The purchase and installation of our combination washer/dryer has been in the works for quite a while. It probably began the instant my question of “Does this rig come ready for a washer/dryer?” was answered with a “It sure does”! Um, sold. Yes, while we did wait over a year to make it happen, we finally bought the sucker off of Amazon and installed it the day after it arrived.
Mike and I spent quite a bit of time looking at different washer and dryer options for our rig. The space the w/d fits in is a separate closet from our “walk in” closet that houses all of our hanging clothes. We debated purchasing separate washer/dryer units, but I really wanted to be able to keep a shelf in the w/d closet above the unit itself. As you can imagine, every little bit of storage space is precious. During our search, I contacted a friend who has a similar rig as ours to find out what kind of w/d set up she had. She recommended the Splendide 2100XC. We did quite a bit of research on various websites and found that the reviews on the w/d model she recommended were consistent with what she said. We ordered that model from a vendor on Amazon, and it arrived a few days later, ahead of schedule.
It’s pretty heavy
When the washer/dryer arrived, I inspected it and saw that the packing slip listed the weight of the unit at 150lbs. “Uh oh,” I immediately thought. That’s pretty heavy for Mike and I to install in our rig ourselves. After cleaning out our closet, prepping the area for the unit, and ridding the path from the main door to the closet of anything that would hinder our movements, we began the install.
Mike and I were able to hoist the w/d up the outside stairs and into the rig will relative ease. I will mention quickly that my workouts really helped this process. (Thank you very much!) The stairs into our bedroom were a bit more tricky, but the most difficult part was getting it, cords and hoses, into the closet. I still am not sure how Mike managed to get out from behind the machine once we positioned it in the space. He might be part super hero.
Trail and Error
Admittedly, one of my hesitancies with using a washer/dryer in our rig is the amount of water that could end up in our room if something were to go wrong. I know this may seem like a weird concern, but water in an rv is never a good thing. The first run through with the machine was a little scary to me; every noise, even with an empty machine, was new. I continually checked for leaks. I know, I’m silly. The first load of clothes that went into the new install came out clean and dry. The process did not take three hours as some reviews stated, but it did leave Mike’s pants very wrinkled. After some trial and error, I have become better at using certain settings to make sure that doesn’t happen. Towels, blankets, clothing, everything washes and dries without issue. The w/d machine is awesome!