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Old 01-02-2013, 06:03 PM   #15
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We have a Splendide combo washer/dryer, and the wife wouldn't be without it. She uses it for most everything, including bed sheets. I think she does them one sheet at a time, but it doesn't seem to cause us any problems. Since it's just the 2 of us our laundry needs are less then some.

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Old 01-03-2013, 07:14 AM   #16
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We have a splendide combo unit and my DW loves it. She particularly likes the ability to set the timer so that the clothes are done just after we return for the day. We traveled from Florida to Alaska on a three month journey and it worked fine. Because of the small load size, we to wash every other day to keep up. DW found that folding the clothes before washing seems to help with wrinkles.

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Old 01-07-2013, 07:51 AM   #17
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We have a Splendide and the DW use it once in awhile. She went to a class on how to use it at an RV rally. It was taught by Sandra E Jones, she has a book "Wrinkle Free RV Laundry". One of the problems is that for every load we do will fill the gray water tank up 1/4. It also will drain our battery down pretty quick. So we only use when we are hooked up and at least have a dump station at the park. Otherwise we run the generator and plan to make a dump early when we need it. It's one of those things that's nice to have when you need it but you can get along fine with out it. Just think of all the extra socks and underwear you carry if you didn't have the W/D in your coach.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:04 AM   #18
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Pumper9X9 - socks - socks - you don't need socks with flip flops and sandals. LOL. One things for sure - the socks that miss the dryer at home by hiding in the back of the washer aren't a problem with combo unit! So they have that going for em.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:16 AM   #19
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It was one thing my wife and I wanted because I can almost guarentee you I won't soil myself but we have a 10 month old that does it all the time and we wanted to be able to wash her clothes more often.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:46 AM   #20
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I would love to have some kind of washer and dryer in my motorhome but there is NO room. I have looked at some of the small washers but don't think they would work for me. I would need both a washer and spin dryer and there just isn't a space to store them. :-( I need a larger motorhome. :-)
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:00 PM   #21
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We have a Splendide and the DW use it once in awhile... It also will drain our battery down pretty quick.
What kind of inverter do you have--modified sine wave or pure sine wave? I have a Splendide 2000 that I want to run on the inverter but it is modified sine wave and I've never found anyone who's done it before.

If yours is a modified sine wave inverter and you successfully ran a Splendide on it, can you tell me the model of inverter and Splendide you have, and how many times you did it? They don't make control boards for mine any more so I'm too scared to try it without knowing that someone, somewhere, has done it on a modified sine wave inverter.

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We are thinking about getting one of those small portable washers such as the Ezywash as seen in Campingworld or another one is the Panda. Also a small portable spin drier.
The Splendide combo came with my motorhome, so I never did any shopping. However, after 9 years of fulltiming with it, I can say that a VERY important feature is the spin cycle. The spin on this gets more water out than even the commercial front loaders at laundromats.

I have a Wonder Wash that I bought for boondocking and don't really like it. It doesn't use all that much less water than my Splendide, especially given that the Splendide holds a lot more, and according to the physics of it, it requires hot water (not that I necessarily believe those physics). But most importantly, you have to hand wring what you wash and no amount of hand wringing gets things anywhere near dry. So having some sort of good spin device, whether built in or portable, is something I would highly recommend, especially if you're not going to have a dryer and are planning to do "real" laundry and not just some random stuff every once in a while.

Does your motorhome just not have the room, or connections, for even a combo unit? The space that a washer and a spinner take up together might not be much more than what a combo unit would, and a combo unit will be much less hassle and will also give you a dryer.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:12 PM   #22
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We ended up jerking ours out and redoing the whole thing with a stackAble combo like you see in apartments. It's a power hog so not good for boon dockers. My wife loves it.

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Old 01-14-2013, 05:37 PM   #23
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We have a Splendide in our mh seldom use it, considering removing it for the space. You can only wash tiny loads, it takes forever to wash and dry. Also most clothes come out so wrinkled you can't wear them. It does and ok job on towels and underwear, as long as you only wash 1 or 2 items per load, and then it takes a couple of hours to complete the wash and dry. Most campgrounds have laundry facilities, you can do all your wash in and hour and a half, and your shirts and pants wont be so wrinkled.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:04 PM   #24
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We use our washer and dryer often in our MH. After pulling them out, changing belts, and thoroughly cleaning to get previous owner's lint removed, they are efficient. Wouldn't want to be without the convenience.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:31 AM   #25
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Thank you everyone for your help. We have now purchased both a portable washer and dryer.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:42 AM   #26
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Well, glad to read I am not the only one who dislikes the two in one machine. Mine will be headed out next month as I am going to put in a stackable front loading machine in. At least I could do a bigger load, and dry them... in a much more reasonable time frame. I have used mine once... it took 7 hours and never again. Had to have my son in law get on Google and figure out what the problem was. The machine had to be reset... he washed a load of their baby clothes and was happy... but too long of time for me... I don't have the patience, and I am not about to Iron clothes either... so... come next month... I'll be a happier camper...
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:13 AM   #27
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I had a combo unit in my old motorhome. Even though it was the vented type, it was useless - impossible to do a load without major wrinkles. I can't imagine dealing with the unvented kind.

In my new fiver, I have a splendide stackable. These are wonderful. I fill them full each time - typically 3 or 4 shirts and a couple pair of jeans. Or 2 or 3 bath towels. Or one set of queen sheets and pillow cases. Or a weeks worth of tighty whites and socks. All come out great. No issues with clean (use the right detergent for front-loaders) or wrinkles (take stuff out while hot and fold it). Can be washing and drying at the same time without popping a breaker. Does take a bit longer than the residential units I have at home. But they are so quiet, it's really not a problem. I usually do laundry on Wed and Saturday, otherwise the hamper overflows and you end up with dirty clothes all over the floor. Neatness is key to keeping your sanity in such a small space as an RV.

The only downside to having a washer/dryer is you loose a fairly large closet - that you'd probably just fill with more clothes! I hate having to find a laundromat and carry everything down there and then be prisoner in the place for several hours doing laundry. Typically I can only do it at night, so you have that to deal with as well. It's great to do it at "home" in the RV, where I can watch TV.
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:18 AM   #28
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The Splendide does take more time, but if you time your use, you can do it when you're around the coach, or coming back in time. I would not be without a washer/dryer, but having said that, the next coach definitely will need to have a stackable, not a Splendide. It's just a matter of juggling, but that juggling wouldn't have to be done with a stackable.

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