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« on: May 17, 2011, 11:33:44 AM »

How many of you have a washer/dryer in your coach?  No, I'm not talking about your wife Wink
What style do you like?
I've seen a few that use just 110v
I was thinking of mounting a pair of front loaders in the baggage bay, but they all seem to be 33-1/2" high and the baggage bay is about 32" max.

Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2011, 11:44:35 AM »

I want one of those washer/dryer combos that load at the front.  Over the years those have been upgraded by the mfr to spin at higher and higher rates.  They get most of the water out by cent force before the dry cycle.  The older ones take a long time to dry......BUT......they make a "vent less" model that takes FOREVER.  Don't get a ventless one is what I have been told.  Check the spin rate against the models currently available.  They hold very little and look to be good for under garmenmts mostly but they do everything.  They use less water and soap because they don't fill a tub.  They are pretty space efficient, as well.

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2011, 11:54:53 AM »

I have given a washer/dryer combo serious consideration and really dont think the space requirement is worth it for us. When we are on the road we take enough space for dirty clothes, but a trip to the laundry mat shouldnt be a problem. Plus Im pretty finicky about sorting clothes and doing a full load at a time, so it can really pile up depending on how long we are out. Laundry mats are an extra expense but really worth it IMO. Sometimes though for one reason or another I couldnt go to the laundry mat and instead opted to hand wash a few things in the shower stall then hang to dry in the stall.... worked fine for us.
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2011, 02:52:19 PM »

W have a combo washer and dryer, it works great, not big loads but if you wash what you wore the previous day, it keeps up. It was THE MAIN request from the boss when we started traveling.Ace has an almost new one for sale last I heard,
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2011, 05:39:41 PM »

We use the apartment size whirlpool washer&dryer stacked (front loader) 120 volt. We do not boonedock much and are usually with full hook ups. Dryer a little slow but good. runs off gen set fine.  Bob
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2011, 06:15:52 PM »

We had an older Splendide washer/dryer unit in our coach when we bought it. 1 set of clothes pretty much filled it up and the 110 V dryer took 1 1/2 hours to dry. Also each load used 12 gallons of water. On the road that means, with a 45 Gal grey tank, we each could have a shower and do 2 loads, and the grey tank was full. It should be no problem going at least 1 week between laundry time. we go two weeks and go to the laundramat early. do multiple loads at the same time. Unless you have hook-ups it just isn't worth the space or hassle. If you have hook-ups get an apt. stackable at the least, The Splendide isn't much more than a toy.

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2011, 06:29:51 PM »

We camp by streams and put up clothes lines!! Wink Wink If it's during a drought and the stream is only a trickle I go commando to save on water. If it's bone dry....... well sometimes those camp hosts can get upset! Wink Jealous I guess....
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2011, 06:43:23 PM »

I too use a Splendide combo/washer/dryer with the electric dryer NOT the condensation one.  It washes great and quite a bit but if clothes are large or a lot you may have to split up to dry so as to get dry and not all wrinkled.  It spins at a very high speed and the clothes are almost dry before they even start drying - I think the dryer element is about 1500 watts.  Do laundry going down road with no problem.  Even picked up this new unit at an RV surplus Center in N IN - a scratch n dent one for a greatly reduced price.  Uses less water and soap than top loaders for sure.
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2011, 09:59:36 PM »

I have one of the older Splendide ventless washer/dryers.  The way to drying the clothes is simple-dry for an hour (anymore doesn't seem to do much more drying) then hang all the clothes up around the inside for another hour-and they are dry.

But-I am going to have another Splendide washer/dryer in my truck, but the vented type.  The new machines have brushless motors that are quiet, faster spin, and dry quicker.  I will always have a washer/dryer on board because I'm not fond of public washers where you don't know what, who, or what was left behind by the last person.  Sort of like asking you to wear someone elses underwear.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2011, 07:04:08 AM »

I agree with Tom. My family and I went to a laundry mat in Louisina this spring. It was one of the nastiest places I have been to.

We left and bought new close at wally world. 

We will have a stackable in our bus.
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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2011, 07:26:41 AM »

If you have the space for a stackable then I think using a Propane dryer makes sense.  Far more efficient than a 120 volt dryer.
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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2011, 07:46:53 AM »

The new Splendide 2100 combos like the one Jerry has do dry on electric has 3 setting not like the old 2000 model that used water to dry in about 3 hrs still has the same problem it will wash a larger load that it will dry at one time 

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« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2011, 09:32:03 PM »

Hey Tikvah,

  Did you ever figure this out?   We have a 102a3 as well and were looking to do the same (put them in a bay).

