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Old 08-19-2007, 08:28 PM   #15
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I noticed Camping World now carrys a Dometic central vacuum. Anyone have experience with this one?

Looks a bit more compact than the DirtDevil but requires a larger vertical surface area mount area.

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Old 08-19-2007, 08:56 PM   #16
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We have the Dometic installed on our 96 34' front kitchen - there was a perfect space below the closet. The factory had installed a door that covered an access area for the heat ducts. We built a vacuum tool storage adjacent to the vacuum.

We also have experience with the Dirt Devil - this one has a bit more powerful motor. It works quite well. We like the on-off switch as opposed to the style on the Dirt Devil, which is similar to household central vacs in that you open the input cover & the vacuum turns on.
Only problem - the cover for the hose input broke off.
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Old 08-20-2007, 12:29 PM   #17
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Nice - thanks for photo! So obviously it also works fine mounted horizontally.

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Old 08-20-2007, 12:32 PM   #18
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I would like a central vacuum, I think, have any of you done this?
k,

i did the ice maker first.

dishwasher second.

i'm working on the washer 'n dryer.

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Old 08-20-2007, 03:19 PM   #19
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Don't let my wife know about these things...she already vacuums the Airstream at least once a day. You'd think she'd remember she is on vacation. Of course we do have two boys and a cocker spaniel to deal with, plus most of our trips are to sandy Florida.
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Old 08-20-2007, 04:54 PM   #20
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Minnie's Mate, Your wife is not the only one; I vacuum once a day. We travel with our cat and dog.....need I say more. The dog doesn't shed but Max does

I really like the idea of a central vac....RVUpgrades, I shall look into. My DirtDevil feather lite is still working. It was cheap...$35 at Best Buy.

The reason I vacuum every day is because I want the carpeting to last as long as possible. After carpeting, I am going to some sorta plank and throw rugs.
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:15 PM   #21
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horizontal mounting

Scott,
The only criteria for mounting is that the vent exhaust end have at least 6" of "free air movement."

In our case, the vent is to the right.
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:26 AM   #22
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Central Vac... hummmm.... once had a home with a central vac system. Didn't like it much. Too much hose to haul around and plug in, not enough suction. I quit using it and went to my old Kirby upright...

How about an alternative for the AS? I have a Roomba now at home and really like the little thing. Maybe they make Roomba mini's? Certainly wouldn't take up much room... but with my trailer I can clean the floor with a papertowel...

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Old 08-21-2007, 07:39 AM   #23
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Well, I have to agree that the grit does get under my skin but there are days that my wife vacuums two or three times, sometimes more often. It sometimes gets under my skin to hear the vacuum so much!

I think we have a Shark upright now. Of course that may have been the first one we had. The first one didn't last very long, whatever it was. I had thought about a central vac for the Airstream, too, but figured there wasn't a really good place to mount one and thought the hose would take up too much valuable real estate. I guess if it is centrally mounted, you would need half the hose, but finding that central location is the trick.
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Old 09-01-2007, 10:20 PM   #24
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Having just installed cork flooring (and w/o the "natural" dirt trapping quality of the previous owners rose-colored carpet [original cut pile was actually quite a cool color]) we are looking at central vacs. I have no end of floor level storage space in the Streak for installation possibilities, and, with two adults and a cat full-timing, daily floor maintenance is a must. Will look at both the Dometic and Dirt Devil pieces. Anyone know of any others?
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We have one I just removed from our 34ft AS mounted in closet. 28ft hose. Working ?? The switch is fallen in side the can. give me a price!
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Had one in our 345 MH. Doesn't work on pet hair as well as an upright Eureka. The hose & accessories took up more storage room than the Eureka. The central vac, Eureka, & all carpets are going in the nearest dumpster this fall when installing new flooring. Can't offer to anyone as a temper tantrum made the central vac a pile of parts.

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Our son gave us a "Roomba" for xmas a couple of years ago, and at home, (where we've always had a central vac), we never found much use for it.

But in the trailer, we pick up everything from the floor, leave the interior doors open, and as we leave to go out, let 'er rip. It ambles around, cleaning everywhere, and politely shuts off when it's done. It lives on a shelf in one of the wardrobes when it's not working. Quite compact, no hoses or attachment, apart from its "wall wart" charger.

It does a very good job, surprisingly for such a little, low-powered device, but let's face it, most of the "dirt" in a trailer is loose detritus, such as the dog hair, dust, food cumbs, etc already mentioned earlier in this thread.

We love it!
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Old 07-12-2009, 11:02 AM   #28
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Our son gave us a "Roomba" for xmas a couple of years ago. . . We love it!
A Roomba, of course! I have a Roomba Dirt Dog (as well as a "dirt dog" named Lulu Sugarfoot ). It doesn't take much space works great on my hardwood floors even when she sheds profusely. I might give it a try in the Airstream, just for kicks.
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