washing machines for a caravan

Submitted: Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 12:02
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Good morning to all you happy campers, My wife is thinking about buying a washing machine for the caravan, just a little one the questions are what type and how much power do they use and will I need to up grade my inverter to run it, max 2kg I take it that is the load capacity any suggestions will be greatly appreciated
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Reply By: Life Member - esarby (NSW) - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 12:29

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 12:29
Hi Broodie.

The best way that I have done my washing in one of those screw to bins. Put your washing in, half way up . cover with water and pop in the washing powder/liquid. Screw the lid on and put in the back of your vehicle. When you get to your destination, washing s down. just rinse and hang up to dry. before that I used to do it in the shower.

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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 13:30

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 13:30
that's how we used to do it on all our previous trips, but .......we now have a caravan so we neeeeeeed a washing machine, if I can have my toy's I am certianly not going to stop my travelling mate from having hers, and besides that I think she desrves the break. pamper time don't you think.
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Follow Up By: JimDi - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 13:55

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 13:55
Hi Broodie,
We had a Lemair built in. I am not pushing that brand as I am sure there are plenty of brands available.
I reckon it was the best money ever spent. It saved both of us hours standing around in the caravan laundry staring at washing machines not to mention chasing around for dollar coins. If you add up the coins spent on washing machines per year I reckon you would get your money back within six months.

I never measured their water use but I reckon they would be high end users so make sure you are close to a reliable source.
But their greatest positive is that you wont have to stand around in the laundry reading womens magazines. Unless you can come up with an excuse to get outof helping.
Jim

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Follow Up By: ChrisVal7 - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 15:27

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 15:27
I agree completely with JimDi.
We have a frontloader built into our offroader and it is a godsend. At caravan parks it saves a fortune as well as time checking on the washing cycle. But when out camping we usually wash clothes by hand then put them into the machine on spin cycle only, as it usues less power than a full wash (and less water) but the clothes dry much faster and with less wrinkles than handwashed.

Yes, we have a large inverter (Xantrex 1800 watt) and four AGM batteries in the van.
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Reply By: Member - Wamuranman - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 13:55

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 13:55
We are getting a new van currently being built (pick up next week).
We chose to include a washing machine (Lemair) to facilitate longer periods of free camping.
One of the most common used in RVs is Lemair - fully automatic.
Washing capacity is just 2.2 kG.
Input power 280W, working water pressure 0.03MPa-1MPa.
Gross weight 18kg.
Dimensions are 438X438X735.

Hope it works as well as we expect - soon to find out during "run in" trip.
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Follow Up By: apwaddo - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 16:18

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 16:18
Also to confirm that my Lemair 2.2kg will run off a Morningstar 300 watt converter.
Best thing since sliced bread when fitted into van when in caravan parks, but uses 60 -70 litres per wash so a bit difficult if free camping.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wamuranman - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 07:13

Monday, May 07, 2012 at 07:13
Hi apwaddo,

Just a related question while this post is current.
The Lemair I understand comes with a foam piece you put in the top of the machine to stop movement while travelling.
This will not last long - do you (or anyone) know if you can buy a stronger plastic type piece that fits on machine to stop movement in bowl while travelling?
Thanks.
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Follow Up By: JimDi - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 09:38

Monday, May 07, 2012 at 09:38
Wamuranman,
Our foam piece lasted seven years and was still okay when we sold the van. Not sure if you can buy a stronger insert. But with a little care the foam piece should last.
Regards
Jim
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Follow Up By: Grinner - Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 11:20

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 11:20
I wrapped our foam piece completly with Duct tape, to keep it protected
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Follow Up By: Member - Wamuranman - Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 11:39

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 11:39
Thats a good idea, thanks
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Reply By: steamfire01 - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 19:39

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 19:39
Hey Broodie
The Lemair is the way to go, build it in if you can, or you could transport it in the shower (just doubly check the size of the shower door I didn't)
We had ours built in and so far it has done two laps with absolutely no problems.
It's great to chock in a couple of T shirts and shorts etc every day or so and not have to queue for the laundry.
Happy travelling
TJ
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Reply By: Member - Broodie H3 - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 02:42

Monday, May 07, 2012 at 02:42
Thanks for the info girls and boys, we are now the proud owners of a very small twin tub, a heck of a lot smaller than the twin tub we had back in the seventies in our flat in Darwin, it willl do nickers and bra's and the odd 't' shirt, and only uses 3 litres of water. We'll wiat for the verdict after using it for three weeks. So far so good,we haven't left home yet. stay tuned.
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