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« on: July 06, 2006, 08:40:25 AM »

Ok,

I bought a combination washer and dryer unit a couple of years ago and it never worked right.  It washed fine, but it took hours to dry the clothes.  I bought it from Wal-Mart.com.

I took it back after a couple of days and got a stackable with washer on bottom and dryer on top. It worked great. 

I looked at a bus that had the combo unit.  I was wondering if any of you have a combo washer/dryer and if it works ok or did I just have a bad unit.

Thanks,
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2006, 09:29:37 AM »

Jimmy,
We have a combo unit, and think it works great.
The unit is a vented dryer type.  I hear that the non vented ones are slow with the dry cycle.
I put a 4" aluminum conduit thru the floor and thru the bay below then right outside.
So, it exhausts straight down, no turns or twists.
The unit is about 3/4 the size or our house washer so it can't hold as much.
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2006, 10:31:06 AM »

Thanks Frank.  The one I had was unvented.  Must've been the problem.
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2006, 01:25:44 PM »

I have the non vented and yes it takes a long time to dry the clothes.  Typically we'll let it dry for an hour then take them out with the clothes still damp, hang them on hangers and hang them from the overhead cabinets overnight.  Inconvenient, yes! Do they use extra water because of the condensating drying cycle-yes.  Would get a non vented washer again- no!  So if you can, get a vented dryer and it should work right.  If I remember right when I bought my washer/dryer, they only offered the non-vented in a narrower cabinet, while the vented was 24" deep.  Now, I think they offer a vented one that is also less deep like my non-vented.  So at least now you have a choice of machine depths.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2006, 02:03:48 PM »

I have read several posts in the past regarding this and the consensus of opinion was that it the units were 120 volt only, they would take an extremely long time to dry clothes. Apparently some are also available wired for 240 volts which significantly improves drying time.

However, you must wire your coach for 240 volts it you desire to use one of these. Not impossible, however it could be inconvenient it all the electrical has been completed.

We generally carried our laundry in a laundry bag and drove around wherever we were stopping until we found a Laundromat.

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Ok,

I bought a combination washer and dryer unit a couple of years ago and it never worked right.  It washed fine, but it took hours to dry the clothes.  I bought it from Wal-Mart.com.

I took it back after a couple of days and got a stackable with washer on bottom and dryer on top. It worked great. 

I looked at a bus that had the combo unit.  I was wondering if any of you have a combo washer/dryer and if it works ok or did I just have a bad unit.

Thanks,
Jimmy
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2006, 03:26:32 PM »

It seems to me that it might be a good idea to use a stackable set with a gas dryer.  They are available in 24" wide from several manufacturers.

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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2006, 09:12:59 PM »

Considering how many times a week you may use the washer (what maybe 2 or 3?), having a stack is going to take twice the room as an all in one. Besides, the space that would be taken by the dryer is our hamper and soap storage for the washer/dryer.  Just a thought.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2006, 09:22:22 PM »

Greetings,

We have a vented combo unit.  I think that the small capacity of the combo unit is more of an issue than the length of time it takes to dry something.    We are limited I think to 3 large beach towels, or something like that.   Do the stackable units have more capacity?   Drying speed is OK.  However, all in all, we really like having the washer / dryer unit in our bus.  Too much time spent in laundromats over the years.   Undecided

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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2006, 06:34:55 AM »

Combo units
Just some spec's you may find interesting.
The spin cycle of the washer helps the dryer do a better job.
The washer spins at 1100 to 1200 RMP for a longer time than the home units spin.
This makes the clothes hardly damp to the touch , in fact you couldn't wring a drop out by hand.
It's true the dryer is only 110 Volts but there's not much water to drive off.
We do 2 queen size sheets and pillow cases in a load.
We run it 3 to 4 times a week ( we're in work mode now ).
As I said the combo is only about 3/4 the size of home units, but the time it saves is huge.
Hope this helps
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2006, 05:31:50 AM »

We have the Splendide washer/dryer combo unvented.

I bought it as a one year old takeout.

Washes great and Dries 90%.

The clothes have to be hung to dry or what my wife does is wash three(1/2 home unit) loads and then throw them all in the dryer at the park.

