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Old 11-21-2019, 05:18 PM   #1
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Washer and Dryer or laundry mat?

I've heard the washer and dryers for RV's are not the best and take forever to wash and dry. I've also heard some full-timers installed small residential stackable washer/dryers.

As a full-timer, do you have a washer/dryer or do you use the laundry mat? If you had to buy a new washer/dryer, what would you buy?


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Old 11-21-2019, 05:20 PM   #2
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I have the Ariston brand stacked units. The dryer is a 240 volt one and, while smaller than regular home units, they do work well. The all in one units will wrinkle the clothes unless you stop them between the wash and dry cycles and shake them out. Some even dry one washer full in two separate dryings.

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Old 11-21-2019, 05:21 PM   #3
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Old 11-21-2019, 05:23 PM   #4
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We're not fulltimers, yet, but we wouldn't leave home without our W/D! We have the old Splendide 2000 combo unit. Yes, it is slow, but we can run it while we're in the MH doing other things.

I would love to have stackable units, but not possible in our coach.
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Old 11-21-2019, 05:50 PM   #5
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Yes, the drying time is longer since it is only 120V appliance. BUT, you don't have to sit and watch it, do other things while it is drying. Yes, loads are smaller, but you just put them in and go do other things. There is no need to sit and watch it go round and round.. Ours had a delay timer, would set it to come on about 5 am to wash then dry when doing towels - - warm towels when I get up for my shower.
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:00 PM   #6
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I hate laundromats! Hot, loud, stinky and you have to stay there and keep track of your stuff.

We boondock a lot. We have to watch our water use. We need storage more than a washer. We need to watch our weight (and length) or we will get in trouble on rough terrain.

We try to keep 2 weeks worth of all purpose clothes available. That's about as long as we can stretch our water and food too. When we need to we just check into a campground, Dump tanks take a dip in the pool, do the laundry and go out to dinner. In the morning we decide what to do that day.
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:03 PM   #7
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We have an Ariston Splendide and love it. We’re able to do laundry while we sleep or take a walk, etc.

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Old 11-21-2019, 07:47 PM   #8
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I would never again own a rig (last one did not have) with out a Washer and Dryer.
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Ran across an RV'r from Canada who installed an apartment sized stacked W/D, and the dryer was a propane model..
He said that there were no issues plumbing it in.. wish I could have gotten a look on how he ran the burner vent..
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Old 11-21-2019, 08:12 PM   #10
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When we started FT, we tried the laundry mat route and it just wasn't our style. After 1 year, we installed a Haire 1600 combo ventless and have been very happy with it. Wife usually does a load every other evening and typically will hang dry the clothes either inside or outside depending on weather and cg rules. Some cg's have laundry facilities and we will use them for larger wash items when available. Like any appliance, you learn how to work it into your schedule.
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Old 11-21-2019, 10:27 PM   #11
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We don't full time but about 75%. We have a Splendide all in one and once you learn how to use it, everything works out just fine. Really hate laundromats
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Old 11-21-2019, 11:19 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Mr_D View Post
I have the Ariston brand stacked units. The dryer is a 240 volt one and, while smaller than regular home units, they do work well.
When we started full timing, we used laundromats, but they're a PITA + expensive. For us, our stacked Aristons were one of our Best Buys.

I have the 120V dryer and it also works well as does the washer.
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Old 11-21-2019, 11:39 PM   #13
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We full-timed 16 years without a washer/dryer. We like to get 2 weeks worth done in 1.5 hr. and not have to think about it for a long time. We never had to use a 'bad' laundromat. We always went into town where they had big washers and most often, attendants who kept the place spiffy. We hear horror stories but honestly have never had that experience.

We catch up on reading or planning out our stay then perhaps did some nearby siteseeing, grocery shopping, picked up our mail at the post office (general delivery) or other errands. It definitely wasn't wasted time. That was our day to do the mundane things necessary. Then we had two weeks of play time!
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Old 11-21-2019, 11:40 PM   #14
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Our rig came with whirlpool washer and dryer. Wife says that it is a an absolute must and wouldn't have a rig without it. We haven't, but could, do our laundry while driving down the road with the generator running. We do boondock but save laundry for when we have hookups. The only time we go to the laundry mat is when the blankets need to be washed.

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