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Message posted by weavers78 via mobile 12/1/2020 at 10:20am
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Are these any good?
Looking at the Swiss luxe or leisurewize
Going away in May for a month all on CLs so looking for something to wash stalls in

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yes and no, they are not like your home machine! basically a bucket that swishes the water about with the clothes in, you still have to rinse everything by hand and then no spinner so it takes ages for stuff to dry. in saying that I use mine at home, esp for doing boil washes when I really haven't got enough to warrant using the main machine, boil the kettle a couple of times to get enough water and the put the bits in, rinse in the sink and then transfer to main washer for a spin, takes me about 25 mins for a boil wash that way

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Can't honestly be bothered with washing clothes on hols we look for nearest launderette when we have enough dirty washing to warrant it

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Message posted by Whatamess13/1/2020 at 7:21am
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Ive got one for when were away for long periods. I got fed up with feeding the site machines 5 for a wash and another 5 for the dryer - we spent 100 one winter in Portugal. It takes a bit of time but Ive got it down to a pretty fine art now.

My husband gets two 10 litre containers of water, about 7 litres does the wash, then spin, then rinse in another 7 litres, spin, then final rinse. Last year we were lucky enough to be within hose reach of hot water.

The final trick is finding a site that allows you to put washing lines up.

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I have portable clothes washers with me on every trip - one on end of each arm. Plus clothes chosen for easy care.

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Message posted by Whatamess13/3/2020 at 8:40am
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Quote: Originally posted by marg6 on 12/1/2020
yes and no, they are not like your home machine! basically a bucket that swishes the water about with the clothes in, you still have to rinse everything by hand and then no spinner so it takes ages for stuff to dry. in saying that I use mine at home, esp for doing boil washes when I really haven't got enough to warrant using the main machine, boil the kettle a couple of times to get enough water and the put the bits in, rinse in the sink and then transfer to main washer for a spin, takes me about 25 mins for a boil wash that way


Mines a twin tub, no hand rinsing involved.

Nora

Message posted by JoannaLesley13/3/2020 at 8:43am
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"Smalls", T shirts and other smaller items go in a bucket of soapy water kept outside the caravan. They can then be hand rinsed, wrung out and dried on the rack. Bigger items are collected in a bag until there is a decent load - usually a couple of weeks - and then we use the on-site washing machine. Again, dry on the rack. As we only use the caravan in the warmer months, this works well for us.

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We have a portable washing that we use all the time when away in the caravan. The OH absolutely loves it and I'm not exactly the smallest and all of my clothes are washed in the machine while we are away.

There are a number of these machine around we have this one

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Ideas-Portable-Washing-caravans/dp/B003V43Z1S

Towsure also do a similar model
https://www.towsure.com/portawash-plus-portable-twin-tub-whirlpool-washing-machine

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Probably worth considering if you are away for weeks at a time. However, the added weight would be a big consideration for us - we would have to leave something else behind and have already trimmed ourselves to things we really need and use.

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Message posted by chatterdog14/3/2020 at 7:43pm
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i have had 2 of the portable twintubs over the years both great and i wouldnt of been without them when away weeks at a time.
Started with the small blue and white machine which is great for small loads but couldnt do the sheets and duvet covers in it so upgraded to the larger white twintub which does fit the bedding in, the spiner on both machines is great and washing doesnt take long to dry

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Don't need tumble drying in Portugal over winter just hang your clothes to dry in sun. Its 5 euros a washing including washing powder and softener the machine does it automatically.

It's a huge machine as well it took 2 weeks of washing in one go.

Sennen

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We can't take the extra weight and have no room for it in the MH. Smalls get washed during a shower. Shirts & bedding go to a site laundry once a week, hopefully when the weather is nice enough for them to hang on the site washing line. I appreciate that CLs usually don't have an on-site laundry but farm CSs we've been to have all had a laundry room in a barn that we shared with the family.

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I usually do a small wash for a week at UK campsites and I definitely do one in France for our 2 weeks away.

For England I like to hand wash underwear and visibility dirty/smelly clothes. If there is too much I'll use the washer and hopefully dry them on a line outside our tent. In a couple of sites I have come across a spin dryer and used this instead. As in I wash in their laundry area, transfer to their spin dryer (usually a tiny fee paid), then nearly dry clothes and towels onto line. I try and wash the towels half way through the week too if I can.

So I suggest a taking a spin dryer and handwashing your clothes first.

Abroad I just use their washer to do full loads and dry in the air on a line of rope.


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