For those wanting to RV full-time, one of the looming questions is “how will we do our laundry?” Should you buy an RV washer and dryer or opt for using a laundromat or campground laundry instead? For us, the answer wasn’t that simple.
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In our former fifth wheel, there was a bonafide laundry closet plumbed and ready for a washer and dryer or washer/dryer combo. We had seriously contemplated getting an RV washer and dryer. However, we had to weigh the pros and cons…literally.
So, we’ll share what we came up with that led us to our decision.
RV Washer and Dryer vs. Use a Laundromat?
Advantages of having an RV Washer and Dryer Setup
Do your laundry anytime you want
If you have an RV washer and dryer installed in your motorhome, fifth wheel or travel trailer, you can do your laundry when you want. Whether starting your day or while lounging before turning in for the night, it’s just a matter of shoving your laundry in your machine, turning the knob and pushing the button.
And, you’re not having to look for a clean laundromat.
You know exactly what’s in your laundry!
That’s right! Having your own RV washer and dryer gives you peace of mind knowing you know only your family’s germs, hair and whatever else. Yup! Just your DNA.
Not having to stock up on rolls of quarters
One of the drawbacks of having to heave ho our big laundry bag to the laundromat is we need to keep a stash of quarters. Which, as we know, coin is more weight to tote around.
But also, we’ve seen laundry facilities at campgrounds that take your credit card or you purchase a card in the camp store to use in the washers and dryers. So not having to worry about making sure you have enough change is a plus.
All of that said, if you are wanting to purchase your own RV washer and dryer setup, realize the upfront hefty costs. RV washer and dryer laundry appliances aren’t cheap to begin with.
And, it’s not like you can throw in just any washer or dryer. Closets designated for a washer/dryer are tight therefore, you’ll need a specific RV washer and dryer or one that is small.
And if you’re RV isn’t already plumbed for water and/or dryer venting and if you pay a professional installer, you’re going to be shucking upwards to $1800. (Based on product, installation kit and installation, applicable shipping or delivery and tax.)
A few RV Washer and Dryer laundry appliance models to give cost comparisons:
- Westlund Splendide WD2100XC White Vented Washer/Dryer Combo
- Westland Splendide WDC7100XC Platinum Ventless Washer/Dryer Combo
- LG Front Load RV Washer Dryer Combo
- Panda PAN6320W Compact Machine
- Panda PAN6360W Compact Washing Machine
- Panda PAN56MGP3 1.34 cu. Ft. Compact Washing Machine
- Panda PAN865W 2.6 cu.ft Compact Laundry Dryer
- Panda PAN760SF 3.5 cu.ft Compact Laundry Dryer
So, we’ve shared what the great things are about having your own RV washer and dryer setup, let’s take a look at the other side.
Advantages of using a Laundromat
Not have to do laundry everyday
Everyone who has an RV washer and dryer has said they do at least one load of laundry every day because the cycles take so long. Who wants to be doing laundry all the time? And having visited some of our friends who have their own laundry machines running them, we’ve felt them shake the whole RV.
Laundry is done in less than 2 hours
With us, Dan is back from the laundromat or campground laundry in less than two hours. Typically, he has two to three loads to wash and dry. He can put each load in separate washers and then, dryers; all simultaneously.
While he’s waiting, he catches up with phone calls and emails or reads. When it’s time to fold it all, he’s quick and methodic. And guess what ladies, he’s good at it; multi-tasking too!
Laundry makes the heart grow fonder!
Speaking of Dan in charge of the laundry chore (which he seriously doesn’t mind), it allows each of us two hours apart so we each can do what we need to. It might be the couple hours for me to catch up on uninterrupted blogging or video editing.
Not having another utility appliance to worry about
Dan had in the back of his mind when thinking of getting a washer and dryer is he’d having to deal with the utilities. We all know that water is an RV’s worst enemy. Which means, can’t leave it unsupervised.
Let’s also add in the maintenance and possible necessary repair of said appliances. Trying to get parts delivered on our schedule become more of a hassle. Oh, and if you need to pull that sucker out to repair it, there’s not a whole heck of a lot of room to do it in any size RV.
Additionally, since we are boondockers who mostly park off the grid, that wouldn’t work in our favor anyway because of the need for water and electricity. We’d have to monitor our utility usage even more closer.
Not having that extra weight
Not having big honkin’ laundry appliances in the designated laundry closet gives you a little reprieve from that extra weight.
For example, a Splendid Washer/Dryer Combo is about 150 pounds in dry weight. Then add in a few extra pounds for the hookup kit.
Extra storage space
By not having an RV washer and dryer or RV washer dryer combo, you’ve got a cool spatial feature to put in a small office supplies center if you work remotely or a toy closet for the kiddos.
In our former Landmark fifth wheel, put kept plastic drawers for some tools, household items, crafts and office supplies.
But please consider one thing…
I’m going to say it right here and I hope you won’t be offended reading this. I absolutely LOATHE when people wash their pet beds or shop rags at the laundromats or campground laundry and don’t clean up the machine(s) after.
We’d rather not have to pick off your Labrador Retriever or our clothes smell like wet dog. The same goes with shop towels. Having my tops and sweatshirts smelling like diesel or chemicals…YUCK!
So, if you’re going to wash your pet beds or shop towels, please wash out the washer tub after. As we are so familiar with the phrase leave no trace, that means clean up your pet’s hair at the laundromats too.
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