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Old 08-25-2016, 12:54 PM   #1
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Installed Central Vac in 2016 Leprechaun

This morning, my wife and I installed a Dirt Devil Vroom CV1500 RV central vacuum system in our 2016 Leprechaun 319DS. Installation was very simple, but we did take time to decide on what was best for our setup, and ended up installing the main unit under the U-shaped dinette's rear seat.

After doing a basic layout, I decided I'd like the inlet hidden, and there came a bit of a challenge. Earlier this year, we pulled our jackknife sofa, and installed Coachman's theater-seating/recliners, which we love. In my mind, I could see installing the hose-end of the unit behind the left recliner, since there was very adequate clearance there, and the hose inlet would be hidden from view.

I used a roto-zip and cut two holes through the partitions; one dinette partition, and the one between the dinette and the recliners. We did a 'dry run' to see that everything fit, and that there were no severe bends in the hose -- all was fine. Using the provided PVC fittings, we did a layout of the base unit, and put the hose into position, as it would be if actually installed. All was well there, too.

With everything in place and checked and double-checked, we finished the installation. Though the unit has a plug-end cord, I cut that, and tied directly into the wiring that's under the right side of the dinette. When we were done, we fired it up and everything worked as intended.

Here's the skinny on the hose you see in the photo. It's 8' long, and 2" diameter, and inside of it is a smaller diameter hose that is 35' long -- reaches everywhere, of course. In the second photo, you see a green-colored end, and that's where you add the cleaning attachments after pulling the inner hose out (hope I haven't confused you yet!). There's also an on-off switch there, as well as a latch that captures the amount of hose you want out, or so that it can pull back in on its own. When you are done vacuuming, you just place your palm over that green part, and the 35' of inner hose self stores, slick as can be.

I made a mess with my hole cutting, and the new vac took care of that in a jiffy -- a very powerful unit, and low noise for so much power. In all, it took us about two hours, but an hour of that was 'thinking time' and hole cutting.

I think we're going to love it, and since we spend 6 months out of the year in the Coachman, vacuuming is now much easier.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:03 PM   #2
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I am trying to think where one of those would fit in our rig..What size is the actual unit?
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:12 PM   #3
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Thinking under the bed..
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:13 PM   #4
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I got the dimensions,,also looking at the Dometic..
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Wonder how much room is under the bed...

I am also thinking that under the rearward side of the dinette might work for me too. Have to get the dimensions and take a look at it later this year.

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Old 08-29-2016, 11:37 AM   #6
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I installed a Dirt Devil CV1500 RV vacuum and it looks completely different from yours. What is the device in the bottom picture? I put mine under the dinette seat and put the outlet (just an electrical outlet sized plate) on the back of the dinette seat. This site shows the entire unit, except the hose between the vacuum and the outlet.
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I installed a Dirt Devil CV1500 RV vacuum and it looks completely different from yours. What is the device in the bottom picture? I put mine under the dinette seat and put the outlet (just an electrical outlet sized plate) on the back of the dinette seat. This site shows the entire unit, except the hose between the vacuum and the outlet.
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He has the Vroom hose attachment it was OEM up until fairly recently. I like the concept, just not sure about it yet.

I will probably go with the system you installed.

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Old 08-29-2016, 03:30 PM   #8
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Here are pix of installed unit. Fits perfect under dinette seat in my Mirada. I store the hose under the seat next to the vacuum.
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Nice looking installation, Badlands. I had the basic central vac in my TT and kept that when I traded up to the Pursuit. I picked up the Vroom accessory and have been looking at the best way to install the system in the motorhome. I was thinking of putting the vac unit in the storage bay under the kitchen sink (there's already power there for the DVD player for the outside TV), then bringing the hose up through that cabinet and mounting the "business end" of of the hose behind the cabinet door. But after seeing your install I like how it fits under the rear seat of the U-shaped dinette. I have that dinette as well, and plan to build drawers under each of the side seats, but that will still leave wasted space under the rear seat. If I can figure out a good place to mount the hose end I may do something similar to what you did. Thanks for sharing!
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I installed a Dirt Devil CV1500 RV vacuum and it looks completely different from yours. What is the device in the bottom picture? I put mine under the dinette seat and put the outlet (just an electrical outlet sized plate) on the back of the dinette seat. This site shows the entire unit, except the hose between the vacuum and the outlet.
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It doesn't appear that you bought the VROOM model, which has a self-storing hose (the inner hose is 35' long). We've been camped all week, and with a hundred pound Lab, and the two of us, we bring in plenty of 'the world outside' on our feet. Absolutely LOVE the VROOM, and we've used it every day this week -- so easy. Hit the On button, pull out the hose, and add desired attachment. To store the hose, I just place two fingers across the hose end and away it goes. Really a slick unit.

As a side note, the power unit we have is the same as the one you have, and can be mounted horizontally or vertically. Our unit was $300, and that included free shipping, and it's as powerful as advertised. Very pleased with it, and very neat looking install on your's, too.
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