Portable Washing Machine Wanted

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  1. Armytwowheels

    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    Some very early preparation research going on at Armytwowheels Towers for when we are 'More Timing' in the van. I have been looking into how we are going to do our laundry. We will not be on full facility sites all the time and would like to be fairly self sufficient, but not very keen on hanging around in laundrettes every week.

    Now being a modern girl, I cannot see myself hand washing the amount of dirty laundry we produce each week, so we have been looking at the portable twin tubs. Anyone got one? Pleased with it? Waste of money?
     
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    Will send her around in the morning. Best one I ever had, lasted 45 years, and still gets my gruds clean!! :Wink::BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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    Tut!
     
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    We were in France last month, stopped at the SuperU in Gorron and they had a launderette in the car park.
    We washed all our stuff, went shopping and it was ready when we came out.
    There must be more of these about....

    Allan
     
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    Got one of the camping twin tubs and it is fantastic.... I use it as a backup for when I can't find or get to a laundrette. Absolutely essential in my view to have something like this if you are a fulltimer. It only gets used 2-4 times a year but when it is needed it is needed.
     
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    Never mind those expensive, electricity guzzling devices. This is what you need :BigGrin:
     
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    Yes the old bucket and posser. I have indeed been using this most excellent system, as recommended by yourself. Up to now for a two or three week holiday it has been fine. However, for more or less full time I don't fancy that rigmarole every week. It's also the problem of getting the washing dry again, I am sure it would dry quicker if it had been through a spinner.

    I am constantly amazed at the amount of dirty laundry we produce each week, my machine at home must go on 4 x a week, there's only two of us! :Eeek:
     
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    We don't let the load build up for a week. If we are away long enough to need to wash stuff out we do it every few days so it's small amounts that don't take a lot of drying.

    Also, choosing appropriate fabrics helps. For instance T shirts made of bamboo/polyester (technical?) fabric are light and take little room, need no ironing and dry quickly.
     
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    Bamboo??:thumb:
     
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    We've got a little plastic twin tub which lives in the garage had it for 6 years.
    Use it a lot when we 're away on extended trips as we hate hanging around in laundries. Does underwear shirts socks shorts and all the light stuff great little thing we wouldn't be without it.
     
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    Yes Similar to This. Many of the "technical" fabric shirts are polyester but the better ones are bamboo or a bamboo/polyester mix :Smile:
     
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    Hi ya

    We had the 1.5kg twin tub, machine it was great, when we were away for extended holidays, it was a bit of pain fetching and carrying water though, but there are ways you can short cut the amount you need. They are low wattage so was fine on the inverter, not as robust though, mine went at the hose at the bottom, and was not repairable, so make sure you store it where the hose cant rub.

    There are 2kg and 3kg versions now, so if you can go for the 2kg version, as you would be able to wash jeans etc in it. The best thing about it the spinner side and although a small one helps on the extraction of water, which if your away in bad weather is a god send as in my experience drying is the hardest bit. When in Germany last year we struggled to find any laundrettes, campsite you will find them though.

    If you had to have one thing, I think I would go for a spin dryer you can get them for about £80.00 and they spin your clothes near dry. If you have a big bucket with a lid on you can put your clothes soap water and drive along with it and that does the washing bit, never done that but have heard of lots of people doing that, then have the spin dryer ones you have rinsed them out.

    I found washing the most inconvenient thing of travelling for extended periods, especially if your not using campsites. We have no had a 3kg washing machine installed in the kitchen area of our motorhome, not an answer for most motorhomes as the size and weight preclude it, mine is a much smaller than normal one though, but fully functional one.

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    Concern

    Wondered what the blue haze was around your van
    thought it was a techy thing but this explains all:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Found some bamboo kit. Looks really comfortable and easy to wear. Must be a doddle to wash as well.........Good choice Graham. :Doh:
     

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    For spinning clothes a salad spinner is ideal and very cheap. Leave clothes overnight to soak in a bucket with washing powder/liquid, rinse then spin in the salad thing. It will only take a few socks or a shirt at a time but works very well.

    How you dress also helps, lightweight clothing is the easiest to wash and dry although isn't the cheapest. Wearing a thin vest under your shirt extends the "life" of the shirt considerably and the vest is very easy to wash.

    And shorts and sandals at all times if there is no R in the month!
     
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    Had one in my previous van (had garage so storage not a problem) but only used it about 3 times. Soon got fed up with filling it up with water and then having to refill the van with water afterwards. Too much faffing about for me, so sold it when I got the Hobby.

    In winter I'm on sites with a laundry - CC machines take twice the load of a domestic machine, cost £3 a time and take around 40 mins. In spring/summer/autumn I'll just wait for a good drying day, then stop on a CC site for one night and do two or three loads. Ok, so the other campers there think I'm a hyperactive obsessive compulsive launderer - I can live with that! :BigGrin:
     
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    Can always go naked, all you have to do then is wash your nuts, ask Old Mo for technical details:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:


    Seriously this is the machine but out of stock at the moment

    http://www.johnscross.co.uk/camping-caravan-twin-tub-washing-machine.html

    there is also a manual version

    http://www.johnscross.co.uk/products/twister-eco-washing-machine.html


    Peter
     
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    SOCKS WITH THE SANDALS I HOPE.....BUSBY:Laughing::Laughing:
     
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    I direct my wife to the 'Rock and Stream launderette' when we are away. Keeps he occupied for hours whilst I'm busy knocking out a few ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZs. :BigGrin:
     
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