An RV can be quite a stuffy place if you don’t have a vent fan. Especially when you’re travelling somewhere warm. But it doesn’t have to be - there’s a solution at hand.
Yes, you’ve guessed it - an RV vent fan.
There are quite a lot of different RV vent fans out on the market that you can lay your hands on. But as to which is most suited for your RV?
That’s something we can help with. We’ve been looking at some of the best RV vent fans out there, and after much deliberation we came up with our top favorites, and our reviews on them are coming right up.
It turns out that a lot of the RV vent fans out on the market today have some really great features. These include, thermostat control, bug screens, reversible air flow to rid the RV of any unpleasant smells, and even remote controls and rain sensors.
And after our reviews, we’ve also got a buying guide for you which walks you through everything you might want to think about before you buy. Then we top that off with another handy section where we answer your most frequently asked questions.
Top 5 Best RV Vent Fan
OUR TOP PICK
Now this is an amazing RV roof vent. If money were no object we would definitely have made it our number 1 pick.
This vent ticks every single box. First off, it has all the features that most RV vent fans do. It’s universal size, to fit openings of the standard 14 by 14 inches.
It’s reversible so you can let fresh in or let stale air out and it allows plenty of light in. And it has an adjustable fan speed, with 13 different speed settings to choose from.
But this model goes beyond that. It has a built in thermostat, a rain sensor, and a remote control.
So you set the temperature you’d like and the fan works in order to maintain said temperature.
And if it starts to rain the dome will automatically close for you. Likewise, when the rain stops, and the rain sensor dries, the dome will open back up again.
And with the remote control, none of the adjustments are manual. And there’s even a wall cradle for the remote included in the price too.
It’s super easy to install, and the installation instructions are right on the Amazon page.
- Rain sensor
- Remote control
- Premium product at a premium price
Now this is a great little RV vent fan, and great value for money with all these features.
It’s universal size, designed to fit openings of 14 by 14 inches, and the blades are clear, to allow plenty of natural sunlight in.
It’s a reversible fan so you can get it to bring in cool air from outside, or to remove stale air from inside.
There’s a whopping 10 different speed settings to choose from, so you can tailor the air flow to your exact specifications.
But it’s top feature has to be the thermostat. You simply select the exact temperature you would like, and the vent fan works to maintain that said temperature.
We love that you can still get the fan to run even when the lid is closed. Perfect for when it’s warm in the RV but the outside air is too cold to bring in.
It comes complete with a 2 year warranty, which is very reassuring.
One word of caution though, on the product description on the Amazon page, it mentions a remote control, however from the customer reviews it is clear that there’s no remote control with this particular model.
- 10 speed settings
- 2 year warranty
- No remote control
Here’s another great RV roof vent from that great brand, Fan-Tastic.
It’s a universal size that will fit any 14 by 14 inch opening.
It has 10 blades, which are all clear, to allow natural light through the RV.
But what we love about this one is that it’s thermostat controlled. You choose your preferred temperature, and the fan will work to meet it and keep it there.
The other thing we love about it is that it’s very quiet, and, better yet, energy saving too.
You can choose from fixed, manual speeds or automatic variable speeds to get the airflow exactly as you want.
And there are three blade speeds to choose from, low, medium or high, so you can adjust it to your particular liking.
It’s also reversible, which means that in addition to allowing fresh clean air to come in, you can also use it to push stale air out of the RV.
And you don’t have to do this manually, you simply flick a switch.
- Energy saving
- No remote control
- No rain sensor
- Premium product at a premium price
This RV vent fan has won the title of Amazon’s Choice for RV vent fan. Such a title is only given when a product is of excellent quality and is available at a reasonable price.
It’s a universal sized RV roof vent (please see the link for the actual dimensions) and it has a lot going for it. It fits 14 by 14 inch openings and is compatible with roofs with thicknesses from 2 inches up to 9.75 inches.
It’s a powerful little fan, but only requires 12 volts to run. We also like that it’s reversible, so you can choose between pushing stale air out and pulling fresher air. This way you can not only move cooler air around your RV, but you can also rid the RV of any unwanted smells in the air.
The 10 blades are clear to allow light in, but there’s also a smoke colored dome in place to filter out damaging UV rays.
There are manual controls, which allow you to open or close the dome, and you can select from 3 different fan speeds, low, medium or high.
There’s also a bug screen to prevent unwanted bugs from flying in - that can come in handy. And it’s easy to remove the screen when you’re ready to clean it.
It’s easy to install, there are only 2 wires to worry about, and the screws you need to install it come included in the box.
- Universal size
- 3 fan speeds
- Bug screen
- Some customers have reported that the highest speed isn’t as quiet as they would like
This brand of RV vents comes up again and again with online retailers.
And it’s proved popular with customers too, earning a 4 and a half star rating (out of 5) on Amazon, even after about 500 individual customer ratings.
It’s of a universal size, meaning it will fit any standard 14 by 14 inch opening.
Because it’s reversible you can use it to either pull fresh air in from outside, or to remove stale air from inside. All you have to do to reverse the airflow is to simply flick a switch.
The speed of the vent fan is also adjustable, 0=off, 1=slow, 2=medium and 3=fast. All you have to do is turn the dial.
There are 10 blades on the fall altogether, and they are all clear, so they allow plenty of natural light through as the fan runs. Keeping your RV bright and breezy.
Although it’s quite powerful at full blast, it remains reasonably quiet.
