The 7 Best, Often Overlooked RV Washer-Dryer Combos You Can Count On

If you’re looking for the best RV washer-dryer combo on the market, you’re definitely in the right place. I screened, researched, analyzed, and tested when possible over 30 different products, and found the Conserve 4400N to be the best.

I spent hours looking at RV compatible machines. Out of dozens of models, I selected seven that were then scored according to eight different factors. I tried my best to consider how each product would work in motorhome specific situations. I put priority on things like size, efficiency, and noise level.

These scores were then added, and a clear winner was shown. I also added my personal choice as an Editor’s Pick (based on the features I found most important to me), as well as a budget pick for those with a little less cash and a lot of laundry.

But enough talk, let’s get down to the best of the best below:

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Premium Pick

Conserve 4400N – (Vented/Ventless)

Coming in the #1 spot in my rankings was this RV washer-dryer combo from Conserve. To be honest, I was a little surprised when I added up the scores and saw this guy come in at the very top. Especially over some of the more established brands like LG and Splendide. That being said, it only took me a couple of seconds to realize why:

It’s small. It’s really small. In fact, it’s the second smallest washer-dryer combo on the list, only behind the portable Giantex model. This is great when you’re living in an RV, because you know like I do, every little inch counts. It’s only 23-½” wide, which means it can slip into some pretty narrow spaces. Also, it’s only 22” long, which is phenomenal. A big problem that most RVers have is the machine ends up poking out of where it’s placed because there’s not enough depth. But for you my friend, you’ll be able to fit this washer-dryer in a lot of places that you otherwise couldn’t, and still be left with extra.

Another highlight is the amount of practical features this product boasts. It has 14 separate modes and you can run a “wash only” cycle, as well as “dry only”. It also has a water saving feature and a winterize cycle, which is convenient when you’re putting the rig away for the year. This gives you enough flexibility to A) clean clothes depending on how dirty they are (choosing the right mode makes for less waste and a better clean) and B) the ability to re-wash or dry the clothes. You won’t have to run another complete three hour cycle.

Now, my favorite part about the Conserve 4400N is the fact that you can choose to run the dryer vented OR ventless. Which is huge, because it offers a lot of flexibility on how you set it up as the owner. If you set it up in an area where you can’t run a vent, no big deal, use the ventless option. Or if you’re tired of your clothes drying slower than molasses, you can run a vent out of the machine and it will work faster.

The last thing that stuck out to me was the two-year warranty. That’s twice as long as the industry average, and I only felt that it came second to that of the LG WM3488HW. That lengthy warranty is awesome because it protects your purchase for longer. That’s never a bad thing, right?

There wasn’t a lot, but there were a few things that didn’t impress me. One, this RV washer-dryer combo is quiet, but not silent. I did hear reports from users that they occasionally ran into a squeaking sound. This doesn’t seem to be the norm, but I wouldn’t rank it on the same level as the LG WM3488HW.

Another thing I picked out was that the controls can be confusing. You’ve got a lot of options, between different wash cycles, vented/ventless modes, and dry only sequences. The control panel is a little crowded, and some users do mention that it takes time to figure out.

Editor’s Choice

LG WM3488HW – (Ventless)

LG is a well known brand that makes good products. There’s no way around it, and this RV washer-dryer proves that with the second highest score on the list. But to be real, that’s not why I picked it as my Editor’s Choice. For me, it’s a well rounded machine with a phenomenal warranty.

To start, let’s talk about why I picked it out of the rest as my personal choice. The warranty on this product is phenomenal. LG includes a one-year warranty on general parts and labor, a 10 year warranty on the motor, and a lifetime warranty for the drum. That’s a lot of coverage for a long time which will help keep you from dishing out more and more money on repairs. Plus, since LG is a big company, you’ll be hard pressed to find a situation where you can’t get a technician to come out for repairs. Yes, it might take a minute, but at least you’ll have coverage wherever you travel to.

The second thing I liked about this washer-dryer is that it does come with load sensing technology. Basically, what that means is that it picks up on the amount of laundry you’re doing, and optimizes the water level and temperature to match. It cuts down on the excess waste, which can be important if you’re trying to watch your energy or water bill (plus you’ll end up with cleaner clothes).

Users do report that this machine is very good at removing pet hair from your laundry, which is great news if you have furry friends. The LG WM3488HW actually came in second place in our average review rating section. I think that a large part of that has to do with how well it actually picks up dirt and hair from your clothes. Can’t beat that, right?

