RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > RV SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES FORUMS > Gear and Product Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-07-2019, 12:08 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
FIRE UP's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Out there, somewhere
Posts: 7,029
Looking for a small, DEPENDABLE pressure washer

Gents,
I've had a Karcher, very small, about the size of an over filled football pressure washer for about 10 or more years and, it finally gave up the ghost yesterday. I really liked it because, it was powerful enough to handle the smaller jobs I used it for and, the really nice part, it fit in my shore power compartment. But, it's gone to the grave yard for pressure washers and, I'm on the hunt for a new one. I just use it for washing the coach while on the road and, small rinse jobs when the Jeep gets muddy which, ain't often, I HATE MUD.

In the short time I've been researching, it seems that the majority of smaller electric pressure washers are a sort of stand-up type, maybe with little wheels. Well, that's all well and good for someone that's gonna store it someplace where it will fit in a garage, cabinet etc. But, I want SMALL. My Karcher was about 8" or 10" high by about 5"-7" thick by about 12" - 13" long. When researching just about anything, I always try and read reviews, if they're available. The one small one I've found so far, has mixed reviews. I'm not really fond of mixed reviews. I'd like to see all positive although that can be hard.

Anyway, if anyone's got one they either recently purchased or, have had for a while that's been dependable, with no issues, and, small enough to fit in the average sized compartment in an RV, I'd like to see it. I appreciate any help here.
Scott
__________________

__________________
2004 ITASCA HORIZON 36GD, 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Toad '08 GL 1800 Gold Wing
Retired-29.5 yrs, SDFD, Ham - KI6OND
Me, Karla and the Sophie character, (mini Schnauzer)
FIRE UP is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-07-2019, 01:41 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
ThePowells's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Zebulon, NC
Posts: 4,155
Scott, Gander at this stuff....
Power Washer
__________________

__________________
Kelly and Jerry Powell with Halo (Lethal White Aussie), Nash the Rat Terrorist, and now Reid, the "Brindle we have no idea puppy"
2017 Thor Quantum W31, Ford E-450, Onan QG4000, Demco Kar Kaddy, Toytoada Prius.
ThePowells is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2019, 01:50 AM   #3
Member
 
ramn4ver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 87
I have this.but they might be discontinued.

Campbell Hausfeld 1350-PSI 1.3-GPM Electric Pressure Washer
ramn4ver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2019, 07:15 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 599
My Snap On has survived several years
__________________
2016 Tuscany 42GX
F150 KR or Escape Toad
lwmcguire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2019, 10:19 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
FIRE UP's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Out there, somewhere
Posts: 7,029
I surely want to thank all of you for your suggestions. I figured there'd be some good suggestions for sure. I'm leaning towards the Ryobi. Everyone's got a version, Lowes, Home Depot, Harbor Freight, and more. The Ryobi's small shoebox size and somewhat good reviews are causing me to lean that way. We'll see. Thanks again.
Scott
__________________
2004 ITASCA HORIZON 36GD, 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Toad '08 GL 1800 Gold Wing
Retired-29.5 yrs, SDFD, Ham - KI6OND
Me, Karla and the Sophie character, (mini Schnauzer)
FIRE UP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2019, 11:03 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 806
I have the Ryobi from Home Depot. I just got it about 3 months ago and have used it a handful of times. It works well, is compact, and has three nozzles. I uses it for the light work of washing inside of boats where my larger gas pressure washer is just too powerful. I like it.
__________________
Professional mechanic.
2018 Ram 2500 HD Mega cab.
mobilemike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2019, 11:38 AM   #7
"Formerly Diplomat Don"
 
Dutch Star Don's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Moorpark, Ca.
Posts: 11,603
Here is what I did. I took the Karcher from Harbor Freight and stripped it down to just the pump, which ended up being the size of a football. I then mounted it under the hood in a dead area behind the driver's side headlights. I routed a water connection down to the bottom edge of the motor home and used a 50' hose that could reach the entire coach. The little Karcher came with a 25' power cord that I snaked down the frame rail to an outlet in a storage bay.


Name:   P1030171.jpg
Views: 46
Size:  8.4 KB


Name:   P1030177.jpg
Views: 44
Size:  6.0 KB
__________________
Don & Mary
2019 Newmar Dutch Star 4018
2016 GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Cab
Dutch Star Don is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2019, 11:22 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
FIRE UP's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Out there, somewhere
Posts: 7,029
Well Gang,
Once again, I most certainly appreciate any and all responses and suggestions. The house water softener needed some salt so, we zoomed down to our local Lowes for some. While there, we tripped on over to the pressure washer isle. I looked at the available smaller electric ones and, within about 1 minute, I had one in my cart. It's kind-a ironic. In the pics below, you'll see my new "Greenworks" 1700 psi pressure washer. It's not the most powerful thing in the world but, it wasn't bought to steam clean cruise ship engines, just do little jobs like Don does, and that's to rinse the M/H when out and about. In the one pic, my hand is in front of it so you can get a real idea of the size of the unit.
Scott

