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Old August 8th 03, 08:00 AM posted to uk.rec.motorcaravans
Richard C. Ferryman
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Her that rules the roost has asked if there is such a thing as a small
low energy wshing machine for caravans. Has anyone seen one as I
can't find one in a search of the net.
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Old August 8th 03, 11:13 AM posted to uk.rec.motorcaravans
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"Richard C. Ferryman" wrote in message
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Her that rules the roost has asked if there is such a thing as a small
low energy wshing machine for caravans. Has anyone seen one as I
can't find one in a search of the net.


I've seen 2 types in england for motorhomes, both of them in brownhills at
newark, so the prices they ask are full RRP, you can get them much cheaper
anywhere else in other words,

but the one thats been about for years is a hand operated one, can't get
much more energy efficiant as that , it's basicaly a tub mounted on a
stand, it'll take a few pairs of jeans or so, it's not massive but not tiny
either, but does sit on a counter top, you unscrew the lit, plonk in the
clothes, add hot water and detergent, screw the lid on and twirl the handle,
pressure builds up and forces the soapy water through the clothes,
you then empty the water out and replace with clean soap free water, twirl
again, then your done.

The other one i've seen was an electric one, again a table top version,
imagine a small spin dryer and that's what it's like, (about the size of a
microwave on its end) load the clothes at the top, connect the water hose to
the taps, hang the drain hose in the sink, plug in and turn on, (add washing
powder at some stage too i imagine), from what i've read it does everything
it's self, takes on water, tumbles the clothes, rinses etc, tho it may not
rinse it's self, i recall only seeing a timer switch, but thats not a hard
ship, open a drain valve and admit clean water,
it's low power of course, not sure how much water it takes, but not that
much i'd imagine, i'll be getting one of them my self when i start
converting my next van.

Of course over in america you can get miniture versions of domestic washing
machines, they cost over $1000, and consume a lot of water.. not a problem
for american RV's which can have 100 gallon water tanks, they also consume a
lot of mains power, but again no problem when most american RV's have a 4
killowatt generator from the factory, so they drive down the road with the
washing being done in the machine in one of the enormous basement lockers,
stopping only to take the celan washing out and put it into the tumble dryer


Sorry i can't recall the names of the 2 washing machines available in
england for motorhome usage, the hand operated one i've seen sold via one of
thos crappy magazines you get through the door, inovations or better ware or
something, again it'll be sold for double what you can get it for on the
net.. but you need the name of the thing to search for it.


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Old August 9th 03, 01:47 AM posted to uk.rec.motorcaravans
Hilary[_2_]
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"CampinGazz" wrote in message
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seen sold via one of
thos crappy magazines you get through the door, inovations or better ware

or
something, again it'll be sold for double what you can get it for on the
net.. but you need the name of the thing to search for it.

I've seen those as well. A friend had a version of the electric table top
one years ago ( they used to sell for small flats etc). Hers did a rinse
by draining the soapy water then sort of rotating over whilst the cold water
from the hose on the cold tap ran in and then drained out down the sink.

Not very efficient and it didn't spin and in my book its the spin you really
need. They used to sell a mini spinner to match but both on mains voltage
( then).

The little rotating non electric tub is apparently good for a boil wash as
the hot water pressurises it. But that would ruin most of todays fabrics.
And you still have to rinse and get it dry. Washings the easy bit.

Now a proper washer/dryer machine small enough to fit in a cupboard would be
ideal if the price was right . But I think if I had to choose I'd just
sloosh the clothes through by hand ( they can have a good wash when home)
and have a small fast pump spinner.

Just as an aside does anyone remember the small suckered portable ringers
that were around from about the 60's. Sold for camping and caravaning I
believe. I've been after one for years.

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