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Dyson…A Vacuum That Really Sucks For RVers

First off, I want to state this upfront. This is not a paid advertisement. We truly love this product and have loved this company for years. We felt we needed to air our love out in the open about this product. Any opinions we really did come up with on our own and are in no way influenced by any of our cats and there reactions to said product, which is usually a “Run For Your Life” scenario. Except for BK. He is still one cool cat no matter what we throw at him.

And before some of you start sending us comments about throwing things at our cats rest assured, we would never do that. (Little spongy balls excluded.) That’s merely a figure of speech. That being said, we can proceed with the blog post I know you all are dying to read.

OK….So we all know space is limited in a motor home. I don’t care what size your rig is; you don’t have a lot of room for something like a vacuum. We all need one though.

Short of creating a time-share for a vacuum cleaner because let’s face it, that would be ridiculous, this is a great solution.

But first, before we awe you with our discovery, which I’m sure some of you may have already discovered, here’s a little history of our Dyson love.

Yes, I said love.

When we had a sticks and brick house, we had a large Dyson Animal vacuum.

Dyson Animal Vacuum

Dyson Animal Vacuum



We loved it. Boy could that thing suck up anything! It never clogged. Was easy to empty and clean. Had easy to use attachments and had a rotating brush head, which helped pick up every last cat and/or dog hair.


When we bought our first motor home we hated having to give up our large Dyson. But really, in a motor home, who really needs something that big? And where would it be stored?





Dyson DC24 Ball Vacuum

Dyson DC24 Ball Vacuum

After some research we were lucky enough to find a smaller version Dyson with a telescoping handle. The Dyson DC24 Ball Vacuum. It is hard to tell from the picture but trust me; this was a much smaller unit.

This worked just as wonderfully as our other Dyson did. However, we were still not happy about a couple things.

1: It was larger than we wanted for storage. Therefore it was a pain in the butt to get it in and out of where it was stored (in a closet amongst all our cloths) just to vacuum a small space and put it all back.

2: It had a cord and even though a motor home is pretty compact, we did have to move the power cord a couple times to maximize our reach. And let’s face it, in this wireless world, who really needs cords anymore?

3: We had a separate hand held vac for those smaller jobs that getting the bigger vacuum out was a pain. So essentially we had two vacuums.

Don’t get us wrong. The Dyson DC24 was a great vacuum. It still worked wonders on the dog and cat hair. And let’s not forget all that dirt, sand and debris we all carry into our rigs. We felt it cleaned really well and still was easy to empty and clean. It was just more bulky than we wanted to deal with.

Now Dyson has solved our problems with their stick Motorhead vacuums. I know stick vacuums have been out for a long time. However, they really have not worked all that well in our opinion. Especially when you’re talking about pet hair. They rarely, if at all, had a rotating brush head and they certainly did not have the suction or the ease of use/emptying of a Dyson.

The new Motorhead Vacuum line from Dyson however is Awesome! And I apologize to everyone in advance because once you own one of these; you will find yourself vacuuming ALL THE TIME (Or not, you will see later if you get through the video.) It’s so easy and quick. Lightweight and yes, even fun.

Yup, I went there. It brings the fun back to vacuuming.

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum


I’ve been keeping my eye on these for a little while. They’re a few different models to choose from. Some with a Hepa filter, others without, etc. What I found out is that Dyson rarely, if at all, goes on sale. Kinda like Apple and their products. So we researched which particular one that was best for our situation and we got our new Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum for Christmas.



And let me tell you…


This thing really sucks!


But in a good way. *wink *wink

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum


First off, it is super compact.

So there’s my first issue solved.


It comes with it’s own hanging rack which is also the charging station. Great as this does not take up any precious closet space nor floor space for storage. You do however need to mount this somewhere where it can reach a plug.

The attachments are easily stored on the charging station. So no need to find a place to store those. You can see from the pictures that it is really compact. It fits nicely behind all the clothes on the rack so it really is unobtrusive.


Being cordless is awesome! I can take it anywhere I like.

Outside to the basement area.

The car for a quick clean out.

Easily vacuum the steps coming into the rig.


So there’s my second issue solved.


Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum, Model Not Included

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum, Model Not Included

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum









Living with three cats we find it easiest to keep the mini motorized head attached, as that is the one we tend to use most often, for those quick cleanup jobs. Essentially turning it into a great hand held vac with a motorized brush head.

And that’s my third and final issue solved.

Check! Check!

It’s really lightweight for all you people out there that have difficulty pushing a regular vacuum. It has a trigger grip for easy on and off. That means every time you let the trigger go, the vacuum turns off, thus saving you battery time. The battery lasts about 24 minutes on regular speed, less on super max but still sufficient. It doesn’t nearly take that long to vacuum a motor home so I’ve never run out of battery while vacuuming. It also easily transitions from tile to carpeting. No need for a different attachment.

Speaking of super max mode, for those times that you have something really ground in and you need a little (or a lot) of extra power, just push the super max mode and this will increase your suction.

BK Not Caring About The Vacuum Disturbing His Sleep

BK Not Caring About The Vacuum Disturbing His Sleep



Be careful with small animals or children in the area though. This thing really sucks. As you can see, BK could care less about the vacuum and it’s many great qualities.

Come on! You know I had to throw in a BK picture. He loves his fans!




