Autotrail Toilet fan

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  1. laurieash

    laurieash Funster

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    How does the fan extract the smells away, there is a filter that makes it smell better, but then does get blown outside? As I cannot see a hole from the filter to the outside. It's a 2013 700 apache.
     
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    I hate to say this but I think it vents under the bathroom floor - it does in our Apache 634. I suspect we'll know when its time to change the filter ;-)
     
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    On my 2012 tracker the filter is on the underside where the cassette sits. I have always assumes it exhaust to the underside of the van.
     
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    Isn't this one of those cases where it is probably best not to know? :xlaugh:
     
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    It " filters" but only to the outside of the van so I can see little point in it myself. The handbook says something like change every 90 days and they are not cheap. !! Mine's almost 4 years old now. No one has complained about the smell yet.. Lol. :)
     
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    took my comanche to autotrail in grimsby for its annual habitation , 2012 plate sowent away in it the following weekend and found that the fan wasn't working . After emptying the cassette i found that someone had taken the filter out and disconnected the wires to the little fan.wasnt very happy with what i found.i only live down the road at cleethorpes so paid them a visit on the monday, got a crap explanation from them saying it was took out because the smells don't go anywhere . my toilet system sits on top of the wheelarch,there is no vent pipe coming out from the fiter housing, it would need a vent pipe fitting simular to a sog unit for it to work properly. i didnt say to much about the build quality as the vehicle had to go back for damp issues .
     
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    Regardless of how/if it worked I would insist it was reinstated at their cost......it wasnt up to them to remove/disconnect it without your consent.
     
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    to true ,but i wanted them to sort the damp issue out .
     
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    My fan failed at about 13 months old.
    It was already booked into Autotrail to fix the damp issues so i left it until I went back to the factory.
    When I collected it they had fitted a brand new toilet !!!!
     
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    Or Adria has the Thetford with extractor fan. When we got it the fan didn't work so the dealer replaced it.
    Trouble was they put the fan in upside down so it blew fresh air into the toilet forcing the smell out into the van.
    Bloody Muppets.
    Ours vents underneath too but I have seen them with a pipe venting through the roof.
     
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    Is there not some models that vent through the roof ?
    Or was that merely an option doe those fitting a SOG ?
     
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    So a crap system then.
     
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    Like the pun!

    No just a crappy little £2 laptop fan, I carry a spare now.
     
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    @laurieash We had a 2013 Tracker and the vent looks like t goes through the floor but it does not vent anywhere I took mine apart as it was noisy only to find the fan just blows straight onto the floor of the cassette compartment.I decided to fit a SOG as it only entailed drilling the door to the cassette compartment it worked a treat you just need to disconnect the fan at the back of the toilet flush switch.
     
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    So do Sogs blow it to the outside of the van.
    If so ideal if the frogs park to close.
     
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    @laurieash yes they are brilliant little bit of kit
     
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    The extract fan is a Thetford add-on to their toilets. Had one on my previous van and have another one on my new van. Both do as they should - they vent through a pipe in the floor to the outside.

    They appear to do exactly the same as a SOG unit. And they are easier to use than a SOG, which requires you to take off the vent pipe every time you empty the cassette and put it back on again. The Thetford version is easier with the vent opening automatically when you slide the cassette in and closing as you slide the cassette out.
     
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    Only entered this thread as I was interested to see who was a fan of Autotrail toilets?

    Needless to say it's about an AT fault on a fan that I never knew existed!
     
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    Never heard of a Thetford Toilet Fan and please tell what is a SOG
     
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    This link shows how the Thetford ventilator works and how it is fitted. A SOG is similar AFAIK but needs more installing. Both provide ventilation to the cassette. Keeps smells out or motorhome while you have the flap open and, if you switch on before you open the flap, prevents the dreaded blow back on opening. It is also said to allow better breakdown of black waste by allowing oxygen in. Not sure about that latter bit given the short period they run.
     
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