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jbeletti
03-21-2005, 08:11 AM
When Jeff and I were at the factory last (mid-March), we found out that the Dirt Devil built-in vacuum system is now being offered as an option. We saw the first coach that was getting one installed.

I've seen these systems in Mobile Suites trailers before. Wondered if they do a good job or not. Anyone have any experience with these vacuums?

We decided to have one put in our Landmark Mt. Rushmore that is being built this coming week.

Jim

Tom of Ypsi
03-21-2005, 10:44 AM
Jim, We had one in our last trailer, Titanium, and I loved it but my wife thought it was just ok. She did not like dragging the long hose around. Would prefer dragging just a power cord. She does the inside stuff though and I do the outside. I just may get one for her for our thirtyth anniversary;). .

Cheryl
03-21-2005, 04:51 PM
When we bought our house, it had a central vacuum system in it. I hated it. It didn't clean very well and the hoses were a pain. When we remodeled, I had my husband take it out. Of course, we did buy the house in 1982, so maybe the units are better now.

jbeletti
04-07-2005, 09:53 AM
I used the built-in Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner to clean up some bits of saw dust and metal shavings in the corners of my trailer while my dealers tech was tweaking a few things. So far, the vacuum performs well. We'll see after I try to vacuum with the wide vacuum head attachment on it. Probably should do at least as well as my Shark but hopefully it will be a bit easier to use. My Shark was a bit hard to hold and vacuum at the same time (small canister style).

Jim

jbeletti
06-02-2005, 03:50 PM
Just an update to a previous post of mine, now that I've used the central vacuum system in the Landmark several times. I have to say that I really like it alot.

I do agree with Tom post above though that dragging a cord around is easier than dragging a this hose around. But for me, storing the hose is easier than storing a vacuum cleaner.

Anyway, the vacuum has great suction and really works great to cleanup the trailer. Our routine has us taking an extra half hour on the last day of any trip to cleanup the trailer really good before we bring the slides in, hitch up and head home. That way, she's ready for travel the next time.

If you are ordering a new Landmark (not sure if it is an option for the BigHorn), consider getting the Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Cleaner option if you'd rather store the hose and accessories instead of storing a vaccum cleaner and accessories.

Jim

Cooper
01-11-2006, 04:58 PM
I do not like the vacum in my Golden Gate it is to weak to pick up much. Dirt Devil is usualy a good vac

jbeletti
01-11-2006, 05:24 PM
Cooper,

Open up the vacuum canister in the storage compartment and see if the bag is on right and that no other parts are inside.

Mine was delivered with the spare vacuum parts in a bag inside the canister and no bag was installed. My dealer should have caught that. I checked the vacuum at my PDI and it seemed to work but I never took it apart.

Mine works great (it's no Dyson) but it works pretty well.

Jim

phranc
01-11-2006, 09:22 PM
Yes the BigHorn has the vac as an option,, Showed several people how it worked , then went to find out what was behind the little red door . I found out .. Now do you use a vacuum to clean the vacuum ? Does that create a hole in the universe ?? Well it all turned out OK, and I found the spare bags too.....

slaytop
01-11-2006, 11:39 PM
Jim,
My Dirt Devil vacuum seemed to be working fine at the PDI and my wife was using it to clean when we brought the trailer home. Then, it stopped running, as if it overheated. When I took off the "little red door" I discovered that none of the bags had been installed. They were sitting inside the unit. The only thing keeping the dirt contained in the housing was the foam protecting the motor. I was surprised that the dealer didn't prepare it for use or warn us that it needed preparation.
It works well and is a very convenient option.
Larry

jpmorgan37
01-28-2006, 04:47 PM
Does the Dirt Devil central vac have a power head (beater bar) or is it just a vacuum. My bride is curious about it's ability to pick up dog hair.
Thanks

timk
01-28-2006, 07:28 PM
Does the Dirt Devil central vac have a power head (beater bar) or is it just a vacuum. My bride is curious about it's ability to pick up dog hair.
Thanks

Yes it does. But its not to hard to bog it down. But it works pretty good on our dogs hair.
TimK

Cooper
01-28-2006, 09:40 PM
I have a 2006 Golden Gate which has the Dirt Devil vac. It is not a real good system. It will not pick up cat hair or a string on the carpet it is very weak. I am looking to replace it with another system. Unless the factory can come up with a solution.

Cooper
01-28-2006, 09:43 PM
I will check the bag out on my vac Sunday and get back with you.

