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Old 12-29-2009, 05:23 PM   #15
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We use an Oreck XL for carpets! Excellent machine. Purchased directly from our friends in Louisiana!

I installed a Red Devil, "central vac". Works great and it's very flexible. Available from RVUpgrades.com

I finished up with installing the most powerful B&D DustBuster available. It really knock the socks off of anything I previously owned and we went through 2 other B&D models. It's all in the voltage! I believe that we obtained the unit from Lowes. I've also see it at Wally's
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:42 PM   #16
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well, after using a couple of uprights in the past two mh's we finally installed the dirt devil central unit. dw and i really like everything about it.
good suction, out of the way, quiet inside, can use it everywhere. my friend rex gave me the idea about installing another hose inlet in the bay, now i can grab the hose and use it for cleaning the outside bays and the toad. now that's getting your money's worth. jim
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:58 PM   #17
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... good suction, out of the way, quiet inside, can use it everywhere. my friend rex gave me the idea about installing another hose inlet in the bay, now i can grab the hose and use it for cleaning the outside bays and the toad. now that's getting your money's worth.
Jim, I mounted mine up high, right on the stairwell wall. I get all the benefits your were speaking about. I just open the pass through door on the screen door and use the Dirt Devil outside.
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I agree with Mandy's Man on choosing a Dyson, but my favorite for an RV is the DC24 All Floors ball model. It is something of a "mini-dyson" much smaller than the big ones (slightly smaller cost too). It takes up much less storage room, and still does a super job on both carpet and hard floors ...just push a button to turn off the beater/roller. We have an Maxum RV2000 (aka Dirt Devil) central vac, and got a rug rat for it, but it just didn't do a good job over the long haul.
I did & will say the exact same thing!
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dyson may do okay but belt replacement is very expensive as the whole clutch assembly has to be replaced when the belt breaks.
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We have a dirt devil central vac, and it does a good job on the ceramic floors. However since it doesn't have a beater bar attachment the job it does on the carpeted areas is poor--it won't completely remove pet hair from the carpet let alone embedded dirt or sand.
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I would also recommend the small Dyson roller ball vacuum. We have no slides so not a lot of room for a big bulky vacuum but we have carpet and tile so need a beater and not. You can vacuum with a regular vac and then go back over the same area with the Dyson and you will amazed what it picks up. No bags and a very easy to empty/clean canister. You can see when it needs to be dumped. There are 2 filters that need to be washed and dried about twice per year but otherwise there is no maintenance.
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We have a Dirt Devil canister that has decent suction but the beater head is too wimpy,so I adapted the Beam central vacuum powerhead from our stick house to the Dirt Devil canister.This gives us a very effective carpet and tile vacuuum cleaner.
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Go to cpoelectrolux.com and look at the Electrolux Intensity. Regular $199 to $249 on sale for $99. Small compact, folds down, telescoping handle, cord rewind, brush stops when you push switch for hard surface, auto height adjustment and only 12" wide.
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+3 for the dyson DC24

We have 2 dyson's: 1 for the house, 1 for the RV. Love both of them. if you have not used one, you just cannot imagine how much more dirt it picks up versus most other vacs. the dc24 is small, we easily fit it in our rig. we used the shark uprights and a dirt devil and this is no comparison to those toys.

We have gone around after the cleaners hit the house and pulled up dirt (then told them to use our Dyson going forward). it amazes everyone.
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I know a lot of folks like the Dysons but when I went to a local vacuum store they were by far the most popular vacuum in for repair. Got a Miele Titan instead, the power roller can be turned off for the hard floors or you can attach a hard floor brush. The price was about the same as the Dyson and I didn't see any Miele in the repair queue.

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