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So this can also be a controversial topic since many people don’t have the option for a separate washer and dryer or even space for a portable machine. So I have found some different products that will work if you don’t have that option for machines. I am also going to give a review of my unit I have which is a Splendide 7100XC, which is a combo washer/dryer unit located in our master bedroom closet. Now the one I link to isn’t exactly like what we have but an older version I believe. But it IS the same model.
It seems to be half and half when it comes to personal reviews I’ve seen posted in FB groups about having a washer/dryer combo unit. Many people say if your going to have one then going VENTED is the only way. We personally have a Un-Vented unit. This means there is no hole in the rv from inside going outside to vent the heat. When I was speaking to the dealer rep we worked with I told him from the beginning we wanted a washer/dryer in our unit. I was unaware of the dual units at this time and wracked my brain trying to figure out how they were going to fit a washer and dryer side by side in the closet. From the video’s I had looked at of the unit it didn’t seem both would fit in there. So when he called to tell me our washer/dryer was being installed I asked him what model we wound up with and he told me the combo unit. I was amazed! So far I really love the unit. It works great for our 2 person family but honestly when the boys are here I don’t do much more laundry than I do with it just being Michael and I. And the boys don’t come with alot of clothes, per my request, so we do wind up washing them every 3-4 days so they will have clean clothes. Some of the reasons folks don’t like the combo units is because 1. it takes smaller loads, much smaller loads, than a regular washer/dryer. This bothers some people. 2. It takes a little longer to go through a cycle than a regular washer/dryer. I personally love the fact I can just throw in a load and leave it and it will wash and dry it. 3. People complain that the clothes come out wrinkled and damp. Well I had that problem at first and now I’ve fine tuned the settings to where that doesn’t happen. The key is keeping the lint out of the pipes which just means 1x-2x a month I have to run a cleaning cycle with vinegar. I called the manufacturer when I first got the unit for that very reason. He explained that lint gets caught up in the hoses since there is lint trap. So here is the info he emailed me on how to clean the machine through and through to get it to dry really well.
1. Open soap dispenser a few inches and add 1 pint of white vinegar to the detergent compartment. Close the drawer and then start the unit without clothes and with dry time off and wash cycle on #11. When water stops entering the unit push and hold the start button until all the lights come on then release the button. *Note: If the water is not at least half way up the glass repeat this step. 2. Move the cycle knob to cycle #2 and push the extra rinse button then press the start button once (do not hold) then let it run through the complete cycle. 3. Do this 3x then try the dryer.
If that doesn’t work then you can try this one instead.
1. Without clothes in the unit and with the dry time off, place the cycle selector on
#11 and push start. When the water stops entering the unit and if the water is not
up to the line across the glass, hold the start button in until the unit stops (Resets),
then push start. Repeat this process until the water in the unit is at the correct
2. When the water level is correct, hold the start button in until the unit stops
(Resets), move cycle selector knob to #12 and push start. Allow unit to complete
3. Repeat this procedure 2 more times.
4. Unit should be cleaned once a month using this procedure. In addition, using an
extra rinse cycle on every load also helps with lint removal.
Obviously if you could put a stackable washer and dryer in your rig I recommend you doing so if that’s what your looking for. If your short on space then you can get a combo unit. I’ve even seen one of our members on our RV Interior Ideas FB group who did this. She didn’t have space or she wanted to use the space in the bedroom for clothes and made her outside kitchen into her laundry room instead. Which I think is an ingenious use of space! I didn’t know this could even be done! So thumbs up to her family! If your interested in learning how they did this please email me directly and I can give you her email address.
As I said above there are other options if you don’t have the space for even a combo unit. The first one is The Wonder Wash.
- 2.2 lb wash capacity
- Includes MINISPIN and WONDERWASH
- Ideal for delicate garnments
- Environmentally friendly
- Great for campers, RVs, and compact spaces
- MINISPIN: 82 watts; 110V
- Works in only 2-3 minutes
- MINISPIN can be used as standalone or with conventional tumble dryer
- Dryer operates at 1600 RPM
- No electricity needed for the WONDERWASH
- Dryer Weight: 11 lbs
- Washer Weight: 6 lbs
- Dryer Dimensions: 13.5″ L x 13.5″ W x 15″ H
- Washer Dimensions: 16″ H x 12″ W x 12″ L
The second option, and a very popular one among the FB Fulltime Families group, is the Panda Mini Portable washing machine.
- Completely portable
- Perfect for small loads
- 5.5 lbs capacity
- Easy to use
- You just fill with water and set timer
- Great for apartments, dorms, traveling, and tiny houses
- Weighs 14 lbs
- 24.2″ x 17″ x 16.1″
- Model Number: XPB25-28A
You can also get the larger size Panda Small Compact Portable Washing Machine.
- Transparent lid
- Voltage Frequency:110V/60Hz
- Washing Capacity :15.4 -17lbs
- Spinner Capacity :11 lbs (Half of the washing capacity, you may spin twice)
- Spin Power: 150W
- Unit size: 29.33 × 17.13 × 33.86 inch
- weight: 42 lbs
- Model: XPB70
If you like any of these ideas but your thinking “how does one get the clothes dry?” then here is your solution. The Panda Portable Ventless Clothes Heater.
- Net Weight: 8.5lbs
- Rated Voltage: 110-120V
- Maximum Drying Time: 180 Minutes
- Rated Maximum clothes to be dried: 22lbs
- Model: PAN82PD
So the next question is how do you store the laundry before you clean it?
I went into TJ Maxx one year and found this adorable small laundry basket. It fits perfectly in our main bedroom closet. Although back then they were harder to find now you can find them pretty regularly at similar store like Ross and Marshals. I think I paid $24 for it. Although the problem we ran into was that it’s not big enough to fit Michael’s dirty uniforms. Well it is but not with anything else in there. So we designated the a oddly placed cabinet in the bunkhouse to become his laundry basket. It also helps to have the boys have somewhere to put their clothes when they are here. Before installing this the boys left their dirty clothes on the floor and I walked in one day to Lese chewing and licking the boys underwear. So GROSS! That was when I began looking for other options. I found a laundry basket at Walmart that fit in the little cabinet perfectly! Ok well not perfectly. I had to cut the back off and make some holes in the back board to stick the remaining part into. But it works great and isn’t going to be moving anytime soon. I’m sure they hadn’t intended for that cabinet to be used for that purpose as their was a horrible clothes rack inside. Problem was the space is isn’t wide enough from front to back for a regular sized hanger to fit in there. I swear these RV manufacturers.
Do you have a washer/dryer unit in your RV? Thinking about getting one? Has this blog post helped in making your decision? Leave a comment below and let me know!