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RV Washer Dryer Guide: Simple not Easy

This post was updated on March 15th, 2024

Best In Class RV Washer Dryer Models

I looked far and wide for the best reviewed, user friendly, and high quality units I could find for each RV washer dryer genre I mentioned here.

These are my opinions and should be taken as such. Rest assured hours upon hours were spent, and only the best information – to my knowledge – is represented below.

Compact Stackable Washers and Dryers

This RV wahser dryer unit is by far the most well reviewed model in its class. Home Depot offers it at the lowest price currently that we could find.

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Stackable RV Washer Dryer

Link: Whirlpool Thin Twin 1.5 cu. ft. Washer and 3.4 cu. ft. Electric Dryer

Combination Washer and Dryer

Best Non Vented Model 


Best Vented Model  (Hard to find these days)


Portable and Storable Washer and Dryer

Best Elbow Grease Washer Model


Best Electric Washer Model


Best Dryer Model


General Tips for RV Washer and Dryers

If you can purchase your RV washer dryer somewhere that is not an RV related retailer, you will likely save serious money – such as at Amazon or Home Depot.

You must use a liquid detergent that is labeled “HE” High-Efficiency on most of the units described here.

It’s best to have an RV technician look over and install any appliances you purchase. Electrical and water considerations should not be taken lightly. One exception is the portable washer.

Alternatives to Your Own RV Washer Dryer

RV parks and campgrounds. Many have on-site laundry services available, but much like the laundromats they can be under repair or seemingly unsanitary.

The local laundromats. Most people have used them, it’s rarely pleasant and sometimes can be down right upsetting – but it gets the job done.

Truck Stop Plazas. Pilot, Flying J, et cetera have set up amenities for truckers that many of the RV crowd can benefit from. In my travels this has surprisingly been one of the more convenient and pleasant RV laundry experiences.

Hand washing in a 5 gallon bucket. Only joking. Kind of. I have personally done this and it works just fine though it’s not enjoyable in the slightest. Helps if you bring a handy tool.


Disclaimer: I am not a laundry specialist or electrician and I have no delusions of being either. But I do have an RV and a home with appliances in it. I have been through more of these devices than I can even list. That experience plus my exhaustive research on the ins and outs of RV washer dryer options led to this guide. I hope you find it practical and helpful. I apologize for anything you feel is an error or a misjudgment in advance.

14 thoughts on “RV Washer Dryer Guide: Simple not Easy”

  1. Maybe I missed it in your useful information, but most dryers operate on 220V. 220V is not available at RV parks, is it? The Home Depot stacked unit that you recommend is 220V. How does one deal with that?

  2. Awesome info!

    Anyone know when the manufacturers started adding washer/dryer hookups in general (like in 5th wheels).


  3. I want to thank you for all the work you put into your article it was well written and have lots of great information for a new buyer RV. The next six months me and my wife will buy our first and washer and dryer seems to be a luxury item that we may be aford. When I started reading this I literally had no clue of the washer and dryers that go into an RV. Your article gave me exactly the amount of information I needed to start my own research. Thank you once again for all the hard work and research that you’ve already done.
    Thank you

  4. Just one problem- the Thin Twin can’t be used with the 110 outlet that is in my RV laundry closet. 🙁

  5. I do the Panda washer and Panda non-vented dryer. I put the dryer on the floor of my shower and use it for a hamper #2. The lightweight washer is on top and is hamper #1. I take the dryer out of the shower when running the washer and use the shower hose and drain to assist, then hang the rest on a clothespin tree under the skylight if needed.

  6. A popular option in modern Recreational Vehicles is a washer-dryer combination unit. Most motorhomes, and fifth-wheels offer a washer-dryer option, or are pre-plumbed and wired for easy after-market installation. Because the washer-dryers take up so little room and weigh just over 160 pounds, they are practical for many situations.

  7. I like my roll of quarters and the ability to run multiple loads at once in the RV parks/laundromats. Plus – a good time ot catch up on reading, or meet a neighbor!

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