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Old 05-24-2012, 02:42 AM   #1
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Dirty Laundry

I was wondering where you put your dirty clothes in your trailer. I wish I could have some sort of laundry shoot.
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:29 AM   #2
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We use suction cups on the shower wall and hang a mesh bag. When we shower it comes out, the hooks stay in place. Easy, out of site, breathes, etc.
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:55 AM   #3
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Our 77 and 89 have a hamper built in. I do not use them because they do not breath and you have to transfer cloths to a bag anyway to take them to the Laundromat. We have a collapsible clothes bag ( only cost $1) that sits in the shower until we go. less work and handling that way.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:22 AM   #4
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Mesh bags work well, stored in the bathroom. We found one that is a duffle bag, and will hold a weeks worth of laundry.

The worst thing about dirty clothes is their tendency to ferment. . When we are traveling, I do a couple of loads every 5-6 days if I can.

I remember my parents with their big Winnebago, and my mother had a 5 gallon container with lid that she would put a few things in with water and a bit of detergent. The motion of the RV provided agitation to clean, then she would rinse and hang them out when she stopped.


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Old 05-24-2012, 06:34 AM   #5
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Found a mesh laundry basket with spring steel frame at Walmart. Fits inside the wardrobe closet on the floor, folds flat for storage, easy to carry the clothes to the laundromat in it.

Of course, keeping the laundry basket in the wardrobe closet with the clean clothes also means I need to keep an air freshener inside the closet, but such is life.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:57 AM   #6
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We re-did our wardrobe, and basically built shelves in it rather than the hanging clothes. When I built it, I made one of the shelves much larger than the rest, to accommodate a large plastic tub/bin with a lid....here's a photo of it "in process", but you can get the idea:

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Old 05-24-2012, 08:07 AM   #7
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Shelves are so much more space-efficient.

Nice job!


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Old 05-24-2012, 08:13 AM   #8
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Laundry Woes too...

We are full-timing with our 3 kids so we generate lots of dirty, stinky laundry.
We opted for 3 tall, slender, and breathable plastic hamper type things.
I found them at Wally World for around $6. In our 34' Excella, there is a little alcove in the cedar closet where they fit perfectly. We use 3; one for whites, one for colors, and the third for other stuff!
They work well, are symetrical, and nothing needs to be transferred to another container. Each hamper is a good sized machine load. When the hamper is full, its time do do a load!
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:52 AM   #9
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Being new to this RVing lark, on our two week trip last year we simply used a plastic tote for laundry and kept it in the tow vehicle. In a very short space of time the tote became known as 'The Stinky Box'. Lesson learned and it's a mesh bag kept in the shower now!
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:36 PM   #10
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I use a big plastic tote and mesh bag for smalls to keep in the truck. The bed has a topper and I use plastic totes to store quite a few things as a "fulltimer" (worker) that slide around like a Rubiks Cube to access. All laundry items (soap, etc) are in the bottom of the tote. This keeps yet more cleaning chemicals out of the living area (same for vehicle specific ones).

Folding rocking chair and a book (with book light depending on time of day) to be comfortable at the RV park laundromat make it a fairly quick hour. Just have to remember quarters and something to drink.

As with shoes, "dirty" clothes come off inside the doorway on the walk-off mat so the rest of the trailer stays clean-er. I use "house clothes" just as I use "house shoes" in the same way for all other activities. When camping it is the smoke-infused clothes, the I-prepped-dinner-in-this-shirt smell, etc, that can quickly overwhelm the trailer, so this habit is easy to use always.

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Old 05-25-2012, 12:53 AM   #11
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Thank you for all the insight. My laundry seems to end up in the shower, too. I like the idea of shelves in the closet. I love the idea of washing the clothes while traveling,
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:41 AM   #12
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We have a huge (for an RV) closet across the hallway from our bathroom, and just put a large laundry basket on the floor in there.

The closet floor is a thin lift-up panel and that is where you access the water pump. I've put a wooden brace under there to give extra support to the closet floor since on week long trips that basket can get piled up and heavy.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:39 AM   #13
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Re Maggie's note above: in John Steinbeck's "Travels with Charlie" he describes doing his laundry on the road in a plastic bucket hung from bungees in his cabover camper. Never tried it, but sounds cool! (Also a really fun read...)
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This is how we traveled on the mc. One pair of underwear, socks and tee shirt. Blue jeans. After several days when everything was totally filthy, we bought new. Jeans lasted the whole trip if less than two weeks. This is not the way to do it with the AS if you want friends when you camp. That was a long time ago in a universe far, far away. Jim
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