Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-08-2011, 03:54 PM   #1
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 37
Embarassingly silly question #3 : What do you do with mountains of wet dirty clothes?

Embarassingly silly question #3 : What do you do with mountains of wet dirty clothes

OK, here's the way I see it in my mind's eye... we are camped at a national park for 10 days or so in our moderately sized and equipped 5th wheel. (< 30 feet)

There are no hookups. No real services in the campground (no laundry facilities). The weather takes a turn and it rains on and off for a few days. No way we are staying inside. So we go out in the rain everyday for hikes and exploration, camp fires, etc.

Everytime we come in we are soaked. Wet rain coats, pants, shoes (which are muddy too), umbrellas. We step into the RV and... ???

What do you do with a continuously refreshing pile of wet / dirty clothes when your out for 10 days or more?


PJinHawaii 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 07-08-2011, 04:01 PM   #2
Senior Member
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Mullica Hill NJ
Posts: 104
Install a washer dryer combo. I use it all the time. Best 1000 dollars you will ever spend.

Voyager35L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 04:02 PM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
RickO's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Litchfield Park, Arizona
Posts: 10,528
Ain't it great? We haven't been in quite that situation because we use RV parks and hook ups most often but staying near the beach with three dogs can give me some appreciation.

Sometimes placing a plastic tub tucked just under the RV to place shoes in will help but without access to a laundry facility I would just toss them in a plastic trash bag and store them under in one of the outside storage bays.

If you have carpet in the rig that you really liked at first.... that could change too.

Best of luck...

Rick, Nancy, Peanut & Lola our Westie Dogs & Bailey the Sheltie.

2007 Itasca Ellipse 40FD
RickO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 04:46 PM   #4
Senior Member
dsbike's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Hampstead, NC
Posts: 1,388
This reminds me of a funny story that happened to my wife & I. Not to hijack your thread, but this what we did in a similar situation.
A few years ago my wife & I were back packing on the Appalachian Trail. We drove to the end of a dirt road then backpacked from there for about an hour in the late afternoon. We found a nice place to make a base camp & set up. That evening was hot & clear skys. We slept with the rain fly off the tent. The next day while my wife was doing her morning things & getting ready to do a day hike, I explored the area we were camping in. I noticed there was a clearing about 100' from the camp site. I walked out to the clearing & it was a fire access road. I walked down the road and around the bend about another 100'. Wouldn't you know it, parked at the gate to this road was our Jeep. So I go back to our camp site & I do not tell my wife that we are camped beside our Jeep.
After breakfast we go for a day hike. We are now about 2-3 hours from camp & a summer storm rolls in. We take cover in some pine trees, & we still get wet. While we are waiting for the rain to subside we remember we didn't put the rain fly on the tent. When we get back to camp there is litterally 2" of water inside the tent. Our sleeping bags, pads, & tent are soaked. My wife asks me what I think we should do. I tell her we will gather all the wet stuff up & take it back into town & find a laundromat. She says we will need to carry this wet stuff an hour out of here. It is then I break the news that we are camping within 200' of the jeep. We gather it up take it into town & all is well.
Thanks for reading my story.
Dan Sees, Full Timing in the MH & Part timing in a S&B In Hampstead, NC
2013 Winnebago Journey 42e, 2014 Featherlite Car Hauler 3110 17.5', 2008 Mazda MX5,
2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
dsbike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 06:30 PM   #5
Senior Member
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Tempe, AZ
Posts: 1,833
Bag em, burn them, then go SHOPPING!
LadyFitz... is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 06:37 PM   #6
Senior Member
fansill's Avatar
Nor'easters Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 446
We keep a collapsible laundry rack in the coach. In good weather I leave it outside to dry wet beach towels and bathing suits. In the evening and inclement weather, I leave it positioned in the shower to help dry wet clothing. I can also dry more personal items of clothing without showing them off to the neighbors. I have a washer/dryer but have not used it yet...

