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Old 06-02-2015, 06:00 PM   #15
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Almost never run out of clean clothes.

The sink, shower, or a 5 gallon bucket in a pinch. ( Dr. Bonners Soap) I use lawn chairs as a clothes line. I guess some ritzy " resort " campgrounds might have laws against clothes lines, but they will have laundry facilities.

Because of the smell, I bring a designated set of clothes for campfires.

The town I live in has an ordinance against clotheslines
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Old 06-02-2015, 06:09 PM   #16
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The sink, or a 5 gallon bucket in a pinch. ( Dr. Bonners Soap) I use lawn chairs as a clothes line. I guess some ritzy " resort " campgrounds might have laws against clothes lines, but they will have laundry facilities.

The town I live in has an ordinance against clotheslines
Does it have an ordinance against blow-dryers? They'll dry clothes almost as easily as they dry hair. I use one sometimes for that purpose. Especially good for wet socks, since you can slip the top of the sock over the end of the dryer, turn on the dryer (low heat), and let the heated air blow through the cloth like a leaky balloon.
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When full timing with the ex we would sometimes run a cycle of washing machine cleaner without clothing with unknown machines. As hot as possible. Then do our washing. Didn't add a terrible amount of time or expense.

I find that the use of water softener in every load tends to help with unknown machines. And Tide HE liquid in a smaller amount than recommended.

At the park where I am at present the majority here are at work on refinery storage expansion. The park cleans the machines regularly. So I'd ask the management their maintenance on these machines.

That said I can usually find a new laundromat with the truly large front load washers. My experience is that these are the least used, and in best shape due to their expense.
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:58 PM   #18
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As for installing a washer and dryer, I've seen a couple of Class As and 5th-wheels that have them, but even for full-timers I don't think they'd be worth the expense— or the weight penalty— of carrying them around.

How many loads of laundry could I do in a laundromat for the price of installing my own washer and dryer in my Airstream? And if I had the room for a washer and dryer, how many spare sets of clothing could I carry in the same space instead?
The little all in one washers ARE SO SMALL, we gave up on ours and used the campground laundry, could get it all done at once.
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I like using local Landrymats. You meet the nicest people, sometimes. They are usually in better working condition than the machines in parks.
I also found if you go by the local wuashateria, there are some folks, usually ladies there, who are 'overseeing' the operation. They will charge you by 'weight' for doing the laundry for you. Turns out they usually know what they are doing.. I get clothes back neatly folded and if I ask, on hangers (I bring hangers to them).. I have even had some do 'ironing' for us...

I like the idea that I can give my wife and I a 'day off' from the chore... otherwise, we hit the Park washing facilities.
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When we were on the road for 5 weeks, we were happy with the Laundry Pod that we took along with us.
Interesting, a 6 1/2 lb washing machine. Not much weight penalty there and a little exercise too. Not bad at all.

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Hi, in most cases, I'm not impressed with camp ground laundries. Actually I don't care for most city laundries either. I know my machines at home work correctly, are clean, and have settings that Laundromat machines don't have. But I still have to use them and in some cases pay as high as $4.00 per wash and $4.00 per dry.

While camping in a friend's driveway, I found a great local Laundromat; They always have someone there, they are constantly cleaning the place and the machines, they will do the laundry for you, [for a price] they have free WIFI that is safe and fast, free coffee & a cookie, and several different sized machines. A big plus, is that you can wash your dog beds and dog towels there too; They only ask you to tell them what machine you used for dog stuff and they sanitize it when you're done. When you travel with a little dog [Dusty] for more than one week, he will need a bath. And after his bath, you need to wash his bed cover and bath towels. Most Laundromats have signs stating "No washing of Pet items" You have to wash them somewhere; I accidently on purpose don't read the signs in the laundry rooms. [this is our little secret]
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Hi, in most cases, I'm not impressed with camp ground laundries. Actually I don't care for most city laundries either. I know my machines at home work correctly, are clean, and have settings that Laundromat machines don't have. But I still have to use them and in some cases pay as high as $4.00 per wash and $4.00 per dry.

