Washing Machines & Dryers
Do you own a caravan and are you looking for an easy solution to the ever-growing pile of dirty clothes in the corner? At Outback Equipment, we stock a range of caravan washing machines designed to suit all needs. After buying a portable washing machine for your caravan or motorhome you will never look back. No more missing out on valuable adventure time waiting for a load to finish at a laundromat or relying on the kindest of strangers whilst on those long trips in the middle of nowhere.
You can find camp anywhere and be able to pack less. Outback Equipment sell a range of Australia’s leading brands for caravan and motorhomes such as Camec, Sphere & Companion.
Storing your washing machine in an RV
If you don't have the space to permanently install a washing machine in your motorhome, there are still different options that are light enough for you to store in your shower, in a low-profile compartment or even in the back of your car. Before permanently installing, take accurate measurements and remember a top-loading machine will need free space above it, while a front loader can be installed inside your cabinetry. Try to keep enough space on either side for ventilation and hooking up hosing down the track.
Installing washing machine
Installing your portable washing machine is an incredibly easy procedure. You can set up the washing machine inside your motorhome permanently or opt for a manually operated option that can be used outside as a space saver. Just remember the washing machine must be hooked up to a water source - generally the faucet of a caravan or the sink so we suggest storing it within easy reach of your main water source. Then, simply plug the washing machine into a 240v electrical outlet and fill it with your washing.
How to Use Portable Washing Machines
Step 1. If your washer is not permanently installed, use a sink to fill and drain the washer, washing small loads of clothing at a time. Make sure to read your instruction manual before filling the washer, as precise instructions vary from machine to machine.
Step 2. Drain the dirty water. Automatic washers will do this for you, you just need to make sure to place the draining nozzle in the sink or flow into your showers grey water catchment. Make sure all the dirty water is drained for the next load. If you're not sure which nozzle to use, check your instruction manual. TIP: Make sure the nozzle is securely in the sink with a clip. If the nozzle falls out, you could end up with dirty water all over your floor.
Step 3. Rinse the clothes again, if your machine requires it. Some machines do not have a rinse cycle. Once you've drained the water, you can remove and dry your clothing. However, other machines require a specific rinse cycle. If your machine requires a rinse cycle, fill the machine with cold, clean water and set it to rinse. TIP: You may have to drain the water again after the rinse cycle is over.
Step 4. Dry your clothes. If you have a portable dryer, you can dry your clothes there. TIP: Save money by air drying your clothes on a clothing line or drying rack.
Step 5. Before you travel be sure to replace the basket in your washing machine to stop the tub from moving around.
The specifications of all caravan and RV washing machines are determined by their load capacities. Based on your load requirements, you can purchase anything from a basic 2.5kg machine to feature-packed versions that handle up to 4kg. Factor in the number of people who will be travelling, the duration of your trip, and the expected frequency of wash cycles. Sometimes, you can afford to go light on the load capacity if space and budget are limited.
Avoiding Common Mistakes
1. Read your instruction manual before using the machine. While portable washing machines are all somewhat similar, precise instructions will vary.
2. Make sure to dry your hands before plugging and unplugging to avoid getting a shock. It's easy to get your hands wet when handling laundry.
3. Avoid washing heavy items, like coats. They are generally too bulky for a portable washing machine. Get them dry cleaned or use a friend’s home washing machine if possible. 4. Make sure everything is in place. You want to make sure all the nozzles are screwed on tightly. You should also be vigilant about not overfilling the machine. You do not want to be left with a soapy mess to clean up.
1. Washing machines make a great dirty-clothes hamper.
2. Wash whites first so you can re-use the water.
3. Use wool wash so you don't need to rinse.
4. Wash bigger items such as sheets and pillowcases at a laundromat.
Manually operated portable washers such as the Sphere EcoSpin are a cost-effective solution for those who enjoy free camping. This washer can hold up to 2kg of laundry at a time and uses less water and detergent than electric washing machines. They are typically lightweight, compact, allowing you to quickly and easily wash your clothes wherever you end up on the road.
For that proper DIY feel, a plastic bucket with a lid that seals might be all you’ll need: put the washing, detergent and water in it and let it swish around while you're driving. Wringing by hand can be a pain though and may spill on bumpier off roads.