Washing machine

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  1. tankerpaul50

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    Hi to all we are new to m/h and are planning a few months away mostly wild camping my Q we are looking at buying a small washing / spin machine and wonder what we would need to run it (I.e. Inverter) and can they be used when on the move. We appreciate any advise.
     
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    If you're looking at a small automatic washing machine then it is possible to use these when on the move providing you have the means to back it up (water, waste, electric, etc) and enough room and load to install one. It needs a bit of thinking about as most automatics are cold fill only these days but you could plumb the cold input from a hot and cold feed on the van and pre-set your input water using a thermostatic valve. If you get this bit right it means the washing machine heating element won't come on (drawing a lot of power from your inverter). You'd probably need to get the washing machine first and see what the peak consumption is without the heater working before you specify which inverter you need (or over specify the inverter to cover all possibilities). It would need to be a pure sine wave version.

    Most regular motorhomes don't have the space/load available to use an automatic washing machine so opt for a "twin tub" type which can be manually filled with water, fairly low power consumption and very light weight (in comparison).

    Having done all the above, we found that washing isn't a problem. It's the drying. A simple little spin dryer gets everything almost dry (ours spins at 2200 rpm) and a bit of breeze finishes them off (our current van is much smaller than our last one so space at a real premium). On a long trip though, we save the space and use local launderettes. Either self-serve or leave and collect - works out more convenient for us when away for the winter.
     
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    @jezport sells them I think
    We've not one
    Good wash in just 15 mins
    Great spin dryer - leaves clothes very dry.
     
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    Sold one for 45quid, at a "Car Boot" in Bridlington last Thursday! Pyramid Twin Tub, 240VAC 160W weight 10Kg.

    Pete
     
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    Why bother, almost every town has some kind of launderette. In fact I used to have a download listing them all.
    Once a fortnight would do us and if you are desperate you can book on to a site for a night.
     
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    thats easy some of us dont use campsites .and dont stop near towns or villages much.
    and if you pick a nice day up at 9. start washing it can be all on the line by half ten . dry by 1-2 in afternoon and you havnt driven anywhere . had a bit of exercise . out in the sun . got some soapy water to swill the truck off with and all the clothes packed away and clean sheets on the bed . cost nothing but a bit of washing powder .
     
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    That's what we do. Then you can use the dryers too.
     
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    Us too.
    We go away for months at a time to places (like Morocco) where launderettes dont exist. Even in Spain and Portugal they arent always easy to find. And we rarely stop on campsites (being freeloading tossers)
    Our lightweight twintub gets used every week or so and the spin dryer in particular is excellent so clothes dry really quickly.
    It has saved us a fortune in laundry costs over the years.
    We have a 1000w pure sine inverter running off 2x110A batteries which are charged by 300w of solar panels. Our previous inverter was 300w and was perfectly capable of running the washing machine.
     
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    about every three weeks for me .
    you know when you need to do a wash the sheets are begining to whiff . hee hee .
    but like you saved a fortune .
    mind sometimes its nice to use the village street wash houses, get to meet real locals and you never know what local party you might be invited to.
    although many of the granite or stone wash facilities are slowly disappearing . as kids we used to love going to them . i still visit some of the friends i met as kids back in the 60,s .
     
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    Never have a drying problem in Spain or France,,BUSBY:):)
     
  11. tankerpaul50

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    Thanks for all your suggestions will now take onboard
     
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    you might in winter . france they change into boards . ha ha .
    and inland spain is that high it can make france seem warm.
    but with you really. ;);)
     
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    Any suggestion on a good pure shine 1000w inverter
     
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    i use a ring one . also have a modified sine wave . that runs the washing machine . only got a pure sin wave as modern 240v fridges are a bit fussy.
    my old fridge died it was about 30 yr old but it worked good on the mod sin wave .
    both mine are ring automotive ones .
     
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    We bought a leisurewize twin tub for our upcoming 2 year stint. No need to go in to expensive camp sites, town centres or launderettes now. It travels in the shower, runs on a 300w cheapo inverter, washes about half a domestic automatic machine load at a time, has a 15 min cycle plus spin. It fills from a bucket of hot water and drains in to another bucket. Spins dryer than our home machine and weighs only about 11kg. I did make some legs with cushioned feet to keep it up off the shower tray and make it easier to drain.
     
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    France summer,,coastal Spain in the winter,,,only do sunshine,,,,,,BUSBY:):)
     
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    If anyone wants a washing machine we are going to be at Malvern. If you let me know I can save one, as we only carry limited stock at shows.
     
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    We do as @vwalan lan.. using a Trug and a Posser..

    campsite laundrette facilities are quite expensive.. also, have you seen what some people put in the washers.... ? Dog blankets full of hair, old filthy sleeping bags, workers overalls, .. etc .. no thanks , I'm not washing my Y fronts after that lot ..

    Public laundrettes in the UK are becoming scarce.. and also expensive.. but you will find them at French Supermarkets.. seen one at Super U

    another trick it to put your washing in a plastic bin, put in the toilet or shower room and leave to wash while you drive to your next stop...

    When full time in the RV I installed a Whirlpool AWE 6517 top loading slim-line automatic washing machine.... but not practical in a small eurovan.. and needs 240v mains and a good supply of water..
     
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