Best RV Vent Fan for the Money in 2020 [TOP 7 REVIEWS]
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Buying a good quality ceiling vent fan for your RV is important. Not only do you need a unit that will comfortably fit your RV, the fan should be powerful enough to efficiently circulate air around your cabin.
There’s also features such as fan speed, thermostat and air extraction and whether the system can be controlled remotely.
Add all that to the fact there’s a ton of options on the market in 2020, means deciding which model to buy can be confusing. That’s where this guide comes in.
Below you will find 7 carefully selected RV ceiling vent fans covering a range of budgets, features and fittings.
For our findings at a glance, just head to the table below. For a comprehensive review of each of our picks, plus a detailed buyer’s guide, keep on reading.
Best RV Vent Fans
TOP PICK: Maxxair Vent Corp 00-04000K Maxxfan Plus
The following RV vent fans have been selected based on build quality, reliability, ease of installation and price point.
Our testing method involves a combination of the above criteria, plus recent customer reviews and feedback on performance, as well as analysis of how each of the models fares against others on the market.
Our top pick RV vent fan for 2020 is the excellent Maxxfan & Vent from Maxxair.
These guys know how to manufacturer high-quality RV vents, (check out the premium pick below for a look at one of their top models), and even at the range and price point of this offering we have an impressive unit that will satisfy most RV owners.
Let’s take a closer look at the specifications.
First off, the Maxxfan and vent are designed for standard 14” RV roof openings, so if your needs don’t meet those specs, you should probably move on now.
The vent itself is a no-frills affair compared to more premium models in that it is a manually operated unit for opening and closing.
However, the vent is durable and weatherproof and will not succumb to UV rays in a hurry.
The fan is great. Featuring 10 speeds that can all be accessed via the handy remote control unit, you will have complete control of your RV’s air intake.
Not only that, but you can alter the fan speed, thermostat levels, air intake and exhaust all from the palm of your hand.
The fan runs with a closed lid in order to circulate the air, (this is called ceiling fan mode) meaning you can use the unit whatever the weather outside.
Pros of the Maxxair Vent Corp 00-04000K Maxxfan Plus Vent
Control fan speed, thermostat levels, air intake, and exhaust
10 fan speeds for extra versatility
Runs with the lid closed
Fits all standard 14” openings
Easy to use remote control
If you do experience problems the MaxxAir customer service has had some complaints
Overall the Maxxair Vent Corp 00-04000K is a top-quality option for RV owners looking for an affordable yet versatile ceiling fan and vent.
If your vehicle has a 14” opening and you don’t mind manually controlling the actual vent, you will not be disappointed with this unit. Highly recommended.
The next RV ceiling fan and vent to make our top 7 is this simple option from Class A Customs.
This unit is also designed for 14” openings, however, there are strict instructions that the fan can run on only 12V power source (anything else will damage it).
The vent is a manual crank style and features a white removable screen made from a durable mesh.
The 6” fan is a simple push-button style and is powerful enough to circulate the air via the standard settings.
The exterior mounting flange sits on top of your RV and the dimensions for this come in at: 16 1/2” X 16 1/2”
A flaw with the unit however is the fact it does not ship with any of the required mounting gear. You will be expected to source the necessary caulk / putty and screws in order to install the fan and vent.
Pros of the Class A Customs 71112-3 RV Roof Vent 12 Volt Powered Fan
Fits standard 14” openings
Easy to use manual crank style vent opening
Durable internal mesh
No remote control or variable fan speeds etc
Doesn’t come with mounting gear
The Class A Customs 71112-3 RV Roof Vent and fan is a very simple solution to your RV air circulation needs.
If you want a small fan with no extra features (that could go wrong) this unit will suit your needs.
The Heng’s 90043-CR Replacement Vortex I Fan makes our list as it caters for RV owners that already have a vent fitted and just need to upgrade their fan, (assuming you already have a Heng vent installed that is).
This easy installation unit is a 9” fan model with a single-speed and quiet operation.
No frills may be, however, the level of power provided is still enough to circulate the air in a standard size RV cabin.
Should you want to purchase a compatible vent to fit both fan and vent into an existing opening, you can opt for any of Heng’s vortex vents.
These vents are available for standard 14” openings. The fan itself needs to be powered by your RV’s 12V source.