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« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2011, 03:22:18 AM »

I thought of putting mine in the bay also but if traveling you cannot get to it unless you stop and if it is raining when camping you will need to go out and open up the bay doors to get to it. I am sure the wife is not going to be the one that goes out in the rain or dark. You also need to make sure the water can be pumped up to your holding tank.
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« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2011, 03:50:56 AM »

On the question of size in the original post - there are plenty of 'compact' tumble dryers available that are scalled-down versions of the usual domestic size. I also stumbled across - and bought for the bus - a compact washing machine that is the same as a regular front-loader in all respects, but about two-thirds of the size. It's a Zanussi and it works fine - I've actually used it quite a lot, but of course it won't take a load as big as a regular machine.

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« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2011, 03:55:27 AM »

We have a whirlpool 110v stacking washer and dryer. Front load...nice. spins super fast...enough to shake the coach a little on it's highest setting. Clothes come out "feeling dry" and take 30-40 minutes to complete drying in dryer...dryer is also 110. We love them. They can take a great amount of clothes..enough that we only do laundry once a week or less. It's great. Here's a photo:

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« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2011, 04:07:58 AM »

My, Wife uses our washer drier combo, to  store canned goods, seems to work good for that.
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« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2011, 06:04:41 AM »

There are many scaled down washers and dryers and a few washer/dryer combos available.  The advantage to the Splendide is that it is made for a moving vehicle.  The suspension system on it is stiffer then a house hold type so it won't beat itself up while driving.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2011, 06:09:40 AM »

These new Splendide combos with a electric drying elements do a good job the old ones that dried with moisture were a joke but my wife loved the thing she won't do the public laundry's

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« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2011, 06:11:01 AM »

Scotty; We have same set. Haven't used yet,so is good to know they will preform well. Was wandering what to use/do with top storage area on dryer.   Bob&Judy
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« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2011, 06:59:47 AM »

we have a splendide that we use when parked with hookups.  We have 100 gal fresh and grey, but usually we are only on the road for less than a week, so not a big deal to wait for hookups.  if we have tons of clothes to do, we do find a "nice" and clean laundramat.  most of the time when we are parked for a while, having our own allows fran to get the clothes going while still doing other stuff at home. 
we do hang things up to avoid wrinkles and help dry them, but if you keep the vent cleaned out, it dries quicker.

we need the bay space, so loading a bigger washer/dryer in a bay requiring outside access, wouldn't work for us, plus the other reasons already mentioned.  i don't think fran would want to be without the washer dryer, yep, just confirmed that.
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« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2011, 07:15:52 AM »

Only bad thing about the house type on the drier you need to carry a spare element after they been used for awhile the vibration of traveling will cause the element to break in did on ours in another bus

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« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2011, 08:39:16 AM »

Scotty; We have same set. Haven't used yet,so is good to know they will preform well. Was wandering what to use/do with top storage area on dryer.   Bob&Judy

We're planning on inserting a doored cabinet of some sort up there. For us, the key to the coach looking tidy, is to hide everything in cabinetry  Smiley Bob, if you ever have problems with your washer, let me know. It has some quirks that can usually easily be fixed. BTW, these units were pulled out of a class A RV unused. So they must be coach-ready. And with proper air-bag and tire inflation, honestly how much rough treatment does your stuff get? Our coach doesn't ride as smooth as some and we're running 100 psi all the way around, but stuff stays put on my table...
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« Reply #23 on: September 23, 2011, 10:12:25 AM »

After 5+ years of full timing, not once have we wished for our own washer/dryer.   So many of our friends who bought coaches with them built in have ripped them out for more efficient storage space.

Personally, taking our laundry to a laundromat is so much easier. In about an hour we can get everything washed and dried.. and it only costs a few bucks.  Our time is more valuable than babysitting our laundry the entire day it takes to 'wash at home' (or constantly doing laundry every day or so to keep up).  And we're reminded of this every time we set out to do laundry at a friend's house with just how long it takes to get it all done.

Yes, some laundromats are scary. But there are some really nice ones out there... some even serve beer.

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« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2011, 02:57:19 PM »

After 5+ years of full timing, not once have we wished for our own washer/dryer.   So many of our friends who bought coaches with them built in have ripped them out for more efficient storage space.

