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Old 07-19-2015, 08:30 PM   #1
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Central vac in a 328TS

Well I have done it I have installed a central vac in our unit. It sucks and no sparks or fires.

I put in a Intervac/Dometic CS6/8.

I got a used unit off Ebay for $19 plus shipping. It came with no mounting HW or back cover. It worked when powered up. I picked up two sheet rock outlets and used the mounting flaps on them, $2.00 for this.

It was listed as
INTER VAC - CENTRAL VACUUM SYSTEM BLACK #52


by bottomdollarsurplusinc
they may still have some left.


I looked at hoses and wands, by the time I got the two, was up to almost a full kit of parts. I got a kit with hose, wand tools fro $99 from centralvac.com, free shipping.
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Old 07-19-2015, 08:46 PM   #2
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Now where to mount..

My first thought was under the sink, free space and power. When the unit came it has a big warning label to not put in a place where explosive vapors may be. The kitchen slide has propane hoses, so on the off chance I get a leak, no boom here.

Other places
under the bed, power there, but we have a double wall of thin wood, plus hard to get at.
Above drivers seat, open cabinet with power, hard to get to.
In bedroom, next to the breaker box, power present, but the panel may be too flimsy to work
In cabinet next to dining area, this has power from the TV and the space is not well used currently. This is where it went.
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Old 07-19-2015, 09:02 PM   #3
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Details...

I built a box from some scrap shelving that I had. I left the top shorter to allow for air flow out the vent.

The cord was the end from a broken power cord I had. I attached the cord with some wire clamps. The contacts in the back are hidden, but are hot when the units is plugged in. It did not come with a back cover. The post are hidden fairly well.

I drilled 7/8 in holes 1 in from the end of the box where the mounting flanges go. I used a washer in the screws, they looked small for the hole size. I prescrewed the screws into the plastic arms. The plastic arms were 5/8 in in width.

I put two smaller boards under the box to screw into the cabinet shelf. I used sizes smaller than the base to raise the unit above the trim on the back of the shelf. I can remove the by taking 4 screws out. The unit sits flush with the doors.

The DW loves it, no more wimpy small vacs. Hose has a nice reach also.
I think that I may be able to store the hose and the wand and tools in the cabinet in teh bottom shelf, it has high lip.

I hope that this helps those who may be looking to put a central vac in.
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:16 PM   #4
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That looks very nice. I will need to think about getting one of those. You found a great place for the installation, being centrally located in the motor home and in a cabinet that is not deep enough to really do much with.
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:06 PM   #5
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One question...where does the dirt collect? Is there a bag or canister somewhere?
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:10 PM   #6
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It is not like a house central vac where you have a canister outside, this has a bag inside the unit.
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