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Old 05-12-2011, 09:52 PM   #1
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Splendide / Vesta - anyone using these?

Anyone have? use? this washer/dryer and or dishwasher?

Good? Bad?

NEW Splendide 2100XC (WD2100XC) washer-dryer

Westland Sales - VESTA Countertop/Built-In Dishwasher

trying to layout a fulltime floorplan

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Old 11-16-2011, 12:08 PM   #2
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Do a search for on line reviews. The Splendide washer/dryer usually gets poor ratings as it leaks and breaks down a lot, and parts are hard to get.

A while back I was curious about this too I have a 31' center bath trailer and was able to get some photos of a Splendide install in the closet of a similar trailer. If your trailer is also a center bath, let me know and I will post photos and details of the install.

Note I did not install one in my trailer. Just did a lot of research on how it would be done.

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Old 11-16-2011, 12:22 PM   #3
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Splendides are somewhat popular in larger motorhomes and 5ers. The cycle time is long and the load size is small. They seem to be most popular with couples and individuals, who find that they can keep up by running one load a day. They don't really have enough capacity for families.

Due to the amount of water used they aren't practical without full hookups. Most campgrounds that offer full hookups also have coin laundry.
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:11 PM   #4
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:14 PM   #5
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I just removed a Splendide washer/dryer today that wouldn't dry the clothes, and flooded the RV.
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:45 PM   #6
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Terry, you might be the one who sent me photos of the one you removed, as well as a description of how it was installed. To their credit, I'd say the previous owner did a decent job of installation. Their only fault was buying this machine.

Do these photos look familiar? First one has the machine removed from an aluminum platform that supported it over the wheel well in the closet. Second one shows the machine in place. I can describe in more detail about power, water, and drain connections if anyone is interested.

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Old 11-16-2011, 08:00 PM   #7
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Rebuttal!

Being a factory authorized repair and warranty center for Splendide, I can tell you that most of my motor home customers have them and don't have issues with them (and they number in the hundreds). One simple rule: DON'T EXPECT HOUSEHOLD PERFORMANCE FROM AN ALL-IN-ONE UNIT! This is where most of the complaints originate.

These are compact machines that do a good job of washing a small load. The dryer section (located in the same drum) is heated by a single 120VAC element and has much less drying capacity than a residential 240VAC dryer with a huge drum.

Many of my customers wash a full load and then separate it into 2 smaller loads for drying. This gets very acceptable results. As far as the leaking and breaking (parts are NOT hard to come by if you call the factory...they have all you want!) I simply have not seen this in my service calls (which are very few on these units, BTW).

Think what you want and listen to all of the crap on the web, but don't pass judgement and parrot what you get from a forum somewhere unless you have the actual experience to stand behind your opinion.
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:06 PM   #8
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Terry, you might be the one who sent me photos of the one you removed, as well as a description of how it was installed. To their credit, I'd say the previous owner did a decent job of installation. Their only fault was buying this machine.

Do these photos look familiar? First one has the machine removed from an aluminum platform that supported it over the wheel well in the closet. Second one shows the machine in place. I can describe in more detail about power, water, and drain connections if anyone is interested.

Christopher
No, it was in a class A bus.

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Being a factory authorized repair and warranty center for Splendide, I can tell you that most of my motor home customers have them and don't have issues with them (and they number in the hundreds). One simple rule: DON'T EXPECT HOUSEHOLD PERFORMANCE FROM AN ALL-IN-ONE UNIT! This is where most of the complaints originate.

These are compact machines that do a good job of washing a small load. The dryer section (located in the same drum) is heated by a single 120VAC element and has much less drying capacity than a residential 240VAC dryer with a huge drum.

Many of my customers wash a full load and then separate it into 2 smaller loads for drying. This gets very acceptable results. As far as the leaking and breaking (parts are NOT hard to come by if you call the factory...they have all you want!) I simply have not seen this in my service calls (which are very few on these units, BTW).

Think what you want and listen to all of the crap on the web, but don't pass judgement and parrot what you get from a forum somewhere unless you have the actual experience to stand behind your opinion.
I was asked to save the unit, if it is repairable. Like you stated, Lew, they're not household units. I don't know what was done to the one I pulled out, hopefully a checkout will show a single part or two that's bad. Filling itself to the point water is pouring out of the dryer vent tube outside the coach is a bad thing.
It looks like someone attempted repairs with a hammer before I got hold of it...
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Hiya- We have a Splendide Combo-Matic 6200 in our house's kitchen. It came out of a travel trailer, and was in the TT for at least 2 years.
We haven't had any problems with it, but ya gotta learn how to "work" with 'em... They certainly don't do well with oversized loads.

A couple of things that the previous owner stressed to us were... Keep the door seal clean, DON'T overload the machine, and leave the door laying open when the machine won't be in use for more than a day or so. The manual even says these same things, I guess that's why it's held up so far... The manual has been followed to the letter.

Years ago, we owned a side by side or stackable (whichever you wanted) set of Ariston appliances. THEY WORKED GREAT! I'm still on the lookout for the exact same models, which I can't find or remember the numbers on... I'd love to put a set of them in our Argosy 28 MH.
They sure were tiny, but the dryer had a huge capacity (for it's size), and I think the washer would take a 15 pound load.
The best part of it was, that the dryer only dried the clothes "enough"... because it would sense the humidity while running. We never had to iron anything, and nothing ever shrank.

If you have the room for two small units in your rig, I'd suggest going that route. I remember both the Ariston washer and the dryer only being like 4 feet wide, 2 feet deep and about 36" tall when they were side-by-side. THEY WORKED GREAT, and performed like "regular" residential units.

Either way though... I guess anything that gets bounced along for miles is eventually gonna have it's share of problems. Installing a washer or dryer in the smoothest-riding area of the rig you can think of would probably help out a lot... maybe amidships, near the galley.

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Old 11-15-2012, 11:17 PM   #10
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My wife reacts to detergent so using a campground laundry is off the table.

We are installing a washer & drier in our '69 Trade Wind where the third bed is
in the kitchen. They will be covered with a new counter top and cabinet.

The drier will be in the forward location so the vent will exit ahead of the wheel
opening. The washer will be directly over the axles.
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