The Truth About RV Washer Dryer Combo Units

RV washer and dryer combo machines are usually found in larger rigs like Class A motorhomes. This is because they take up a certain amount of space that smaller rigs just can’t provide. But for many RV owners, giving up the space for a washer and dryer combo is well worth the trade-off.

Everybody has to do laundry at some point. And if you don’t have a built in washer and dryer installed in your RV, your choices are limited. In fact, you will most likely have to wash your clothes at either a campground facility or a nearby laundromat. And there are drawbacks for both of these choices.

Either way, you will probably have to sit with your clothes while they are being washed and dried. Whereas having the washer/dryer in your RV allows you to do other things while the laundry is being done. Also, the machines in campgrounds and laundromats can be dirty at times and even greasy from the previous users. Then there is the expense involved in using those machines that can also add up over time.

Pros And Cons Of RV Washer/Dryers

The main benefit of an RV washer and dryer combo unit is their convenience of use. You lose no travel time to bring your clothes anywhere else to do laundry. You also don’t lose the time babysitting your clothes while they are being done. In fact, the combo units use the same drum to both wash and dry, so you don’t even have to transfer clothes from washer to dryer. And these machines do a very good job and are known to be reliable.

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The cons of RV washer/dryer combos is mainly related to their size. Because they are designed to take up as little space as possible, you can’t do large loads of laundry. This may be an irritation at first if you are used to doing laundry in larger washers at home. But as you learn to use the machine correctly, you simply adjust to the smaller load size. And you plan on doing laundry more often to make up for the smaller loads.

You will also notice that during the spin cycle, the vibration from the washer will shake the RV a little bit. Again, this is a minor issue for most but some find it disconcerting when compared to a home washer. Also, you will have to get used to the machine washing clothes in a different way. When we first got our Splendide washer, my wife thought it wasn’t working properly. This is because the drum would just roll back and forth for a while. Then it would roll over a few times, then go back to the back and forth motion. After a call to the manufacturer assured us that it was designed to work that way, we let it do its job. And sure enough, our laundry came out just fine.

How To Use A Washer/Dryer Combo

As mentioned above, you will need to adjust the size of your laundry loads and do them more often. Although the combo unit can both wash and dry your clothes automatically, you may choose to air dry your laundry. Some RVers put a portable drying rack in their shower for this purpose. This allows you to wash more loads while air drying them as they are done with the wash cycle.

Also, you will need to use a laundry detergent that is made for these washers. It will be labeled “HE” (High Efficiency) on the detergent bottle. Tide makes a great detergent for these units, but most other laundry brands have their version as well. If you use regular laundry detergent, it will produce too many suds and overflow. So be sure to use the HE version of your favorite laundry detergent.

You also can use a mild fabric softener like Downy but no dryer sheets can be used in these units. And every few loads you will want to empty out the lint trap that is usually located at the bottom of the unit.

What Is The Best RV Washer And Dryer?

This is the Splendide washer/dryer in our bedroom:

Our Splendide RV washer and dryer combo
Our Splendide washer/dryer combo

For many RV owners, the best RV washer/dryer combo is made by Splendide. However, Splendide makes both a ventless and a vented model. And there is a big difference in customer satisfaction between those two models. By far, the preference of most RV owners is for the vented machine. On Amazon the vented units have a 4.5 star rating and the ventless model only 3.5 stars. So my recommendation is definitely for the vented model.

If your RV did not come with a washer/dryer combo installed, make sure that is has been plumbed for it first. And be sure that your RV electrical service can handle the additional load one of these machines can place on it. Then have it installed by a professional who is familiar with this kind of installation. Otherwise, you can have a mess on your hands that can be costly to fix.

Here is the Splendide washer and dryer combo that I recommend for your consideration:

I hope that this discussion of washer/dryer combo units for RVs has been helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions that I didn’t answer. You can include them in the comments below. As always, have safe and happy travels my friends!

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