OK…So I lied to you all earlier. I do have one, ok two, complaints, one of which is not really a complaint so much as a, “Really? That’s weird” observation. This unit comes with the long stick vacuum, a crevice tool, the smaller hand held motorhead tool and another attachment that has a lint brush material on it for furniture. So basically 4 attachments. My complaint/observation is that the storage/charging station only holds the unit (with one attachment on it) and two additional attachments, three in total. So there is one attachment that you do have to put in a drawer or somewhere. I thought that was weird. I solved that easily by just not ever using that one attachment. See, easy. The other, cost.  They are NOT CHEAP. But you pay for what you get in this case IMHO.

There are so many more features that I have not even touched upon. You can read all about them here.

We’ve been using this Dyson DC59 Motorhead vacuum for a few months now, giving it a really good break in period and I can truly and honestly say, we do love this vacuum (yes I said love again). We feel so strongly about this that we had to make a video about it and of course, we had to throw our own spin on it. We would not be doing our readers any service if we just did a regular old boring blog post and review now would we?

So without further adieu…

28 thoughts on “Dyson…A Vacuum That Really Sucks For RVers

  1. Jim Gordon

    We’ve had one of the portable, rechargeable Dysons for about 6 months. We actually bought it for our new port home in Mission, TX. We are really happy with it, The only drawback is it only goes for about 20-25 minutes before the battery is drained and needs a full recharge which takes something like 9 hours. Still, when your house or RV both have a small footprint (sq. footage wise), 25 minutes is a ton of time.

    1. Brenda.B Post author

      Why yes Jim, we did know that. However the “central” vac that comes installed in the Tiffin and other coaches does not have a powered brush head and does not have the ease of use nor the suction of the Dyson. Plus, who wants to store that gigantic hose and all the attachments that come with it? Not us. This Dyson is much much smaller and much more powerful.

  2. John Ogburn

    David: We also travel with our Beagle family member and like you, have really fallen in love with the DC59 for the great job it does!

  3. Keith

    After that review I may have to reconsider this. We have our full size Dyson and didn’t get the cordless one because we didn’t think it would be enough. The cordless would fit perfectly in the closet and with it easy to reach I could vacuum more frequently.

  4. David Mason

    How did you mount the Dyson to your closet’s back wall? I would be very worried about drilling the mount’s pilot holes for the mounting screws due to my belief that the closet’s back wall is a part of the coach’s back cap. How did you do it?

  5. 1technobody1

    I have a DC24 ball vacuum at work they bought it thinking it was the best thing since sliced . Truth be told, it’s a piece of crap. It’s plugged twice in a month, it pushes lint ball rather than suck it up.
    I don’t think it’s any better than a $100 dirt devil/

    1. David.B

      Sorry to read that. We, and others as you see, have really not had the same experience. We actually still have the other one also but will likely find a home for it. The 59 has been great for us.

  6. Joe Knebel

    The battery is the weak link with this vac. Sooner, rather than later, the battery charge will get weaker, and weaker, until it doesn’t hold a charge. The battery is expensive. This issue is not exclusive to Dyson, all battery operated devices eventually need new, expensive, batteries.
    A good, AC powered unit is the Dyson DC39. No batteries required. It has a telescoping handle, powered brush head, several attachments, retracting cord, and a very compact design.
    I removed the “central” vac on my Tiffin Phaeton to get better storage options, and I use the DC39 exclusively. It fits in the closet nicely. I’m very happy with this unit, and recommend it.

  7. Dave Potter

    Hi – Enjoyed the video, and have a question. At about 1:10 in the video, I see a very nice custom entry way floor mat, and I’d like one for our 2012 Allegro Bus. Where did you buy that and the matching entry step covers for yours?


    1. David.B

      Hi….That would be from Trevor Nichols in Red Bay. (662) 279-4461 (Cell) If you reach out, please let him know we, David and Brenda Bott, referred you.

    2. Joyce Jensen

      We just the video and saw the mat too and wondered how they got it. We just bought a 2017 45′ Allegro Bus and would be very interested in getting one made. Great idea!

      1. Brenda.B Post author

        Hi Joyce. The mat is made by a gentleman in Red Bay, AL where Tiffin is. His name is Trevor Nichols and here’s his number (662) 279-4461. He does custom mats, as well as other things, for the Tiffin coaches. We highly recommend him.

      2. Racklefratz

        The Botts replied to my question, as they did to yours, and recommended Trevor Nichols in Red Bay. I searched the web for a business web site for Mr Nichols’ business, and found none. I tlhen called him to place my order, and was shocked when he told me to send him a text message specifying the year and model of my coach, and my name and address. He further stipulated that he’d make the mats and send them to me, and I could then send him a check for payment. What???? I found the experience bizarre, to say the least. A week or so later, I sent Mr Nichols a text message inquiring whether he received my order – I had received no confirmation from him – and heard nothing back. Subsequently, I sent him another text message canceling the “order”. Who does business this way, in this day and age of internet sales? A text message? C’mon. This may or may not be what others have experienced doing business with “Trevor Nichols”, but it is exactly what I experienced. Again, just bizarre.

        I now have custom entry and steps rugs/mats made for our coach by WadeRV in Florida, and they’re exactly what I wanted to begin with. Caveat Emptor with Trevor Nichols.

        1. David.B

          Does seem weird. I do know he keeps very busy with people right there in Red Bay, but no excuse. However, still recommend him as this entrance way carpet has been great. When I needed to replace some of the inside step covers, I called him and he sent them right out. If going through Red Bay, surely look him up and I would guess he can get it done.

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