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Old 01-25-2015, 07:16 PM   #1
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No washer or dryer

We just bought an Itasca Ellipse 40-FD and are about to become full timers. The Itasca is plumbed for but has no washer or dryer. The posts I have read on the subject are all so different. Some like the stacked dryer on top. Some like the combo and others would have neither. We know we want something but since all of this is new to us, we could use some help on what to choose.
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:27 PM   #2
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If I had the room, I'd have stacked. Don't have the room and have the combo. Wouldn't be without it and if there is a next coach, it will have one or both.
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:08 PM   #3
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We have the Splendid combo unit and use it a lot. The advantage of the combo is it automatically goes to the dry cycle after wash. My wife is talking about putting one in the master bedroom in the new house we are getting ready to build.

There is a big debate as to how well the combo units work. We seem to get by but I have no doubt a separate washer and dryer probably does a better job but takes up more room.

Either way we would have a hard time without a unit.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:12 PM   #4
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We have a Splendide combo and it works fine. Just make sure whatever you buy is a vented model. The non vented models use a lot of water.
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:23 PM   #5
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Thank you all for your responses. If we have room we will probably stack. If we need more storage we will probably splendide combo.
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:31 PM   #6
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We have the stacked. DW likes it a lot. Would not be without it now that we have it. No walking anywhere with laundry.

And more than enough space left over.
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After three years of FT in our TT and relying on laundromats we decided that a WD was mandatory in our next rig. While many laundromats are fine, we found to many that were filthy. Looked as if many were using them to wash dog blankets. Our net to us MH has a stacked unit and we use it all the time. If I were you I would wait and see if having one or not works for your style. You can always get one later.
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:20 AM   #8
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Would not be without our stacked units. Dryer is 110 so it does take a while to dry but you can wash and dry at the same time. Really dislike laundry mats and their filthy, broken machines.
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To those of you who have the stacked units, which brand do you have? I am looking at the Whirlpool Thin Twin as a possibility.
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To those of you who have the stacked units, which brand do you have? I am looking at the Whirlpool Thin Twin as a possibility.
I don't think there is that much difference between brands in overall performance. I would suggest that you look at the features they provide and go with your gut.

Personally I prefer the front loader washers. The Thin Twin units aren't from what I have seen. Also, our Splendid units are separate. The washer is on the floor and the drier is mounted on a wood platform above. Removing them is more simple than if they are tied together. We give ourselves some room from the top of the washer to the drier platform to store a few things like towels and then again store a few other items on top of the drier.

Having easy access to either unit individually paid out big dividends a few days ago. Our units are fitted into a cabinet area that is a bit tight side to side. (See attached picture) Sandee was trying to "optimize" storage above the dryer when things fell behind it. It was much easier to pull the drier out to get them than wrestling with a unit where they are tied together. Also...we can reach over the washer to access the water faucets fairly easy without the panel that ties the Thin Twins together.

Neither unit is extremely heavy but the dryer is reasonably light. If our floor plan didn't have it in a tight isle it would be pretty easy to get either unit in and out individually.
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:19 PM   #11
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Our old FW did not have a W/D and had tons of storage. I would have gladly traded the W/D closet storage, to have a W/D. Even without that closet, there was a lot of storage in that FW. We recently traded it for an Excel, with considerably less storage space. We decided that the W/D was more important than that storage space to us. We went with a Splendide stacking W&D.

We'll be full-timing later this year and need the W&D..
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:35 PM   #12
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I have had both. The Splendide combo is a lot better than nothing, but the stacked is better than the Splendide combo. If you go for the Splendide, they have both vented and non-vented models. The vented one works much better.

P.S. If it weren't for the washer & dryer, I could never get my wife to travel in the RV.
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Have the Splendid now, have never used it as we haven't been out long enough to have needed it. We have enough clothes to go for two weeks at a time.

Looking to buy another rig and it has the stacked units.
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...P.S. If it weren't for the washer & dryer, I could never get my wife to travel in the RV.
Pretty darn close to Sandee's opinion. LOL

BTW...we find the flexibility of the any unit, especially the stacked ones, is integral to OUR life style. The ability to toss stuff in the washer any time is a great plus. Yes, we still occasionally use laundromats for the big stuff like comforters or if we have a need to get all our sheets done quickly. We find the cost savings alone are paying for the units.
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