Now that you're on the road, what do
you do with the laundry?
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RVing and Laundry
Now that you're on the road, what do you do with the laundry? Anyone gone from home more than a
couple of days will have to do laundry, or a lot of clothes shopping. The other less desirable alternative is
to just stay away from other people after a while.
Many campgrounds have restrictions on the types of laundry that can be hung outside the RV and the
type of hanging device used. Check with the campground office about drying clothes and towels if you can’
t get an idea just by looking around at other sites.
RVers traveling with laundry supplies should consider using one-quart bottles with tight fitting caps for
liquids can hold detergent, bleach, softener, and other liquid supplies. Plastic containers that can be
opened or closed easily are a good way to transport dry powder products (detergent, washing soda, non-
chlorine dry bleach, and other items).
Small plastic tubs with covers are handing for stowing the laundry supplies and provide an easy way easily
carry everything you need to and from the laundry facility. The use of appropriate containers and bins
minimizes storage space requirements, provides protection from spills, keeps the containers from bouncing
around, and makes it easier to carry the supplies.
Don’t forget to bring a laundry basket or bag. Convenient places to store laundry before washing include
the bathroom or bedroom (under the bed or in a closet).
Suggestions for Coin Laundries – You can frequently buy a roll of quarters at the RV resort office before
you do your first load. If you’re staying more than a few days, we recommend you check out the local
laundries in the nearest community, which may be less expensive than the campground laundry and let
you see the local area, shop, have lunch, or take a walk while the laundry is in the machines.
Use the campground laundry if it’s satisfactory (cleanliness, sufficient number of washers and dryers,
water temperature and pressure, and reasonable price). If the campground laundry was unsatisfactory, tell
them before you leave, and give them the opportunity to address your concerns and do some planning on
We strongly recommend that any RVers using coin laundries consider using a wash, dry and fold laundry
service. For about 50 to 75% more, wash-dry-fold-hang laundries will do all the laundry tasks, including
expert folding and same-day service. They can provide the laundry detergent, bleach, and softener and
may offer pick-up and delivery. This also frees up time for you to spend enjoying the area, dining,
shopping or visiting friends or relatives.
Small RVs - For smaller rigs, the RVer may want to consider the small portable washing machine of the
type uses on boats. It is a small sturdy plastic drum on a stand that holds up to five pounds of laundry and
is turned with a small hand crank. It is available for approximately $35-40 from RV, camping and boating
supply stores. You will have to wring out the clothes by hand, but the boat dryers do a very good job of
Many RVers use a small folding clothes hanger or hook-on clothes pins (to hang over the bathtub or
shower) for items washed by hand, in the portable machine above, or to just dry out damp towels or
Large RVs - RVers with large rigs may want to consider installing a washer-dryer in the RV if space is
available. Washer-dryers come in "all-in-one" single units and separate stackable washers and dryers.
Some RVers use the washer-dryer while driving by running the generator.
The all-in-one units have been providing excellent service for RVers for a long time. They work very well,
but the size of the wash load is smaller than a household washing machine, and many RVers find it
necessary to use them on a daily basis.
Check the model to determine if it is vented or unvented. Unvented machines use condensation for drying
and moisture is pumped out through the drain hose. Vented machines may be more expensive and dry
clothes faster since they exhaust the moisture though a vent to the outside.
If you are installing a washer-dryer in your current RV, please make sure they are suitable for installation
in a confined space, that the RV can provide adequate electrical power, and that a properly trained and
qualified RV technician is doing the work.
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