Can I Install a Ceiling Fan In My RV?
by Darrel Nott
(Jurupa Valley, CA)
How to Install a Ceiling Fan in an RV
What does the ceiling fan fasten to in the roof of a motorhome?
How do you get power, either 12vdc or 120vac to the fan?
ANSWER: Hi Darrel, there are Ceiling Fans that you can buy that are specifically designed for use in RVs. They run off of 12 volts DC.
In most cases the installation is quite simple as the fans are designed to replace a 12 volt ceiling light that is currently in your RV. So a do-it-yourselfer should be able to install these fan kits.
You attach the fan to the studs in your RV's ceiling, these are the same studs that your current ceiling light should be attached to. Take a look at these Sample RV Ceiling Fan Installation Instructions
to get an idea of how these ceiling fans are installed.
If your ceiling light has a wall switch then you would buy an RV Ceiling Fan
that includes a wall switch. If your current ceiling light has the on off switch directly on the light with no wall switch then you would buy an RV Ceiling Fan
that is operated by remote control.
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If you are going to install a Ceiling Fan
in an area where there is no ceiling light then you will have to find some studs in the ceiling to attach the fan to as well as a 12 volt power source that is close to the installation point you are planning to use. You will also have to determine what 12 volt items are being used by that circuit to make sure that you won't exceed the circuits amp rating and start blowing fuses when you turn on the ceiling fan.
Depending on the construction of your RV, you may be able to run the wires through the ceiling or conceal the wires going to the ceiling fan by using some Wire Channels
. If you are not comfortable with tapping into existing wiring systems and running wire you may want to get this done by someone that is familiar with RV wiring systems.
I hope that this information has been helpful to you.
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