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Old 06-28-2015, 05:04 PM   #57
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Originally Posted by Davdeb1 View Post

Don't you just hate it when someone says they don't believe what you said is true?

What I can't figure out is why anyone would want to sit in their RV for for at least 2 hours for one load of clothing to be done. I'm sure no one wants to leave while some appliance using gallons of water is running in their RV. 8 loads x2 hours is 16 hours.
Don't you just hate it when someone who doesn't own something tells you all the reasons you shouldn't have it?

With a washer/dryer combo we put dirty clothes in in the morning and when we return from the day's activities they are all clean and dry. No sitting around laundromats and surely no sitting around the RV.

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Old 06-28-2015, 05:11 PM   #58
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We just got back home today after a 4 day outing, this AM , the DW ran a load of what ever got dirty from this trip, we had breakfast, sipped coffee, watched TV(Raining outside) and just relaxing as our checkout time was not till 3 pm. Everything washed/cleaned, and put back away........ready for the next trip out.......
We still had 6 hours to goof off after the wash/dry was done............We do this every time we use the Coach the morning of checkout.

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Old 06-28-2015, 06:05 PM   #59
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Some people can't believe we do it for $15 either. This week we used 2 jumbo 4 load washers. 8 loads voila! You have to go to a laundromat to do it, not the campground one. Most Laundromats we use have 20-40 machines. If I walked into a laundromat with only 8 washers and dryers I'd walk right back out. Next thing someone will say is they don't believe we have only 8 loads to do every 2-3 weeks.
This is the reason for going to the laundromat. They have many big machines that can be loaded at the same time. They run 25-35 minutes and the dryers run about the same. I would find it very tedious to throw in a small load of wash every day or so.
When we owned our home we always bought the largest washer and dryer we could find, so we could do laundry once a week. Our laundry room was bigger than most RV bedrooms.
We like to remove the laundry and immediately hang it up. Less wrinkles, very little ironing.
I also feel many forget about the increased electrical cost on your metered electric. The cost of the appliance electric, the extra A/C use to cool and dehumidify your RV. The lint back-up, the possibility of connections leaking,(hoses and hand tightened connections, and leaky washers.) Moisture and humidity, 2 of the RVs biggest enemies.

Don't you just hate it when someone says they don't believe what you said is true?

You have it all correct.
We both go to the new tech laundries, and many folks have no clue how technology and competition has improved the products and reduced the cost. They haven't looked beyond the S&B and the campground laundry.
The math of 8 standard loads (vs about 20 RV loads) for 90 minutes and 15 bucks still wins for me. Adding no electric adds via A/C and dryer use, plus the humidity, leaks, failures, and initial cost is an easy choice.
I have previously mentioned that we have never had the fabled pet hair or grease etc from these new machines, but I get a kick out of our neighbor with the fur babies that does...from her RV machine. She also is colorful in language as she shakes out the balled up sheets.
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Old 06-28-2015, 06:44 PM   #60
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Its not near as bad as someone who declares going to a laundromat or having 8 loads of wash to be unpalatable. Not owning some appliance doesn't mean you can't make an intelligent decision about having one. For example, without owning one of these combos, I can say with certainty you could not fit a set of bedding, including fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillowcases, and mattress pad in one load. At best it would take two loads, probably 3. You don't have to own one to know that you will do laundry every other day or spend a whole day once a week. If these units could be plumbed in with pex it would be a different story. Also, you don't have to own one to know that you could come home to water soaking the inside of most of your floors, it just requires common sense. You don't have to own one to know that if you have one, it will be the weak spot in your plumbing. You don't have to own one to know that you won't be washing clothes at that perfect boondock site that you love so much because using 9-16 gallons of water just to wash two pairs of pants and maybe a couple of shirts may just be a waste of precious water while you are away from hookups.
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We just starting planning for retirement to an RV. The washer/dryer decision was one we looked at early on. I left it up to my wife. At first she was dead set on having a stackable washer/dryer. Then we met with some fulltime RV friends who did not have a washer nor dryer. They commented that these machines in RVs don't handle larger loads and how they had been able to get by without one. They showed the wife the extra space they had in their rig (a 40 footer). They also commented weight is money in terms of travel costs.

We talked about how we had lived a long time as young adults using public laundry's and how we would have access to machines given our planned form of travel. For now we are not planning to have a washer/dryer, but or course having the hookups installed just in case we change our minds. I could see the cost benefit of having our own units. We figure once we hit the road we will be better able to determine if having a washer/dryer is for us.

Sorry I don't have much to add other than we plan to wait and see.
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This has been a fun thread. Thanks to all those that have contributed. My $.05-

One month in our trailer and no problems/complaints using the laundromat at our campground. My wife has a very keen sense of smell and if it seems like smokers used a machine before us, we simply find another one, which isn't an issue since we do our laundry at 3:45 am while at the gym.

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Not sure where someone gets the idea that stackables only wash small loads. I can wash just about anything I want in my stackable washer. The dryer does take longer to dry though since it is 120 v. Now a combo washer takes a smaller load but that is certainly not the case for stackables. And it does not add any extra humidity inside our rig. Most of the time I cannot even tell the washer is running. I cannot imagine carrying around 3 weeks of clothes as I have never owned that many clothes in my entire life even when working. And where do you store all those dirty clothes?

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