Ken Washington
01-28-2006, 09:52 PM
Cooper,
Be ready for a mess when you open the red cover of your vac. Our dealer did not take the time to install the bag for us so ours over heated and cut itself off. You will find extra bags and parts packed inside. Ours worked real good after we got all that stuff out and installed the bag.:D

cdbMidland
02-01-2006, 12:08 AM
We had the plastic swivel unit that is mounted on the floor (where one would sweep dirt toward to have it picked up) break. I removed the two screws, hoping to see if the piece could be screwed back together and cannot get the plastic housing to move out. Gosh, do I have to remove the steps to get at it?

I will take it to the dealer on our return back to Michigan, but that won't be until April.

Anyone have any ideas?

mike
02-01-2006, 05:19 PM
cdbMidland,

I just had the same thing happen on our 3655RD and buddy step on it, was not able to get the unit out but was able to supper glue the little plastic peice/pin back to the housing, works fine for now until I can get it in...

Mike

phranc
02-01-2006, 08:05 PM
Mike and Chuck.. We did the same thing or at least some one did ,that is step on the plastic dust pan and it broke . I got the kit from the dirt devil factory and the attempted a repair After taking out the 2 retaining screwsI found I could not pull enough hose out to get to the clamp that holde the suction hose to the dustpan. I then tried the epoxy routine and that failed.
. Next step was to leave in the hand s of the dealer .Who went in through the basement .I noticed that some of the felted basement side panels had been removed and replaced to gain access.. Dealer said it took an hour and half to fix.

Tom of Ypsi
02-01-2006, 09:03 PM
Chuck, On your travels around Fl why not see if Heartland will let you stop at an authorized dealer and have it repaired. While they are repairing your unit you my be able to take in some extra sights that you might not have planned on. Just a thought.

BTW you are not missing much here in Mi. It is suppose to get colder by the end of this week, just in time for Super Bowl. Still no snow with none expected except flurries at best.

cdbMidland
02-01-2006, 09:59 PM
Thanks, all, for the help. I guess I'll try the superglue idea first. Don't want to tie up valuable travel time in a repair shop. Can take the unit into General when I get back to Michigan.

Seems like Dirt Devil should figure a better way for this like a slight recession. Floors are to walk on.

jpmorgan37
02-02-2006, 05:19 PM
Thanks for all the input. I will for sure be careful how I step and also check to make sure that the bag is installed and the rest of the stuff is out of the bag compartment. I sure hope that it's worth the money. We've had central vac's in two houses and loved them. Now we will see about having one in our "new home".

Cooper
02-06-2006, 10:20 AM
I looked at my vac bag and it was not installed properly. Hopefully that will solve my problems

mike
02-13-2006, 08:34 PM
Well, I am in agreemet that Heartland should find a better place or recess it back into the step a bit. I have super glued it about 5 times now seams like everybody wants to step right on top of it.. Just ordered a new peice this week and will try a new for a while.


Mike

rayw796
07-08-2007, 10:08 PM
Thanks to the posts here, I checked my vaccuum before trying to use it. I removed the bag of bags and placed a bag over the opening. I haven't used it much as it still doesn't seem to have much suction. Inserting the hose and holding your hand over the hose opening doesn't show any suction.

I wiill try it further and check the basement to see if a hose is broken or cut.

jbeletti
07-08-2007, 10:18 PM
Ray,

Sounds like something is amiss on the vac for sure. That thing really sucks when it is working correctly. Not sure if Heartland has a vac outlet in the storage area but if yours has one, try that one for suction. At least it will help narrow it down for you.

Happy to hear that you read it here first on checking the vac canister "before" using it the first time. Not sure if you read my story but I actually used mine and it worked very well, with the bag of bags plus extra parts in the canister. Had a mess to clean up but nothing broke or burned out.

Still love the Dirt Devil.

Happy camping.

Jim

katkens
07-09-2007, 07:21 AM
We have the Eureka model in ours and it really does a good job,it was one of the few options I let the DW order.:p I use it to clean the storage area , seems those little blades of grass just jump in there. I would say theres a leak in system somewhere ,maybe the outlet in storage area not closing or inside where the hose attach to outlet. Good Luck! Hope something simple.------Ken

rayw796
07-14-2007, 07:56 PM
I got in the basement today and checked the hose for the inside hose port. It was not on the outlet fully. I pushed it down further and it works fine now.

Everyone should watch, though. It does not seem to have any kind of retainer, just pushes over a nipple. Not very secure. If you do anything in the basement on inside of bulk head you should check that you haven't pulled it off.

Ray

kognito
07-15-2007, 05:14 PM
I got in the basement today and checked the hose for the inside hose port. It was not on the outlet fully. I pushed it down further and it works fine now.

Everyone should watch, though. It does not seem to have any kind of retainer, just pushes over a nipple. Not very secure. If you do anything in the basement on inside of bulk head you should check that you haven't pulled it off.