It has a self sealing vent cover which lies flush against the seal to prevent drafts and leaks.
But that said, customers don’t seem particularly convinced by this claim from the manufacturer, and they often buy the RV vent together with butyl seal tape or some other kind of sealant.
- Clear blades
- Quite quiet
- Top brand
- Highly rated
- Some customers have had trouble getting to sleep from the noise of the fan when running it at night
Buyers Guide to the Perfect RV Vent Fan
As promised, here’s your buying guide which will walk you through everything you might want to think about before you buy your next RV vent fan.
We’re going to level with you here. Although it is possible to get an RV vent fan for under $50, if you want a really good one, you can expect to pay upwards of $150 or more, depending on what sort of features you’re looking for.
The large majority of RVs have a square roof opening which is 41 by 14 inches. RV vent fan manufacturers know this and they design their fans accordingly. We recommend that you measure the size of your RV’s roof opening to check that it’s the same. And then you can go ahead and by a universal or standard size vent fan.
If, in the unlikely event that your RV’s roof opening is of a different size, then unfortunately you may have to get your RV vent fan custom made.
Prior to installation of your vent fan, you should be getting plenty of natural light through the roof opening. And this does not have to change when you have your vent fan in place. This is because many RV vent fans feature clear blades, to allow sunlight to stream right through.
We recommend that you go for a vent fan where the air flow is reversible. That way you can remove stale, or unpleasant smelling air to be cleared from your RV before you switch over to allow cool air to be pushed through into the RV.
Whenever your RV is in an area where there are a lot of bugs, such as mosquitos, then it’s nice to have some sort of filter in place within the RV vent fan. If this is of interest to you, then we can recommend our number 4 pick, the Livpow RV Roof Vent.
If all the occupants of the RV have a set temperature that you can all agree on, or compromise on, then it’s nice to set the RV to that particular, and allow the vent fan to make any adjustments required to meet this temperature automatically.
If that’s of particular interest to you, then we can recommend our number 1 pick, Fan-Tastic Vent RV Roof Vent with Thermostat and Rain Sensor, or our number 2 pick, the Maxxair Maxxfan Plus Vent, or our number 3 pick, the Fan-Tastic Vent RV Roof Vent with Thermostat.
As a word of caution, it’s worth noting at this point that RV vent fans that feature a thermostat do tend to cost a little more than their counterparts.
You will be expected to install the RV vent fan yourself. Usually when you buy a vent fan, the screws you need will be included in the box. However the remaining equi[ment you will need is not usually in the box.
Our recommendation is that before you buy your RV vent fan, look at the product description to see if there are any special instructions with regards to the installation. Also it’s worth watching some YouTube videos of how to carry out the installation. Sometimes such videos are available right on the product page, as they are with Amazon.
Most RV vent fans come with a dial to adjust the blade speed, which is situated on the item itself. Which is fine for those who can easily reach it.
However, you can sometimes get RV vent fans with remote control. These tend to be more common with vent fans that feature a thermostat.
If an RV vent fan complete with a remote control is of interest to you, then we can recommend our number 1 pick, the Fan-Tastic Vent RV Roof Vent with Thermostat and Rain Sensor. It even comes with a wall cradle for the remote.
As a word of caution, it’s worth noting at this point that RV vent fans that feature a remote control do tend to cost a little more than their counterparts.
Most RV vent fans will allow rain to come through the vent, and leave your RV carpet wet, sometimes soaking, if the rain is heavy. And while a bug screen on the vent may help with this, it’s hardly fool proof.
The only solution to this problem is to invest in a vent fan that has a rain sensor that will automatically close the vent fan when rain is detected, and then automatically open again when the rain sensor is sufficiently dry.
If this sounds good to you then we can recommend our number 1 pick, the Fan-Tastic Vent RV Roof Vent with Thermostat and Rain Sensor.
As a word of caution, it’s worth noting at this point that RV vent fans that feature a rain sensor do tend to cost a little more than their counterparts.
There are some RV vent fans that tend to dominate the best seller lists with retailers. These include Fan-Tastic, Maxxair, Ventline and Hengs. These are all good, well established brands, and you’ll be in safe hands with any of these four manufacturers.
When you’re shopping for something online, it’s always handy to go to retailers that feature customer ratings or reviews. An average customer rating can be very telling about how good a product actually is when someone comes to use it. And sometimes reading one or two customer reviews can really help you make your mind up about a product.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you replace an RV vent fan?
Here’s the link to a YouTube video which shows you exactly how to replace an RV vent fan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_USGR5BzVs. It’s a few years old, but is still relevant now. It takes you step by step through the process and even includes important information about how to seal the RV vent fan on installation.
Are RV vent covers necessary?
If, like us, you like the fresh air but not the rain, then it’s worth thinking about getting a special cover for your RV roof vent. They can allow fresh air to come through, while keeping the wind and rain at bay. It’s perfect if you love the smell of air after a rainstorm.
How do you clean an RV vent fan?
Here’s the link to a YouTube video which shows you exactly how to clean an RV vent fan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4JWUJvy_0s. It’s a few years old, but is still relevant now.
Are all RV roof vents the same size?
RV roof vents tend to come in standard sizes. Most standard vents are for openings 14-1/4 by 14-1/4 inches wide, 14 x 14 inches wide or 13 x 14 inches wide. You should be able to fit any universal RV vent fans on these sizes of openings.