lets take a trip down memory lane. It was 2015 and we were deciding all the must have items for our bus. One item I wanted was a washer/dryer combo. I felt at the time that it was so important for me to be able to do laundry in the bus. I had two toddlers and an infant when we were moving in full time so we always had laundry to do. My husband didn’t want one but I was persistent, so he put one in.
I was so excited when it was in! Then I used it. It could only do a very small load and the loads took 3 hours and then 10-40 mins of hang drying (depending on the weather). We had it for a month before it broke. Not to mention it cost a lot! So we returned it.
My husband grew up using laundry mats and loved them. I however never used them so I was very unsure. Once the washer/dryer was out we decided to add more storage. (Much better use of space in my opinion). My husband would go do the laundry. Not because I didn’t want to but because he loves them lol. He would find the ones that have WiFi so he could work while he did the laundry. For me it was a no brainer. He did the wash I folded and put away. Teamwork at its finest!
When we would travel we started taking turns. It was a way to get a break from the kiddos and just listen to a podcast by yourself or hear the sounds of soap operas in the background 😂. One of us would stay in the bus and take care of the kids and the other would go in for an hour or two and do all the wash, even the bedding! If your timing is right you can go during nap/quite time and you both can have some alone time.
I’ve had to take my kids with me a few times and thankfully they have tables and WiFi! They can take toys or electronic devices to keep them busy. I made them help get the clothes out of the dryer. They love helping me so I try to encourage them with daily tasks. It’s not ideal to take three kids 5 and under, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
I get asked all the time about having a washer and dryer in a bus. I usually tell them this story; We had one for a month, the loads were small and it broke so we decided it wasn’t worth it. There’s always a place to stop and do laundry. If you are staying at rv parks most of them have laundry mats. If you plan to Boondock most the time, you can do laundry when you go through a city with one.
I’m not saying having it is bad. I know many full timers that have one and they love it. We just decided it wasn’t worth the space. Even though ours broke I still would have taken it out. For us storage is more important than a washer and dryer. If you don’t want to do laundry mats ask family and friends to use there’s. I would use that as an excuse to go hangout at someone’s house! Two birds, one stone!
I know this is a hot topic so I thought I would share our opinion on it. We do have a washer and dryer now, but that’s because we are stationary and we have a place to put them.
Lots of funny things can happen at the Landry mat so please share any funny stories you have in the comments below! Like the one time I accidentally got 20$ worth of quarters and didn’t know so I had to use my shirt to catch them. Then tried to get a bag of chips and the machine only took dollar bills so the owner had to exchange my coins, then the chips got stuck in the machine all while my kids were running around the whole place laughing and chasing each other with the carts. I was that mom that you really want to help but you don’t want to be like girl; you need help 😂😂😂. So please tell me I’m not the only one this stuff happens to???!!!