For starters, a lot of users reported that they’re laundry is coming out smelling like rubber during the first couple loads. Usually after five to ten washes the smell disappears, but for now it doesn’t seem like there’s a fix for the issue besides breaking in the machine. You might also try lower heat settings as that does also seem to help. In addition, you’ll want to be sure to clean the machine often. The pump is finicky and seems more prone to wear and tear when you’re not cleaning the drum regularly.

The other issue I had with this product is that it’s not necessarily meant for RVers. It does a great job, and it’s not an enormous machine, but it was the second biggest on our list. This is going to make it a little more difficult to find space for. However, there are people that have installed it in their rig with no problems (it isn’t vented which eliminates one installation obstacle for you).

Budget Pick

Giantex Twin Tub – (Portable)

For our budget pick we chose this portable model. And for good reason! At the time of this writing, this product is just over $200. The Giantex actually scored reasonably well in my testing, especially for a cheap washer-dryer combo. That being said, I would only recommend this washer for couples with small amounts of laundry. It can’t handle the larger loads that permanent installations can.

First off, it’s portable. Yes, you’ll have to strap it down when you’re on the move, but you can move this around in your RV to where it’s convenient. And since it’s only 28 lbs, you won’t have too much of a problem pushing this combo around. It’s not very big, in fact it had the smallest dimensions of any product I looked at, which also makes it easy to maneuver in your rig.

Users rave about how well the wash functions on this machine. It does a good job, and is quick with small loads (around 15-30 minutes on average). Now, that being said, it doesn’t automatically switch to a rinse cycle. In fact, you actually have to drain the tub and refill it with fresh water. As long as you don’t mind that, you’ll be happy with the Giantex’s washing abilities.

The last thing I like about this machine is that it’s efficient and quiet. Because the dryer doesn’t use heat (I talk a little bit more about this further down), your energy savings are high. It does still need a 120V connection, but it doesn’t use as much juice as the other options. In addition, the machine is quiet. It does rattle during spin cycles (a lot of people end up putting rubber mats underneath to solve this) but other than that the machine doesn’t make a lot of noise. In the end, you’re not going to be shocked by an enormous energy bill, or kept up by a loud washer-dryer.

To be honest, there’s a few things, but it’s a budget product and I can’t expect perfect right? That being said, there’s two main drawbacks about this machine. The first is that the dryer only spins the clothes and hence, doesn’t fully “dry” them. It will get rid of about 90% of the moisture in your laundry (except in heavy clothes like jeans, then you should expect closer to 60%) and you’ll have to air dry them the rest of the way.

The second thing is that this RV washer-dryer combo doesn’t include a pump for the outlet hoses. It’s gravity fed instead, which is fine, but you’ll have to position the machine over your shower or the bare ground when draining wash and rinse water. It’s a pain, but for a portable machine it should be expected.

Other RV Washer-Dryer Combos I Liked

Splendide WDC7100XC – (Ventless)

This ventless washer-dryer combo is actually made and targeted towards RV owners. And it does a great job. It came in third place in my rankings, and scored high marks for being compact and easy to install. That being said, let’s dig into the details:

This little machine is rugged. I mean you understand, living in an RV you’re bouncing down the road all day and some appliances just aren’t built for that. However, the Splendide is, and it will last you a long time. One user actually reported that he had installed this product on his sailboat and that it’s handled the salt and the waves for two and half years now, and is still going strong. Point is, you’re not going to have to worry about internal components breaking and pricey repairs on this washer-dryer.

I also liked the size of this machine. It was the third smallest on the list, and because of that you should be able to fit this in a lot of spaces that other units can’t. This is especially nice for those of you out there that don’t have a rig with a custom made space for a washer.

There’s one big thing that I don’t love about this Splendide model. It vibrates, and it vibrates a lot. Even if you haven’t overloaded the drum, this machine still has a tendency to bounce around. One user did report that placing rubber mats underneath the machine and ensuring that it was on a level surface did help, but their rig would still lightly shake when running it.

Equator 4400N – (Vented/Ventless)

Besides the Conserv 4400N, the Equator is the only other product on the list that can switch between ventless and vented modes. Which is nice, because you never quite know what you’re up against in an RV and this gives you some flexibility when it comes to installation.

