RV dirty laundry!



By Russ and Tiña De Maris

Politicians loathe it because somehow, it always comes out. RVers fight with it, because in a tight space, where do you put it? What is it? Dirty laundry! Where to put the dirty laundry until wash day rolls around. If someone could come up with a “one size fits all solution” they could really clean up. Meantime, here’s a laundry list of possible solutions:

Put the laundry basket in the shower stall — take it out when it’s shower time. Great, unless the cat’s litter box already occupies the space.

As an alternative, hang the dirty laundry from either a retractable clothes line, or an additional shower curtain rod, hung in the shower stall. Keeps the cat happy.

photo: Amazon.com

Get a hanging laundry bag. We’ve seen a couple of different inspirations on this idea. One hangs on a closet rod like a coat hanger; the other hangs over the back of a door.

photo: Amazon.com

Motorhome or trailer owners with plenty of basement storage may find an idea here: Cut a trap door in the bottom of an existing cabinet, then place a laundry basket in the basement compartment immediately under the door. Pop open the door, drop dirty clothes in and forget about them until wash day.

One couple put a laundry bag in an under-counter cabinet, but found they were too lazy to pick up the bag to put the clothes in it. As a result, the clothes just wound up being piled on top of the bag — making a big hassle on laundry day. Solution? They put grommets on the rim of the laundry bag and hung them on cup hooks placed under the countertop, leaving the “front” of the bag gaping open, ready to accept dirty donations.

More inconvenient, but if there’s no other place: Put the laundry basket in your pickup canopy, or the trunk of your towed car.

Sources: amazon.com provides both styles of these hampers. Here are links: In-closet hanging hamperOver the door hamper.



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We decided not to have a washer/dryer combo in the space provided so I measured carefully and nest two laundry baskets in the bottom of the now closet. When we go too long between washes (2 1/2 to 3 weeks) I also have a collapsible crate to put the clothes in. I always sort all the clothes before heading out to the laundry. Really like the ease of laundry washing pods but have discovered that it is important to put in the bottom of the washer so they dissolve completely.


I’m not sure why so few RVers seem to know about the mini washers and washer/dryers that are sold by Amazon. The best known brand is Panda. A washer/dryer can be as small as 20 x 20 x15 thus fitting perfectly in a shower or on the floor of a closet. You can do a wash in 15 minutes (the dryers are usually centrifugal only but items are usually dry within one to two hours.
I use the washer half as a hamper, and when its full just hook up .

MaryAnn Sorensen

We put ours in pillow cases.


I have a mesh hamper that I keep in the driver’s seat while I’m parked. Then, when I get ready to hit the road again, I just move the hamper. Not ideal, but it’s easy to do.


We have a built in laundry hamper, but we also store dirty clothes in both the washer and the dryer.

Myra Johnson

We put ours under the bed in a piece of canvas luggage with wheels. Helps in transporting the clothes to and from the laundromat.