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Old 01-09-2014, 02:57 PM   #1
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Is a central vac a worthwhile option?

Going through the option list of our future RV and see the added option of a dirt devil central vac system. We have no experience with that.

Do you find it is a worthwhile option? Is there an advantage over one of the lightweight regular vacuums?


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Old 01-09-2014, 02:58 PM   #2
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I've had two of the Dirt Devil central vacs installed in previous motorhomes. My current motorhome I went out and bought Kenmore canister model. I've got plenty of room to store it and it's MUCH better at cleaning. The small beater bar that comes on the Dirt Devil would take forever to vacuum my motorhome with slide-outs.

I'd never buy another Dirt Devil.

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We had it in our S+B and also have it in our Moho. Definite must for me and DW.
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All of our RV's we used compact Vacume's. Even bought a Dyson for the last one. Our new 5r has a Central Vac and we love it!! No fuss, no muss, you lift up on the cover it turns on right now. Many also have the option for the sweep vac. Anyway, the hose is self retracting so stows easy with vac tools. Is long enough to go any place in the rig and ours is 38'. When you're done just unplug the hose and it turns off. To set up takes less than a few seconds. Same to put away and it is clean, compact, bag is in vac box in basement so changing bags also clean and easy. We would never have anything else.

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We had it in our S+B and also have it in our Moho. Definite must for me and DW.
X2. Easy to use, easy to store hose and easy to change bag. Didn't think I would like it but I was surprised at the power.
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Our central vac sucks. Lol
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:14 PM   #7
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When we had our 5th wheel built, the sale rep was astonished that we did not want the central vac. We already had a Dyson.
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We have a central vac, but my DW perferred the stronger suction of her Miehle canister. We still have the Miehle but it's been supplemented (and nearly replaced) by a Dyson Animal (DC44) which is a cordless device we find perfect for picking up the kind of dirt that gets tracked in from outside. We keep it in its charger in the BR and whip it out to give the coach a quick tidy up. No it doesn't have the suction of a standard vacuum but we find it picks up an amazing amount of debris even a day after we've cleaned. The fact that it is so easy to use means it gets used more frequently.
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Absolutely, positively, would not be without it. Had it in the two MH we have owned. So easy to use and store does a great job and we have two large canines, girls, that we travel with. Nuff' said!!
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Waste of $$ we use a robot, the iRobot or Roomba, turn it on let it run it doesn't miss a spot works with dog hair also.

Goes from tile to carpet, when not using it in your RV bring it in home.

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To each his/her own, of course. When I purchased our coach several years ago, the original owner had ordered a central vac system. 'Oh that's nice', I thought....'I'll never use that'. Then I used it. Wow....how wrong I was. The thing is awesome and incredibly easy/convenient to use. Can't remember what brand it is, but it was installed by Fleetwood.

Now, when we prepare for a long trip or for spring/fall cleaning which includes carpet cleaining, I use the home vac system. But for road trips or for cleaining up the coach following inside "projects" or the inevitable coffee ground spills, it cannot be beat, IMHO. It takes up very little under-cabinet storage, and it has all the usual attachments in a nice mesh bag.

Had central vac in my former new home that was installed as standard by the builder. Also thought that was somewhat frivilous. Then I used it.....
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Get it, well worth the money IMHO
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The Central Vac in the S/B was awesome. The central Vac (dirt devil) didn't have the power and clogs were a persistent problem.

I think it depends upon the manufacturer of the central vac but I have heard numerous complaints about power and cleaning ability of the brand we had. Love the idea though.
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I think central vac from Dirt Devil is great. Been using ours
for four years, would not be without one.

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