Washing, What do you do ?.

Nesting Zombie

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Hi Gang.
I have what I think is A BRILLIANT Washer Spinner that I got from Argos about 14months ago, I am a Full Time Livaboard, & use it for About 3 Loads a week, (about an Hour of Genny time).
It's big enough to take a Double Duvet & Pillow Case & The end result is Clean & Almost Dry from the Spin. Mine Lives & Operates from it's home in my Shower Tray, that Makes the Filling with Both Hot & Cold Very easy directly from my Shower Head, & ofcourse Drains Directly into the Tray.
The Downside is the Water useage
15lt Pre Soak & left for however long Cold water, Then Click on a 3 min Pre Wash.
15lt Main Wash Warm Water for 6min.
(Obviously, Add another few mins for the really dirty stuff if required)
15lt Rinse Cold Water 3min, This Water is Kept for the Pre Wash of the Next Load.
Takes around 400w @ 230v easily 3 loads an hour of genny time while I charge everything else up at the same time.
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How do you do it.
 
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Sounds great, that's a lot of washing to get dry in the winter months though or do you go find a tumble dryer. I already store silver screens, dirty laundry and a multitude of other things in the shower. Lol. It's getting pretty full in there
 

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Sounds great, that's a lot of washing to get dry in the winter months though or do you go find a tumble dryer. I already store silver screens, dirty laundry and a multitude of other things in the shower. Lol. It's getting pretty full in there

You can't see it in the Picture, But Directly Above the Washing Machine & Fixed to the Side Wall is A Twin Level Fold Down Metal Clothes Dryer. When I Finnish the Washing, I Fold this Down and Load it up with the Washing, Keeping the Shower Roof Vent open. Opposite the Shower Door opening I have an outlet from the Main Cabin Heater Hot Air Fan, So it Dries Very well & Quickly. & is out the blinking way ofcourse lol.
 

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landrettes
My Problem would be -
Finding One !.
Parking !. (I have a 9mt long vehicle & possible Double Parking bay cost !)
Cost of doing a Wash n Dry !.(How much is A load nowadays ?)
Plus I can sit In my Pants without offending anyone Drinking a Coffee while watching a Movie & Having All my other Electronic bit Charged while my Washing is doing.
 
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I carry 25 pairs of socks and 25 pair of undies, turn them inside out a couple of times and use them again, good for almost a year. :rabbit:
 

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Yes, we have started to use them, but also use a couple of buckets between time.
One for wash, the other for rinse, then again but two for rinse.
Mrs G does the washing, I do the wringing.
Works for us!

I remember once, we powered the geny up for ironing! Note Once!

i dont think i have ironed this century !!!!!!!
 

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So 3 People use Laundretts so far !.
How much & how long is A wash =
How much & how long is a Dry =
In a Laundrette ?. I genuinely don't know nowadays. Do you find Parking your Motorhome nearby easy ?.
Are they 24hr ?.
All genuinely inquisitive questions.
 
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How much & how long is A wash =
How much & how long is a Dry =
In a Laundrette ?. I genuinely don't know nowadays. Do you find Parking your Motorhome nearby easy ?.
Are they 24hr ?.
All genuinely inquisitive questions.

During my long journey this summer prices differed hugely..... the DIY laundrette at Tobermoray harbour was the cheapest £5? sticks in my mind .. but i did pay £16 for a huge wash by a Laundry shop who provided a fully serviced/folded - including all powders/conditioners etc in Eire because there were no self service ones close by. I do wear clothes for longer when i am in the van - so i reckon an expensive wash now and again is no big deal - after all I'm paying very little for water at home when i'm away. There were more laundrettes in Eire than i found in Scotland - i asked local people most often where they were.

Before i went i found a U-Tube film of an aussie guy demonstrating/selling a "portable washing machine" using very little water - it might be worth it for fulltimers.

When travelling alone a laundrette is actually a good place to meet all sorts of interesting folk and find out about local spots to visit that are not on the tourist trails....

Re parking ... walking down to the laundrette carrying a bag of washing is exercise that i sorely need when i spend so much time in a confined place in the van
 

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This year we stayed on a site in Spain that charged 4 Euro for a 7 kg Service Wash & Dry & Press.

You gave them the washing and later that day it was all was ready for collection.

My wife got everything in the van washed on that site.

Oh, in June the site fee (excluding elect) was 7 Euro for MH; 2 adults; trailer & motorbike.
They had a pool and a bar (2 euro for 500 ml),there was a supermarket and a beach within 5 mins ride.
 

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When I full timed I found washing the biggest headache by far.

I combined. I would stop at a CC site in CLumber Park mid week £7 per night inc ehu and use the commercial washer and dries about a £5 in total.

On the road, for t shirts, socks and undies a nappy bucket with a lid in the shower ...fill with water and detergent the van driving along and our wonderful roads agitated the contents , then a case of rinsing with the shower and drying ..( that part a real pain)

I only ironed once for an interview..T shirts if you roll them are self ironing

Channa
 

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Yeah I must admit, I DO similar by filling the washer part of my machine and pre Soak the clothes for a day or so while Driving, Works a treat. Then flick the switch to wash when I can.
 
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Yeah I must admit, I DO similar by filling the washer part of my machine and pre Soak the clothes for a day or so while Driving, Works a treat. Then flick the switch to wash when I can.

???? REAL wilders would be out there with a stone/scrubbing brush on a river bank - we've gone waaaay too soft !!!!
 

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We can last 2-3 weeks without needing a launderette.For longer trips we have been using a camping washing machine like this which fits perfectly in the garage.

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It works very well,the drawback is that it needs a separate supply of hot water which means that we only use it when on a site.Recently though mrs wakk has been using campsite launderettes for about a fiver just because of the convenience,ease of use and no faffing around getting hot water.Anyone want to buy a camping washing machine?
 

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I the past we went to France with just bikes and tent with which we wild camped. I laundered in rivers and washed my hair there too. When desperate I used the sink in public toilets and once came across a disused travelers site that had lots of little brick buildings with toilets, showers and sinks each made for for a camper unit on each side. The hot guy water was still turned on so that was a good find
 

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Don't save it up ! Just chuck it in the shower tray when you have one and stamp on it. Trish and Fred
 

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I carry 25 pairs of socks and 25 pair of undies, turn them inside out a couple of times and use them again, good for almost a year. :rabbit:
My son when he was young said "dad you have your shreddies on back to front" I said "Is that because the fly is at the back? No he said, it's the shxt at the front.
 

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