Faith and Bob, Bitsy the Papillon and Bosco the Chi-weenie....RIP Truffles
2005 Revolution LE - 2008 Honda CRV Toad
Northern Massachusetts and the rest of the Country.
fansill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 09:40 PM   #7
Senior Member
Superslif's Avatar
Thor Owners Club
Pond Piggies Club
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: NE. Ohio USA
Posts: 3,821
Just got back from a 14 day trip. We always pack for 8 days worth of clothes. The wifey will do a load or two to make us thru the trip. If the campground doesn't have any laundry machines, try the nearest town.

While camping at Shenandoah NP. last year (5 days), which didn't have electric service. I would hang our bath towels out on a line. After hiking, would hang our thicker hiking socks on the line to dry out also. We always take our shoes off while in the RV....
Jim, Diane & Robert ~ NE. OH.
2013 Aerolite Hybrid #232 ES
2014 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7L
IRV2 Photo Album ~Let's Go Places~
Superslif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 10:54 PM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 571
I would not put wet clothes in a plastic bag....will go thru a heat and what a smell, get a laundry basket and put them in storage bay until weather permits hanging them out to dry. Make sure basket has holes to allow them to air.
faye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2011, 05:28 AM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 452

Our Bounder has a large shower and we have installed two 24" towel bars in the ceiling. They span the skylight. We can put wet cloths on hangers and then hang them in the shower on the towel bars. As long as the clothes are not dripping wet you could put a small space heater in to speed the drying process.

2006 Fleetwood Bounder 35E
Bob and Inga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2011, 09:57 AM   #10
Senior Member
Appalachian Campers
Coastal Campers
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: New Bern,NC
Posts: 2,032
I'd find the nearest town and a laundromat!
diandtom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2011, 02:36 PM   #11
Senior Member
edj's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 416
Originally Posted by diandtom View Post
I'd find the nearest town and a laundromat!
This is definitely the best option....
Ed J - Summer->Vestal, NY Winter->Melbourne, FL
1999 Dodge 2500 diesel, 6-spd manual
2007 HitchHiker Discover America 329RSB
edj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2011, 05:33 PM   #12
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 210
Just a thought. If it a 5r, install some loops on the under side of the nose to put cloths lines on. Hang them there till dry.
03 chevy tahoe and a tent for now
Eric_H_E is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2011, 03:22 PM   #13
Senior Member
Mr_D's Avatar
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 22,437
Originally Posted by Voyager35L View Post
Install a washer dryer combo. I use it all the time. Best 1000 dollars you will ever spend.
OP states they don't have hookups, you could run maybe one load or two then your grey tank would be pretty full and your batteries pretty empty!!
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '05 Odyssey
Mr_D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2011, 03:40 PM   #14
Senior Member
450Donn's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Dallas,OR
Posts: 2,240
Originally Posted by Mr_D View Post
OP states they don't have hookups, you could run maybe one load or two then your grey tank would be pretty full and your batteries pretty empty!!
Not necessarily true. First a washer/dryer combo runs on 120VAC NOT 12VDC. Run my generator for three hours charging the batteries and do a load of wash at the same time. My washer takes about 6 gallons of water to do a load, so 50 divided by 6 equals a little over 8 loads of wash before the tank is full. but when in a NF campground I always have a blue tank and dump the gray water every day anyhow. So whats the big deal with another 6 gallons of water?

Don and Lorri
2007 Dodge 3500 dually
Resident Dummy.
450Donn is online now   Reply With Quote

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
Battery Question answered, now I have a solar panel question! Lkraus3 Vintage RV's 8 02-21-2011 11:06 AM
Bounder: Dash light switch question Helmutk Fleetwood Products Owner's Forum 8 01-22-2011 01:08 PM
Trip to the Mountains and an ABS Question JDT Monaco Owner's Forum 6 07-25-2010 08:56 PM
Ball Hitch Question CNCCornwall Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11 09-08-2009 09:07 PM
Question on wet pockets DFR Gulf Stream Owner's Forum 2 09-08-2008 06:30 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:13 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.