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Old 11-09-2016, 01:48 PM   #1
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Question Anyone put washer/dryer in under-bus storage?

As title says - I have 8 "outside" storage compartments under my bus. I was wondering what the feasibility is of putting a washer/dryer in there. I don't want something I would use maybe once a week to take up room in the main cabin.

Each compartment one is pretty big. Certainly wide enough. Might be deep enough. Height would be the biggest problem.

Anyone have a compact washer/dryer that they have put in a storage compartment like this?

I'm talking about the 4 doors you see in the bottom of this pic:
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Old 11-09-2016, 02:11 PM   #2
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LG makes that mini washer in a drawer... that might fit nicely in there... its not big enough for sheet sets and such but a few clothes at a time are not bad in it.
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Old 11-09-2016, 02:21 PM   #3
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I bought one of these brand new off of Craigslist for $65, but I doubt it'll fit under storage bin



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Old 11-09-2016, 02:32 PM   #4
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When looking at that amazon link, look at the "suggested products".
There are some W/D's that might work too.
Especially if they were mounted on a slide out and then tipped up for use while outside.
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Old 11-09-2016, 03:02 PM   #5
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Truth be told.... the dryer I bought had a small shipping dent that I was able to hammer out from the inside, so I pulled the drum to access the front panel from the back. I did not see anything that would prevent this thing from working on it's side, except the door would open downward.
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must not be like a cheap conventional where the drum is resting on rollers.
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must not be like a cheap conventional where the drum is resting on rollers.
front hub bushing around the front opening like typical dryer, the the back has a vertical bar with a center bearing

bare in mind, there's nothing heavy duty about it.... it would be a stretch to call the stainless steel 20 gauge material.
I mean shoot, it's a 110v dryer
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Old 11-09-2016, 06:47 PM   #8
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I put one of the Splendide "combination" washer/dryers in my last bus. It was a $1400 unit that I bought with a cosmetic blemish for $900. It did not perform well and after less than six months I took it out and put a for sale sign on it. Two years later I hauled it to the dump.....

My current travel trailer has an "apartment style" stacking washer/dryer (120v dryer). They work fine however..... As sparing as I can possibly be with laundry the washer still accounts for 50% of our water consumption. As we rely on rainwater collection here for domestic water that consumption is a big deal.

It is VERY unlikely that I will put one in my next rig.

If you decide to put one in and plan on any boondocking be sure and look VERY close at water usage.

Not quite what you were asking about but I know some folks that use this manual machine on their sailboat and love it: https://www.amazon.com/Laundry-Alter...=wonder+washer
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Old 11-09-2016, 06:54 PM   #9
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This one will go in the back 4' of my bus, behind my fake wall. $75 maytag from craigslist
I bought the smaller 110v unit for backup

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Old 11-09-2016, 07:08 PM   #10
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I to have had this washing drying on my mind. I have in my drawing the apartment style stack-able set up propane. I also have 200 gallons of water in my plans and I'm a single guy. It makes no sense at all to have the machine on board but for some reason I cant seem to scratch it off the design.
For those with a family like Good News Bus they use a laundry mat. I'd like to know why they didn't put one in. If its not a heated dryer I don't think they work worth a dam and hanging clothes might not be all that convenient all the time.
If you were using a flushing toilet you could drain your wash water to a separate tank and use it just for flushing. A dry toilet seems to be so good though that i don't see why any one would have a wet toilet.
I think I'm going to build in and plumb for a washer but try going with out it and see. I can use a closet now in my design. Unless you can use the shoe rack that sets in the middle of dryer while its running to cook pizza? Dryer slash/convection oven I could do that.

What does a stacker unit use fro water on a large load.
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