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Old 02-19-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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Washer prep modification

Is it possible to modify a 5th wheel that does not come with a washer/dryer prep fixture so that they can be used?

I'm looking at some used models but I can't find a suitable model that comes with these fixtures.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:27 PM   #2
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Perhaps the biggest thing is , do the floor plans your looking at have a cabinet big enough to fit the W/D combo unit . If there is a spot for the unit then access to water and grey tank plumbing is the next road block. I haven't realy looked at 5ths for this but think that anything under 36' will not have what your looking for .
Splendide dimensions are 23.4" wide X 33.25 " high X 22" deep
Width is zero clearance; personally I'd allow 2"; but you would need 4" minimum on the depth and 6" height to accomidate plumbing and installation.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:21 PM   #3
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Is it possible to modify a 5th wheel that does not come with a washer/dryer prep fixture so that they can be used?
Anything is possible if you throw enough time, money and effort into it.

First the RV must have a closet or cabinet big enough to hold the pair you're thinking about. Look only at washer/dryer pairs that stack and are designed to be used in an RV or mobile home. Yes, those probably cost more than the household versions. Realize you'll be sacrificing closet space or cabinet space. And yeah, most full-timer RVs with washer/dryer are the bigger units, 36' or longer. So don't even think about trying to convert a 24' TT. The electrical and plumbing work required is certainly possible, but it might be a real challenge for some folks. You must be willing to cut holes in the RV to get the job done, so be sure your sig is gone shopping, or maybe visiting relatives in the next stare while you cut those holes.

While trying to find a suitable trailer, remember to look for "full timer" units. Some of those will already have the washer/dryer, or at least the provisions to add a washer/dryer pair.

Common full-timer brands include Artic Fox, Mobile Suites and Excel. Here's an older Mobil Suites I found with a quick Bing search:
Used Mobile suites DOUBLE TREE 2004. Monroe NC. Www rv $type%. Used 5th wheels in North Carolina
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Ok, I think I should start from the beginning - I'll create another thread regarding full time 5th wheel recommendation.

Thanks for the responses, guys.
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appliance installation

For my RV, it was going to be a very big deal to plumb and wire my kitchen for an 18" dishwasher. Floor had to be cut, belly pand had to be dropped, dedicated circuit for power....well over 1500$. I decided on a counter top d/w to sit on the clothes washer and splice into the power, water and drain.
Same may apply for you and your prospective rig.
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For my RV, it was going to be a very big deal to plumb and wire my kitchen for an 18" dishwasher. Floor had to be cut, belly pand had to be dropped, dedicated circuit for power....well over 1500$. I decided on a counter top d/w to sit on the clothes washer and splice into the power, water and drain.
Same may apply for you and your prospective rig.
Ouch, that pretty much answers my question - better get the version with the prep built-in...

Thanks for the response.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:08 AM   #7
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Is it possible to modify a 5th wheel that does not come with a washer/dryer prep fixture so that they can be used?

I'm looking at some used models but I can't find a suitable model that comes with these fixtures.
Chris M - I put in a Splendide in our 36 Outback. Wanted this floorplan. Was not pre-plumed. Used about half of the bedroom closet but still plenty of room. Plumbing to grey tank was no trouble. Used flexible hose supported by split pvc. Water system easy to tie into. Has worked well for over two years. No leaks. We do use only when connencted to a dump with gate open.
If you would like more information, and pictures, can email me at rayandt@aol.com
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