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Old 01-27-2017, 05:41 PM   #1
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Importance of having a washer on our bus

So, my wife and I have discussed the idea of taking our brand new high efficiency front washer on the bus. I would love to hear some feedback from those that have a washer and those that do not have one.

My feeling is that we can go without and use facilities as we travel (coin op), knowing that we can park the bus near by, shuttle clothing in and do multiple loads all at once.

This vs having to wait to do laundry when we are hooked up to water and sewer, or plan for full freshwater and empty grey water every time we want to do laundry.

I will say that the washer is a truly high efficiency at a water factor of 2.7, which is very low. That means for 4.2 cubic feet of wash space, it uses around 20 gallons of water, but that is still a lot of water. If we have a 100 gallon tank which seems common for skoolies, we would be able to do about 5 loads of laundry before the tank is empty. This is assuming boondocking of course.

The other factor is space usage, space is a premium and I feel like we will learn to live with doing laundry once a week and maybe get an extra day out of a pair of shorts, lol.

Thoughts?
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Old 01-27-2017, 05:50 PM   #2
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I too have been thinking about this, to me the main reason not to put in a washer & dryer is it gives you reason if your boondocking to go into a town & pickup supplies, maybe catchup on some news.
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Old 01-27-2017, 05:55 PM   #3
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I too have been thinking about this, to me the main reason not to put in a washer & dryer is it gives you reason if your boondocking to go into a town & pickup supplies, maybe catchup on some news.
Yes!! Exactly! And also it gives use the opportunity to connect with the town where we are stopping. We actually plan to skip the dryer, as hanging works just as well for us.

I have considered the idea of building a small deck on the back of the bus and putting the shower and washing machine in a porch house or something. we know we want to utilize roof access for either a party deck and/or solar, so having a walkout back porch might be nice. We could downsize on the bus as well since those two big items are out of the floor plan. For anyone that maybe wondering, I plan to use a multi-point backup alert system on the bus. It will be on of the very first things installed on the bus, lol.
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Old 01-27-2017, 05:59 PM   #4
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I've got a washer/dryer combo from a class A that I'd let go for nothing. Who wants it?
Sucker is HEAVY. Still haven't actually tested it yet.
Looks like this one-
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My wife and I were talking about this recently and have pretty much decided against having one on our bus. We'll just establish a routine with one particular day of the week includes a trip to a laundry joint. (Hopefully we can find one with a bar in it.)
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front load washers are NOT designed to travel!! to travel you need to piut the shipping bolts in each time you drive or you can damage the suspended tub inside the machine.. Not to mention front loaders weigh a LOT!!..

the advantage to laundromat laundry is you can get all of it done in one swoop... I remember when I lived in a cheap apartment downtown yesrs ago I walked to the laundromat 3 doors down with a 2 wheeler loaded with baskets.. fired up 6 washers at once.. and then 6 dryers at once and my laundry was done in 2 hours,, now in my own house to do 6 loads of laundry im pretty much doing it all day as I shuffle from washer to dryer to closet...

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I can live with just washing my clothes off with a bit of Dr Bronners and letting them dry in the breeze.
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I've got a washer/dryer combo from a class A that I'd let go for nothing. Who wants it?
Sucker is HEAVY. Still haven't actually tested it yet.
Looks like this one-
Good luck with that one....... It took me two years to get rid of mine


Seriously, efficiency is VERY important. I have an "apartment" sized stacking washer/dryer in my 5th wheel. If I use it sparingly my total water consumption doubles.

Left entirely up to me, I would not have a washer in my bus.

Just my $0.02
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front load washers are NOT designed to travel!! to travel you need to piut the shipping bolts in each time you drive or you can damage the suspended tub inside the machine.. Not to mention front loaders weigh a LOT!!..

the advantage to laundromat laundry is you can get all of it done in one swoop... I remember when I lived in a cheap apartment downtown yesrs ago I walked to the laundromat 3 doors down with a 2 wheeler loaded with baskets.. fired up 6 washers at once.. and then 6 dryers at once and my laundry was done in 2 hours,, now in my own house to do 6 loads of laundry im pretty much doing it all day as I shuffle from washer to dryer to closet...

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When I was building the place we are at now I developed a laundry routine and discovered that the pub next to the laundromat made great burgers.

Every Saturday:

Order a pint and a burger.
Fill & start washers
Eat burger & finish pint
Move clothes to dryers
Order another pint
Make a friend
Finish pint
Collect clean laundry and go home.
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When I was building the place we are at now I developed a laundry routine and discovered that the pub next to the laundromat made great burgers.

Every Saturday:

Order a pint and a burger.
Fill & start washers
Eat burger & finish pint
Move clothes to dryers
Order another pint
Make a friend
Finish pint
Collect clean laundry and go home.

That's what I'm talkin about.

Maybe mix in a college basketball game on tv though.
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