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MaxxFan Deluxe Roof Vent Installation - 2018 Jayco Greyhawk Motorhome

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How to Install the MaxxFan Deluxe Roof Vent on a 2018 Jayco Greyhawk Motorhome

Hi, there are RV and camper owners. Today we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install MaxxFan's deluxe RV roof vent, fan with thermostat. And this is what our vent looks like when it's installed. We've currently got it in the functioning position where it raises itself up and the exhaust and intake are both going to be located here on the backside. And since this is underneath, that means that we can use this in any weather. Whether it's raining or snowing out, the moisture is going to hit on top here, and we're not going to suck it in and it's not going to get inside.

So if you're looking for event that you can use all year round in any kind of weather conditions, this is going to be a great option for you. When you turn your vent off, it does retract and this unit will actually go down and sit pretty flush with our roof.The event openings here does have a screen mesh behind it to help keep out any critters so we don't have to worry about any intrusion. It does have a little bit of an opening. So some tiny mites could potentially get by, but most other insects won't be able to get it. And you can get this fan in two different colors.

You can get it with the smoked black top that you see here where it's kind of a transparent dark color, or you can also get it with a white top. Whichever one you like the best. The black one I personally like just because it kind of shades the sun coming through. So it's a little bit darker which can also help keep things a little bit cooler. And now here on the inside, we can see our fan.

It has a screen on it to further protect any insects and things like that coming in also to protect your hands. So if you are stretching out, you don't accidentally touch one of the blades up there.Your control panel is going to be located here. Where you can hurt it on and off, choose the direction and adjust your thermostat. As well as opening and close the lid for the unit. The knob here allows you to manually open and close the unit if you wanted to.

