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Old 08-29-2013, 10:53 AM   #113
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Tiny vacuum solution

Did you know.......

You can buy at Radio Shack a 10ft, 12v extension cord for a tiny but very effective 12v appliance such as this one?

The extension cord allows the originally 6ft appliance to quickly vacuum the Interstate, front to back and beyond, even when not connected to electricity! And, takes up very little space, about 1/3 the space of the (former) rechargeable.

When you have a dog that sheds, always a challenge.

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Old 08-29-2013, 11:04 AM   #114
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Did you know.......

You can buy at Radio Shack a 10ft, 12v extension cord for a tiny but very effective 12v appliance such as this one?

The extension cord allows the originally 6ft appliance to quickly vacuum the Interstate, front to back and beyond, even when not connected to electricity! And, takes up very little space, about 1/3 the space of the (former) rechargeable.

When you have a dog that sheds, always a challenge.

Love it!

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I like that idea and probably will get one when I replace my old vacuum.

I am surprised no one has ever mentioned installing a central vac system.

I just replaced the 3 rechargeable batteries in my old B&D Dustbuster and mounted it under the driver side 2nd row seat and have it plugged in there.
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A central vacuum system would be handy, but perhaps increase costs prohibitively?

And, wherever would they find space to put it?


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Actually I mentioned it sort of tongue-in-cheek cuz I had seen where some folks wanted a washer/dryer in their Class B RV.

Then I saw this. Must be for Class A RVs.
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Actually I mentioned it sort of tongue-in-cheek cuz I had seen where some folks wanted a washer/dryer in their Class B RV.

Then I saw this. Must be for Class A RVs.
A w/d in a Class B?

I could see a central vacuum system being standard in some of those big busses. If they have full size appliances, jacuzzi's etc., why not.

However, my mother had a 5 gallon, lidded bucket she used to use to wash clothes on the road in their Winnebago.......water, detergent and the movement from driving. Voila! Clean clothes. I prefer a laundromat.


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A central vacuum system would be handy, but perhaps increase costs prohibitively?

And, wherever would they find space to put it?

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Funny, but I just saw a Honda commercial advertising an optional built-in vacuum cleaner for their mini van But even of the Interstate was offered with an optional vacuum, I probably would not order it because there just isn't enough floor space to need one. It takes me less than a minute to wipe the floor down with a wet wash cloth.
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Funny, but I just saw a Honda commercial advertising an optional built-in vacuum cleaner for their mini van But even of the Interstate was offered with an optional vacuum, I probably would not order it because there just isn't enough floor space to need one. It takes me less than a minute to wipe the floor down with a wet wash cloth.
A central vac would be a lot more useful if you had cloth seats and a carpeted floor. I use a handheld rechargeable vac for the carpeted floor mat up by the front seats, and a low-tech broom for the rest.
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Where a vacuum is especially helpful is with pet hair.

Hate it, and if you don't keep after it...........something only pet owners really understand.

We do keep a soft, short-handled brush by the cargo door, for quick sweeps of dirt, debris, sand, etc.,........tracked in by said dog.

Aaah, well......we do luv 'er.



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Where a vacuum is especially helpful is with pet hair.
Save the pet hair. When you collect enough, you can use it to knit another dog!
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Save the pet hair. When you collect enough, you can use it to knit another dog!
Or stuff a pillow. Seriously!

Bird nests all over the US are softly padded with black Lily-hair.



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Yeah, pet hair and sand/mud is the reason we haven't taken our lab on any camping trips yet. Maybe after the new wears out
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We carry those, too, also the ones for OxyClean.

Now, if they would just make them for Woolite Dark.........

There are bleach tablets, as well, which we discovered a few years ago and are pictured earlier in this thread.

We take Bounce sheets out of the box and carry them in a one-quart ziploc bag.....anything that takes up just the space of what's inside is a good thing,

We can now carry all laundry items in a small, flexible tote that rides in the bathroom.


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Yeah, pet hair and sand/mud is the reason we haven't taken our lab on any camping trips yet. Maybe after the new wears out
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One of the main reasons we bought our rig was to travel with our dog (Lab/Newfoundland mix). Other than the fact that he tracks in mud and sand and takes up most of the bed, he is an awesome travel companion. We don't take any trips in the rig without him.

We are currently coming down the OR coast. The van has plenty of dirt and sand in it. It also has two happy adults and one very happy (and tired) dog. Sure, we have a little cleanup work when we get home, but we can usually get the van offloaded and vacuumed clean in less than 10 minutes.

Don't worry about the 'new'. Load up the mutt and let them enjoy the adventure too.
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