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Old 10-27-2015, 02:28 PM   #1
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opinions on the need for a Dishwasher on Class A

In deciding on options for a new or used RV, how important is a dishwasher in the overall scheme of things?

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Old 10-27-2015, 02:55 PM   #2
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How much cooking are you planning to do in your RV?
Will you serve most meals on plates etc that will be washed?
How many people will be eating?

If you have several people eating off washable utensils you may find a need for a dishwasher but if you mainly use paper plates it will just take up space that could be better used for more efficient storage.

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Old 10-27-2015, 03:01 PM   #3
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It's great to have one, I installed ours 2 years ago, the wife wouldn't be without it.
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Old 10-27-2015, 03:05 PM   #4
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Our motorhome already had the dish draw when we bought it. I probably would never have thought to request one.

For the last 8 years that dishwasher has been used every day and several times a day if I am in baking mode or have company. Even dry camping it uses less water than hand washing.
You have to decide if you can dedicate the space and cost.

We have the Fisher Paykel and when it finally conks out I will replace with another but I could live without it. After 11 years of full timing I could not manage without a washer and dryer.

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Do you have a dish washer in your house? Do you use it? If so why would you not want one in your MH?
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Old 10-27-2015, 03:29 PM   #6
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Do you have a dish washer in your house? Do you use it? If so why would you not want one in your MH?
This has to be the post of the day. We have motorhomed since 1985, both with and without a dishwasher. If we have the room, we want one. Not as important as a stacked washer/dryer, but important. Otherwise, it is back to paper plates!
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Old 10-27-2015, 03:36 PM   #7
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The prime question is who is doing the dishes. If it is you what is your preference, if it is the DW what is her preference.

Janet and I do dishes together and really like the three big pot drawers we have for keeping pots and pans because we really like cooking.
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Old 10-27-2015, 04:55 PM   #9
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I won't leave home without her.
This and I am going to get in trouble over it
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Old 10-27-2015, 04:58 PM   #10
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Love the dishwasher - makes camping so much more enjoyable, and one less thing for my better half not to get on me about. Only a red solo cup is better than a frosted beer glass on a hot day.
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With just the two of us we run the dishwasher every three days at our house. We don't often stay anywhere more than a couple of days when traveling so I'm guessing if we had a dishwasher in the motorhome we'd have to run it more than necessary so it wouldn't have dishes in it when going down the highway. (Maybe that's not a problem?). Washing & drying dishes by hand does not seem to be a concern for us but everybody gets to do it as they want.
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Old 10-27-2015, 06:06 PM   #12
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Our mh came equipped with one and we had decided that at first opportunity we would pull it out and put in a full size oven. Our first summer with the mh was spent from May through October on the Oregon coast and I can tell you now, that dishwasher is there to stay.

We do use paper plates for the most part and the microwave...but we still use a lot of bowls, pots, pans, skillets, glasses, cups utensils...ect., so the dishwasher is a real plus for us.

As far as the oven goes....the microwave/convection does just fine plus we take along our counter top toaster oven.

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Originally Posted by Gordon Dewald View Post
The prime question is who is doing the dishes. If it is you what is your preference, if it is the DW what is her preference.

Janet and I do dishes together and really like the three big pot drawers we have for keeping pots and pans because we really like cooking.
Jackie & I share the duties or we do them together .... as stated, we like having the additional storage space ....... we're full timers ...
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If you boon dock much then I would think no dishwasher. If you are always in a full hookup site then maybe. We do not have a dishwasher. If I was going to order a new motorhome I would not get one assuming we would continue to camp as we have. We travel with just two of us and an Airedale Terrier. We eat out about 3 out of 7 nights, minimum. Motorhome dishwashers are much smaller than house dishwashers. My wife and I usually split up cooking duties this way. She cooks unless BBQ. I do BBQ and clean BBQ. We BBQ a LOT, at least 50% of dinners. I do dishes most of the time.

So I am the one doing almost all the washing and saying no DWasher. The other big reason is to have more space in kitchen cabinets.

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