Ray

We found this problem with the dirt devil in our Excel. Has worked great since fixing the connection.

Joy & Jeff
09-19-2011, 01:29 PM
We have the Dirt Devil in our 2012 BigHorn and so far it's great. My only complaint is that we travel with Fluffy the Boxer and really need a power head attachment to get the hair up. Any suggestions as to a brand that might work?

katkens-DW
09-19-2011, 02:06 PM
We went to a vacuum shop and got two brush heads one for the truck seats and one for the carpet that run off air and it works real good on the dog hair...

JohnDar
09-19-2011, 02:08 PM
We have the Dirt Devil in our 2012 BigHorn and so far it's great. My only complaint is that we travel with Fluffy the Boxer and really need a power head attachment to get the hair up. Any suggestions as to a brand that might work?

Our's was dealer installed (Dirt Devil) and came with a Rug Rat power head. Gets the cat hair up. It looks something like this and is powered by the suction of the vacuum. I tried looking at Dirt Devil's parts online, but get an error on their website. Our central vac at home came with one of these, as well. We also have a large turbo head for home that would be a bit large for most carpeted areas in the BH.

http://www.vacuumstore.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=VAC-STORE&Product_Code=6970&Category_Code=CV-Accessories

http://www.vacuumstore.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=VAC-STORE&Product_Code=8695blk&Category_Code=CV-Accessories

Westwind
09-19-2011, 02:19 PM
We also have a DirtDevil in our new Bighorn, one of those vacuum heads would work well. It has very good suction and did a good job of cleaning up our fifthwheel after we got it home. After trying it my bride decided that I was desigated "In charge of Vaccum Cleaning", I keep getting more titles but no increase in pay! Thought I was retired. I like the fact that we can use it outside if we want to by plugging it into the outlet in the main storage compartment.

savin
12-13-2011, 12:37 PM
Do any of these have air filters (http://www.discountfilters.com/air-filters/) built in? Would a central vac be better? I'd love to hear your opinions.

Speedy
12-13-2011, 01:32 PM
Savin,

Like most central vac systems the dirtbag is the filter and since it is located in the basement of most models it should cut down on dust re-entering the inside of the coach. Our Yellor Jacket vac works great and I'm in the process of getting a beater head to help on the carpet.

HD2NV
04-15-2012, 06:35 PM
Just got our Brand New Road Warrior and the built in Dirt Devil will NOT shut off any help would be appreciated.

jimtoo
04-15-2012, 07:25 PM
Hi HD2NV,

Welcome to the Heartland Owners Forum and family. We have a great bunch of people here with lots of information and all willing to share their knowledge if needed.

I can't help with the Dirt Devil, except to say check the place where you plug the hose in inside. I think there is a switch in the connector that the hose turns on the vacuum. If no help there I would start turning breakers off or pull inside of pass through and find plug to unplug it. Hopefully someone that has a Dirt Devil will jump in soon to help out.

Enjoy the forum and your new Road Warrior.

Jim M

boatto5er
04-15-2012, 07:36 PM
Just got our Brand New Road Warrior and the built in Dirt Devil will NOT shut off any help would be appreciated.

Make sure the cover is pushed down all the way flush with the floor. One of the features is you can sweep dust/dirt up to it, lift the cover straight up just slightly and it will come on and suck up what you've swept in front of it.

sJv
04-15-2012, 07:39 PM
Just got our Brand New Road Warrior and the built in Dirt Devil will NOT shut off any help would be appreciated.

Our 300C had this issue recently, too. We had a lot of people in our trailer, and someone was sitting on the steps above the inside connection. He may have tapped it with his heel and it kicked on. I ended up turning it off with the breaker. I later pulled out the inside connection, disconnected one of the wires on the switch, and it still operated when I turned on the breaker. I did the same thing with the basement connection. I figured it was something with the vacuum itself, which is not easily accessible. After our last trip, I used the vacuum to clean the floor, using the breaker to turn it on. When I was done, I removed the hose and the vacuum stopped. So now it appear to be working ok. I'm a but stumped. It acts like something was amiss with the internal hose connection, but I thought I ruled that out.

So, try inserting the hose, and removing it. Also note that if you slide up the hose door, it will turn on the vacuum so you can sweep debris in to the small opening at the bottom. Maybe your door is in this position?

-steve

JohnDar
04-15-2012, 07:41 PM
Just above the hole for the hose to insert into is a black tab. Press it and see if the unit shuts off. That is the switch the cover has to press in to turn it off/on. We have the Dirt Devil in our rig and the port is the same as the central vac in our house.

HD2NV
04-24-2012, 07:29 PM
Thanks for the reply. We tried everything including using the breaker to turn vacuum off. Now the vacuum will not work at all.