Some RVs may not be plumbed for a washer nor have the electrical outlet for a dryer. Yet those facts do not need to stop you from keeping your clothes nice and clean and avoiding local laundromats. You can install a washer and dryer in your RV if you want.
How to Install an RV Washer and Dryer: If you are an expert handyman or carpenter, installing an RV washer and dryer will take a little time but it may be worth it.. One of the keys to installation will be to measure your space to make sure you have room.
To learn more about installing a washer and dryer in your RV just keep reading our article. It has the information you need to make sure you can avoid local laundries and keep your clothes clean when it is convenient for you.
The good news is that manufacturers are starting to catch on that their customers want to do their laundry at or in their RVs. They have begun to make room for these appliances or install the necessary hook ups in their construction of newer models.
But if you have an older RV, you will have to do some modifications or remodeling to make sure the appliances fit inside your vehicle. To install a washer and dryer in this situation will take some work, some cutting of holes in your RV wall and floor.
To do it, you would need to decide if you want to drain the washer into your gray or black holding tank and get the piping that will direct the water into those tanks. Or you could have a direct to the sewer connection.
The latter will require you to do your laundry only when you are hooked up to a sewer line. Again, you would need to place the drain in the right spot and add hook up vents that open and close to protect the appliance from weather conditions and your RV from leaks.
After that, you would need to run the proper wiring to your RV’s electrical system and install an outlet to plug the washer into. If the dryer is not the same voltage, you would need to install a separate outlet for it.
Then you would need to add in a separate fuse for the dryer to make sure it does not trigger a power outage when in use. The wall would need to be cut if you are using a vented dryer. You cannot vent inside at any time.
Step-by-step instructions would need to come from a very experienced installer, handyman or carpenter as well as an electrician. There are far too many steps to take to list them all here.
If you are not good at installation and tools, then it is better if you hire a professional to do the job right. The professional will have all the needed tools and knowledge to install the washer and dryer correctly.
That is the way we would recommend that you do it because less than professional installation could lead to a lot of frustration and mistakes in installation. It may be cheaper in the long run as well.
Adding washer and dryer hookups has a lot going for it. It makes keeping your clothes clean more convenient and a lot easier to do. There are also some negatives to adding these hook-ups to your rig.
Here is a list for both so you can see the full picture before you invest in these appliances:
There is some good news here. Airstream has placed a washer and a dryer into their newer models. It is a combo set, and it looks like it is positioned right next to your oven. So the answer to the question is yes you can do your laundry inside your airstream trailer.
The bad news is that these washer and dryer combos may take 2 1/2 hours just to wash a set of sheets and then dry them. They are not that powerful but probably get the job done on lighter items like socks, shirts and underwear.
When you install a washer in an Airstream or use the built-in models, you need to be aware that you are using only one machine. A laundromat will let you use multiple machines if they are not busy. That means it takes less time to do your laundry at the laundromat than in your own trailer.
Also, if you install a unit or the built-in model is not installed properly, you will have issues with leaks and trying to get them fixed. Some Airstream trailers only use 110 volts to dry your clothes so you are not getting a great deal when you use their units to clean your clothes.
Then if you turn to a non-vented machine, you are looking at even longer drying times. So calculate how much free time you have to do the laundry and if you want to spend that free time doing a cleaning chore.
Washing your clothes in your RV is not the same as washing your laundry at home. Back at the house, you had a normal-sized washer and dryer that handles big loads with ease. Not so with an RV model.
To use one of the RV washer and dryers, you need to learn that big loads are a no no. Most of those appliances cannot handle big loads and it takes a long time for them to wash and dry your clothes. One RV owner spent almost 3 hours getting one load completed.
Also, there is no lint trap on these machines. That is okay as the washer is very gentle on clothes and does not create a lot of lint. Any that is created goes down the drain.
Then you should not use dryer sheets when using the dryer or the dryer mode. 1 to 2 tablespoons of fabric softener is all you will need. On top of that, you can get better drying results if you take out your clothes after only about 20 or 30 minutes of drying time.
Another way to use these washers and dryers is to schedule your day to fit your laundry needs. While it takes a long time to wash and dry your laundry through these machines, you can use that time to fix problems around the rig or spend a lot of time on your computer answering e-mails, etc.
Laundry day is a great day to get that honey-do list cut down to size.
To get them drier all you have to do is pull the clothes out shake them, fold them up and then put them back into the dryer for the rest of the drying cycle.
One of the good things about getting a washer and dryer set for your rig is that you get a little choice. There are three main styles you can choose from.
Then you have a choice between vented and non-vented machines. Most people recommend the vented because those dryers dry faster and better than the non-vented style.
But make sure you get some good advice before you buy so you do not get stuck with the wrong appliances for you and your RV
Doing laundry is a household chore that will never go away. Even if you escape the normal world and hide out in your RV. Cleaning clothes is always going to have to be done.
You can make that chore a lot easier by installing your own RV washer and dryer. That is if your RV or TT doesn’t already have one. These machines can make it very easy and convenient for you to get your laundry nice and clean.
While they do take up space and add a little weight to your rig, the convenience may be worth the sacrifice. Do your research and see if this is an option for you. And if you go for it, let a professional install the appliances so you do not have future issues to deal with.