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The Sirocco 3-axis wall fan is the perfect addition to our campervan; it’s one of those things we installed “just-in-case” but it turned out we use it A LOT! We love the 360 degrees directional air flow: it allows us to use the fan anywhere in the van (in the bedroom at night or in the living-room during the day). It’s marine-grade so it’s a high-quality product and it’s built to last. Let’s have a closer look!

Sirocco 3 axis 360 degrees timelapse (500px)

3-axis directional air flow action!

 

10 Days (1200px)

We installed the fan between the bedroom and the kitchen, so the airflow can be directed pretty much anywhere in the van.

 

 

What we Like

  • It’s mounted on a 3-axis gimbal, so the airflow can be directed in ANY direction! Neat!
  • There is a timer so the fan turns off automatically after 3/6/9/12 hours. That’s useful when we want to fall asleep with the fan running but we don’t want it to run all night long.
  • It can be folded against the wall when we’re not using it.
  • It has 3 speeds: low, medium, high.
  • It’s 12V and draws not much current: 0.1A on low, 0.2A on medium, 0.3A on high.
  • It has a high-quality feel and we’re confident it will pass the test of time.
  • It’s made in Canada, just like us! (and has 2 years warranty)

 

What we Don’t Like …

  • The motor is quiet, but the fan being relatively small (7 inches diameter) it generates some wind noise (even at low speed). That being said, it’s constant noise so we don’t mind it at all and, in fact, we sometimes use it to help us fall asleep when we’re parked near busy places…
  • There is a small LED light to indicate that the timer is activated; we found that to be annoying (we like when it’s pitch-black when going to bed), so we placed a small piece of electrical tape over the LED. Problem solved 🙂

 

 

Models & Where to Buy

 

Sirocco II Fan, Black (amzn.to/2BLFNIG):

Sirocco 3-axis Gimbal Fan 12V Black

Sirocco II Fan, Black. Buy on Amazon.

Sirocco II Fan, White (amzn.to/2ooEpnX):

Sirocco 3-axis Gimbal Fan 12V White

Sirocco II Fan, White. Buy on Amazon.

 

 

Installation

Electrical

The fan is connected to the 12V battery via a fuse box. We won’t get into details here, but you might want to check our Electrical System article (faroutride.com/electrical-system) for more information.

 

Wall Mounting

1- Install the mounting plate using six screws and drill a hole in the wall to route the electrical wire:

Sirocco-Fan-Installation-(1)

 

2- Install the fan onto the mounting plate and secure using the two bolts:

Sirocco-Fan-Installation-(2)

 

Voilà!

 

 

Reliability

We installed the fan in 2016 and it’s performing flawlessly since then. As we mentioned, it’s a high-quality product and we’re confident it will pass the test of time.

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Runner-Up

There are a lot of lower-cost alternatives out there, but they all look very cheap and fragile. We built our van using only high-quality products and we feel the Sirocco fan is the only viable option. We considered the Fan-Tastic Endless Breeze fan (amzn.to/2ooV4rF): it’s a good 12V portable quality fan, but we wanted something that is installed permanently so we don’t have to move it around:

Fan-Tastic Endless Breeze 12V Fan Portable

Fan-Tastic Endless Breeze 12V Fan. Buy from Amazon.

 

 

Resources

Manufacturer Website: www.caframolifestylesolutions.com/product/marine/sirocco-ii/

 

 

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11 comments

  1. Comment by Lauren

    Lauren Reply August 5, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    When sleeping do you feel you have cool fresh outside air circulating around you using your Sirocco fan? I had a van once and slept close to an open side window with the ceiling fan drawing air in through the window and over me. It was great! You have no open window near your bed, correct? So I wonder how you get fresh air? Also do you often open your sliding door flip-open window? I’m trying to decide whether to order the stock ford sliding door fixed-window (or get a custom window with an opening) AND whether to install a side window near the bed for night air. Thank you so much for sharing your information. Lauren

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply August 6, 2018 at 11:19 am

      We have a vent above the bed: https://faroutride.com/floor-vent, it works OK but we’re considering adding a small side window for extra fresh air when it’s hot.
      We use the flip window when we cook and when it’s really hot and we want extra vent.

      So yeah, a side window is a good idea!

  2. Comment by WallBuilders

    WallBuilders Reply March 6, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Many years ago there was a very good site that reviewed electronic gadgets. Originally it was just two women reviewing the stuff they had. It seemed quite honest and had a large following. Whenever I was looking for something, I”d go to that site to see if it had been reviewed by Julie. As they got better known, manufacturers would send them stuff to review but they stayed brutally honest. They added new reviewers that were also quite objective. At some point they started to do sponsored articles. It became difficult to distinguish the “real reviews from the fake ones. I haven”t been back to that site. I want to keep coming back here.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply March 8, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Ahah we get it ;).

      Look at the right column of the article for this text:
      “We only review products that we tried and researched throughout. We’re not sponsored by any of the products we review and we pay in full for everything.”

      All our reviews are products we actually use in our van and we paid in full (no sponsored articles). We sometime get emails asking us to recommend a product, but as you can see it hasn’t happen because we want to keep it real here.

      No BS: we get commission from Amazon links (as disclosed) and it’s a pretty good incentive to keep publishing reviews. If we don’t like a product, we simply don’t talk about it (no review) but we mention it in our “On Second Thought” section in each specific Build Journal article.

      Thanks for writing to us,
      cheers!

  3. Comment by Steven

    Steven Reply March 1, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I see that the fan can rotate which looks nice for directing air flow but is it noisy and does it bounce around while your driving? Is there a way to tighten it down when not in use and have it hugging the wall of the van?
    Thanks,
    Steven

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply March 2, 2018 at 8:49 pm

      Hi,
      it’s a little noisy (please read “what we don’t like”) and there is a lock so the fan stays in place (hugging the wall) (it’s a quick release similar to a bicycle, it’s visible on the animated GIF).

      cheers

  4. Comment by Terri

    Terri Reply February 26, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Does the fan have an on/off switch?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply February 26, 2018 at 10:51 pm

      Yes it does. And the timer is optional.

  5. Comment by Shaun

    Shaun Reply February 26, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Thanks for the review….. but is it really $318 in Canada?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply February 26, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Oh that’s steep! It’s 119$ currently on amazon.com.
      That’s the problem with Amazon, sometime prices are ridiculous outside the USA; you really got to be careful and compare the price with .com VS .ca before committing. We got most of our stuff from amazon.com and got it shipped to the border using Kinek.com.

  6. Comment by Shaun

    Shaun Reply February 26, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Thanks.

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