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Old 04-16-2015, 03:56 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever installed a washer/dryer comb in a AS TT.
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Old 04-16-2015, 05:47 PM   #2
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Has anyone ever installed a washer/dryer comb in a AS TT.
5-gallon bucket with a plumber's plunger for the agitator as a washer, and a clothesline for a dryer.

Honestly, I've seen a few washer/dryer combos in 5th wheels, more in Class As, but not even one in a travel trailer, Class C, or Class B. Since even a small one is 2 feet square and 3 feet tall and weighs about 150 pounds, uses from 7 up to 16 gallons of water to wash one load, and uses 11 amps of 120vAC power all by itself, it's awfully wasteful all around for a travel trailer. Not to mention the price tag for a new one is in the vicinity of $1200. I could do a LOT of laundry at a coin-op laundromat for that price!

That's not even considering the extra plumbing hookups you'll need to run, the hole for the dryer vent that you'll have to cut (and weatherproof) in the side of the trailer, and the need to balance your trailer; adding a concentrated load of 150 pounds on one side means shifting 75 pounds of something else to the opposite side to keep the load on your left and right tires (and brakes!) more-or-less equal.

All that is to say I wouldn't do it. But it probably is doable, if you do it carefully, so don't let me discourage you from trying, if you have your heart set on it.
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Old 04-16-2015, 05:54 PM   #3
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I have met some very nice people while on the road in local laundry mats.
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I've seen them hang off the rear bumper of a white box TT but never on an Airstream
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Old 04-16-2015, 06:50 PM   #5
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I have a small European washer-dryer combo in my kitchen for dish rags. I can't imagine what force that shaking-spinning would do to rivets.
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Washing and rinsing clothes is one of the coolest of the many things you can do with a river rafting dry bag - such as the ones made by SealLine. It's easy and you can stay mostly dry through the whole process. I've got several by SealLine and they are very good quality.
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:43 AM   #7
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I've used this little washer with this spin dryer while extended camping for 8 months. While they were effective enough, dealing with the waste water was an issue. Which state, national or private park will let you do that? That is, dump on the ground?
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Another laundromat advantage...doing 3 or 4 loads at the same time, you finish so quickly! When I get back home from a long Airstream vacation, it takes me a while to get used the "old way" of doing laundry at home...and how long it takes from beginning to end. I prefer the laundromat...and being in the AS of course.
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We prefer local coin operated laundries.

This one is at West Glacier. Parking lot was big enough to park with the trailer. Very pleasant that day.

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