You could turn it to open it, turn it to close it. But for the most part, the things that are up here, you're really never going to mess with. Because it comes with a remote. And we can do everything from the remote that we can do right here on the fan. And this is nice especially if you had a large RV with a high roof, maybe where you can't reach up there. This one's not that big of a deal. But we have this installed in their bathroom and we can be sitting on the toilet, not be able to reach it up here, but we can just grab our remote that we have hanging on the wall and then turn it on and do whatever we need to do.The fan can spin in either direction, whether we want it to be an exhaust or an intake, you can see here on the remote. It currently says air out. So it's operating at as an exhaust. We can press the button there and then that will switch it to become an intake. And it changes the direction of the fan. And now we're drawing air in. And we can set this up however we need it for the current weather conditions. A thermostat does come included with it and it's built into the unit and you can see here. It shows the temperature of the room was about 65. And we have a thermostat that we can change to the desired temperature. If we have it set to a higher temperature than what the room currently is at, the fan will turn itself off after it detects it. And if we have it set to a lower temperature than what the room is, the fan will turn on to help cool down the room.You can also adjust your fan speed in 10% increments. And we can hear here at the lowest speed, it's almost completely silent. You can't even really tell that it's running. And then if we kick it all the way up to a 100, you can hear the fan and you can really feel the air coming from this. We're having quite a bit of air here in the room. So, if you needed to remove some smells really fast, we can easily turn it on air out 100%. And in no time you would have that flushed out of here. So it wouldn't affect anybody else inside of your camper. The auto button here is what allows you to turn it onto thermostat control. So since we're currently set for 61 is our set temperature. Since it's 66 currently inside, the fan is on.And if we go up, it changes the direction of the fan to get it to where we need it to be. The closer we are to the set temperature, the slower the fan operates. And it will eventually turn off if the system decides that it's got ample cooling the way it is. And when you turn it off, the whole unit will shut up, closing the lid and turning off the fan. Now just because the lid is closed, doesn't mean you can't operate the fan. You can still run your fan. We can go ahead and turn our fan back on. We're going to close the lid, keep it closed. And now it's going to operate just like a ceiling fan would in your home. You can still change the direction. We're just not taking in air or exhausting any air. We're just recirculating the air in the camper.And since we can spin it in either direction, we can do just like we do at home. In the cold or winter months, we can push that hot air down. And then in the hotter summer months, we can draw that cooler air up to help get it circulated and get that temperature dispersed and at the proper setting that we want it to be for the whole camper. And it comes with all the mounting hardware and components you'll need. The only accessories that I recommend adding to your cart when purchasing this vent is some butyl tape to seal it to the roof and some self-leveling sealant to go over the top of it, to even further seal it up. So that way you don't have to worry about any leaks. If you follow along with me now, we're going to show you how to get it installed.We'll begin our installation by determining where we're going to put our fan. You can either add this fan by cutting a hole in your roof and adding it wherever you like. You do need a '14 x 14' hole. And you also want to make sure your roof does have some bracing in it to be able to support it. Or you can use it to replace an existing vent cover that you got. We've got one right here that, this one does have a fan, but this one here, if you we're to open it up and use the fan in any inclement weather, moisture and stuff could get inside. And our customer wants to upgrade so that way they can use their fan in any environmental condition. And this one here, the way this one curves over the actual intake here is kind of on the bottom. So it keeps out any moisture and stuff like that.So we're just going to be upgrading one of his old ones to a much nicer fan. So we're going to start by removing this one. We're going to go ahead and take the sealant off all the way around here. And you can do this either with a putty knife to get up underneath of it. We don't want to cut our roof though. So while you can't use a pudding knife, you got to be kind of careful to not cause any damage to the roof. I actually prefer to use a razor knife, and we're not going to go in from the side because we also don't want to cut the roof there. We're going to come in here at the top and we can actually kind of see a ridge where the actual vent is versus where the self level ceiling sealant is. So we're just going to go along that edge and we're just going to cut it all the way down, and then we can start peeling this off afterwards.So now that I've made a perimeter cut, we can come in on one of the edges here with our blade, get up under it. And a lot of times, once you get up under it, you can then just start to peel it off. We're going to just pull up and work our blade along it. Whenever you hit a screw head, usually you get stopped right there and you have to work around the screw head where you can get another chunk to pull it up. But we're just going to continue like this all the way around until we get everything all the way peeled off.And we need to remove all of this, even on top of our vent, because we need to get access to the screws so we can get those out. Now that we've got all of the sealant field off the top, we can start removing our bolts. You can take these out with either a Phillips or with a number two square bit. And I prefer the number two square bit because they have the Phillips cross, but they also have the square in the middle. And with the sealant that's down inside the grooves, it can be easy to strip the screws out with the Phillips. So I just find the square to be a little more reliable. And now we'll just remove them all the way around.Now we got all the stories out. I usually just take the razor knife and I just run it along the edge. Right where the lip is right here. Angling the knife down. So it hits right on it. Because we don't want to go straight onto the roof. And that'll just give you a nice little lip and then you can start on one corner and just start pulling it out. If you can get your hand underneath of it, then you can really start to peel it up off the roof.So we're just going to get it broke free all the way around first. And then we're just going to gently flip it over because we're going to have some wires on here. And here we have our wires. They're just quick spliced on. So we can actually just remove them from the quick splice. Then we can just reuse these quick splices. So