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Best Roof Vent Fan For VanLife

We’ve compared eight of the best roof vent fans for vanlife and RV enthusiasts. Each of the fans we’ve reviewed run off 12V DC power and fits into a standard 14”x14” opening in the roof.

While all vent fans are going to make a difference in the amount of cooling in your vehicle, two brands stand out among the rest: Maxxair and Fantasitc fan. Both have stellar reviews on and are the most popular fans on the market.

ModelMaxxair 7500KMaxxair 6200kMaxxair 4500KFantastic 7350Fantastic 2250Fantastic 1250Heng’s UniversalVortex II
Reversible Air Flow
Rain ShieldRain Sensor
Remote Control
Temperature Sensor

Our Pick ↠ Best Roof Vent Fan For VanLife: Maxxair 6200K

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When it comes to vent fans, the Maxxair 6200k is the top-of the line manual model and comes with all the bells and whistles. The biggest difference between the Maxxair fan and the Fan-tastic line is the built-in rain cover preventing any moisture from getting inside.

The Maxxair line has 10 speed settings that can be adjusted by remote control. With so many speeds, the fan runs quieter than others at the lowest speed. The highest setting will draw up to 5Amps of power with the lowest going down to 0.2Amps. It also has two lever arms that crank into position keeping the unit stable even in high winds.

The technology of the Maxxair is supreme with a temperature sensor that can be set to kick the fan on at a set temp and directional blade. The multi-directional blades are a big bonus for anyone doing high-intensity activities inside the van such as cooking because it will suck the moisture, smells and fumes right out.

Finally, Maxxair is a sleek, low-profile fan. You can expect this product to add 5” to the height of your vehicle when shut, and 9.3” when fully opened.

Maxxair 6200k Top Features

Rain Cover

10 Speeds

Low Profile

Remote Control

There are not many complaints that can be found on the Maxxair vent fan. Aside from the high price, one downside often repeated is the remote control (IR repeater) can sometimes get out of sync with the fan. This is especially noticeable if you are running a TV or another device that also uses an IR repeater remote.

That being said, Maxxair has been praised for its easily installation and well-built construction. There is a great step-by-step tutorial on how install this fan on

The Maxxair family has a few other models worth looking into which share many of the same qualities. Continue reading to find out the differnces between the Maxxair 4500k and 7500K models.

Best Bang For The Buck: Fan-tastic Fan 2250

The Fan-tastic vent fan 2250 has been a go-to fan for many van lifers because of its lower cost, durability and outstanding customer service. Although this fan does not have a built-in rain cover, Fantastic has many adaptor options for this purpose that can be added later if necessary.

Some of the other key differences between this model and the Maxxair are that this fan only has one crank arm holding it open which makes the fan more prone to rattling at high winds. It also only has 3 speed settings. The lowest speed of the Fan-tastic fan will be a bit louder than the lowest speed of the Maxxair for this reason.

The Fan-tastic fan does have a temperature sensor allowing it to be automatically switched on and off depending on the temperature. The controls for this are directly on the device as it does not come with a remote control.

This fan is easy to install and will add about 4.5” of height to a vehicle when fully closed. Fan-tastic has a great warranty system, and the customer service is highly-rated. Vision Quest Sprinter has a video install of the Fantastic fan on his youtube channel.

Fantastic fan 2250

Fan-Tastic Fan 2250k Top Features

Temperature Sensor

3 Speeds

Low Profile

Great Customer Service

Notable Mentions:

MaxxAir 7500 Vent

Maxxair 7500K

Big brother of the Maxxair 6200k, the reason this fan is not higher on the list is because of its high price. The Maxxair 7500 shares many of the same great qualities as the 6200k with the biggest bonus being an electric lid-opening system that can be controlled remotely.

Maxxair 4500 Vent Fan

Maxxair 4500K

Another fan in the Maxxair line, the 4500 fan also has 10 speeds of power, a remote control, bi-directional blades and temperature sensor. What sets this model apart is it does not have the built-in rain shield. Maxxair makes up for this by including a rain sensor that will automatically drop the lid if it starts to rain.

Fantastic Fan 7350

Fan-tastic Fan 7350

This is the higher-end model of the Fan-tastic 2250. It is much higher priced and jumps up to 13 speeds instead of three. The 7350 model comes with a remote control and automatic dome lift. It is also the quietest fan on the list at the lower settings.

Fantastics 1250 Vent Fan

Fan-tastic Fan 1250

This is the most inexpensive fan-tastic fan on our list. It is very similar to the 2250 version. The main difference here is that there is no temperature sensor on the 1250. It also does not come with a remote control and all of the switches are located directly on the device.

Best Low Budget Vent Fans:

Hengs Vent Fan

Heng’s Camper Trailer Universal Roof Vent

Heng’s makes a solid product for anyone looking to do a budget build. Heng’s vent fans are a fraction of the price of most of the other fans on this list, but they also lack many of the features.

When buying a Heng’s fan you’re going to get a bare-bones model fan. The Heng’s universal fan comes with one speed, no remote control, rain cover or temperature sensor. The blades only run in one-direction. The fan does however get very good reviews and comes at a low price. The biggest complaint about this fan is that the plastic lid cover is not high-quality and can break or crack easily in hail or bad weather.

Vortex Roof Vent

Vortex II RV Roof Vent

The Vortex II RV Roof Vent is an upgrade kit meant to replace an older vent fan. This means along with the fan it will be necessary to purchase a vent cover. However, the kit does come with mounting hardware and can be used as a stand-alone device.

This fan is low priced for the number of features it offers including 3 speeds with a 2-speed reverse flow. It does not come with a remote control or temperature sensor either. The biggest complaint about this fan is that it runs a little loud and the switch control can be finicky.

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