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Old 12-22-2018, 04:55 PM   #1
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Just wondering if anyone out there use one of those mini portable washers in their class B, seen them on Amazon with very good reviews. Looks like they maybe a good solution for small loads.

Thanks and all have a Merry Christmas Joe
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Just wondering if anyone out there use one of those mini portable washers in their class B, seen them on Amazon with very good reviews. Looks like they maybe a good solution for small loads.

Thanks and all have a Merry Christmas Joe
What puts me off is the water usage, but almost all of our camping is boondocking. We have some dry-tech clothing that we just wash in the sink if we get desperate.
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I have a Lavario washer, and think it does a good job washing clothes.

There's no getting around the fact that several gallons of water are needed to wash, then rinse a load of laundry.
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I have one, but used it only a couple of times. Takes up too much room and uses too much water. I boondock a lot, so I can't sacrifice that kind of space. And I find I can do a LOT more laundry in a lot less time at the laundomat or campground laundry in a lot less time.
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I've had pretty good luck with the Scrubba wash bag. Would I want to do all my laundry all the time in it? No, but it works remarkably well for "small loads"; underwear, socks, a pair of lightweight pants or a shirt or two. Although water availability is always the kicker, it doesn't use a whole lot for what it does.
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I have one, but used it only a couple of times. Takes up too much room and uses too much water. I boondock a lot, so I can't sacrifice that kind of space. And I find I can do a LOT more laundry in a lot less time at the laundomat or campground laundry in a lot less time.
It seems to me to be one of the ubiquots trade-offs in life. The size of the washer/water needed vs just some more clothes. I travel with at least 3 weeks of clothing, sheets, etc. - more than 3 weeks. If I run out of underwear, I need to buy some more. Always comes back to someone's application (needs and wants) for a b.

I'll bet there are some applications for a washer in a b, please tell us about one or some.

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I leave a 5-gallon $2.98 BORG bucket (Big Orange Retail Giant) at my off-grid property. Fill it with lake water, add laundry detergent, and use a thick blunt stick as a stirring / punching tool. It works fabulously. Homer rules.

IMO, the laundry challenge with a B is not the washing - anyone with arms can accomplish that (even many disabled persons). The real challenge is drying. I've got an under-awning portable rack designed on paper thus far, and hope to make it a fabricated reality before next summer's camping season.

An ideal rack fits under the awning so that the clothes don't get rain sprinkled (my property is on the far northeastern coast of Nova Scotia, where it rains more often than not).

PLUS - and here's the kicker - it affixes magnetically to the side of the van. Ideally, its down-rods would fit between my side windows which is why I cannot buy or adapt an existing consumer product. Nothing fits the space.

I already dry clothing on the side of the van using magnets to hold the pieces, but I'm aspiring to create a more efficient apparatus. An ideal rack would be higher than most of the clothing pieces shown here. Once they are below the windows, even gently blowing rain can reach them.

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