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Old 10-01-2014, 07:14 PM   #1
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Combo washer/dryer: The good, the bad, the ugly?

How well do those combo washers/dryers work that I see in so many Monaco MH's? As long as you keep up the maintenance on them and clean out the filter/trap at the base of the unit do they work okay?
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We have been in our '06 Dynasty over 40% of the time since it was new. Probably 75% of that time was on multi-week or multi-month "outings" where we couldn't bring the dirty stuff home to launder. We have NEVER used a laundromat, but rather while on the road we have done every single load of clothing, linens and bedding in our Splendide combo unit. It has never given us a lick of trouble. Be sure to use what they call HE detergent, for its low sudsing properties. It takes quite a long time to dry stuff, but it does get it done. It doesn't produce as wrinkle free of a product as larger, hotter dryers do. But it is ours, it is clean, it is easy. Bottom line, we wouldn't do without it.
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We also have the combo washer/dryer. The dryer is almost useless. We added a dryer to our rig and it makes laundry much faster and easier.
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We have been in our '06 Dynasty over 40% of the time since it was new. Probably 75% of that time was on multi-week or multi-month "outings" where we couldn't bring the dirty stuff home to launder. We have NEVER used a laundromat, but rather while on the road we have done every single load of clothing, linens and bedding in our Splendide combo unit. It has never given us a lick of trouble. Be sure to use what they call HE detergent, for its low sudsing properties. It takes quite a long time to dry stuff, but it does get it done. It doesn't produce as wrinkle free of a product as larger, hotter dryers do. But it is ours, it is clean, it is easy. Bottom line, we wouldn't do without it.

We have the same combo unit and agree with this post completely. We have been full time for 7 years now and our combo is the right balance between size and performance. Just be sure it's a unit vented to the outside. The ventless units are less satisfactory.


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Old 10-02-2014, 06:17 AM   #5
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we use ours a lot. It takes longer to do a load, and the load will be smaller, and it will fill your grey tank quickly (so just leave that open) other than that, seems to work quite well.
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What Steve and Jim said. Use only one to two tablespoons of detergent. Same with softener. I don't know why people say dryer takes a long time. I find mine drys faster than the one in my house did. Wouldn't be without it.
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We have had both the single unit (washer/dryer) and the separate units. The single unit worked just fine and I liked the ability to start the wash at bedtime and wake up to dried clothes - no having to move them to a dryer. The drawbacks to the units are the small loads and length of time for drying. But, you adjust and it sure beats spending time in a laundry mat. We only use it when the grey valve can be left open - certainly not boondocking!
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How well do those combo washers/dryers work that I see in so many Monaco MH's? As long as you keep up the maintenance on them and clean out the filter/trap at the base of the unit do they work okay?
What everybody else says, I like mine! I have been full-timing by myself since 2005, had a Splendide in my first MH (mid-2005-Dec 2007). I had the model 2100XC installed in my latest motorhome when I bought it in 2010. 2-3 loads a week, every week since April of 2010. No problems, no filters to clean. The filter you talk about (at least on the newer Splendides) only requires cleaning if you lose a button or leave a coin in a pocket and it "escapes". That filter is there to protect the motor. I have never had to clean that filter in 5+ years(280 weeks times twice a week = 580 loads, and that doesn't include the 2+ years in '05-'07)). They are pretty much maintenance free, at least mine has been (knock on wood!)
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Since you have used both the older versions of the Splendide and the new one, I was wondering if you have noticed a significant difference in the two. I have the 2005 version and was wondering what I am missing out on.
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Agree with the comments above. It's convenient, but slow to dry and only practical with hookup to sewer.
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I really like our single unit.. BUT.. don't pull on the handle until the load is done.. done done.. wife broke it off easily.. I just used JB weld and glued it back together. I think that plastic handle cost over $50. rip off.. try the glue
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We just put in the new unit and the DW says it will
hold a bigger load.
No more filter to keep an eye on.
Do at least two loads per week.
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Not sure of the Spendide load size compared to the Majestic that we have but we've found that you can wash twice as much clothing as you can dry so either do smaller wash loads or split the washed clothing into two dry loads and it should dry just fine. Ours is a vented model.
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I think the key is the vented model. We have a Splendide vented model and it works great. However, last year I had the opportunity to use a ventless model. Somehow it steams the clothes while drying??? I am not sure how that works, but the results were permanent winkles. The vented Splendide combo unit is great. Also, it must be weighted for stability, and it is heavy.
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