An RV Washer Dryer Combo Is More Convenient Than A Laundromat
Doing your laundry at campsites and laundromats can be a pain. For one, you have to leave the comfort of your RV, not to mention hoping there are machines available and paying for every load. However, an RV washer dryer combo is a great way to make laundry easier and even save money in the long run. So let’s iron out the details with the pros and cons of installing one in your RV.
What is an RV Washer Dryer Combo?
These machines are exactly what they sound like: an all-in-one washer and dryer for your RV. They combine both laundry processes into one unit, rather than having a separate RV washer and dryer. (This is also an option, though).
A good example is the Splendide washer dryer combo. Splendide makes some of the best RV washer dryer combos, such as the Splendide WDC7200XCD Combo Washer/Dryer. A washer dryer combo for RVs is one small unit with a single compartment where washing and drying occur.
An all-in-one washer dryer for RVs is an alternative to an RV stackable washer and dryer with two separate appliances that can be stacked on top of the other.
An RV washer and dryer combo are smaller and usually cheaper than a stackable unit. But are they right for you? Let’s look at the pros and cons.
Pros of an RV Washer Dryer Combo
There are many great things about an RV washer and dryer combination unit.
The biggest is probably convenience. With a washer and dryer in your RV, you can do laundry from the comfort of your camper any time of day or night. You don’t have to worry about finding a laundromat or a campsite with laundry facilities.
Another plus is that you can avoid your clothes getting wrinkled when you transport them from the laundry facility to your RV. Instead, you can put clothes away directly from the dryer.
Cheaper in The Long Run
Over the long run, an RV washer and dryer can also save you money. The Simple Dollar estimates that a washer and dryer pays for itself in around 600 loads of laundry. They also share that home laundry is $2.15 cheaper per load versus a laundromat.
How RV Washer Dryer Combo Units Compare to A Stackable Set
A washer and dryer combo also has some advantages over an RV stackable washer dryer.
- Size – A combo washer-dryer will take up less room than a washer and dryer stacked on top of each other, freeing up precious space in your RV.
- Weight – RV washer and dryer combos are also lighter than stackable units. For reference, the Splendide 2100XC weighs 153 pounds. Meanwhile, the Splendide WFL1300XD washer and the Splendide DV6400x dryer have a combined weight of 213 pounds!
Cons of an RV Washer Dryer Combo
While an RV washer dryer combo has a lot of positives, there are also some negatives to consider.
One of their biggest upsides is also one of their greatest downfalls: their size. Because they’re designed to take up less space, a washer dryer combo will usually fit less clothing than larger units. Unfortunately, this means you’ll have to do more, smaller loads of laundry.
Longer Drying Time
RV washer dryer combo units can also be slower at drying clothing. This is partly because many RV combos have ventless dryers. Instead of venting hot air outside, a ventless washer dryer combo relies on methods that remove moisture into the air in the unit and recondense it away from the clothes. Though ventless dryers take longer to dry clothes, they use 20%+ less energy overall to dry the same load as a vented unit—something to keep in mind if you frequent parks that charge for electricity.
You can speed up the drying time by getting a vented dryer. However, this comes with its own drawback. You’ll have to make a vent to install a vented RV washer dryer combo. This involves making a small opening in your RV’s sidewall. Overall this isn’t too complicated, but it might still be undesirable for several reasons.
While washer dryer combos are lighter than two stacked units, they still add a fair amount of extra weight to your RV. Besides weight limit issues, the extra weight will make your vehicle less fuel-efficient. In fact, according to the US Department of Energy, every extra 100 pounds on your vehicle reduces your fuel efficiency by 1%.
In comparison to stackable units, combo washer-dryers also have the downside that you can’t dry one load of laundry while you wash another. Because everything happens in the same compartment, you can only do one load at a time. This, combined with smaller capacities, means that laundry could take you longer than if you had a stacked washer and dryer.
One last downside is that an RV washer and dryer will cause your rig to move a bit while it’s working. This is just a bit of rocking back and forth and isn’t anything to worry about. However, some might find it uncomfortable or annoying, especially if you’re trying to run a load of laundry while you sleep.
The Verdict: It’s a Wash
The argument whether you’re better off installing an RV washer and dryer combo is a wash. For some, the investment is absolutely worth it: convenient, space-saving, and can even be money-saving.
However, if you have a lot of laundry (like for a full-time family), a combo unit might be more painful than going to the laundromat or installing a stackable unit.
So what do you think? Do the pros outweigh the cons for your RV lifestyle? Or are you still going to the laundromat?
Jennifer lives with her husband in a 29′ trailer in Mexico. She is one half of DashboardDrifters.com and the founder of RVSpotDrop, a web service for full-time RVers. Jennifer Jennings has been RVing for 2+ years and writing about the RV and Van Life for 2+ years. Jennifer specializes in topics such as Lifestyle, van life, campgrounds features, destination features, and product lists.