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Old 09-07-2003, 03:13 AM   #1
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Washer/Dryer

Hello friends!

Any of you full timers installed a W/D in your A/S?
How did you did it? hows it working? etc...
I have '80 Excella II Rear bath,center twin and i thought of taking the roadside twin out and making a custom closet to hold hanging clothes, W/D combo with the vent going through existing cargo storage door.................i would not have to make any cuts for the exhaust vent and it would be relatively close to the water heater (line would have to run thru the roadside closet to the water heater....no big deal)
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Old 09-07-2003, 06:17 PM   #2
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Don't do it, Go to home depot or lowes and get one of those small shed buildings. Most dryers require a 220volts to run.
As for hot water that you could easily plumb to your outside and end it with a spicket so you can easily disconnect. You can run your electricity to the small bldg and wire up a plug for your a/s. Now you can still go camping if you wish.
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Old 09-07-2003, 08:34 PM   #3
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Thanks Greg,
My plan is to install one that is specifically designed for TT applications.
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Old 09-07-2003, 08:58 PM   #4
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You need to look closely at the capacities and weight of that type of unit. My understanding is that a set of sheets is a full load and can that 2+ hours to wash and dry. Many of the bigger Motor Homes have them, but most of the owners I have spoken to use them on travel days while running the genset.

I can understand the desire, but I would be concerned about the weight and how it could affect the towing characteristics of your trailer.
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Old 09-08-2003, 03:37 AM   #5
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IIRC the unit you are looking at actually has a 110volt dryer and they are brutally slow. We had an apartment sized unit that was 110v and it took all day to dry a load of clothes(or so it seemed). If the load happend to be blue jeans it would take 2.5 hours to dry. You can dry them faster than that outside on a sunny day. We have looked at a unit like the one you are considering, for what they cost I can make a lot of trips to the laundromat. Besides if I go to the laundromat I can use more than one machine at a time and get done faster

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Old 09-08-2003, 01:38 PM   #6
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I really lusted for the washer/dryer in our 34.5 motorhome and then we started traveling.
No one has mentioned that next to walking your dog the best place to met other full-timers is in the laundry.
I had a real thing against using the laundermats after not doing it for so long. But seriously it is a great way to find out about the area you are in from others. You are all stuck there in the campground laundry for the same reason. Also some of the campgrounds we have been in have the library, internet hook-up next to the laundry.
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Although not in an Airstream, we did have one of the one piece units that both washed and dried. We had the unvented and our friends got the vented. One set of queen sheets took about an hour to wash and 90 minutes to dry. We had a lot of problems with leaks and the washer in general - my husband's "hobby" became that unit and he says he doesn't miss it but... The floor began to squeak in the area of the washer/dryer. I loved the convenience but it was a hassle. I would love to see someone come up with something really small and great that didn't shake, rattle and roll. Cathy
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Old 02-19-2008, 12:21 PM   #8
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i have a washer/dryer and ice maker that work like magic...

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Old 02-19-2008, 08:59 PM   #9
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Hello,
I have a vented Splendie in my motorhome (not an AS :O ), and it works great! Just keep in mind that it is a SMALL machine, and the unvented will be very slow to dry. I wash the queen fitted sheet with a pillowcase (or other small items) and it will wash and dry in a timely manner....then wash the flat sheet and the laundry is done. I use the solar dryer when possible.
As for those heavy denim things....I don't have any. (it's a nudist thing!)
I think if you want the laundry system, install it....it is your AS, right? Just keep in mind the weight issues.
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I would love a portable dryer to just do an occassional necessity. I can always hand wash and hang but drying in the Airstream takes forever. I wonder if this gizmo would hasten drying times.

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Here's an unusual one. I wonder if it would work.

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I bet it does!

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Here's an unusual one. I wonder if it would work.

Nester Portable Clothes Dryer and Clothes Caddy at HSN.com
In college one of the girls in my dorm had a garment bag she regularly used with her hair dryer on low - it would dry one or two blouses with no trouble. Seems like a good idea if you have the space - of course a space heater in the shower with the roof vent open and running would probably work too. (Hm, I'll try it this weekend.)

For a washer, try a 5 gallon drywall compound bucket with lid, bungie cord it to the bed of your truck, drive and let the vibration agitate the water detergent and clothing. Not so good for jeans, but works for undies, blouses. Drain and refill to rinse.

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The single unit combo washer/dryers that I sell and service are from Splendide (made in Italy). They are sold in lots of RV outlets too, but very few folks know how to service them (not that they need a lot of service). I would NOT touch the Majestic brand machines, as they have very high repair rate and not-so-good tech support.

They are small units that run strictly on 120VAC and I see them in just about every large MoHo I go into (had one in mine also). Most folks use them all the time. The larger Pevost, Newell and other high-end coaches use true domestic 240VAC stack machines, but they also have 20KW generators that could power a small city!

They wash a load quite well, but you can't really dry the full load effectively with a 120VAC heating element. You have to halve the load, and then it dries in about an hour or so. The ventless units reguire a constant water flow to dry the clothes, and THEY take forever!

Also, remember, these machines weigh about 120lbs, so you have to plan very carefully for it's location with-in your trailer. I would also add a second sheet of plywood under the unit for additional strecgth and weight distribution.
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I had a low-voltage machine that I used in my apartment once. It took all day to do a few loads of laundry. I think it's easier to go to a laundromat.
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