Are you planning to take off in a Class B RV for a trip around the country? If you are, you need to figure out how you're going to handle laundry. Not everyone wants to go to a laundromat and use shared machines. But Class Bs are like large camper vans or minibuses -- you don't have a lot of extra room inside for a full washer-dryer pair. That, plus other quirks of these smaller RVs, means that doing the laundry isn't that simple. You do have some very convenient options, however.
As mentioned, Class B layouts have to be plotted out carefully. There's not a tremendous amount of room in them like you would find in a deluxe Class A. That means that your laundry options have to be small if you want them in the RV with you. For larger Class Bs and other layouts where laundry is going to be a main feature, you can find combination machines that both wash and dry, similar to those you see in houses in Europe. These models often fit in closets and cabinets. You also have portable countertop washers and spin dryers to choose from. These typically wash only a few pieces of clothing at a time.
If you want a more traditional laundry experience and don't mind dedicating a cabinet to laundry, the combination machine may be best. A portable duo would be better if you prefer to save the space in the RV for other things instead. But keep in mind that the portable spin dryer does not fully dry, and you'll need to pull over and set up a laundry line outside to finish drying your clothing.
If you want to avoid doing many loads of laundry throughout the week and would prefer to do one major swoop of all of your washables, get a small portable duo for emergency use (like when you really need to wash undergarments), and then plot out locations of laundromats around the country. The combination units and the portable machines are small, and you'd have to do several consecutive loads of laundry to get everything done. At a laundromat you can do much larger loads all at once.
The portable duo is best if you have to keep moving the machines around due to space concerns. These often fit on countertops as noted previously, plugging into outlets in the wall and using water from the sink. You can move them to any place where the hose can reach the sink faucet.
Class Bs may or may not have a lot of extra juice to keep things running. If you do have a great power supply, a combination unit could work. If you don't, you may want to stick with the countertop machines, or even just wait until you reach a laundromat.
Contact the dealer who sold you your Class B and see what brands of machines the dealer recommends. You can also see about upgrading the RV batteries to provide more power should you decide to get a combination unit.
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25 July 2016
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