to remove them, you're going to open it up. And then once you've got that open, just spread it apart.You can do it with a flat blade screwdriver, but in most cases you can just do it with your hands. Just kind of spread it apart there. And then the wire that we want out of there, we'll just pull out. And it's okay if you just take the whole thing off like that. Slide the wire off. And then we can go ahead and put this back in our quick splice so we can reuse it. We're just going to click that right over there. And then we'll remove this one same way. So we can just reuse these, spread it apart, slide your wires out, and then just separate them. And just slide out of the little grooves there. And then you can just put this one back together as well.So we're just going to set these wires down in here for now. Also, do want to make a note, too. We had yellow to black and white to white. So that way you know black is typically power whites typically ground. Now that we've got this guy out of the way, we're going to go ahead and just clean up the rest of the goo around here, just pulling it up. So now we've got the majority of our sealant and butyl tape peeled up. We can start preparing our new one. Some of the butyl tape that was on there underneath is just not going to want to come off. It gets so sticky and it gets down in those little grooves. You'll be here for quite a while. You don't need to get 100% of it because we're going to be putting a new layer of butyl tape on. You can just get the bulk off. You got a couple of pieces left. The butyl tape stays tacky for a very, very long time. So it'll integrate right in with the new tape.You can get the butyl tape here at etrailer. And we're going to be using this to cover the entire perimeter, making sure that we cover up all the screw holes. We're just going to rip it to length. And then we're just going to lay it down onto our panel. And then we're just going to repeat that all the way around. So now that we've got it fully coated in butyl tape all the way around, we can go ahead and set it in place. And we want to make sure that the tabs here, you've got two on each side are on the sides. We don't want them facing forward and backward because that would put our units sideways. So then you have to be like this. So we're just going to line it up and set it down in here. And once we've got it pretty well even, front to back, side to side, we can run our screws down. We're just checking with the old inner cover here to make it look like we're even with the same gap all the way around.And we look pretty well lined up there. So we can now take the included screws that come with your new one and run it back in there. You could reuse your old ones, but since it comes with new ones, this will just give us a cleaner installation. Now, your new ones though, these are going to be Phillips head screws. So you do want to keep that in mind. You're going to have to switch back to Phillips a bit if you we're using the square bit. And that might be the only reason you might want to reuse those old screws if you liked the square bits and you wanted to keep them. And we're just going to run one down into each hole on our mount here.Now, if you're having trouble getting these screwed down with the factory hardware, I've had a couple of the screw heads already break off on me and then I've had to extract them. It's been a little bit annoying with that. Then I would recommend just reusing your old bolts. I've been using these after a couple of these broke and none of the old bolts have broken just the new ones. Now that we've got the top screwed down, we are going to be setting the unit on top and securing it soon, but we need to hook the wires up. So we can reuse the quick splices that we had on here. We saved them just in case we we're going to reuse them. But I think instead we're going to use the spade terminals that come included with our kit. So, for our yellow wire, we can just pull this off of here and we'll just grab our yellow wire. And this is our hot wire. So we're going to go ahead and strip it back.And it doesn't really matter since these are bolt covered. Normally, if you only have one that's covered, you want to put your cover one on your hot wire, which is this one here. Since they're both covered, it doesn't matter. So we're just going to try and grab this one here, the females, and we're going to crimp it on there. And then over here on our ground wire, we go ahead and get this off the quick splice as well. And this one, we're actually going to take the wire here where it's folded. We're going to go ahead and cut it. And then since the quick splice was right there, I'm just going to trim off just a little bit on each side here.And that way we can strip back right where the quick splice was, stripped back the other white wire. And then we're just going to twist these together. And then we're going to take another one of our spade terminals. We're going to put it on here. And make it so that way you can't ever plug this in backwards. Since we used a female on our positive, we're going to use a male on the negative side. So just kind of twist and get that guy on there. It's a little tight over the twisted wires, but it does fit. And then just crimp this guy down.So now we've got our fan here and we've got the wires coming off. You'll find the wires right on the side. There's a little circuit board right next to it. And they're just coming off the side here. And they're going to be labeled. This one says positive. The other one doesn't say negative on it. But if this is positive, this one's got to be negative. We've got plenty of length of wire here. It looks like they gave you probably a little over two feet of wire, which since these are already pretty long, we've got way more than we really need.So we're just going to trim off some maybe to about here that we still got plenty of excess. We could easily take our light out to do any kind of maintenance or anything we wanted to. So we're just going to snip these two. And we'll distribute one of these back. And now we're just going to crimp on the appropriate spade terminal that's going to match up with the other end. So we put a female on our hot wire on the motor home side. So the positive wire here on the fan side, we're going to make sure we put the male connector. And We'll just set this one down. And on our white wire here, I'm just going to slide on the female terminal, and crimp it down. And now it's just as simple as plugging them together here.All right. So now that we've got these connected, we can go ahead and set our fan into places. And if we still got this cover on here, we want to tuck our wires down in that, behind the cover in this. If you'd remove this cover beforehand, you just treat them down in there. We just want to tuck them in here so they don't accidentally get pinched by anything when we're putting this on. So we're just going to tuck our wires in on the side there. And then before we set it into place, there's a black knob on the corner of the unit right here. And it'll say opening closed on it. We want to turn it to the open position. This is going to raise the unit out of it. And these are the holes that we're going to run our screws through