RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
 
 


General Repairs, Modifications, Tips and tricks Show off your modifications, share a great idea, ask a question!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-07-2010, 11:22 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
NDgent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Salida, CA
Posts: 157
Default Bath Fan Mod

I replaced the bath vent fan with a 250 mm high capacity (105 CFM) 12 volt computer case fan I purchased from CoolerGuys. It was a little pricey at $21.95 plus shipping, but still cheaper than a Max or Fantastic fan.

Photo 1 is of course the original fan

Photo 2 is a comparison with it's replacement (I really liked the fact that it is transparent and will not block the sunlight during the day)

Photo 3 are the brackets I fabricated from aluminum stock I bought at Home Depot and pop riveted to the center bar

Photo 4 shows the connections to the existing wiring (thank you Hi-Lo), with the black fan lead being the ground and connects to the white line, the red lead is the 12v and goes to the switch via the blue wires and back to the yellow line, and the yellow fan conductor is a sync signal from the fan and not used in this situation.

Photo 5 is the final result ... the fan is absolutely silent and it has 5 blue LED's that provide a nice night light when the fan is on.

That's it ... pretty simple with the existing wiring from Hi-Lo in place.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCN0832_edited-1.jpg (96.8 KB, 107 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN0837.jpg (97.2 KB, 109 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN0848.jpg (97.0 KB, 107 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN0923.jpg (81.0 KB, 107 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN0926_edited-1.jpg (97.0 KB, 124 views)
__________________

__________________
John

2007-22T TowLite 50th Anniversary
2008 Nissan Frontier SE 4X4 Crew Cab, Snug Top
NDgent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2010, 01:17 AM   #2
Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Napa,CA
Posts: 881
Thumbs up

Quote:
Originally Posted by NDgent View Post
I replaced the bath vent fan with a 250 mm high capacity (105 CFM) 12 volt computer case fan I purchased from CoolerGuys. It was a little pricey at $21.95 plus shipping, but still cheaper than a Max or Fantastic fan.

Photo 1 is of course the original fan

Photo 2 is a comparison with it's replacement (I really liked the fact that it is transparent and will not block the sunlight during the day)

Photo 3 are the brackets I fabricated from aluminum stock I bought at Home Depot and pop riveted to the center bar

Photo 4 shows the connections to the existing wiring (thank you Hi-Lo), with the black fan lead being the ground and connects to the white line, the red lead is the 12v and goes to the switch via the blue wires and back to the yellow line, and the yellow fan conductor is a sync signal from the fan and not used in this situation.

Photo 5 is the final result ... the fan is absolutely silent and it has 5 blue LED's that provide a nice night light when the fan is on.

That's it ... pretty simple with the existing wiring from Hi-Lo in place.
Nice set-up, I like it cause of the fan being transparent. Great choice
__________________

__________________
Les

2006 22ft towlite (replaces 97 21TL)
2006 Toyota tacoma pre-runner 4.0 L V-6 quad cab
w/ 98 chevy Powervision towing mirrors
campthewestcoast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2010, 08:36 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
JMDoering's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Idaho
Posts: 586
Default

John,

Nice work. The whole thing looks like a great replacement/upgrade to the factory installed fan.

Was this part of the repair needed after the Yosemite ice-fall damage to the vent?

Just curious, would the fan wiring possibly allow the five LED bulbs to be setup to be turned on separately... would make a great night light!

Jim
__________________
1967 17' Hi-Lo Bon Voyage (1967-1969)
1969 19' Hi-Lo Bon Voyage (1969-2011)
2004 27' Hi-Lo TowLite (2010-present)
2015 Chevy Tahoe LTZ
JMDoering is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2010, 11:06 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
NDgent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Salida, CA
Posts: 157
Default

Jim

The fan upgrade was planned prior to the falling Yosemite ice, but provided the motivation to install it now. The LED's and fan are supplied by the same single 12v lead so it would take some serious surgery on the fan's circuit board to implement a night light ... believe me, I thought about it for a minute.

Regards
__________________
John

2007-22T TowLite 50th Anniversary
2008 Nissan Frontier SE 4X4 Crew Cab, Snug Top
NDgent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2010, 11:55 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
NDgent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Salida, CA
Posts: 157
Default Lil Stanker Fan

While I was on the roof I discovered the end cap caulking was no longer adhering to the roof at the left and right sides ... the center section was still fine. I haven't noticed any water intrusion on the inside of the Hi-Lo (doesn't mean that there is not any, though), but it was clear from the dirt under the old caulking that it could be happening.

So it was time to do some maintenance and while I was up there to implement another upgrade I found on the ModMyRV WEB site I mentioned in an earlier post. The instructions on ModMyRv are better than I can articulate so check it out.