Let me nerd out for a second, the Equator has a rockin’ LED control panel. You have a lot of features and options to customize the cycle for the load. In fact, you actually have 11 wash options and four dry cycles to choose from. This is great for you, because you’ll end up wasting less power and water, and getting a better clean with these choices. Plus, the control panel actually has three big buttons designating “wash/dry”, “wash only”, and “dry only” functions. There’s a lot to choose from, but at the same time, Equator has done a good job not making it too confusing and useful for getting exactly what you want out of it.

I also like the winterization cycle you can run on this machine. If you live in the Great White North, or somewhere where it’s still snowing in April like me, this feature is a great addition. It makes it a ton easier to get this product ready for winter, no more complicated instructions (or no instructions at all). Flip on the cycle and it’s done in around two minutes.

To be honest, for a washer-dryer it has a pretty standard warranty. One year of repairs and maintenance. But a lot of users aren’t happy with this, because certain machines coming off the production line do develop problems within the six to eighteen month mark. If you’re on the latter end of this, you’ll be paying for repairs out of pocket. I would like to see a longer warranty on the 4400N, but it’s not big enough of an issue to push it out of my top seven.

Equator Washer-Dryer Set (EW824N) – (Stackable)

This washer-dryer set is actually pretty popular amongst RVers, and for good reason. It’s not your standard all-in-one machine, it’s actually two separate ones. A washer and a dryer that stack on top of each other to save space, as well as time since you can run both machines at once.

It’s efficient. You do have to take loads from the washer and put them in the dryer, but you can run both machines at the same time. In addition, the load capacity is one of the largest of any of the products I reviewed. That being said, you should be able to move through your pile of laundry a lot faster than you would with even the best RV washer-dryer combos, which makes this product a great pick for families or obsessive cleaners like me.

I also like the features these machines boast. The delayed start is nice if you want to run them through the night or when you’re gone, and the automatic water level makes this product a lot more efficient. There’s also 14 wash and dry cycles to choose from, including self-clean, winterize, and quiet modes. It offers you a lot of options that ensure you can choose settings for the best clean and easy maintenance.

While the instructions on how to install this machine are easy to follow, figuring out how to customize your washes isn’t quite as simple. It’s a little more complex and several users have complained about having a hard time figuring it out. The lint trap in this machine also isn’t great. You can get by, but it’s something I hope to see upgraded in the future.

Splendide WD2100XC – (Vented)

The WD2100XC is actually the vented counterpart of the Splendide 7100XC I talked about earlier. And once again, this product is very popular amongst RVers. Because of that, I was also able to get a lot of relevant, outside opinions on the quality of this machine. This product actually had the highest average customer rating on Amazon of any that I reviewed.

It cleans well. In fact, one user reported using this washer-dryer combo to clean both her and her husband’s work clothes. They both work in oilfields, which I’d assume results in some pretty dirty laundry. As long as the WD2100XC isn’t overloaded, it does a good job at washing its contents. Which is great, because the last thing you want to do is rewash laundry after the first time didn’t quite cut it.

The real stand-out feature though was how well this combo dries clothes afterwards. It is vented, which generally means that the product is going to outperform ventless counterparts. However, this machine did seem to dry clothes faster than other vented models, only taking anywhere from 60 minutes for a small load, to 120 for an extra-large one. For you, it means you can crank through a week’s load of laundry faster, especially if it’s been piling up.

Like Splendide’s ventless model, this guy shakes a lot. On any spin cycle, this machine really seems to rock and bounce, which in turn shakes the whole motorhome. If you know it’s coming, it’s not a big deal, but for those caught off guard it can be surprising. Some users even reported trying to hold down their machine. This product does include foot brackets that mount to the floor, which I would suggest doing because it will help cut down on the vibration.

How We Picked The Best RV Washer-Dryer Combo

When it comes to picking out the best of any products, I like to put myself in your shoes. Consider what you’re looking for when buying a washer-dryer combo. Durability, if you’re planning on road tripping in the same rig for years, that’s probably matters. Loading capacity, that’s important if you’ve got a big family or tend to put off laundry. Size, it’s going to matter if you’ve got a small rig.

You get the point, and because of that I based my decision on eight considerations that matter to consumers. Each of these factors was given a certain amount of weight, and then scored. In the end, I ranked each product by its score. I feel like this is the best way to review products for you, since there’s less personal opinion, and more consideration about what matters. The last thing you want is a biased review that doesn’t relate your personal wants and needs.

