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Old 11-07-2013, 11:50 AM   #1
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Just for grins and giggles, has anyone ever considered installing the Dirt Devil Central Vacuum for RV's?
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:47 PM   #2
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Lol, for the size of the Escape trailers this would be a little overkill.
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I've been telling my wife we need to hire a cute young maid to bring along.

She just scowls at me, and hands me the broom and dustpan.
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Old 11-07-2013, 02:25 PM   #4
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I've been telling my wife we need to hire a cute young maid to bring along.

She just scowls at me, and hands me the broom and dustpan.
My wife would probably hit me with the broom.
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Old 11-07-2013, 02:25 PM   #5
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I thought there would be a few"dirty" responses!

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Old 11-07-2013, 02:51 PM   #6
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We have been hauling around a 12V B&D vacuum. It does work quite well, but we rarely use it, and are likely to take it out next spring.
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If you sneeze twice, the floor almost cleans itself……...
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If you sneeze twice, the floor almost cleans itself……...
And waxes!
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I bought a broom and dustpan for our 19'. Don't really think we would have much use for a vacuum.
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Turn the MaxxFann on intake, top speed, close the windows and open the door and watch the stuff fly out….
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I've got a portable Dirt Devil vacuum that I use to clean out the dirt that accumulates between the screen & fiberglass door. The track for the rolling screen prevents sweeping... Every once in awhile I even use it on the RAV4's floor mats!
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:15 PM   #13
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I've got a portable Dirt Devil vacuum that I use to clean out the dirt that accumulates between the screen & fiberglass door. The track for the rolling screen prevents sweeping... Every once in awhile I even use it on the RAV4's floor mats!
Pretty much our only use too. It seems that awkward spot between the screen track and the exterior shell is now much easier to clean (wiping out) since I redid the floors with cork. I did pay more attention to detail with how tight it was to the shell, maybe that is it.
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:55 PM   #14
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Neato! The only ones I've seen for RVs are too big to fit in a dinette storage area. Hummmmm.
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I don't think it's that wild an idea - a built-in would keep the vacuum out of the way, presumably tucked in some otherwise not-so-useful compartment, as long as the bag is accessible.

Now the bad news: we have a built-in vac in a larger trailer, and it is so ineffective that we carry a regular household vacuum cleaner. The bags are also hard to find and expensive, because it is obscure compared to the household units. Our motohome doesn't have one, and I have not been in a rush to put one in - I wouldn't want a copy of the big trailer setup.

An alternative: I haven't used it with our Escape-sized trailer yet, but we have a small wet/dry shop-type vacuum which has proven to be very useful for many kinds of cleanup. It's a Stanley, but they don't seem to offer it anymore - an equivalent might be a Shop-Vac Portable. For a small trailer, I think a relatively big and powerful wet/dry rechargeable handheld would be good compromise.
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Dimensions are only 7.5x 7x 14, and it weighs 14 lbs.
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There are small hand vacuums that probably only weigh about 5 lbs. and do not require a bag, just dumped. Should be found many places.
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With 120v and 12 amps that unit will dim your lights while in use. With your converter and a/c operating, you maybe near your max 30 amp load. I think these units are normally used on 50 amp larger motorhomes/trailers.
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They run on rechargeable batteries. Recharge when electric hook-up available.
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With 120v and 12 amps that unit will dim your lights while in use. With your converter and a/c operating, you maybe near your max 30 amp load.
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They run on rechargeable batteries.
I'm sure Jim's referring to the built-in unit, not the cordless handhelds.

I would expect that turning the air conditioner off for the few minutes duration of vacuuming would address any electrical capacity concerns.
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