Washer and dryers are one of those things that are not a necessity to have when you camp on weekends or long vacations, or even as a full time RVer, but it sure does make life a whole lot easier!
During the first year as a full time RVer, I used the RV park laundromat. While it is nice to get a bunch of laundry done in a timely fashion, it became apparent that a public laundry was just not working out. One reason is that Tex has military uniforms and we have to wash those regularly. I never knew who had used the machine before us and it seems like everyone likes to wash dog beds and other really gross stuff in the machines. I couldn’t trust the machine not to ruin his very expensive uniforms. It also was very expensive to wash and dry. It took at least 2 cycles, sometimes 3 to get things dry.
We finally made the decision to buy a combo washer/dryer unit after living in our first motorhome for about a year. Our RV at the time was already plumbed for a unit so that made the installation process super easy.
We bought a Splendide combo washer/dryer from Camping World while it was on sale. I was able to pick it up myself to save on shipping costs and it actually fit in the back of the Jeep!
A combo washer/dryer does have a little learning curve. You can’t just use it like you would a regular washer or dryer in a house. If you follow the directions and tips in the user guide, it was actually quite simple. There are two key elements is using the combo machine. The first is to use small loads. You cannot stuff the drum full as it won’t be able to tumble and dry without wrinkles. The second is to take the laundry out a few times to shake them while they are drying and that lessons the wrinkles as well. I usually hang up our clothes before they get fully dry and that allows the wrinkles to fall out.
The installation in our first RV was super easy but one thing that we did have to do was cut a hole in the side of the RV for the vent. Now, that made us both NERVOUS!! Inside the space where the washer/dryer goes, was a stencil on the wall marking where to cut to install the vent. Tex had a special drill bit made just for cutting large, circular holes, so it was actually a very simple process.
After cutting the hole, he installed the vent and then he and I carried the washer/dryer inside through the motorhome door. He hooked up the water lines and we placed the unit in the space. All in all, a very simple procedure and it was so worth it!
When we bought our new RV in December 2016, it had a space for a separate washer and dryer. However, instead of installing two separate units, we decided to stick with the Splendide combo unit and use the space above it for storage. We desperately needed storage and we have been very happy with the combo unit for the past two years, so that decision was easy.
Instead of us installing it ourselves though, we went ahead and had the dealer install it for us prior to us picking it up. Best decision ever since Tex was recovering from back surgery at the time!
Now that we have used the Splendide washer/dryer combo for over 2 years, we have found it to be a great addition to our RV. We have been very happy with our purchase. It is very convenient. I can wash early in the morning or late at night and can do it in my pajamas if I want. I highly recommend having a washer and dryer in your RV if you plan to full time. You won’t regret it.
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