Originally Posted by Cdn-Tx
Wow…this post is almost as controversial as asking which oil is best!
Onboard washers and dryers are pretty controversial. Many people say they would rather have the storage space in their RV and they would rather go to a laundromat and get the wash done all in one shot. And RV washers and dryers, especially the combo units, do have their limitations.
We're in the other camp that loves the convenience of being able to do laundry any time we want. We've even done it with no hookups, but you need to be very careful you don't overflow the gray tank. We also like the fact we know no one has washed dog beds or dirty diapers in our washer.
The stackable units are more efficient, but they obviously take more space. Many RVs just don't have room for stackables. Once you learn how to use the combo unit (don't overload them, take clothes out as soon as possible after the dry cycle ends to avoid wrinkles, etc.), the combos are quite workable. For one thing, you can do a complete load without having to move the clothes from the washer to the dryer.
If you decide to install a washer/dryer, get a vented model if at all possible. The ventless models use more water (the extra water is used to cool the air to condense out the moisture removed from the clothes), and they are much slower to dry.