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Old 04-21-2015, 01:26 PM   #1
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Corded and/or Cordless Vacuum

One thing I realized that I would like to have in the 19' Airstream is some type of vacuum. I'm a bit obsessive at home and have a whole suite of Dyson products. However, I'm not sure what to get for the Airstream.

Ideally, I'd like to get a cordless, handheld. How does it work with charging? I will likely take the trailer out once or twice a month on the weekend. I probably shouldn't leave the vacuum plugged in and charging while the trailer is stored - correct? If it even charges?

But, if that's the case, I don't think it'll charge up fast enough once I start towing and power is flowing. I was thinking corded might be best, but a bit of a hassle.

Is there such a thing as a corded and cordless at the same time?

What do other folks do? I also am trying to minimize the things I haul from home to the trailer each time I use it. I live in a high-rise condo about 15 miles away from where the trailer is stowed (and I have no space at home), so trying to be strategic about all of this.

Many thanks for suggestions!
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Old 04-21-2015, 01:39 PM   #2
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I've been through enough Dirt Devil type cordless vacuums not to purchase anymore because of the batteries. The batteries discharge when not in use and if you keep it on the charger then it kills the batteries. A lithium type battery is the best because they hold a charge if not used. I have those types of batteries on my power drill and they work very well.

As for vacuums why not start out looking at Dyson since you have experience with them? I would prefer a vacuum that I can stand up an use and take apart for handheld uses too. The Dyson V6 seems to fit the bill but they are expensive.

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Old 04-21-2015, 01:45 PM   #3
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I have a cordless in the Interstate, also one at home.....with a shedding dog, it really is a necessity.

They are both Black & Decker, hold a charge a good long time, and I am very happy with them.

The one in the Interstate sits on a little charger, so of course is not plugged in all the time nor can it be used while charging.

The one in the house has a cord that plugs into the handle, and runs with or without being plugged in.

Both have a little retractable wand in the head, which I really like.

A wand seems to be an absolute necessity in the Interstate, and retractable means you don't have to store it or keep track of it.


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Old 04-21-2015, 02:33 PM   #4
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After trying, and be extremely frustrated, with a couple other brands of cordless vacuums I did my research. The Hoover LiNX cordless is just what I wanted and needed in our AS. We travel with a Westie. This vacuum comes withe several attachment. Included is a rotating brush for the dog hair. This Hoover has amazing power for a handheld. The battery charger is included. Once it is fully charged the charge lasts for a long time. I like it so well I steal it from Tulla (AS) and use it on our furniture here at home.
The price of this vacuum is a little more than most. But well worth the avoidance of frustration.
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Old 04-21-2015, 02:46 PM   #5
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Using the google search function in this forum will find tons of trailer vac opinions.

An example...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...rs-119562.html
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Old 04-21-2015, 02:50 PM   #6
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I recently bought the DeWalt Handheld vacuum because it is both cordless and battery operated. I did not purchse the batteries to it as it will work with the 18V batteries that I have for my other DeWalt tools. I have only used it with the cord as our son has my drill with the batteries and charger. Maybe some day I will see them back but until then I can use it with the cord. I have used it to clean my coffee grinder, pellet grill, inside the auto and also the AS. It has worked well each time. I purchased it on Amazon.
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Old 04-21-2015, 03:28 PM   #7
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After extensive researching, I found that the Bissel Featherweight gets really good reviews, including Consumer Reports. It's a lightweight, plug-in stick vacuum with a removable stick to become a handheld. And it's not expensive.
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:01 PM   #8
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My wife bought this one for the trailer, she has a similar model at the house and has been very pleased with it. She says the instructions recommend keeping it plugged in and on the charger. It has lithium batteries. It just sits on that round plate, lift up to remove from the charger, nothing to plug or unplug. It's an Amazon best seller.

BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16 volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac
Amazon.com - BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16 volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac - Household Handheld Vacuums
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:54 PM   #9
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We use a upright Oreck plug in vacuum. The price was right, it's not too big and works well. If I was in the market to " BUY" one I'd look cordless.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:04 PM   #10
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My wife bought this one for the trailer, she has a similar model at the house and has been very pleased with it. She says the instructions recommend keeping it plugged in and on the charger. It has lithium batteries. It just sits on that round plate, lift up to remove from the charger, nothing to plug or unplug. It's an Amazon best seller.

BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16 volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac
Amazon.com - BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16 volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac - Household Handheld Vacuums
This is the one I have in the Interstate.


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I also have a Black and Decker. I had a DeWalt and it is the first tool that i were bought from them that I was dissatisfied with. My BIL now owns it...
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Old 04-22-2015, 04:37 PM   #12
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Leaf Blower or a Walmart Dust pan and brush

Leaf Blower.

You will need 110volts, but will get hurricane power for a fraction of the cost and it is multi use. No bags to replace. If something is not attached to the interior of your Airstream...it is going out of the door as not belonging anyways!

Hey... she gets a hair dryer.

You get the Mega Hurricane Leaf and small pet Blower. Admit it. You gave this a thought... and like me, were wise beyond your age and decided to get some wussy overpriced lint sucker.

Our compromise... we use a Walmart plastic dust pan and brush for a couple of bucks. Works perfectly. No noise. Gets everything on the floor. Weighs less than one pound. Takes up no space. No warranty issues. No fire issues. No recalls. Manually operated with no on/off buttons. I shake out the floor rugs with rubber backing that work well from Costco. After nine years of cleaning our Airstream... with two shedding Australian Cattle Dogs, we would have clogged up anything else.

Snow Blower... might be a little over doing it, so compromise with a Leaf Blower. Toss the idea out, after dinner. Blame me if things go sour. Compromise with the Walmart dust pan and brush.
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:36 PM   #13
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I have a small shop-vac... 2.5 gal. with attachments. Works great for wet/dry multi use indoor and outdoor.
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:36 AM   #14
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We travel with our Golden Retriever and our AS is fully carpeted except for the small area by the rear bath. I travel with an old Oreck upright household vacuum cleaner. It's light weight and does a good job. It has a cord and requires 120v power (not rechargeable). Just plug it in and put it to work when staying at RV parks with full hook ups. And, when dry camping it runs on generator power (I run the generator daily to keep our trailer's battery charged and that's when I also typically run the vacuum). Although I've upgraded to Honda 2000 generators for off grid power, it used to run fine with the trailer plugged into my old Honda 1000 generator. I vacuum our carpet daily on most trips. It's helped keep our flooring in good shape.
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