front loader washing machine

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 09:53
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Saw a dometic front loading washing machine in a van the other day and am interested to find out if they are any good ??????? how much????? and availability, as I cant find any listing of them on the net.

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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 10:14

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 10:14
They are usually Dometic brand and cost approx $1300 and the biggest disadvantage we thought was they weigh 51kg out of your allowable payload.

We have a built in cupboard for one but chose to fit a 2 1/2 kg capacity Lemair which only weighs 17kg and cost about $500



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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 20:34

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 20:34
Got a price for the Lemair last week and in stock. $380 Retra Vision Yeppoon. Rocky Hardley Normal $399.
I'm getting one. Ill have to work out how to keep it covered in annex. Other than fuel im spending a fortune in the laundry at $3 a load.
Sharon
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 20:53

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 20:53
Just be careful which model you are getting for that.

1st model like ours has solid white lid and has non electronic controls and we paid $310 at Retravision Bribie Island and I would say if yours is that model its toooooo dear.

The new model has a transparent lid and electronic controls and the cheapest I have seen it is just over $500
If its that one its cheap.

Just be aware that it will really only take a sheet and a pillow case per load or two towels, so can take a while to do a lot of washing.

Also if you use a drain hose like to a park sullage point that you need to loop the end of the hose higher than the top of the washing machine or when you empty the wash cycle and it starts to fill for the rinse it will syphon out.

We tried doing it at the machine but it needed to be near the end to stop it
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 20:58

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 20:58
Also get a couple of pieces of wood 100mm x 25mm to put under feet to keep it level and allow ventilation.

We used it in the annex for 7 months and it was Ok It travelled in the car

I just turned the box upside down and kept it in that

Also keep the plastic in the bottom to locate it in the box and the bit inside to keep the impeller steady.

It also only does COLD washes so make sure you get the correct wash powder.



Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:43

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:43
Just use laundromats.... in particular mine in Rosedale :-]]

Happy hols.
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 00:10

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 00:10
Yeh Graham its the new model with a blue lid. Thought if I did a load each day it would be fine there is only 3 of us. Once a week for the towels in the big washers will be fine. Thought about the timber to keep it off the ground for when its raining and buy a BBQ cover keeping the box too. It will travel on the back seat. The last 3 parks we have been in like the grey water to go on their gardens as we are elevated at the moment there isn't a problem. I use Cold power as it wont hurt the soil so they say. Been in the van now for 7 months would have paid for it self by now.
Thanks for your tips.
Sharon
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Follow Up By: paulnsw - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 07:53

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 07:53
The new model with the transparent blue lid can be bought at Harvey Norman for $339. Bought 2 in the last month at that price.
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Reply By: Karen & Geoff - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 10:17

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 10:17
Hi, we have just had our van custom built and I upgraded our machine from a 3 kg dometic to a 5.5kg Simpson. It is 1 kg heavier and uses 1 litre less per wash than the Dometic. We were happy with that, we have nearly double the capacity and uses less water per load. I think if you are going to live in the van, a front loader is the way to go for water usage and how much you can fit in them. Take a bit longer to do a load, but I think it is a much better wash.
I am glad we upgraded ours for sure.
Karen
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Reply By: Member - Carl- Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 13:24

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 13:24
We have a 3 kg Dometic and my wife loves it. I know little about it other than what she tells me. So here goes.

Uses 42 litres of water for the most econ cycle per load. So if you are in the bush you need good water carry capacity. You did not say if you were a caravan park staying family.

Time 45 minutes for a wash.

Brilliant at getting clothes clean

You cannot power it off an inverter as it will not run. So away from 240 volt you will need at least a 2 KVA generator putting out "good" power. We use a honda (EU2) and we cannot charge batteries at the same time as a wash.

They are better aligned length wise in a van and not accross as when on spin can cause the van to rock.

Make sure the caravan is level when doing a wash.

Generally they are great

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Follow Up By: paulnsw - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 07:56

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 07:56
My SIL has the Dometic front loader in their caravan and power from the inverter full time. They don't have a generator.
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Follow Up By: Member - Carl- Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 09:13

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 09:13
Hi,

If SIL could write down how this is done I would appreciate it. It will get ridof the need to start the generator for me.

Iamrunning a 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter as well. The Dometic will not even turn on with the inverter at the moment.
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Reply By: obee1212 - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 21:30

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 21:30
i remember when mum washed in the copper for six kids and a wharfie. Friends lived on a boat for eight years and washed in a bucket. Two sets of shorts and t shirt one in wash one on back.

Next trip I will volunteer to do the washing and see if she notices that I just used a bit of elbow grease in the laundry tub.

lol

owen
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