Splendide 7100 Washer - Fix or Replace?
Splendide is pretty much the best in the business for RV laundry, and Westland Sales has been stellar whenever Iíve called them- which actually hasnít been too often.
Let me make one point with you. The unit you have is described as a 7100. Is it that, or 7100XC? I donít think it makes a huge difference, but the XC I think has slightly larger drum and a couple of other advantages. But I digress! The important point is that the 7100 and 7100XC are *ventless* combo models. They have washer and dryer combined in one machine, but no external duct to expel the very moist air from the machine as the clothes are drying. They rely on the magic of condensation and evaporation to mystically draw moisture out of the clothes. It actually sprays water onto the clothes as part of the process of drying. Your clothes never actually dry. When ďfinishedĒ the clothes are still a bit damp, and you have to let them dry. And all the moisture that used to be in your clothes is now still inside your RV!
I suggest you switch to the Splendide 2100XC. It is the vented combo model, in all other ways identical to the 7100, but it has a standard dryer duct and vent system, and when the cycle ends your clothes are dry. Amazing!! And.... I think itís 1 or 2 hundred cheaper! If you donít already have a vent outlet you will have to have one installed. Or DIY. Not hard.
When we bought our coach in 2012 it was 10 years old, and had a 4 y/o Splendide 2100XC already installed. It ran very well for the next seven years but then started suffering several electronic control problems. We figured 11 years of constant use in a motorhome was a pretty good life. So we replaced it with another Splendide 2100XC. This one has been fine for the last year.
Anyway, Ted, a very long post, but thatís my advice to you. Stick with Splendide but switch to the vented combo 2100XC.
John & Diane, Fulltimers. RVM103 NHSO
On the road since June '12 with Lincoln, the guard cat.
2002 Dutch Star 40, Freightliner, Cat 3126, 2004 Element