Installation guide for Maxx Air Fan Toyota Coaster

How To Install A MaxxFan Deluxe In A Toyota Coaster – Step-By-Step Instructions Made Simple

When living in an enclosed living space like a Toyota Coaster or similar, an exhaust fan is an important addition to the home! Without one, not only can air get stale, but moisture can build up in the space causing potential health problems such as mold and more.

The MaxxFan deluxe is an excellent product for the job, and thankfully install is pretty easy overall.

In this guide, we are taking you step-by-step on how to install a MaxxFan Deluxe in a Toyota Coaster. These instructions can also assist you for other exhaust fan installations in different vehicles, such as vans too.

Supplies you will need

To install an exhaust fan in a Toyota Coaster you will need:

  • Exhaust fan, we recommend MaxxFan Deluxe (Comes with screws)
  • Jigsaw Cutter
  • Drill
  • Metal drill bits
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape
  • Masking Tape
  • File
  • Plastic Bag
  • Vaccuum, dustpan and brush for clean up
  • Safety gear (Protective glasses, Mask and Ear Protection)
  • Bitumen tape
  • Roof and Gutter Sealant
  • Sikaflex Glue
  • Timber for a wooden frame reinforcement
All parts of the MaxxxAir fan. On the floor of the Toyota Coaster. Getting ready for install
MaxxFan out of the box and getting prepared for installation. Image: Salt and Charcoal YouTube

How to install a MaxxFan Deluxe in a Toyota Coaster

Step 1 – Choose where it’s going

First, determine where you want to install the campervan fan on the roof of your vehicle. Things to consider are that it may be best placed near wet areas which can have steam. For example, the kitchen or bathroom.

Important: Ensure that you check that above this area on the roof won’t be obstructed by solar panels or roof racks etc. You want to choose an area that is flat as possible, Toyota Coaster roofs are notoriously curved at the edges, and the exhaust fan cannot be on the curved part of the roof.

Clean this area with acetone in preparation as you will be cutting next!

Choosing where to put the MaxxAir fan in your Toyota coaster
Choosing where to put the fan. Image: Salt And Charcoal YouTube

Step 2 – Build the frame for the exhaust fan in preparation

As Toyota Coasters and other vans have very thin metal ceilings, it’s important to reinforce the exhaust fan with a timber frame. This is so you have something to screw into as the thin sheet metal is not enough.

To create this frame, cut four pieces of 2×2 inch wood with measurements of 400mm X 400mm to make a wooden frame for the exhaust fan.

You will need to check this compared to your space. It will most likely need to be modified.

Glue the pieces together using liquid nails or very strong glue, and clamp them together overnight to ensure they stay in place.

Important: Drill a hole in preparation to run the wires through this frame later!

Creating a wooden frame for you MaxxAir Fan
Creating a timber frame to screw the MaxxAir Fan too. Image: Salt and Charcoal YouTube

Step 3 – Measure, mark and prepare to cut the roof

Use a measuring tape and pencil, mark a 400mm X 400mm (The size of a MaxxFan Deluxe) square on the interior and exterior of the roof at the chosen location.

Line with masking tape in preparation and redraw the lines to ensure you can clearly see them.

Marking out the space for the MaxxAir fan.
Marking the cut-out for the MAxxAir Fan Installation. Image: Salt and Charcoal YouTube

Next is to drill four holes, one at each corner of the square. Use a small metal drill bit to drill pilot holes at each corner of the square. Now choose a drill bit that is larger enough to fit your jigsaw cutter blade after. Screw bigger holes at each corner of the square, using the pilot holes you have just drilled.

Important: When you cut into the roof of your vehicle shards of metal will fly out. These shards can rust your vehicle. To avoid this, you can line the underneath of where you will be cutting the hole with a plastic bag. Sticky tape it to the ceiling of your van. You will also need to clean your roof after to ensure no shards are left behind.

Adding a plastic bag underneath the cut for the MaxxAir Fan.
This will catch most of the shards, ensure you clean the area thoroughly once you are finished.

Step 4 – Cut the hole

Using a jigsaw, cut out the square marked on the roof. Make sure you are using a metal jigsaw blade. Hold it tightly to prevent it from wandering.

As you cut each side of the square you can quickly re-stick it with masking tape to stop it from falling through. Once you are finished remove the piece of the ceiling and dispose of it.

Step 5 – File down the cut metal and rust and protect the area

Use a metal file plus fine sandpaper to smooth the edges of the cut-out hole on the roof. Clean the area around the cut-out hole inside and outside the van using isopropyl rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt and metal filings.

Apply rust protect primer and rust protect paint on the exposed metal around the cut-out hole to protect against future corrosion.

Waterproofing the cutout onto of the van.
Clamp down overnight to allow glue to dry.

Step 6 – Waterproof and seal the exhaust fan rim and glue the timber frame

Apply strips of bitumen tape (Waterproofing tape) on all four sides around the cut-out hole on the roof to smooth out the surface and waterproof the area.

Apply a thin bead of Sikaflex sealant/adhesive to the inside of the Maxxfan plastic backing flange. Flip the plastic backing over and press it onto the hole in the roof, ensuring it is evenly distanced from the edges.

Apply sealant around the edges of the mastic for extra waterproofing.

Screwing the MaxxAir fan into the roof of the Toyota Coaster
Screwing the rim down on the MaxxAir Fan.

Step 7 – Screw down the rim of the exhaust fan into the timber frame

Screw the Maxxfan Deluxe plastic backing flange into the wooden frame using the self-drilling screws provided. You may need to get extra screws depending on your wooden frame.

Apply silicone to the rim of the fan on the exterior of the vehicle, as well as a bead of silicone on each screw. This will ensure that no rain or water can get through those holes.

Clamp it down overnight.

Now you are ready to slip the MAxxAir Fan into the cutout.

Step 8 – Put the exhaust fan in

Place the body of the Maxxfan Deluxe into the plastic rim which is now attached to the roof and connect it using the four screws provided.

Attach the plastic trim to the inside part of the fan by fitting it into the frame with four screws beneath.

FInal testing of the Max Air fan. 12-24v testing.
Final testing of the Fan.

Step 9 – Wire it up and test the fan

Test the installation by wiring up the fan’s positive and negative connections and using the remote control to switch on the fan and adjust its speed settings.

And that is it, overall we have been so pleased with our MaxxFan Deluxe. The remote control function is excellent, and it is so quiet, never disturbs the area for us.

Good luck with your installation, let us know how you go below in the comments!

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