Looking for an RV rug sucker (aka vacuum cleaner)

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Dear RV Shrink:  rvshrink
I use an older self-propelled upright vacuum cleaner in my motorhome. I  love it but every time I use it I have a ton of dust everywhere. In our enclosed 40-foot motorhome, it doesn’t take long to build up. I know that everyone claims to have the best vacuum out there, so here’s hoping someone has experience with a smaller, efficient vacuum. I also boondock a lot so I’m wondering if there is one that runs on battery that works on carpet. Thanks y’all. —Dusty in Dayton

Dear Dusty:
I would start out cleaning the machine you have. The bag may be too full, broken or not attached properly. You might also look into hypoallergenic bags that fit your machine to keep the dust down. Most handheld machines I have used are all bark and no bite and don’t work well on carpets.

A vacuum is one product you buy that you hope really sucks, and often it doesn’t. If you read the comment section of this post over the next few days you will likely hear from many readers who have tried different machines and are willing to share their experience with you.

Another method I find helpful is Amazon comments/reviews. Often Amazon customers have written reviews on products they have bought. These comments are ranked 1-5 stars. I read a few of the lowest and highest rankings to get a consensus. When I think I have narrowed my choice down to one product I read them all.


My weapon of choice is a small shop vac. I just get down and dirty with the handheld wand. This would not be the answer for everyone, but it is powerful and allows me to reach into all the small nooks and crannies.

Depending on your budget, you could explore the cost of having a central vacuum system added to your coach. It would sure be a lot more fun than buying a new kayak or mountain bike, and probably just as much exercise if you use it enough.

Okay, folks. Let’s hear from you out there on the road. What should Dusty do?  —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink

Note from editor: Here’s the vacuum of choice in the RV Travel motorhome. And here are many battery-powered vacuum cleaners at Amazon.com.

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We also had the central vac and hated it, both the lack of suction and all of the hose that had to be stored somewhere! I purchased a Hoover LINX for at-home use when my standard vac got too for taking upstairs. I love it! So we got another for the RV. No bags. Light and easy to store. Great suction. Carpet/floor adjustment.

If I had no carpets, I would get an Eye-Vac electric dustpan and not even own a vacuum. I have one in my sewing room and love it.

Gene Cheatham
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Gene Cheatham

Dyson fan. Stopped using our central vac in the house to use an Animal 2 from Dyson. Yes it is only 5 months old but sold on the brand. Worth The cost, super easy to use and maintain.

Phil Smith
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Phil Smith

We have a Stanley 12v shop vac that works great (a.k.a., really sucks). We have no carpet though, and there is no powered brush head, if that is important.

Karen Pattist
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Karen Pattist

We’ve been motorhomers for 40 years, sometimes we’re out for a day or two, sometimes months. I don’t know why motorhomes collect more dirt than houses, but they do! Maybe cause we go in and out so much, and track mud, sand and gravel onto the floors. For years, we had a carpeted motorhome. We tried LOTS of different vacuums. We agree with others who have posted here that battery-powered vacs just won’t suck it. For a small motorhome, we liked the Dirt Devil Ultra Bagged Handheld Vacuum – Amazon sells for $62. We decided we like bags that can… Read more »

Gloria Sluder
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Gloria Sluder

I use Shark V-10 comes with lots of attachments. I use to get under slides we have 5 cats??

David Hagen
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David Hagen

I installed a Dirt Devil 9880 central vacuum under a dinette seat and it works great. Just $199. Easy to install.

DaBus
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DaBus

We have used the Dyson Animal for 2 years. Absolutely nothing better. You can usually find them used on Craigslist and often refurbished for less than 1/2 price on Amazon.

rvgrandma
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rvgrandma

I have yet to have a vacuum that does not get covered with dust when vacuuming. I can’t afford the dyson type. I finally researched and bought a Dust Devil Power Max upright. I thought with the way the handle was it would work on that horrible carpet on the ceiling – nope. But, it does a great job sucking up dirt. Before I got rid of my Hoover I vacuumed, then vacuumed the same area with the dirt devil. Was shocked at how much more it pulled out. I can just dump the dust and pet hair out afterwards… Read more »

Aktravler
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Aktravler

It has to be the one for $109. It is the most powerful Deik listed and it has a 10% coupon.

Peg
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Peg

I have a Shark Rocket which does the job well and the cord reaches the whole coach from kitchen to front and back. I have two dogs so have to vacuum at least every other day. I also use a battery powered Black and Decker hand held cleaner for spills and quicker jobs. Both travel in the closet. Only have carpet in bedroom and in one slide and an area rug in LR.

Nanci Dixon
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Nanci Dixon

Our motorhome came with a central vac – what a pain! We love our Dyson battery hand held with an extension and powered two vacuum heads- one for floors and one for carpet. So worth the way-too-high price! Recharges quickly, even when boondocking.

CWahl
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CWahl

We use a wired Shark rocket. Small to store, doesn’t use much electric and does a great job. We thought the small amount of electricity used did not warrant a battery operated model. More of a pain to keep batteries charged than to actually plug in for short periods.

Joe Dobry
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Joe Dobry

Dyson cordless does a really good job for us, but short battery time hurts usage. Can usually get the entire fiver done, but sometimes not. Surprising how much dirt/dog hair it finds.

Dr4Film ----- Richard
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Dr4Film ----- Richard

We use a small 3 gallon Wet/Dry Shop-Vac stored under the bed. Versatile, can be used inside the coach or out for many different purposes.

Wolfe
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Wolfe

Likewise use a 3 gallon shop vac – it picks up wet messes, small rocks, sand, etc unlike home vacuums. I upgraded the filter to a HEPA (kept the original for really nasty messes!). To beat the carpets I put a turbine (suction) powered beater from my home vac on the hose. More than covers all the bases for a couple weeks until I’m home again…

Shop vac ALSO inflates my inflatable kayak in two minutes…handy to have a blower when you need one!

TravelingMan
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TravelingMan

Central vacs seem to have a pretty good suction (to a point). We like the feature where you can sweep the hard floor to a central point and then use the foot pedal to vacuum that portion away. What doesn’t work well is the heavy hose and the agitation head. These are truly the weak links. For this reason, I don’t recommend a central vacuum system. If we want the carpet cleaner, we always use the old standby Hoover upright. It’s bulky but does a great job. As pointed out, we use the better vacuum bags. It also has the… Read more »

Darrel
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Darrel

Dyson V8 (or newer version) cordless stick vacuum. Well worth the premium price. Best Buy usually has them in stock.

Lisa Cantrell
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Lisa Cantrell

We started out with a cordless rechargeable Dyson which did well but was VERY expensive. When it broke (about 6 years old) I was going to get another but ended up going for a Deik which I found on Amazon for $129. I LOVE it. The suction is EXCELLENT and it has a beater function for rugs. It runs for a good 20 minutes which I find is more than enough time to do our entire rig. It comes with a crevice tool and brush attachment as well and easily hangs on the wall where the power cord plugs into… Read more »

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Which Model Deik is yours, please?