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Buying An RV Washer Dryer Combo

Some folks might purchase stand-alone washers and dryers for their RV’s, most people opt for the space-saving convenience of the combo RV washer/dryer. They’re easier to deal with, save space, and generally consume less power than their home counterparts.

You should know that there are two types of combination washer/dryers; vented and non-vented (ventless).
The Difference Between Vented and Ventless:

The key difference between the two types is what happens during the drying process.

Vented Washer Dryer:
First, you should know that unlike the stand-alone units in a home, the combo uses the SAME drum for both washing and drying. However, during the drying process, the vented units suck in air from the room, heat it, pass it

through the tumbling clothes, and vent it to the outside of the RV. That’s why it’s called a vented RV washer/dryer combo!

RV Washer Dryer Combo.
In order to make this work, you’ll need a hole in the outside of your RV, similar to the hole you’d make in the outside of your home for a dryer vent.

For some people, this may not be an acceptable option, so they’ll prefer the non-vented version.

Non-Vented Washer Dryer Combo:

Non-vented machines heat air inside the drum and tumble it through the clothes.

When you do this, steam is created within the drum.

Cold water is used to cool the outside of the drum while the heating process is taking place.

This condenses the steam to water which is pumped into the RV's drain and holding tank.

So, you’ve got a choice: use lots of water in the drying process, or punch a hole in your RV. (We recommend the hole – see our article on vented versus non-vented to find out why).

How Much Laundry Can You Fit In Them - Space Saving!:
Also, when looking for an RV washer/dryer combo, be aware that you’ll only be able to load a third to ½ of what you’d normally put into your units at home. That’s why they call it a space-saving device!


Power Requirements:
Another consideration when buying an RV washer dryer combo is the amount of power the unit will draw. It will take you about 30-45 minutes to wash a typical load and twice that to dry the same load (or more for heavy items).

The washer dryers require 115 volts of AC electricity and draws about 13 amps while operating. This doesn’t leave much power for the rest of your RV when you’re running the washer/dryer, since most campground hookups are 30 amps (this leaves only 17 amps). If you try working your microwave or space heater at the same time, you’re likely to overload that poor 30-amp circuit. RV washer/dryer combos are great, but be aware of the power consumption!

Water Requirements:
And don’t forget the water! It takes over 20 gallons of water to wash a typical load of clothes. Non-vented machines will use even more (up to 5 gallons or more) during the drying cycle. Sure you can use your RV generator for power and use water from your holding tank, but you might not have much water left over for other important things (like cleaning yourself). If you do decide to use your RV washer/dryer in this way, keep an eye on your monitor panel so that you don’t overflow your holding tank.

There are a variety of combination washer dryer market size models on the market today. You can even find all in one washer dryer with blue tooth options! Whatever model you choose, be sure to shop around for the best quality and pricing, you can find a discount washer and dryer combo that meets your needs on used appliance sites or on auction web sites.


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