RV Washer and Dryers
An RV Life and Travel Reader asks....
(The Good and Bad of Having a W/D in an RV)
Which RVs have clothes washers and dryers in them, and which W/D is a good buy? What are the pros and cons of having a W/D in my RV?
Bob, the RVing editor's husband replies:
WOW those are loaded questions! I can't tell you which RVs come with a washer/dryer or which ones are the best. I will, however, share some of my thoughts on having these laundry appliances in an RV, including the advantages and disadvantages.
The selection of RV models is constantly changing. Some high end motor homes and fifth wheels are plumbed and wired for laundry facilities. Usually the dealer must order the washer and dryer installed at the factory or install them after they receive the unit. I don’t have a list of the models and brands, and don’t know who might. I believe that will take a bunch of phone calls to dealers, or some research on the internet.
While most RVers do well with the laundry facilities at the campground or the local Laundromat, some people must have their own. The washers and dryers that are designed for RV’s have had mixed to poor reviews. Any of the units that will fit in an RV will usually have a small load capacity, and at best a medium duty cycle. That means no heavily soiled work cloths, no more than one or two big bath towels, no jackets, no rugs, or no more than two pair of jeans. Dryers that fit in an RV usually have a small capacity and take a lot longer time to dry your clothes than a household dryer.
Another consideration is whether or not you will be in a campground that has sufficient electricity. Electric motors in both washers and dryers sometime need up to six times the rated amperage to start as they take to run. In the summer with everybody’s air conditioning running, and marginal electric in many campgrounds to start with, will there be enough to run your washer and dryer? If you burn out a motor who will fix it? RV dealers don’t want to, and appliance dealers will shy away from it, and I wouldn't bet on the campground owner replacing it.
If you must have a laundry center in your RV, don’t ask the dealer that will be selling you the $1000-$2000 or more appliances. Talk to people that actually have and use them. See if you can find two or three different people that have the models you are considering.
Ask these people questions. How do they use them? How much do they use them? Have there been any problems? Do they work as advertised? Has there been any service required? Were service and parts readily available? Was it worth what they had to pay? Would they get the same appliances again, would they get something different, or would they go without a W/D?
As you can tell, I’m not a big proponent of washers and dryers in RV’s. I’ve never seen an RV washer and dryer that I thought would do a good enough job to justify the space they would take.. I would rather have a closet or set of cabinets in that space.
These are some of the cons of having a washer/dryer in an RV. Sorry, but I can't think of any pros.
There are several different brands out there, and every new model is supposed to be better than the last. Maybe the one you chose will be the one that finally surmounts the numerous problems they have been plagued with, and you will love it.
P.S. My wife may have other thoughts on this issue.