One of the things I absolutely hate is laundry. No matter where it is, at home or camping. Its the frequency and the never ending cycle. I guess it could be a mutual feeling most of us have, right? Dishes and laundry. BLEAH! The problem is we can’t escape it. But maybe we can make it more convenient when we are on the go. I absolutely hated toting my laundry to and from the laundry mat when rving, and I have only been fortunate one time to experience a laundry mat that had credit card and smart phone functionality. I never have cash or coins. Not to mention the coin shortage doesn’t help.
So, we decided to look into portable washers and settled on this one. The price at the time was ~$226, weighing under 20 pounds, and can do small loads of laundry, I’d say about half of an average hamper’s worth. We didn’t have room inside our travel trailer so we decided to put it in pod outside. I did my first load with it on this trip and it did an amazing job. Couldn’t be more pleased. I know the cost seems a bit stiff, but it will pay for itself over time and it will pay in convenience.
Ok, so we have the wet clothes, Ashley, what do you do with them to dry them? Well, some campgrounds forbid clothes lines, but if they allow them, that’s one option for you. Another option we tried out was this enclosed heating bag. However, I am not thrilled with the results. The stand was extremely flimsy. It could barely standup on its own. Adding clothes required a lot of care, it was a real balancing act. The drying element, the heater, if not hanging properly, would lose a lot of heat and not blow into the bag. The zipper broke. So, to make do, we bought some adhesive velcro to replace the zipper and velcroed the heating element onto the bag to help keep the air from escaping. Then we decided to hang the bag up from our awning rather than use the stand. These changes helped a lot, but I think we will be exploring other options for our future trips.
Do you do onsite laundry? What tips do you have to share?