Wednesday, November 30, 2022


The readers always write – from washers to finding items in RV



By Russ and Tiña De Maris

emailHere’s our every-other-week compilation of highlights of comments from our readers. 

It all comes out in the wash

In our Issue 768, Chuck mentioned his adjustment to the full-time lifestyle. “I miss having a washing machine. I don’t miss a dishwasher or a garbage disposal, but I do miss the washer. Our RV is too small for an onboard laundry, but I wouldn’t want one anyway. From what I hear they take forever to wash and then dry. So we use coin laundries — some in the RV parks and others a short drive away. We have lots of time on our hands, so it’s no big deal. We can go about two weeks between washings.”

Well, when Chuck put it on the line, readers were quick to wade in with some bold comments.

Tren would never go without an in-RV system. Before having one, “I found myself bringing 10 washer loads at a time to the coin laundries which were between $1.25 and $2.00 per load and using all of the machines at once. It took $20+ to get everything washed. I would go at 10:30 at night when no one else would be there.” And with a washer in the old RV? “Life became easier and more free. I can now put a load in and forget it until it’s time to put it into the dryer. Yes, it takes a long time to dry, but who cares? I’m not sitting there watching it!”

In a similar vein, Pianist337 observed, “We have a Splendide combo unit that is going strong in its 12th year. We detest most public laundry facilities, but even with the nice ones, there’s still the dragging the clothes to and from, plus the high cost of coin laundry these days. We also mostly air dry by hanging clothing about the motorhome. Towels and sheets do get a dry cycle. We find it so much more convenient to do it ‘in-house.'”

And as to the age-old dispute of “combo” versus “stacker” units, here’s how Linda Hanson weighs in: “I hated the combo washer/dryer units. The washing cycle worked fine but drying took 3-4 times longer than it should – and clothes and linens were really, really wrinkled. Our current unit (larger) has a stacked set. They are wonderful. We full timed for a year and the only time I had to use an outside laundry was for large items (comforters). For me, having the stacked set would be a requirement to full timing again.”

Perhaps a suitable end to this subject comes from RAGftw is a Laundromat story. “One time on the Alaskan Highway in Dawson Creek a sign in the laundry read, ‘If you are going to wash your horse blankets please select a second rinse.’ Horse hair in my tighty whities is not something I look forward to!” Results? “We have a Splendide combo and the DW would not be without it.”

Lost in the RV

Our story, “Loss prevention in your RV” focused on how to find all that stuff you squirreled away in the rig. Readers had a few suggestions to add:

Helen suggests, “I don’t have a problem with finding something in the RV, but I do suffer from not knowing whether an item is in the RV or in the sticks and bricks. One tip that helps is to keep a note pad in the RV and to make a note every time I remove something. This happens frequently when I have to raid my second kitchen to replenish a pantry item or something else that I have ‘borrowed’ from the RV. It serves as a good check list when we are getting ready to head out or to go shopping.”

George has his own take on Helen’s view: “Easiest way not to leave something behind is to have a set of everything in the RV and a set at home. My neighbor tells me I have more tools in my RV than he has in his garage so I guess that’s why he comes to me when he needs something. Also, for my toiletries, I have a complete set that never leaves home, a complete set in the RV, and a complete set for traveling without the RV. That way you never forget your toothbrush. Cost-wise it all works out in the end and is so convenient. Now my wife and all her bags…..naw, won’t go there.”

Speaking of lists, Paulette says it’s not so much the lists – as the user. “I made these lists about 10 years ago and laminated them, then taped them inside the closet door. My only problem is getting my husband to put things back in the correct bay!”

Finally, here’s Ed’s way of dealing with it. “When we go looking for something in the RV I try to remember the first place I look, so when I do find the item, after I use it I move it to that first place. Next time, voila.”

Lost in the desert

Our man, Bob Difley, wrote about a great boondocking location in his story, “An oasis near Vegas perfect for RV boondocking.” Some wondered about more specific directions. Bob gives us more detail:

“The Mormon Well route begins at Highway 95 Northwest of Las Vegas on Corn Springs Road, which you follow for four miles to the Corn Springs visitor center. Just beyond the visitor center, turn right on Alamo Road and left on Mormon Well Road which terminates at Highway 93 just south of State Route 168. The part beyond the visitor center requires high-clearance or 4WD. You can see it on Google maps. 

Thanks to all of you who’ve chimed in with your views.

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Mitzi Agnew Giles
6 years ago

I’ve already checked thru many options since summer 2004, when we lived without electricity most of the time thanks to Charlie, Frances and Jeanne. My personal favorite was a washboard ( After that summer I invested in a non electric wonderwash for sheets and towels, but wringing became problematic as the arthritis in my hands advanced. It’s a real challenge to use the correct amount of detergent, 1/4 teaspoon per washload is all it takes.
I have the all in one combo washer /dryer in my stickbuilt house for almost 13 years now. I used to be dissatisfied with the dryer function not working as well since I always used the maximum “stuff” wash cycle, but after replacing my old Edgestar with a Splendide with twice the drum size this past summer, I discovered the answer is to wash smaller loads. Of course permanent press is hung to dry, so we don’t worry about it wrinkling. Now I have a Scrubba bag and I have some difficulty with folding and latching the bag properly. I may go back to my washboard and use a rolling pin as a mangle to wring. Or, you could check out the Drumi foot powered washer.

Pat Belletto
6 years ago

Just a comment on the washer story; As a kid we traveled in a small Shasta trailer. I remember my parents had a secured diaper bucket to use as a washer. Dirty clothes would agitate while we were driving, the rinse would come later and clothes would dry outside. I still use the idea for my dishes when we are traveling.

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