Pros of the Heng's 90043-CR Replacement Vortex I Fan
Cheap and cheerful 9” fan replacement for Heng vents
Easy to install
Powerful yet quiet operation
This is the FAN only
Only a 1-speed model
The Heng’s 90043-CR Replacement Vortex fan makes our top 7 as an easy solution for Heng owners to continue using their installed vent with no fuss or issues.
Should you wish to piecemeal put a fan and vent together you can buy any applicable vent in the Heng Vortex range to have a complete working system.
If this solution speaks to you, you have a good, simple option here.
Factors to consider when buying and installing a new RV vent fan
As we explained into the introduction to this guide, there’s all manner of things to consider when buying a new RV ceiling vent fan, that you’d be forgiven for getting headache once you start researching the options.
Hopefully, our review round-up will have helped, however, if you do wish to continue your search the following factors are all worth considering.
These will help you narrow down your choice of RV vent fan to the most appropriate one for you.
The most important question is to ascertain the size of your roof vent opening. The most common size is 14 inches x 14 inches.
Six of the seven models reviewed above fall into this size category. (The outsider being a 16” x 16” unit).
It is highly likely that your vent opening will be the standard 14” size, however simply pulling out a tape measure to check, (or consulting the user manual of your RV), will provide the confirmation you need.
With those details, you can then begin looking at vents and fans with the appropriate dimensions.
Variable fan speed and power
Most RV fans will be powered by the 12V RV battery. While this provides sufficient power for the basic spinning of the fan, there can still be a great deal of variety in terms of fan speed settings and the size of the fan.
For instance, a 12inch, 10 blade fan with 10-speed settings (such as our top premium pick from MaxxAir above) will circulate air with much greater efficiency than a 1 speed, 6” blade model.
The speed variation clearly provides greater user control too; if you only want a slow and light air movement within the cabin, you have that choice. Conversely, if you want a rapid, fast-moving airflow, you can crank up the settings.
A 1-speed fan motor can never offer such variation.
Ceiling Height (Do you need a remote control?)
If you have a high ceiling within your cabin, or maybe you are vertically challenged in frame, having to pull out a stool every time you need to change the fan settings or lift the vent will become annoying.
That’s where a remote control unit is highly recommended. Have complete control over vent and fan settings from the palm of your hand.
Such features do come at a cost however, with the units being more expensive than standard models without the remote control.
Whether extra features such as thermostat control or reverse fan movement for extraction, electric lids and the aforementioned remote control operation appeal to you is all down to personal taste and requirements.
Clearly the more the fan can do, the higher the price point. However, having that extra functionality can be a real benefit.
Inbuilt rain sensors are a real plus point when you leave your RV in hot climes (requiring the vent to be open) yet the rain starts to pour.
Having the peace of mind that the vent will safely and automatically close preventing your RV from a nasty influx of rain is certainly worthwhile.
That being said, if you have pets inside the RV and the open vent is their main source of fresh air, you should consider having a window slightly ajar in order to compensate.
How loud is the fan?
Nobody wants a loud and annoying fan whirring away at night. Or at any time really, (I know I love an afternoon nap, that’s what holidaying in your RV is all about).
That means the noise level of the fan should be carefully researched. You can turn to user reviews for this information.
If one to many customers have voiced concern over the fan noise you may want to avoid that model, especially if you are easily disturbed.
All fans make some noise, but bad design can lead to overbearing levels that will ruin your RV peace and tranquillity.
Ease of installation is another factor that should not be overlooked. Even if you plan on employing your local RV center to fit the vent and fan, a unit that is easy in this regard should reign supreme.
Another issue is whether the model comes shipped with everything you need to install it, (many don’t).
If you are fitting the vent yourself, having to unexpectedly visit your local DIY center to find the right screws and sealant will be annoying, to say the least.
Check the specifications and sales copy in order to ascertain exactly what’s included, and required in terms of fitting the unit.
Warranty & Brand Reputation
Finally, warranty and brand reputation are factors worth considering. A generous warranty demonstrates the manufacturer’s confidence in the product and is a good sign of superior construction quality.
The latter will also lead to a recognised brand reputation.
That being said, in the case of MaxxAir; they gained two top picks from us in the review round-up (best overall and best premium).
This is based on the quality of the product and the overall positive feedback from customers. However, where users have had problems the company has been slow to respond and difficult to contact.
These issues could understandably make you reconsider buying a unit from them.
A company that offers a good level of after-sales support is always a recommended requirement, whatever you are buying for your RV.