Installed an Intervac central vacuum cleaner . Pat didn't like our portable vacuum cleaner because it always left a odor in the coach after it was used. With the Intervac the exhaust is down below, as is the noise.
I installed the unit in the back half of our main storage bay. From there it took about 16 feet of 2" hose ($1 per foot from Intervac) to get to the location for the vacuum hose plug-in located in the galley (see photo below). I used a 2.5" hole saw to cut through the floor below the galley drawers (cut from below). The floor has about 1/2" plywood on top with about 2" of blue foam and then a thin plastic layer on the bottom. No problem to cut the hole. Running the hose was no problem either (secured with wire ties). In addition to the hose, I had to run two wires (16g) to the plug-in. These turn the vacuum on when the hose is plugged in.
The only problem I had was with the mounting screws for the vacuum in the bay. The wall is very thin plastic material and not the plywood I expected. But the screws held. I may put in some wall anchors later.
The vacuum works well.... lots of suction. It comes with a 40' hose, but there is a problem with the hose. It compresses to about 10' when the vacuum is on. The compressible hose makes for easy storage, but is a bit of a pain when using the vacuum. But all in all, it was a good addition to the coach.
One fun moment during the installation was when I spoke into one end of the hose while the other end was near Cosmo, our Miniature Schnauzer (see below). It was priceless. Where is that guy in the hose?
Update: Tried to put some wall anchors in to secure the vac on the wall. Tried several types and none would hold.... very thin wall. So mounted vac on a piece of plywood and bolted the bottom to the frame as shown below. I think this will hold it.
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