While camping in a friend's driveway, I found a great local Laundromat; They always have someone there, they are constantly cleaning the place and the machines, they will do the laundry for you, [for a price] they have free WIFI that is safe and fast, free coffee & a cookie, and several different sized machines. A big plus, is that you can wash your dog beds and dog towels there too; They only ask you to tell them what machine you used for dog stuff and they sanitize it when you're done. When you travel with a little dog [Dusty] for more than one week, he will need a bath. And after his bath, you need to wash his bed cover and bath towels. Most Laundromats have signs stating "No washing of Pet items" You have to wash them somewhere; I accidently on purpose don't read the signs in the laundry rooms. [this is our little secret]
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When full timing with the ex we would sometimes run a cycle of washing machine cleaner without clothing with unknown machines. As hot as possible. Then do our washing. Didn't add a terrible amount of time or expense.
Now that's a great 'tip of the day'. I've never liked laundromats but we like the campground facilities even less. Well run laundromats are tolerable and we can usually find a restaurant nearby and have a quick lunch between loads.
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Does it have an ordinance against blow-dryers? They'll dry clothes almost as easily as they dry hair. I use one sometimes for that purpose. Especially good for wet socks, since you can slip the top of the sock over the end of the dryer, turn on the dryer (low heat), and let the heated air blow through the cloth like a leaky balloon.
Ya know, Protagonist, if the Ruskies or anyone else invades us, like in Red Dawn, and a bunch of people go up into to mountains to survive, I want to go with your tribe. There are those people in life (McGivers for lack of a better word) than can do almost anything with anything. I figure you're going to be the mayor of one of those tribes and I'd like to tag along. I'm fairly handy and I can bring my father in law. He can kill and dress game, and I bet he could probably cook a boot and make it taste like Yankee pot roast. He's a very talented man. I figure we'll be living better than most, maybe even the invaders.

We'll have to step up that 5 gallon bucket washing machine, though. I figure a 30 gallon drum at the very least.
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I'd get the longer handle except most of the time I use the lobster bowl sink. And yes I do use a bleach based cleanser on the sink afterwards.

A couple of wraps with teflon tape keeps the handle from unscrewing so easily.

This is MUCH better than a plunger or potato masher. And for a "dryer" hang the wet clothing in the shower, let it drain til it stops dripping, then put a small tilting fan on the shower floor, and set it on high (with the shower vent open and the fan running.) Don't use any kind of heated fan IN the shower, on drop of water and Zap! I've thought about using the Dyson hot-cold in the hallway, but my regular $10 plastic fan works fine and puts out so much breeze that even if the clothing was dripping it would blow the drops aside.

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When we were on the road for 5 weeks, we were happy with the Laundry Pod that we took along with us.
This is a pretty cool little item.

Doesn't take up much space, sounds like it spins clothes pretty dry, as well. I wouldn't want one of those that requires you hand-wring clothing, because then you have all those wrinkles.

Would work for all but the heaviest things, and would be a way to keep up with laundry as you go.

One of the things I despise are mountains of dirty laundry. I just hate it....the look of it, and the smell, of fermenting clothing...especially that sweaty, summer clothing.

In the Interstate, a full week's worth of laundry, in the bag, can take up half the floor space in the wet bath.

I'm seriously intrigued. Would still need to get into a laundry, for bedding and other large and/or heavy items, but it would certainly lessen the laundromat burden, and make extended stays at places that had no laundry facilities much easier.

For much of my children's lives, I had a stackable washer/dryer....the washer the kind you pulled up to the sink, attached intake and drain hoses at the sink, and manually managed the wash and rinse cycle. They were from Sears, and worked great. I did diapers (yes, cloth diapers), sheets, towels, everything. No running to the laundromat with two small children in tow.

Personally....I am much more put off by a laundromat that is dirty and whose change machines are empty than concerned by what may have run thru it last.

I always take a good look inside the machines for anything that could end up on my clothes, but this has rarely happened.

If the washers look clean, others are in there doing laundry, and I have my usual stash of quarters.....I go in and do my laundry up just like the rest of the common folk.

I could count on one hand the number of problems I have had with commercial laundromats.


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Ya know, Protagonist, if the Ruskies or anyone else invades us, like in Red Dawn, and a bunch of people go up into to mountains to survive, I want to go with your tribe. There are those people in life (McGivers for lack of a better word) than can do almost anything with anything. I figure you're going to be the mayor of one of those tribes and I'd like to tag along. I'm fairly handy and I can bring my father in law. He can kill and dress game, and I bet he could probably cook a boot and make it taste like Yankee pot roast. He's a very talented man. I figure we'll be living better than most, maybe even the invaders.
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