’s another argument for the fan forward.

      Good luck!

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  8. Thanks for the review / detailed information! Based on your info, I ordered mine today from your amazon link! Couldn’t be easier!

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  9. HI, Nice Post. I’m about to start my conversion. I am set on the Maxx Fan but not sure to go electric or manual for same worries you have with snow and ice. Seems like manual has less mechanical parts and would last longer? WOuld you buy a manual again or go electric? Can the electric be operated manually? I will be in snow and Ice a lot.

    Reply
    • Hi Matt!
      We would buy manual again; we’re always an arm away from the fan… Not sure if the electric can be operated manually, sorry. I feel the manual one is still the way to go for winter! Happy conversion ! Antoine

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  10. Hey guys, thanks so much for all the info. Just picked up a Maxxair fan for a new build myself!

    You mentioned: “We normally use the fan in exhaust mode (pushing air outside) so that fresh cool air enters the van near the floor and exits at the roof through the fan.”

    How does the cool air enter the van near the floor? Did you add a vent? We’re torn between adding a second fan, adding a vent, or just opening the windows to vent.

    It also seems like it might be desirable to have the fan located in the back of the van to allow for airflow from the front (open windows) to the rear and past the bed. What are your thoughts on fan location? Would you do it near the kitchen again?

    Thanks!
    John

    Reply
    • Hi John,
      You’re right about the fact that a fan located in the back will provide more airflow from the window. We installed the fan in the front for
      1) The kitchen (we can’t cook outside in winter)
      2) The winter shower (we have something in mind)
      So Yes, we would do it again in the front for of the reasons above.

      For now as vents, we removed the 4 plastic covers from the D-pillars in the back of the van; this allow a minimal airflow, but we might add a larger vent somewhere to increase the airflow… it’s on the to-do list.

      Thanks for your comment!

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      • Hello Antoine!
        Hope all is well. Do you have anywhere in your journal where you talk more about the venting with the D-Pillars? I am starting my build soon and I know this would be good to do first

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        • We used the D-pillar at first as well. We just removed the plastic covers (under & inside the van) at the back of the van. It’s OK as a temporary solution, but I wouldn’t recommend it as your permanent solution; too much restriction.

          Reply

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