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Old 02-10-2013, 06:03 PM   #1
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Cloth Diapers in Class A

Anyone ever fulltimed in a Class A with a baby/toddler using cloth diapers?

Any tips? Should I expect to spend each weekend at the laundromat?

DW wants to have cloth diapers on our toddler when we fulltime this summer in our Winnebago w/no clothes washer inside.

It's easy now in a house with a regular washer/dryer and we've raised our other two using them, but this will be a first.

Thinking of getting a portable clothes washer and just stringing the drying line inbetween the awning struts - that's what they're there for, right?
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:26 PM   #2
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Nothing for you on the cloth diapers, but DW and I are very jealous of getting to full time in your RV. We are fun timers stationed at Ft. Riley,KS.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:57 AM   #3
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You will use a lot of water hand washing, that means you will fill your graywater/black water tanks faster and empty your fresh water faster. Things might get a bit aromatic between washings. Things to consider. If you're doing the RV park thing most park thing with full hook ups then they generally have W/D there. Some state and local parks have washers and driers. Federal parks and CG generally do not have W/D. Some parks have rules about hanging out your wash to dry. I imagin it can be done but ......
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:04 AM   #4
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Are you FamCamp full timing? Most famcamps have washers/dryers.........disposables rock, and really protect your babies skin better barring allergies.....
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:24 AM   #5
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I wish I had a panacea to offer instead I will give our experience and you can ponder it for what ever value it has for you. Maybe none.

Well we tried cloth diapers traveling long before there were disposables. And long before we had an RV. Never ever again.

Our oldest still has a diaper buried beside the road in New Mexico some where; it was unsalvageable if you know what I mean. Some things are not better in volume.

Our plan was to use laundromats, but we arrived too late and tired in Joplin Missouri so at mid night I tried to wash them out in the motel bath tub. I woke up the entire motel with the odor which drove us out of our room until I could get enough done. I nearly suffocated myself trying.

If i had to travel with cloth diapers I would throw them away anyway. Too much to manage, at least for us it was. Way back then in the olden days.

Frequent access to a washer dryer is the key it would seem. Maybe in this case younger wiser heads can offer some sure methods.

Good luck and safe travels. I'm laughing as I remember our experience but it was not funny then, or at least not until we got out of Joplin alive.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:30 AM   #6
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cloth dipers in MH.... bad idea. Why subject yourself to that. There will be plenty to go wrong in the MH. Dirty dipers is one thing, cleaning them is a whole diff ball game.
I would at least bring some disposable ones for the convienence of when you do need it. (hiking, sightseeing etc).
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:09 PM   #7
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cloth dipers in MH.... bad idea. Why subject yourself to that. There will be plenty to go wrong in the MH. Dirty dipers is one thing, cleaning them is a whole diff ball game.
I would at least bring some disposable ones for the convienence of when you do need it. (hiking, sightseeing etc).
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:07 AM   #8
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As the father of six and spending years of my life changing diapers I would strongly consider disposable diapers. A few more in the landfill pale in comparison to the nuclear waste the govt has buried in South Carolina.
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That's actually one of the main reasons why we upgraded to the motorhome that we have now when we decided to have a baby (who is 2 months old now). Ours has a stackable W/D, and we do cloth diapers with no problems (we are a little bit "crunchy", so disposables are not an option, except when we have to go out for a little while). The DW knows everything about it, she uses baking soda and a whole bunch of other things when she washes them, and it just works great for us. I'd recommend it, it's way better for the baby, even though it's a little bit more work.
Good luck!

Oh and by the way, cloth works way better with breastfed babies. Formula is a little bit more... mmm messy to clean up =s
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:41 PM   #10
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I know I can't compete in first hand knowledge to somebody who had one two month old child only having 7 kids and 20 grand kids, but here goes.

Without a doubt the single BEST thing EVER invented was disposable diapers. No more smelly diaper pails that would stink up a 747 hanger, no having to dump the "load" in the toilet and then dunking the diapers in the toilet with not quite so solid loads to get the big chunks out.

The new ones don't leak, you don't need rubber pants, they don't cost any more if you consider detergent, bleach, 3-4 dozen diapers, the pail, whole house deodorant, loss of friends, the disposables win hands down.

It's one thing when they're little "mustard makers" but as they get older things change for the worse. Crawl around, squat and squish ain't fun in a cloth diaper for the cleaner upper though it might be a real kick for the creator of that little piece of art.

You simply dump the load, roll up the diaper in the plastic outer layer and chuck it in the dumpster. No washing, drying, no smell that constantly permeates every cell in your nostrils 24 hours a day.

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Old 02-13-2013, 06:59 PM   #11
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We had kids before disposables were even a dream.
JUST before the potty training stage for the youngest, Pampers arrived. No more washing, ODOR, and such. And the tiny bum had no more rashes.
IMHO, disposables lead to more freedom. The hugh time washing against presto-changeo is a no brainer. And if your quality time is worth anything, the cost of disposables is chump change.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:08 PM   #12
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Never had kids but married late and inherited 5 grand daughters, a sixth made her grand entrance later. If I am babysitting cloth diapers are NOT an option especially without onboard laundry facilities. Your wife should learn quickly.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:35 PM   #13
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Never did this in a motorhome. With our last one we used cloth. We would flush the diaper in the toilet and then put them in a 5 gallon bucket with pine sol when the bucket was full the wife would dump the bucket of diapers in the washer and spin them out then wash as normal. Saved a lot of money over disposables.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:25 PM   #14
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i would have a "germ concern" using cloth on the road ,would be tuff to get as clean as you can at home .
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