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MaxxAir Mini Deluxe Trailer Roof Vent with 12V Fan Review and Installation

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Review and How to Install the MaxxAir Mini Deluxe Trailer Roof Vent with 12V Fan


Randy: Hey guys, Randy here at etrailer.com. Today we're going to be taking a look at the Maxxair mini vent fan. Now, basically this is going to be a two in one set. It's going to give us our vent. We just very easily open and close that, but it also gives us an exhaust fan that allows us to suck air out of bathrooms or kitchens or in this case, our enclosed trailer. And the other part of it, the part that we'll see on the roof, when we get a little bit closer to the installation is a hood that offers protection for that vent.

So it's going to be a complete hood that goes over and it won't allow any rain to get in, unlike a lot of the other events that we have, where we have to kind of crank them open and then if it starts to rain, we have to be worried about getting them closed back up.This kind of takes care of both of those things. So our vent and our vent hood, kind of all in one kit. The lever here allows us to very easily open and close our vent. So maybe it's cold outside. You don't want any fresh air coming in.

We'll have it closed. Then when we do want a little bit of that fresh air, we can just open it up. Now, if we've got odors or smoke or something like that, that we need to get outside of our camper, or if we just want to ventilate some of that stale air out, we just turn our fan on. Now at 200 cubic feet a minute, this is going to do a great job of exchanging air. Let's turn the fan on.

We'll use some chalk here, just as an example. You can see, even from quite a ways down here. It does a good job of sucking a lot of that up and out.Now the vent itself is going to have three settings. We've got fan only, which you can see here, and that's going to be the higher setting for our fan. We're going to have light only, which is going to be the high setting for the light.