Feel free to read through each factor and see what specs and tests we took into consideration:

Before you buy anything, especially if it’s going to cost you a significant amount of money, you check out reviews right? Well, same here. I didn’t just want to stick to my opinion and experience with each product, I wanted a wider base of consumer viewpoints. So I ended up filtering through verified reviews on Amazon and the product’s company page as well.

In the end, I took the average rating of each product and scored it correspondingly.

A screenshot of the reviews for the LG washer, which is on our list of best washer-dryer combos.

This one is pretty self explanatory. Loading capacity is the amount of clothes you can wash and dry in one cycle. The average combination model can wash up to 15 lbs of laundry. However, it can only dry around half of that at 7 to 9 lbs. Because of this you’ll be limited to a product’s drying capacity unless you pull part of a larger load to let it air dry.

For you, this consideration is one of the more important because it will decide how efficiently you’ll be able to do your laundry. If it’s you and your spouse, you’ll move quick with a smaller washer-dryer combo. But add in the dog, kids, and visitors and you’ll be stuck putting in loads all day unless you upgrade to a larger model.

A lady putting laundry into an RV washer dryer combo.

For this factor I gave higher marks to combos with higher loading capacities, and vice versa for those with lower.

There’s a few important things to consider here. Especially when you’re putting a washer-dryer in such a small space (AKA your motorhome). For example, does the unit load from top or the front. Front-loading units are much easier to use in RVs since you can stuff one in places like underneath the sink and still use it. But with that comes a higher price tag.

Another important design feature to consider is power source. If you’re a boondocking maniac, you may want a hand-powered unit. But if you’re like most full-timers, you’ll be hopping from park to park and electricity won’t be a problem. In that case, an electric unit is the way to go. I did check on the power cord length (where I could find it), because I know you don’t want to worry about a short cord that can’t reach no matter where you put it.

The material the drum is made out of can affect the durability and lifespan of the product as well. Common materials include stainless steel, plastic, even porcelain coated steel. Stainless steel is your best bet though. It’s the most durable and can withstand the highest speeds. Which means the combo you buy is going to last longer and dry clothes quicker.

Oh, and I did also look to see how easy each design was to winterize. If you’re in a cold climate, you know the importance of preparing your rig for freezing temps. Your RV’s washer/dryer combo is no different, and the easier it is to do, the better. Who doesn’t like saving a little time and not cursing under their breath.

I graded each product only on whether or not it was loaded from the front. However, other good design strengths were mentioned in each product’s individual review.

The more features included in your washer-dryer combo, the more versatility you’ll end up with. Things like pre-programmed wash and dry settings for different loads should be the standard. But I did look for settings like steam drying (to remove wrinkles), sensor wash cycles that automatically pick up on the amount of clothes you’re cleaning, and load balancing systems that keep it from bouncing apart.

The control panel of a stackable washer used in a motorhome.

The feature that I did like the most however was the self-clean setting. Some RV washer-dryer combos actually have a mode that cleans the bin when you set it to a certain cycle. Some even have an automatic reminder! The last thing most people need in their life is another chore, and this checks one off the list.

In the end, I gave products with more practical features higher ratings in this category.

Okay, let’s be real. RVs and campers are small. There’s not much room inside, and because of that smaller products reign supreme in our world. I’ve seen these guys stuffed everywhere from underneath the sink to the back of a closet. Point is, size matters because you’ll have more options on where to put your washer-dryer. I’m sure you don’t want yours stuffed in the middle of the living room do you?

An extended tape measure laying across the floor.

Because of this, I ranked smaller combos higher than large, beefy models.

I took a hard look at how efficient each model was between three mediums. Water, power, and detergent. The nice thing is that most RV washer-dryer combos come out ahead of the game. Combo units are actually more efficient than their separated counterparts, partly due to reduced hot water usage, as well as extremely fast drum spin that pulls more water (meaning less time drying).

The reason I looked at these stats is because it saves you money. Most RVers are on a budget, and even a slightly more efficient model will save you a decent chunk of cash. In the end, I ranked more efficient models higher.

No one wants to be stuck in the RV with a washer-dryer that sounds like it’s about to explode. Your motorhome is your sanctuary, and in such a small space, even something that’s slightly louder than normal ruins the peace.

Aguy that's plugging his ears because it's loud.

That being said, lot’s of RVs nowadays are being equipped with quiet motors and anti-vibration technology. Oh, and remember that load balancing feature I was talking about earlier? It helps keep lopsided loads from bouncing the washer and drum, and helps keep the noise down.