On edit: Sorry for the crooked pics, I took them with my phone and may have held the phone in a different position for the pics. You get the point.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0408.jpg
Views:	32
Size:	254.6 KB
ID:	231298   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0409.jpg
Views:	30
Size:	278.0 KB
ID:	231299  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0410.jpg
Views:	28
Size:	256.6 KB
ID:	231300  
__________________
2004 ITASCA HORIZON 36GD, 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Toad '08 GL 1800 Gold Wing
Retired-29.5 yrs, SDFD, Ham - KI6OND
Me, Karla and the Sophie character, (mini Schnauzer)
FIRE UP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2019, 10:00 AM   #9
Senior Member - DIYer
 
Waiter21's Avatar


 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: NW Ohio
Posts: 5,001
I bought a small cheep one years ago, its still kicking. After I finish using it (once every few months) I drain it, then spray silicon spray in the water intake, turn it on for a second or to to get the silicon into the pump section.

I spray silicon spray on all the o-rings, connectors, etc before storage, and again when re-assembling for use.
__________________
1999 Fleetwood Southwind 35S (Ford F53 6.8L V10 4R100) - Toad 2003 Saturn Vue.
(www.1999Southwind.com)

It won't do MACH 2, but I can get a sandwich and take a pee.
Waiter21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2019, 07:17 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Bikinjim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 141
I use the Ryobi from Home Depot. I like the small size and itís standard wand quick disconnect fitting that allows connection of most attachments. I use a soap foam cannon attachment with it to wash my motorhome and cars which makes for a fast and easy washing. The pressure washer has been reliable in my 15 or so uses.
__________________
Jim and Shelia
2017 Allegro RED 37PA
2018 Chevy Equinox
Bikinjim is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2019, 07:54 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
TexasTom's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: DFW
Posts: 1,215
Quote:
Originally Posted by FIRE UP View Post
Well Gang,
Once again, I most certainly appreciate any and all responses and suggestions. The house water softener needed some salt so, we zoomed down to our local Lowes for some. While there, we tripped on over to the pressure washer isle. I looked at the available smaller electric ones and, within about 1 minute, I had one in my cart. It's kind-a ironic. In the pics below, you'll see my new "Greenworks" 1700 psi pressure washer. It's not the most powerful thing in the world but, it wasn't bought to steam clean cruise ship engines, just do little jobs like Don does, and that's to rinse the M/H when out and about. In the one pic, my hand is in front of it so you can get a real idea of the size of the unit.
Scott

On edit: Sorry for the crooked pics, I took them with my phone and may have held the phone in a different position for the pics. You get the point.


I have used one of these for 5 rears. Still works fine
__________________
2009 Fleetwood Excursion 40E
TexasTom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2019, 04:30 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Northern California
Posts: 130
I use a worx battery operated power washer. It's small, light weight, portable and super easy to use. It doesn't have super high pressure, but it works great for cleaning things up. I know the OP already got a new one. But for others who might be considering this, its worth giving it a look. It can draw from a bucket with a hose. You can also use a bottle that hooks to the handle. Think 2 liter soda pop bottle. No dragging a hose around for quick little clean ups. I like mine and would buy it again.
__________________
2004 Nash 25s ~ Dodge Ram 4x4 Cummins
1361 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2019, 11:55 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Where I park
Posts: 223
Quote:
Originally Posted by FIRE UP View Post
Well Gang,
Once again, I most certainly appreciate any and all responses and suggestions. The house water softener needed some salt so, we zoomed down to our local Lowes for some. While there, we tripped on over to the pressure washer isle. I looked at the available smaller electric ones and, within about 1 minute, I had one in my cart. It's kind-a ironic. In the pics below, you'll see my new "Greenworks" 1700 psi pressure washer. It's not the most powerful thing in the world but, it wasn't bought to steam clean cruise ship engines, just do little jobs like Don does, and that's to rinse the M/H when out and about. In the one pic, my hand is in front of it so you can get a real idea of the size of the unit.
Scott

On edit: Sorry for the crooked pics, I took them with my phone and may have held the phone in a different position for the pics. You get the point.


Is your hand really that BIG! How about a follow up on a rainy day. How does it do?
__________________

GBDTN is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is the Cummins C8.3 Mechanical Dependable? sam60 Cummins Engines 27 02-07-2016 10:35 PM
class A wall slides...Which r more dependable?!! jponyboyace Class A Motorhome Discussions 22 11-29-2015 06:46 PM
Adding a small pressure washer PDR John Newmar Owner's Forum 12 02-16-2015 10:38 AM
Meal prep...small space & small storage wingnutz iRV2.com General Discussion 4 06-19-2014 04:05 PM
Good Dependable Motorhome JJ Simba05 FLSTCI02 Class A Motorhome Discussions 5 08-06-2007 05:12 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:18 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.