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Old 05-04-2014, 05:18 PM   #1
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Washing machine

I am fairly new to this rv thing. My ? Is when some of you that boondock do you or can you use your washer with out a septic hookup. Thanks
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Not a good idea, I could run one load through mine, but the gray tank would be full.... mine is a full size Kenmore.
My washing machine has a big red sticker on it(Factory installed) "Do not operate washing machine without opening gray water tank valve"
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That's one of the (many) reasons why we don't boondock.
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Suggest to search and read threads on the usefulness and usage of laundry equipment in RV's. Depending, many don't use anyway.
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Sorry I tried to do a search for this but every time I did it showed no response. Thanks for the info anyway
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Pete even if your grey water tank had the capacity to hold the contents from a washer, you would most likely almost fill it. Secondly you would use up a considerable amount of your fresh water. Also with the grey tank valve closed, any foaming action created by the detergent could rise up through your shower to greet you.
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It all depends on what washer/dryer you have. The vent-less combination washer/dryer uses a lot of water not only in washing the clothes but in drying them also. The vent-less Splendide's 7100XC uses from 7.5 to 16 gallons to wash, AND 2.5 gallons per hour to dry! But the vented combination unit, Splendide's 2100XC uses from 7.5 to 16 gallons of water.

We have run the washer/dryer while driving down the interstate while running the generator. Just plan for the amount of water used, both in gray tank capacity and fresh water use.
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One option would be to toss your laundry in a sealable plastic container with maybe a gallon of water and a little bit of laundry detergent and take it with you on your drives, the shaking is often enough to get the clothes clean. When you get back to the RV give it a quick rinse in clean water and hang to dry. It's not the perfect solution but gets you out of a bind when necessary.
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I have not used the washer and dryer while boondocking. I have dried clothes while going down the road using the generator. If I was only boondocking for 1-2 nights and my water was full and grey was empty, I might do one load. We have Splendid stackables.
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Washers and showers use a lot of water relative to tank size.

NOW: Water may be divided 3 ways, depeding on your RV

BLACK water (Toilet) Must be dumped in a proper "Hole in the grond" (Sewer or septic system inlet)

GRAY water, in some cases may be dumped in special "Gray Dumps" or in some other places, Directly on the ground, Gray water includes food particles from the kitchen sink.

WASH water (Shower, Lav's and Washing machine) in many places can go on the ground.. BUT NOT ALL, in some you dump any waste on the ground you gonna to be a fined up standing citizen.. That is not a typo.. You will be UP STANDING, In front of a judge and you will be FINED, and possibly jailed as well.

By the way, I opted for storage space, less weight and use park laundry,, When we did the cost calculation, how much laundry we did v/s cost and anticipated life of the machines.... Dead heat.
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WASH water (Shower, Lav's and Washing machine) in many places can go on the ground.. BUT NOT ALL, in some you dump any waste on the ground you gonna to be a fined up standing citizen.. That is not a typo.. You will be UP STANDING, In front of a judge and you will be FINED, and possibly jailed as well.
Yeah, NEVER dump gray (wash only, no food waste in it) without explicit permission from a park/cg official, some places it is acceptable (usually with restrictions), but wa8yxm is certainly right, do it in the wrong park/cg you can be charged, fined, or best case kicked out and asked to not return.

I have left our gray open and diverted to woods/grass via hose when I have camped at parks/cg where its allowed, I usually have it the same way with hose diverted into shrubs when parked at home and run water for anything. I never do any food waste in sink, all dishes are washed in a dish pan and dumped in toilet, which never fills up as fast, I do hold back some gray when we are going to be leaving so I can flush the hose after a black dump (in proper receptacle).

BTW, I am picking up a lot of tips and tricks here for my own boondocking :-) This site and rv.net are both awesome :-)
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It certainly can be done. If you use a tote to haul your gray water to a dump station, just dump the gray water and then connect the empty tote to the valve and open the valve. After washing close the valve and haul and dump the tote. Just make sure your tote is large enough to hold the number of washes you do. We park about 3 miles from the dump station at Imperial Dam and it works out nicely.
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