to secure it. So it needs to be raised in order for us to access those. Otherwise, our rain cover there is going to block it. So now we've got it raised up. We're just going to bring it around and set it into place.Just double check your wires to make sure you're not pinching anything. Once we get those tucked down in there, our unit should sit around the base that we put on there. So, we've got that side around, then we'll just head over to the other side and double-check it. We're now down inside. And we went to drop the unit down, the interior cover here was in the way, it was hitting. So we just need to drop this down. And this is as simple as taking out the four screws that you see around it. And these again can either use a Phillips or the square bit. So, we'll just zip each one of these out of here. Because we are going to be replacing this anyway, with the one that came with the unit. Sometimes you get lucky.This one will fit right on your new vent, but this one just isn't quite the same dimension. So we'll use our new one. Just got to get this out of the way so we can get that all the way dropped down. So now we're just going to slide it down all the way until it lines up with our holes. There's three different types of screws that's going to come in your kit. We're going to use the shorter button head screw for the ones that go into the side panel there. But for these, and you might have to push down slightly to compress the gasket in order to get it to start and then just run it in there. We don't need to go crazy and tighten them down too much. Just do them nice and snug we'll then repeat that for the three remaining holes.To seal up our vent cover, we're going to be using Alpha Systems' self-leveling lap sealant. And this is the type of sealant that you would use pretty much on all of your roof accessory and roof repairs. If you're adding a vent, you'll want to make sure you seal that up as well as put butyl tape on the bottom of anything you're running around. That'll seal up any screw holes and things you have underneath. And this is a second layer that'll go on top of everything to ensure that nothing can weak down the screws or in any of the seams. We're using it on our event here and what we also got done using it previously when we you just put these solar panels on over here. And you can see the self-leveling sealant that was applied yesterday has dried today and leveled out.When you receive your sealant, you want to make sure you have a caulk gun. We have caulk guns here at etrailer. If you need one, you can go ahead and add that to your cart. Once you've got it in your gun here, you do want to take a screwdriver or something and poke down the end. After you cut the tip off, that'll just pop the seal. So that way we can squeeze it to get it out. If you don't pop the seal more often than not that when you start to use the gun, if you pissed it when it goes in here, it causes it to burst here at the back and then you get it all over yourself.So now that we've got it ready to go. We're going to put a generous layer of this sealant all the way around the vents. And this one tube here is a 10 ounce tube. We've already used part of it, putting on our solar panels. So there's a good chance we're going to need a second tube in order to get this all the way filled up, because we do want to be very generous with this. Because we don't want any leaks in our system. And I'm just going to put a nice, generous, coating over the whole thing. It's going to level itself out. So it's going to look nice when we're done. And this is going to completely seal the unit right onto the roof.So now we've got it fully sealed up all the way around. Everything is secured up here. We've got our wires connected. All that's left for us to do now is just go down on the inside and put up the appearance panel that's going to cover up all the outer rim. We removed the previous one already, so we can just put the other one right out. So now we're back inside of our bathroom, where we had removed that cover down. We're just going to take our wires and we're just going to poke them off right up into there, get them out of the way. It's not going to hurt anything. Just kind of stuff them in there. Because if we ever need to service them, you're going to have to take this cover down anyway.So, now we got those tucked out of the way. We can take our new cover. And it's just going to slide right up around our vent that we installed. And then we can run our screws right up into the panel. And then now we're going to use the tapered flat head screws that have a white head on them. That way they match up nicely with the finish here. We're just going to hold it up and then start our screws right into the roof.And then we're going to repeat that for the remaining holes. So now that we've got everything installed, all that's left is to test everything out. And this particular bathroom, our customer has a switch that you have to turn on for his fan here. So we went ahead and turned that on to energize up this circuit. And then you can either press the buttons directly here on the unit to operate it or you could use the included remote. You do have to install the batteries into the back. And it's just a couple of AAA batteries that it does come included with. So we just put those in there real quick. And then once we got our batteries installed, the remote lights up, and then let's go ahead and just hit the on button on the remote here. And let's see what happens.And our unit came right on. It opens the vent for us automatically. And it has turned the fan on. It has some adjustments here, so you can adjust the speed of the fan. Currently we're at 50%, we can hear it ramp up when we go up and we can hear it slow down when we go down. So now that everything's working properly, we're ready to enjoy a new outing and our camper with our new fan, keeping us cool or recirculate in the air incase we got any bad smells here in the bathroom. Your remote does also come with an optional wall-mount.So if you wanted to set it up anywhere where you normally use your fan, ours is in the bathroom right here. So maybe you want to put it down next to the throne and you can have it, easily get it and turn it on and off as you need to. Our customers decided that he wanted his fan remote mounted in the connector, just underneath his paper towel rack here next to the toilet. I'm sure this is so he could easily access it. And whenever he's here in the bathroom using it, he could easily reach it. So we're just going to go ahead and mount it up. You'll get two screws that come included with it, and we're just going to run it right into the paneling.It doesn't need to be very strong to hold this on there because it's just for the remote. So there's no plastic expanders or anything like that, that you'll need to put on with it. So we're just to run the screw through the hole there. We're going to set it in place. Nailed in. And then we're just going to get it towards level. And we're just using the walls pattern to make it match up with that. And then we're going to run in our other screw. And that completes our look at MaxxFan's RV, roof vent, fan, and thermostat.

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