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Automatic compact washing machine

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Old February 6th 06, 01:35 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
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Default Automatic compact washing machine

Probably a very long shot,

But does anyone on here know of an automatic compact or portable washing

i'm after one for my motorhome, i've found there are 2 compact front loaders
available in the uk, one by candy... couldent touch with a barge pole,
another by zanusi (the zcf1300w or something) both are 3 kilo load washers,
basicaly quarter size domestic units, i have room to build one in my van...
and have the weight capacity for one too with almost a ton of payload now,
but what i don't have is the 400 quid price tag for one.

There are a few of these portable washers out nowadays, all top loaders, all
plastic, some do a spin, most dont, i know there's a twin tub model, they'd
be ideal, except for one thing, they all seem to be manual... i.e. glorified
hand washers with a motor,

You have to fill with water to the right level, add soap, start a timer,
come back in 15 minutes, drain it manualy, re-fill with fresh water to
rinse, drain and so on.

I'm after a washer for the van so i can put a load of clothes in it, turn it
on and leave it to do it's thing, 9 times out of 10 i'd be doing a wash as
i'm driving down the road, so i need one that's automatic.. lets in water as
it needs (motorhomes have pressure pumps, so no problems with that, water
flows and is pumped when any tap/outlet is opened, and i have 140 litres of
water on board, most compact washers only use 35 or so litres)

i really want one that's hot and cold fill as well, cold fill only ones use
a killowatt heater element to heat the water, whilst i can accomodate that,
got a 1600 watt inverter and 500 AH worth of batteries plus a dedicated 2nd
alternator on the engine to re-charge them, i'd rather use the hot water i
already have on board,

The machine then needs to do it's thing, and pump the water out.. got a 120
litre waste tank, so again that's no problem, don't even need to pump it
out, could go by gravity into the tank, but i do need the machine to empty
it's self when it needs to.

I've been looking for one of the small zanusi washers second hand, but they
seem to be like hens teeth, and all the portable washers i've found are all
manual fill and drain,

Is there an automatic portable washer out there??


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