The third option is going to give us both, but they're both on a low setting. So we've got low fan and low light. Now I think those actions are nice if you don't want the exhaust fan to be able to turn on the light. If you do like the fan, I kind of wish there was a setting for high fan and high light at the same time. But in this setup, this is kind of the way it is. We've got either little fan, low light, high light or high fan.As you can see guys, the fan, it doesn't run all that loud. I think this is definitely something you could have running and sleep by it. It's going to work with the industry standard 14 inch by 14 inch hole opening, which is very typical on any vents and AC units. You see it has that really nice low profile and in my mind overall for it being so small and so compact does a really good job. I think having the vent fan aspect with the additional light that we can bring down just to kind of illuminate the area below it and that hood or that cover already being over it. So we don't have to worry about water. You don't have to worry about moisture and stuff like that creeping in. Overall, I think this is a very good product. And one, I think you'll be pleased with.Now to remove your old vent. You want to start up on the roof. We're going to have several fasteners, just like this. This one happens to be an eight point. Sometimes it's a Square, sometimes it's a Phillips. So get up here, but you're going to have this sealant that goes all the way across the top of these. You can see where the heads stick up and you want to go around, clear off this cog and get to those fasteners, get those fasteners removed. This is going to be the same on just about any event you've got on your roof. If you're doing it on a camper, this is an enclosed trailer, but if you're doing it on a camper, the material is going to be pretty soft. So you can't just take the scraper and kind of scrape at it. You want to very easily pull it up gently, so you don't do any damage to your tops. Just keep that in mind.On the inside. Each, one's going to be a little bit different, but generally you're going to have a wire screen in there and a handle. If yours was a powered type, then you might have a few connectors to take loose, but just get the inside removed, get this outside removed. We'll be able to take this off and we'll find underneath our standard 14 inch by 14 inch hole. What I like to do is just kind of scrape those bolt heads very gently and expose the fastener underneath. Once I've got that exposed, I'll use my bitAnd pull these out. Now we'll hang on to these. We can reuse these with the vents. It's not a big deal. Now, for installation, we have to use butyl tape where we put these screws through here we're curating a bunch of holes. This butyl tape is going to wrap around those threads and ensure that we don't have any moisture going down and through. So this is going to go all the way around the outside here. We'll make sure we get it stuck on there really well. Then we can pull off the backing and we'll just do that all the way around, like we said.Then once we've got that all the way around our perimeter, we want to place this down on our roof line. Push it down all the way around. And we'll start installing our screws. Now, depending on your old vent, we're going to be using our old screws, but we also have a kit available that'll have the butyl tape, it'll have your fasteners, but it's also going to have the self leveling sealant that we'll use, once we get our fasteners in here. We just want to install these all the way around.Now our next step, we've got all of our screws in, our next step is going to be to hit this with self leveling sealant. And we're going to use a bunch of it. I'm going to start on the inside. I'm going to make a line all the way around and I'm just going to work myself out. Going to make sure every one of my screw heads are covered. And I'm going to come out a good ways out from the vent all the way around. Nobody's going to get up here and look at it. So it doesn't matter if we've got a bunch of it on here. Just want to make sure we don't have any leaks. This is a big hole in the roof. We've got a lot of screws and I don't want to deal with any water inside. When you put plenty of it on with it being self leveling, it's going to flatten itself out for us.Here you can kind of see what we're looking for when we're done. We've got it filled all the way up to that edge. Get it covering all of our hardware in there, all the way out, well past the edge of the plastic there. So should give us a great seal. Now we just need to let that self level, need to give it time to dry. Of course, before we expose it to any of the elements outside or anything like that. But in the meantime, we can head inside and take care of the work we need to do in there. Now inside we're ready to install our vent fan motor up into place and our inner shroud. The thing you want to keep in mind is that we've got this kind of the panel that goes between the two of them, just like that. Now you'll need to cut this down depending on your roof's thickness or in our case, we're not going to use it at all. Our roofs only about an inch thick.So we'll do away with this, but depending on your roof configuration and how thick it is, just cut this down to match it. You want a good seal between the base and that upper portion. So again, we're getting rid of it here, we're going to bring this up, hold it in place. And again, depending on your roof configuration, you'll need to use the appropriate size screw. The appropriate length screw.Now you notice as we tighten these down, it just kind of sucks that right up to our surface there. Give us a nice clean finished look. And we've got our wires here readily accessible. We can run to ground and power. Now for our ground wire here, we really don't have to go that far. In a lot of situations, if you're doing this as a replacement, your ground and power wires are going to be up and inside, but this utility trailer is a little bit different situation. So I'm going to trim this off a little bit, I'm going to be using a ring terminal. It's like that 14, 16 gauge ring terminal.Strip that back, twist it, and we're just going to ground that off right there. This whole trailer is grounded extremely well. So it won't give us any issues. Great. That's nice and secure. I just got a piece of 16 gauge wire here that I'm going to add on using part number DW05744. It's our heat string butt connector. You could use a standard butt connector with it being inside like this, but I always like to use a heat shrink if I can. Make sure we got a good connection. If you don't have the wire, this is 16/1/1 on our website. And then you can order whatever length you need to get where you needed it to go.Then we need to use a heat source. We can use a heat gun, a mini torch, or since we're just doing one or two here, I'm going to use a lighter. Just don't overheat it, give it gentle heat. It'll turn clear there. Then it looks like that wire gets bigger, almost like its magnified. You see a little clear gel there on the end. That one's done just right. Get this one done now. So we're going to be tying into our 12 volt power source. Of course disconnect the negative cable on your battery, or have it disconnected from your truck, if that's where you get your power or whatever your case might be.Going to continue with the heat shrinks here. We're just going to make a splice. I'll run it in that other side and show you how to splice it. I just want to go directly onto this one end. We'll strip back the other side. Get that stripped back. And kind of got to do is open up these wires a little bit on this one. Kind of fan them a little bit. Same thing on this one. I look at it, just get them interwoven together and twist them up. All right. Now that will go on the other side. I get this really nice splice without having to use any quick splice connectors or anything like that, which I prefer. All right. We'll do the same thing here. Now, this butt connectors, part number DW05745. It's just a larger diameter wire. Plus we wanted to run two wires into that one end, so we use a larger butt connector. Tap back off and zip tie it back in. So that's going to do it for our look at the Maxxair mini vent fan..


Questions and Comments about this Video

Hohn S.

Could a short venetian blind type handle be attached to the sling opening handle to enable a short person to operate?

Etrailer Expert
Reply from Kef G.

You could most certainly try to attach a handle to the handle. You might want to look into some kind of glue or string, but we don't have anything designed for that. Like I said, though, anything is possible with a little ingenuity.

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