As you can see from the photos I drilled a hole adjacent to the vent pipe on the roof and ran the power line along the vent pipe and under the cloth sleeve, into the closet, over to the wall adjacent to the GFCI outlet where I located the switch, and then back to the upper unit power bundle which hangs along side the waste vent.

Conveniently this is where Hi-Lo ties the wires together (thank you Hi-Lo) so it was real easy to tap into the same circuit as the bath fan. You can see in the third photo where I have re-caulked the end cap seam, the Lil Stanker properly installed with caulking and the re-cylced replacement bath room vent sky light. (Once again my wife understands why I salvage all that old crap under the back deck!) The Lil Stanker has two speeds and is almost as silent as the new vent fan when run at the low setting

Why go through all the trouble of installing the Lil Stanker which creates a negative pressure in the holding tanks which creates an in-draft when flushing; and increase the volume of the bath vent? It's simple, I love making CHILI when we camp ... enough said!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCN0849.jpg (84.6 KB, 62 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN0855.jpg (90.7 KB, 60 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN0932.jpg (88.6 KB, 58 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN0929.jpg (94.6 KB, 61 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN0933.jpg (83.6 KB, 65 views)
__________________
John

2007-22T TowLite 50th Anniversary
2008 Nissan Frontier SE 4X4 Crew Cab, Snug Top
NDgent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2010, 06:36 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
JMDoering's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Idaho
Posts: 586
Default

Hi John,

We were checking out of the Ventura Ranch KOA, at Santa Paula, CA, this past July, when a Hi-Lo was arriving to check in. The rig looked real nice...was that by chance you?

Jim
__________________
1967 17' Hi-Lo Bon Voyage (1967-1969)
1969 19' Hi-Lo Bon Voyage (1969-2011)
2004 27' Hi-Lo TowLite (2010-present)
2015 Chevy Tahoe LTZ
JMDoering is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2010, 07:06 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
NDgent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Salida, CA
Posts: 157
Default

Jim

Sorry ... it was not us we haven't tried that one yet, we just purchased the 2207T from a private party in Reno this last July. So far we have only take four trips, including USFS Pi-Pi and Silver Lake, and Yosemite ... in December we are going to a full-hookup campground in Monterey.

Do you have any favorites in the Pacific Northwest? I have relatives in Seattle, Leavenworth and Spokane.
__________________
John

2007-22T TowLite 50th Anniversary
2008 Nissan Frontier SE 4X4 Crew Cab, Snug Top
NDgent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2010, 07:59 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
JMDoering's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Idaho
Posts: 586
Default

Hi John,

I'm most familiar with Idaho camping... some of the best of which is in the Idaho panhandle, not far from Spokane. What type of camping do you prefer... full hook-ups, dry, kid friendly, scenic, near lakes or rivers or hiking?

Let me know and I can make some suggestions, and I'll probably reply in the camping area. Afraid I've diverted this thread well away from the original topic.

Jim
__________________
1967 17' Hi-Lo Bon Voyage (1967-1969)
1969 19' Hi-Lo Bon Voyage (1969-2011)
2004 27' Hi-Lo TowLite (2010-present)
2015 Chevy Tahoe LTZ
JMDoering is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 09:20 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Rolff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: SLC Utah
Posts: 289
Default

NDgent Thanks for the fan Idea. The stock one sounds like a helicopter taking off. I will definately do this. Thanks for the ModmyRV link too.
Rolff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2015, 09:27 PM   #10
Member
 
specter1000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Indiana - near Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 73
Default

My version of this mod...3 speed ball bearing fan. I even hooked up a dpdt switch to reverse the fan...but little did I know these computer fans don't reverse! After final installation, I would not bother with a 3 speed, it is so quiet that one max speed is just fine. Also, for about $25 I replaced the screen, trim, and weather seal. All 3 were cracked and yellowed.

__________________
currently own 2008 25' Hi-Lo Classic
formerly owned 1994 22' Hi-Lo
----------------------------------------------------------------
2011 F150 Lariat w/tow package
specter1000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2015, 09:58 AM   #11
Member
 
Moonstruck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Tennessee & N. GA. mountains
Posts: 91
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by NDgent View Post

Why go through all the trouble of installing the Lil Stanker which creates a negative pressure in the holding tanks which creates an in-draft when flushing; and increase the volume of the bath vent? It's simple, I love making CHILI when we camp ... enough said!
Not to mention the fact that good venting is good for the holding tank. It promotes anaerobic bacteria growth (the good kind of bacteria) to keep the tank fresher. Good idea. Thanks for posting. Let us know how it works.
__________________

__________________
Don and Lou
2703 TowLite
'97 Chev Suburban 2500 Diesel
Tennessee/Greenest state in the land of the free
moonstruckblog.wordpress.com
Moonstruck is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Hi-Lo Trailers Worldwide or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:44 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
HiLoTrailerForum.com Copyright 2010
×