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Posted: 03/28/21 12:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How desirable would a washer/dryer be in a truck camper that's going to be used fulltime?

Would it be worth it?
Meaning; reliable/reasonably low maintenance/actual washes clothes reasonably, etc.


I'm currently looking at the Host 'Mammoth' model truck camper which offers an over-under washer/dryer.

I plan on doing mostly boondocking/remote/primitive/off-the-grid camping (65%/35% ratio~).



Baseline of set up:
1) I'm single (meaning one person).
2) Truck will be Ford F-550 or F-600 4WD PS diesel.
3) Fulltime travel/touring of N. America from Idaho.
4) Will be Winter camping.
5) Will be traveling on mostly fire roads/back country roads/forest roads, etc.
6) Will only be returning to civilization to restock/replenish/or travel/change location.


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While I don't have one, I can say, it would be a great benefit assuming all else is workable.
Only concern would be the water consumption and gray holding tank capacity. I suspect that's been considered in the option and washing probably doesn't take much more water than a shower..
Sounds good to me.. curious to see what others say.. thanks for posting..


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You’ll need a generator. How much water does a load use? What’s your fresh water and gray water capacities? Water is issue when boondocking. Bunch easier than laundromats.


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In my humble opinion I would not consider a W/D

1- added weight to haul
2- severe shaking promotes breakage hence repairs needed
3- washing by hand in the sink is easy for one guy.
4- select non cotton easy dry fabrics for sheets and clothes.
5- use a smaller towel
5- more space to store your stuff in the camper

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If I was full timing in a TC, I would need to tow an enclosed support trailer for all the bulky/heavy stuff you don’t want in the truck or camper. That’s where I would put a small washer/dryer pair or a combo unit.

I just can’t see the need to have something like that IN the truck camper itself.

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We have a splendide combo which we use all the time and it is wonderful. Despite going down the road about 150000 miles, still running strong.

However................we have a 40' motorhome, and even in that, it takes up a lot of space, makes noise, uses electricity, uses fresh water, and fills the gray tank after about 3 washes.

May want to reconsider.


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There are portable countertop washers available, when drying in good weather is not s problem (about 20 minutes for airdry in Las Vegas).





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cooldavidt wrote:

In my humble opinion I would not consider a W/D

1- added weight to haul
2- severe shaking promotes breakage hence repairs needed
3- washing by hand in the sink is easy for one guy.
4- select non cotton easy dry fabrics for sheets and clothes.
5- use a smaller towel
5- more space to store your stuff in the camper


Ditto to the above.
Technical/quick dry travel clothing is easy and light weight to wash. Hand washing in a tub/bucket is easy. Hell, I've seen a guy do laundry in a heavy duty garbage bag, which is actually pretty smart and effective. If you're chasing the sunny climates, hanging to dry is easy. Or hang in your shower. Used bio soap and you can dump it outside and not fill your grey tank.
A friend does his in his apartment bath tub. Uses a drywall mud masher to agitate. (Looks like a jumbo potatoe masher)
W/D is a lot of space and weight for a single purpose, non-daily use machine.


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I think the idea behind the washer dryer in the Host was to use it while on Hookups. Using it for Boondocking doesn't make sense in my opinion.

If I was traveling lots of miles on highways and had the option to stay in RV parks from time to time on laundry day then perhaps. Even then, most RV parks have decent laundry facilities so what are you gaining.

Not to nitpick but are you certain a Host Cascade and an F550 or F600 are the right direction for you? The combined cost is approaching that of an earth roamer and they will be way better suited for OffRoad camping as you seem to anticipate. They might even be a bit shorter helping with tree clearance that an F600 and Cascade will cause. Plus, keep in mind that while the campers are aluminum framed, it doesn't mean that they are built to handle lots of OffRoad jostling all the time. F600s are designed for actual heavy use like delivery trucks or dump trucks. The suspension on it will be rock hard so the camper won't get much give going down rough roads.

That being said, if you do go with the F600 and Cascade, it would be the envy of many as it would be a heck of a nice setup.


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EYEMLOST wrote:

How desirable would a washer/dryer be in a truck camper that's going to be used fulltime?


6) Will only be returning to civilization to restock/replenish/or travel/change location.


Depends if you own enough underwear to accomplish #6 on your list, I suppose.


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