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Old 11-28-2015, 06:50 PM   #1
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Best vacuum cleaner on the road

After recently upgrading to a new 25FB we noticed that there are no more 12V outlets in the trailer. Everything is USB or 110V. Our B&D vacuum was running on 12V and although I could add a 12V outlet somewhere under the bed, I wonder whether there are better options than out good old 12V car vacuum?

Any experiences and thoughts? Was thinking to get a chargeable small Dyson hand held, but before pulling the trigger, I wonder about other experiences?

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Old 12-01-2015, 02:27 PM   #2
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We don't have a 12 v. vacuum, but we got a 120 v. one from Griots (Google it online). It is light and small and powerful. This was several years ago, so I don't known whether they still sell it, but they sure have a lot of cleaning and other automotive products.



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Old 12-01-2015, 02:50 PM   #3
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We use a Dyson hand held rechargeable, very good product. We mounted the its charging base on the wall just below the bedroom television and close to the wall on our 25 RB and keep it plugged into the 120 v outlet by the tv. Completely out of the way but convenient.
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Old 12-01-2015, 03:37 PM   #4
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We have a Black and decker BDH2000L rechargeable. Small and compact works well for us.
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Old 12-01-2015, 03:57 PM   #5
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We use the small DeWalt 18 volt shop vac. It has worked very well for us and use the same battery as our drill/driver for the Hensley and the stabilizers.

We have been using it for ten years now, and have not been tempted to replace it.

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Old 12-02-2015, 10:27 AM   #6
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I bought a vintage Kirby which is the same year as our trailer. Both are made of aluminum and the Kirby can be used to clean the carpet we have in the trailer and I can put a hose on it for inside and outside cleaning. The older models are small and light but will last forever
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Old 12-02-2015, 10:34 AM   #7
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We bought a Bissel 3 in 1 vacuum ($18 at Walmart) that does the trick beautifully! It stores compactly in our closet, but could easily be tucked under the bed.
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Old 12-02-2015, 10:57 AM   #8
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We have no carpeting in our 2014 30' classic so a re freed from the tyranny of vacuums. Love it!
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Old 12-02-2015, 11:38 AM   #9
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I have had the small portable Dyson for about 4 years now. I know the knew ones are even better. I am picky about things but this product actually is quite amazing and I would easily give it 5 stars. There is so much junk out there today in vacuumes small and large. Finally a product that will exceed your expectations.

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Old 12-02-2015, 11:58 AM   #10
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I purchased a Auto Spa bagless and it works great off of 110.
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Old 12-02-2015, 12:02 PM   #11
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Agree with the Black and Decker. Best hand held I've every had and we had many that didn't work well.

We have a Black and decker BDH2000L rechargeable. Small and compact works well for us.
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Old 12-02-2015, 12:10 PM   #12
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We've tried lots, and finally settled in the smallest shop vac made (110v.) But we actually use it almost never! We sweep everyday, and wash the floor every other day with Windex and paper towels (the hall and bedroom get cleaned every time we shower, so that makes the main cabin only.) The areas are so small that we're happy to save the weight and get the storage volume back!

Now if only the collapsible brooms would last more than one season....
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Old 12-02-2015, 12:20 PM   #13
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dyson stick if you have room or carpet. as fancy a model as you can afford ( some have more features you may or may not need, animal , HEPA, etc).
sticks have attachments to make them into handheld... WAY better than any of the 12v models I've had in past 20 years. in fact , my 5 year old plain stick is still all I use in my standard 3 BR 60's ranch home. one of those few products I absolutely couldn't live without plus co has wonderful customer service.
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:15 PM   #14
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I have an old Sears wet & dry shop vacuum that is just the right height to use as a foot rest sort of like an ottoman with wheels. I don't know if there is still one made with a flat top like the one I've got. Being able to suck up a spill out of the carpet is very handy! Leland

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