Sirocco Fans are produced by the Canadian manufacturer Caframo who specialise in fans for the Marine industry. In recent years they have exploded in the Australian RV market due to their compact size, versatility and low draw rate. All the features required for a great marine fan directly transfer to touring conditions. One of the key features of the Sirocco II fan is the 360 degree gimballed design, this allows you to direct the airflow in any direction from one mounting location. Another strength of these fans is their super low power draw, at as low as 0.12 amp you don't need to worry about flattening your battery during those heat waves. Another useful feature of these 3 speed fans is the inbuilt timer with 3, 6, 9 and 12 hours. settings for auto turn off.
When it comes to keeping cool on holidays everyones needs are different. Not everyone wants or needs a caravan air conditioner, and sometimes they're not even an option. A well placed 12V fan is the perfect solution and can be the difference between a good nights sleep and a hot restless night. Everyones rig is different and there is no "one setup" that will work for everyone. With this in mind we have put together a list of the most interesting ideas we come across.
Attaching a Merrit / cigarette plug can be a great alternative to hardwiring, and keeps your fan portable.
One clever idea is attaching pole clips to the base of fans. This is great for inside campers trailers and even outside under an annex.
Attaching the fan to a retractable TV bracket for greater range.
Attaching to a chopping board for portable bench top solution
How to Install A Sirocco Fan Into Your Caravan
Installing a Sirocco 12V Fan into a caravan is a straight forward DIY project which can be completed in around 10 minutes. In this example we will be hardwiring the unit into the existing 12v circuit, utilising a 12v socket outlet is also an option. The fan is supply with 750mm of wire with eyelet to attach to fan and pre-stripped ends for circuit connection.
Once a mounting location is picked the base plate of the fan is removed, the 12v wires need to be threaded through the base plate before they are hardwired into your exiting circuit. The backing plate is then attached to wall/roof (Preferably on a solid or reinforced section) with 6 screws.
The eyelets are now attached to fan which can now slide onto the backing plate. Finally secure the fan using the 2 locking bolts