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EMD360

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Posted: 10/31/21 09:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I happen to have a small dryer that I bought thinking I might take it along on a longer trip someday. It will fit in the basement area under the bed. It’s about 16” x 20” x 30” I’d have to put it on a riser to have the front opening clear the bottom of the door but it would still fit.
I had planned to hand wash clothes and then use the dryer. But I’ve been wondering if I should consider a small washer too. I think it would have to be a front load machine.
The RV is too small to fit one of those portable washers inside. It could ride in the shower I guess if it wasn’t too heavy but the shower door is small and it would be awkward I think. I’ve thought of putting a small one in the closet but the door is only 15.5 inches wide. If there is room in the huge basement I probably would need a blue boy to drain the water into. I saw a used front load machine about 22 x 24 x 33.
Has anyone tried this in a small RV?


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I would go with a washer over a dryer.
- Dryers take a ton of power and it's usually viable to hang things up to dry (inside if you are somewhere hanging outside is unacceptable)
- Hand washing is time consuming and a lot of effort...and we've never had great luck with it actually getting things really clean.

In the RV, we usually use a laundromat as we can do multiple loads at the same time. Overseas, we often rent apartments that have just a washer but no dryer.


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I realized the used small machine would not fit anywhere. I would have to cut out the bed platform to get it in the basement. But I have been researching on Camping World and Amazon. These twin tub washer/spin dryers would fit in the closet sideways. Most are gravity drain but this one has a pump. Can only spin half a load at a time but the fast spin removes much of the water.
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Washer capacity for all of these is about 8 lbs. comments say they handle queen sheet sets or a couple of pairs of jeans.
I may ask for one for Christmas.

* The twin tubs are too wide for the closet. It is only 20” deep and the narrowest is about 22” wide.

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If I’m going to wash by hand I think I’d just use a plastic tub and one of those cheap agitators. I think I’ll do most of this laundry with hookups but no laundry facility. Would have to drive to a laundromat.

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I personally don't think it's a great use of the limited space in an RV to carry laundry machinery around. I know others here wouldn't consider an RV without a washer and dryer, and that's fine too; different strokes for different folks and all that.

If you're traveling around, it's not that big of a deal to stop at a laundromat while en route between destinations. It's often even possible to time it up with lunch or something else where you'd be stopping anyhow. If you're going to be staying in one campground for weeks at a time and said campground does not have laundry facilities--and especially if you don't have a toad or similar local transportation readily available--then getting to a laundromat is a bit more troublesome. However, in my fairly limited experience, a substantial portion of campgrounds which feature full hookup sites also have coin laundry facilities available on-site.





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While traveling , if you need to wash a small amount of clothes, place them in a HD contractor bag with soap, place inside the shower. Let it agitate while you bounce down the road.
We have a sport-brella that has a reflective foil type liner , we set it up next to the campfire. The large umbrella spokes allow us to hang clothes to dry.

It fits two chairs to keep wind and cold off your back while sitting at the campfire. Raises the temp too. Its cozy on cool nights.

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Yeah that’s my situation. No toad a few weeks in a small park and no laundry at the park. It’s by public transportation and could take laundry I guess. It’s AZ so we might not even need a dryer. I spent hours in researching portable machines. Could put a full portable washer like the Magic Chef with normal rinse and spin in the basement. I see one for sale used. Can put a 15”x15”x 28” in the closet. Would have to protect from water damage. There are only one or two machines that size. Of course there are smaller ones too but my husband wears jeans so I need something big enough to wash them. New this would also be about $100. But they have a small spinner basket that has to be used after the wash and it has to be manually filled with no auto shut off and then refilled for a rinse then removed wet and spun dry a small amount at a time. Seems like a lot of time consuming work.

* Now we are thinking of renting a small economy car!

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EMD360 wrote:

Yeah that’s my situation. No toad a few weeks in a small park and no laundry at the park. It’s by public transportation and could take laundry I guess. It’s AZ so we might not even need a dryer. I spent hours in researching portable machines. Could put a full portable washer like the Magic Chef with normal rinse and spin in the basement. I see one for sale used. Can put a 15”x15”x 28” in the closet. Would have to protect from water damage. There are only one or two machines that size. Of course there are smaller ones too but my husband wears jeans so I need something big enough to wash them. New this would also be about $100. But they have a small spinner basket that has to be used after the wash and it has to be manually filled with no auto shut off and then refilled for a rinse then removed wet and spun dry a small amount at a time. Seems like a lot of time consuming work.


Way more time consuming than driving a very maneuverable RV to the laundromat once after a week or 2. Unless the laundromat is like 150 miles away or something.


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Rent a car. Pick economy for cheapest rate . They will give you whatever they have and its usually an upgrade from economy at no extra charge to you.

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