Personally, taking our laundry to a laundromat is so much easier. In about an hour we can get everything washed and dried.. and it only costs a few bucks.  Our time is more valuable than babysitting our laundry the entire day it takes to 'wash at home' (or constantly doing laundry every day or so to keep up).  And we're reminded of this every time we set out to do laundry at a friend's house with just how long it takes to get it all done.

Yes, some laundromats are scary. But there are some really nice ones out there... some even serve beer.

 - Cherie

I totally understand what you're saying...laundromats are a super quick way to do it. But for us, our units are big enough for once a week laundry (if that) and we can sit inside our cozy coach and eat, work, watch t.v. and sip a nice cold lemonade while our laundry is being done. All in our pajamas. We love it. Of course, again, we do one load once a week or once every week and a half. So for us, it's no biggie. And our washer spins everything dry enough so that we can leave the coach and come back and transfer the wash to the dryer when we get back. And it only takes an hour and a half for us to wash and dry. 45 minute wash cycle, 45 min dry cycle.  I wouldn't trade them for anything. Just our way  Wink
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« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2011, 04:30:07 PM »

First bus was outside laundry. Second bus has a stacked pair with propane for the dryer. SHE doesn't have to spend 1-2 hours  doing laundry., carrying the heavy bags/bundles to and from the car. Her back likes her a lot more. We laugh about having to do the laundry. Such a hard job - hamper to washer to drier to put away. Anyway  washer and drier for us.
BTW the gas drier consumes less than a 1 gallon of propane per month.  Which is much less than I had expected for usage.
 
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« Reply #26 on: September 25, 2011, 05:19:13 AM »

First bus was outside laundry. Second bus has a stacked pair with propane for the dryer. SHE doesn't have to spend 1-2 hours  doing laundry., carrying the heavy bags/bundles to and from the car. Her back likes her a lot more. We laugh about having to do the laundry. Such a hard job - hamper to washer to drier to put away. Anyway  washer and drier for us. BTW the gas drier consumes less than a 1 gallon of propane per month.  Which is much less than I had expected for usage.

Wow, is this typical usage for a gas dryer sized for our coach? Which model do you have Bill. Do share. And how much laundry do you do? Once a week? I would be interested since while using our dryer for 45 minutes, we have watch out other usage too if we're on 30amp. Might be good info for the individuals here considering what type of washer/dryer.

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« Reply #27 on: September 26, 2011, 05:03:11 PM »

Fridedare - not sure of model. We do 2-3 loads per week. 3 if I'm doing heavy work on the bus. 2 normally. It has became a standing joke about how hard it is to do the laundry.

I thought long and hard about an electric dryer. 120VAC takes a long time to dry. 240VAC would have been a pain to wire with inverter selection.  All incoming power flows through the inverter to the electrical panel. So I would have to install a main breaker panel and one breaker to supply the dryer. Or go gas. Salesman told me the gas usage was low. And he was correct.

Propane usage:  Filled both bottles in mid February. Used all the way through the end of May and refilled 4.5 gallons. That includes cooking usage on the stovetop. Since we mostly eat in that's cooking at least two meals per day.

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« Reply #28 on: September 27, 2011, 01:09:23 AM »

Fridedare - not sure of model. We do 2-3 loads per week. 3 if I'm doing heavy work on the bus. 2 normally. It has became a standing joke about how hard it is to do the laundry.

I thought long and hard about an electric dryer. 120VAC takes a long time to dry. 240VAC would have been a pain to wire with inverter selection.  All incoming power flows through the inverter to the electrical panel. So I would have to install a main breaker panel and one breaker to supply the dryer. Or go gas. Salesman told me the gas usage was low. And he was correct.

Propane usage:  Filled both bottles in mid February. Used all the way through the end of May and refilled 4.5 gallons. That includes cooking usage on the stovetop. Since we mostly eat in that's cooking at least two meals per day.

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That is a great post.  I tell everyone that will listen that propane is the way to go.  And another post here mentioned that there is more than onr model of washer/dryer and they "spin" at much different speeds.  That spec leaves the clothes so much dryer that they are almost dry coming out of the washer.   That isn't in reference to your stacked version but even those should list their spin speeds.  When I use the laundromat now, for whatever reason, last time was to wash the seat covers, I always use the centrifuge.  Half the dry time, easily.

You mentioned your gas consumption but I didn't see the H water hearter or heating in your list of appliances.  Omission?

Thanks

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