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I bought a little Walmart 12V fan a couple of years ago. It lasted about a month.
the one I'm using is now a couple of years old I use it allot in my van. it's black, oscillates, has a big clamp and is cheap. I can't see paying $60 or so for a "marine" fan that also has a limited in life.
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Re: cabin fans

One more vote for the Camframo.

I use them on my boat, with the DC off, but the DC system connected to a small (<6W) solar panel. When the sun comes out, the two fans kick on, and it keeps the air in the boat moving. So far they seem to tolerate low voltage, and the boat smells, well, unlike a boat!

When the DC is on, they are very quiet, and do not seem to draw a lot of amps.
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Re: cabin fans

I'd get a plastic automotive or RV fan. I find the white noise hum they put out actually helps me sleep - it blocks out general low level noise.
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Re: cabin fans

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the one I'm using is now a couple of years old I use it allot in my van. it's black, oscillates, has a big clamp and is cheap...
Sounds like the one I bought. Perhaps you lucked out, and I didn't. All I can tell you is that after a couple of weeks it started to become noticeably loader, and a couple of weeks after that it sounded like a cat with its tail caught in the kitchen door.
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Re: cabin fans

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I use them on my boat, with the DC off, but the DC system connected to a small (<6W) solar panel. When the sun comes out, the two fans kick on, and it keeps the air in the boat moving. So far they seem to tolerate low voltage, and the boat smells, well, unlike a boat!
I like that idea. Maybe with a little battery, it could be like a mushroom ventilator. It could run, and charge some during the day, then keep going a bit while you fall asleep. By the time the battery runs down, the temp will have dropped.
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Re: cabin fans

i love my 02cool my brother found in a thrift store in goodyear arizona. is both or either 12v/120v. is perfect--silent and effective. i also have a give away a friend gave me --120v--works great when in port and i need to help the a/c cool entire boat....
walmart fans work great unless you need them 24/7--then they last anywhere from 1 -3 months.....for 9.99usd.
i will get another 02cool if i can ever find one...awesome and cheep.
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Re: cabin fans

FWIW I'll be using computer fans.
reasons:
1. I can get ones that are very quiet(typically free blades, not ducted) and they are silicone or rubber mounted and well built for long run times.
2. I can easily wire them up to have a central control or individual switches.
3. They can be very lower power draw.
4. They are an industry standard, so if I make cutouts and mounting holes for them, I can switch them around if one dies without having ugly repairs.
This also means I can replace them just about anywhere in the world with something that I can mount in exactly the same place.
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Re: cabin fans

those with noisey fans--have ye tried cleaning them--keeps the noise waaay down when they are clean--just like brand new. funny how that works.....
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Re: cabin fans

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the one I'm using is now a couple of years old I use it allot in my van. it's black, oscillates, has a big clamp and is cheap. I can't see paying $60 or so for a "marine" fan that also has a limited in life.
I have the exact same cheapo fan, and it has worked perfectly every time we needed it, which is only a few times a year. If you use it more frequently, its lifetime might be shorter, and justify a more expensive one. I think it all depends how often you plan to use it, and how humid your boat gets (since that could affect corrosion that limits the fan's life).

I'll tell you one thing - that cheap little fan really saved us on our charter last week. I had brought it along just in case, even though the charter listing said the boat already had 12v fans. Sure enough, the fancy boat fans on the charter boat all failed for one reason or another. One had a worn out switch that would work momentarily if the knob was in just the right spot, but the fan's vibration would cause the knob to move after a few seconds. What's worse, bad electrical connections like this are a fire hazard. The other fan's hinge was so worn out that its vibration caused it to droop all the way down and blow straight into the wall. So I pulled out my cheapo Walmart clip-on fan and we slept well when at anchor/mooring.

FWIW, I also have two clip-on 120v fans running on my boat 24/7 while on shore power. This, in conjunction with a small Peltier dehumidifier, and the boat's humidity never goes above 60%. (I picked up a temp/humidity monitor off Woot a couple months ago.)
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