Done in one cycle.

I have it built inside the coach, but since i am still under construction we have decided to put it in the basement and regain the space it takes up.

That plan was preceded by it leaking a little when not perfectly level and not something I want to deal with once my interior is done

I paid $400.00 fo mine as a take out, not worth the $1200.00 new price in my opinion.

Takes alot of quarters and inconvience to get a payback. Grin

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« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2006, 09:21:38 AM »

Cliff- just a thought.  But if you're in rainy weather and it is inconvenient to do touring that day, it would be perfect for a laundry day.  But with the washer/dryer in the basement...?  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2006, 10:48:35 AM »

We have a Bosch stack washer/dryer,220v and it works great.We full time and my wife insisted on teh 220 dryer.It takes alittle more room,but I feel it was a good trade off.Almost the same size as a a home unit.   Don
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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2006, 12:51:55 PM »

Don, if you could, please show us a pic of your combination installation.  It's one of those items that the wife is pushing for in our re-conversion and if at all possible I'd like to accomodate here.  She's got a handicap and I don't look forward to going to the Helpy-Selfy twice a week. Wink

Thanks,  Bob
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« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2006, 05:57:08 PM »

I put a Splendide vented in my last bus. Price wise it's a joke, worked fine, if you just need to wash 2 sets of underware at one time.  We talked about a stacked unit for this bus but we put in an extra bunk room for guest or grandkids and no space. My consider a larger unit in the basement.
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« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2006, 03:54:47 AM »

Bob; Sorry it so long to respond back. We travell full time so sometimes it is hard to keep in contact.We are at an rv park that has wi-fi so write me at rip3017@juno.com and I will try and answer any questions. I don't think a picture would help you.All it would show would be the dryer ontop of the washer.The install was fairly straight forward. You just have to make sure the panels or cabinets around the washer/dryer can be removed
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« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2006, 05:13:49 AM »

Hi all,

We had a Splendide vented combo. We had nothing but problems with the thing, breaking all the time, customer service not good etc.

We probably expected too much from the thing. we are a family of six, dad works in the woods and a baby in cloth diapers. we fulltime and the laundromats of the southern United States can be less than ideal experiences.

So, we put the washer and dryer in the middle bay on pass. side. They are apartment sized units, but are better suited to a "real" load of jeans. i had no problem putting them in and the plumbing was a breeze. I tapped into my gray water output so that we only use the washer during full hookup. It runs directly out the sewer drain.

Bought them at Lowes. ?? $650.00 for set? don't remember exactly. Huh
If you need more info I can get model #s for you.

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« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2006, 06:05:39 AM »

I was reading a full-timers blog just now.  They have the Splendide combo unit and the complaint was concerning installation without vibration dampeners.  Is that something that is recommended by Splendide?  Anyway they are blaming the installer for the vibration the Splendide creates in their rig.

At this point in our bus conversion process we have the location for a vented combo washer/dryer mapped out.  However if there is significant reason for not installing one, then we can easily not buy it and use the space for other purposes.

There are other combo units similar to the Splendide, but the prices all seem to be the same.  I'm not overly enthusiastic about paying so much for a washer/dryer.

Our washing/drying needs will be only for the two of us, and as my wife has it figured, she would use the washer as a hamper then wash as soon as it was filled with clothes.  Might take several washings to do the amount of clothes stuffed into the hamper (washer) but we won't be concerned about time ... retired ... free of schedules ... and all that.

Another concern I'm having is water leakage potential.  Our home washer does leak a few drops now and then.  I certainly don't care for this to occur in the bus ... on my nice new interior.  What is the experience you folks have had with the washers leaking and how do you contain it?  Drain pan under the unit?

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« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2006, 07:02:29 AM »


Another concern I'm having is water leakage potential.  Our home washer does leak a few drops now and then.  I certainly don't care for this to occur in the bus ... on my nice new interior.  What is the experience you folks have had with the washers leaking and how do you contain it?  Drain pan under the unit?

Merlin

There are drain pans available to go under the washer or you could fabricate one, perhaps even a shower pan.

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