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Old 03-29-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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Anyone Ever Done This?

To those around me, it must be obvious I am getting bored and anxious for spring. I installed a central vacuum system to our MH. I had an almost never used, Kirby upright Vac that was sitting in the corner of my shop. Under the dinette of the MH is a storage space we never use because it is too much trouble to remove the seat to access it (according to my wife).

I took the Kirby, removed all unneeded parts (handle ect.) Then, I tapped into the ON/Off switch of the Vac and ran 2 wires to an outboard switch I mounted on the wall of the storage unit. For the hose connection, I anchored the vac to the floor and used a hole saw to line up and cut a 2" hole allowing access the front of the unit.

Then I cut and installed 2 air flow grills, one to the side of the seat storage compartment and another to the front (where your feet would be if sitting at the dinette), This should allow enough air to flow to the Vac to prevent overheating. I have gathers enough hose (in two sections) to reach from the windshield to the back wall. If nothing else, I have made a little more storage space in the basement, because I don't have to lug a vacuum any longer.

All in all this was no big deal, but to my wife it was. I learned long time ago, if she is happy, life is good.

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Old 03-30-2013, 05:42 AM   #2
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That's a good idea like to see it and how it turn out. Also keeping the wife happy always makes for a good day !!!!

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Not sure if this works, but trying to add photos on this projects.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:16 PM   #4
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Not sure if this works, but trying to add photos on this projects.
That is one really cool idea, and it looks well planned and installed. Kudoo's to you. Kirby would probably think its cool too.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:21 PM   #5
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Thanks Buckeye, I had fun doing it and my wife thinks I did it for her. Actually, I was tired lugging a shop vac from a storage locker to the cabin and back. Plus, in most cases, I ended up doing the vacuuming too. This way she has not excuse. Time will tell if I can get away with not having to use it

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Old 03-30-2013, 09:25 PM   #6
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You took my idea,I was going to do the same thing but let the vac.exhaust go outside and get rid of the bag.Its not like I would be dumping a lot of trash out and I would not need to bother with cleaning the bag.I thought of using a dryer exhaust tube and put a hole in the box leading out and down.
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:07 PM   #7
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Biker, the Kirby would be a good one to use. It actually has a hose. The hose is inside the cloth bag, that connect to a "paper" bag. I thought about doing the same. But, my luck, I would vacuum up a screw or nail, blow it out and then run over it as I drove off ---

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It must be vacuum week. I have my new Intervac half installed. Just need to mount the power unit in the basement and connect the hose and wires that run to the in-cabin outlet. Amazingly simple. Pics to come when done.
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Old 03-31-2013, 03:25 PM   #9
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This kind of project just sucks.....
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Looks like a job well done, however my MH already has a central vac installed. It's under the fridg. Close to where you have put yours.
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I made mine out of a old craftman shop vac. Put the shop vac in my front storrage and put a central vac connection through the wall. Did the same setup for switch. Wife loves it.

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