Originally Posted by bucks2
I always thought I wanted an onboard vacuum, until I got one. The hose reaches, barely, all of the floor areas. If you want to vacuum the basement, get the portable vacuum out. If you want to vacuum the toad, get the portable vacuum out. If you're going to carry a portable vacuum why are you taking up basement space (albeit on the ceiling) on an onboard unit and carrying a bulky heavy hose? Get a good cannister vacuum with the beater bar for the carpet and floor attachment for tile. It'll also have a crevice tool for furniture and those narrow spaces. Much more useful.
Hmmm. I love our central vacuum. It reaches everywhere in the 40-foot RV. To do the basement or the car, there is a connection in the basement (or I could run it out the window). I don't have to store a portable vacuum and carry it around.
Still, you make a good point. It probably a toss up.