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Posted: 08/08/12 04:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nope. Takes up too much of needed cabinet space in an RV.
Washer is so small and dryer takes forever to dry.
If you wear jeans forget it.

I HATE public laundromats, won't go in them. But when I hit the road and found that the laundromats in CG's are so nice and clean and steps away from your site....the next RV I bought I PASSED on the washer/dryer.


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I have a Splendide combo unit. I am a weekend camper and honestly don't really need it. I purchased unit on Craigslist at a bargain price.
Having a washer dryer is a nice option but certainly not necessary for us weekender's.
I have not had to winterize yet but the instructions seem pretty simple


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We like the extra space where the W/D would go.

All the parks we go to have laundry rooms.

It does not cost very much to do laundry, so it will take many years to add up to a new W/D set.


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As said...small loads, and takes forever to dry. Worthless with 4 people in the family. Drying jeans is an all day affair, so is drying any winter clothes. Need full hookups to use.

Air winterizing was a total failure. Had to replace parts after the first winter. Takes a TON of RV anti-freeze to winterize it.

We pulled ours our and sold them.





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We too had it installed as factory option. We however preselected WhirlPool. Very happy with their performance. Fast cycles and quick drying.

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motorcycle jack wrote:

Fir us full timers it's a must. We have the separate side by side units in our 5th wheel. Don;t have to waste time going to a laundromat or the CG facilities. Winterizing? What's that?


Well put. For a fulltimer a must. We use our Splendide combo EVERY SINGLE DAY, Handy as heck.


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It takes an additional 1/2 gallon of RV anti-freeze to winterize the washer. You simply start the quickest cycle and the anti-freeze is pulled into the lines and thru the washer. No problem, just follow manufacturers directions.
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NorthernLimits wrote:

As said...small loads, and takes forever to dry. Worthless with 4 people in the family. Drying jeans is an all day affair, so is drying any winter clothes. Need full hookups to use.

Air winterizing was a total failure. Had to replace parts after the first winter. Takes a TON of RV anti-freeze to winterize it.

We pulled ours our and sold them.

I imagine air winterizing would never work. You cannot blow water out of a washing machine. I can't imagine it would take anymore than a gallon of anti freeze top winerrize. Its a simple matter of running anti freeze throuigh the lines and pouring alittle in the drum.

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we installed a combomatic 10 yrs ago. it is slow but well worth it to us. we put the clothes to washing and go for the day. when we come back they are dry or almost dry.
to winterize, i blew out the lines, pulled the filter screen and drained any additional water from the washer. (replaced the filter) then i pumped antifreeze with the washer on comb hot and cold fill. don't remember how i knew it was thru, believe i could hear it. final step was to pour abt a qt in the washing machine and use the pump out cycle to make sure it got in the pump and discharge hose.

i wish they had one that u could run on gas or electric (heater). would also like drys until the moisture content is low (like a home unit).

mine is not vented and it does the job but i would recommend vented.

sense there are only two of us, it doesn't cramp our storage. i still hang my clothes above the washing machine.

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Hi,

Having laundry facilities on board is definitely a big plus
for us, and the separate washer and 240V dryer a big
improvement over the combo unit. However, it should be
based on considerations you have seen expressed here.
We travel a lot, so we have a lot of laundry to do, and
laundromats are not always convenient. Frequent use of them
can be very expensive. For us, we have more storage space
than we could ever use, so that's not an issue. I'd bet
the majority of people who have them would not be without them.


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