I looked at the decibels each unit produced and used that in my ranking. The higher the number, the louder the sound, and the lower the ranking.

Warranties didn’t carry a ton of weight in my ratings, but they did make or break a couple of products. I looked for the length of each, as well as what it covered. One-year warranties are the standard in the industry. Anything over that and I did award bonus points!

A Reliable Buyer’s Guide To Washer-Dryer Combinations

As consumers, we tend to have general questions about products. Not necessarily the fancy bells and whistles they include, but things related to how they work and whether or not that general category of product will work for us. Because of that, I wanted to make the best RV washer dryer combo buyer’s guide on the interweb. So, let’s get started:

Also known as all-in-one washer-dryers, these products are actually a hybrid of both machines. They wash and dry your laundry in the same unit. No moving wet clothes, no starting up two machines, it’s one and done.

Because these models do everything in the same drum, they save you a ton of space. They’re already very popular in Europe and Asia for that exact reason. They also don’t require all the same hookups you’d need for a more traditional set-up. In fact, all you need is 120V power and cold water (you can actually use your sink for this, crazy, right). This is great for RVers like you because it means A) It’s going to take up a lot less room with only one unit, not two, and B) It requires minimal hookups, so it can be stuffed in convenient areas, even if they’re not meant for a washer or dryer.

Okay, cool, but how do these machines work? And wouldn’t you need to hook up a vent for the dryer?

RV washer-dryer units actually function a lot like their separate counterparts. They contain all the functions and settings you’d expect to see. I found that you can wash clothes without drying them, and vice-versa, in case you wanted to air dry them. And the wash cycle is very similar if not identical to how standard models work. Water is pumped in, mixed with detergent, and then the clothes are rinsed and spun.

Punching in settings RV washer dryer.
Using an RV washer-dryer combo is very similar to using yours at home. Just plug in the settings you want and hit start.

The main difference though is in the drying cycle. Traditional dryers pump in air from the room, heat it, dry the clothes, and then pump out any moisture through a vent. Now, there are “vented” RV washer-dryer combos that do this, however, most models actually dry your clothes using a condensing chamber. Fancy, I know.

Ventless models heat your clothes and pump moisture laden air into a chamber made from metal or plastic. Here, the air is cooled until that moisture condenses into a liquid form and flows out a drain tube. The dried air is then recirculated, reheated, and the process begins again.

There are two real main types of washer-dryer combinations out there. Yes, people might say there’s others, but let’s be honest, all models can be split into one of two categories:

Vented

These machines pump in air from outside, heat it, use it to dry your laundry, and then pump any moisture filled air out a vent (hence the name). This is identical to how your traditional dryer works, and you’ll need to make sure that your motorhome has a vent installed to pump out hot air. If you don’t you’ll face the wrath of musty odors and flying lint throughout your rig.

Ventless

This type of combo is more common and doesn’t require any venting. Instead, it uses a condensing chamber. Heated air dries your clothes, and instead of pumping moisture out of the machine, it’s sent to this piece which cools it down. Condensation forms and the air is dried, and then heated, before recirculating back to the main compartment.

The cool thing here is that all you need is a drain tube that runs into your gray or black water tank. And yes, I have also heard of RVers running it out the window onto the ground as well.

Now, these all-in-one units come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. If you have space for a permanent unit, sweet! But a lot of vintage and smaller motorhomes don’t have the room for a 150lb behemoth. This is where portable units come in to save the day! These little guys can be moved around easily and stored/strapped into a convenient spot when not in use.

Example of a portable washing machine that can be used in a camper.

They’re a lot simpler and are almost always loaded from the top, which isn’t normally a problem since you can move it around to where you need it. You also only need to plug in power, hook your water up to the sink, and run your outlet hose down the drain.

Here’s the thing though, portable units don’t have that same cleaning and drying power that bigger models do. You might still be stuck heading for the laundromat with really dirty laundry. Plus your sink is out of commission when you’re running a load. And if you forget to put the drain hose in the sink… well… you’re going to have a mess on your hands and at its worst, water damage.

Finally, there’s one last type of washer and dryer that some RVers use, although it’s not combined into one unit.

Stackable

If you don’t want to let go of your traditional washer and dryer setup at home, stackable versions might be the best option for you. These products actually take a small dryer that stacks on top of a small washer. Yes, you will need a little more space, a few more hookups, and more power. But you’ll also clean your laundry a lot faster since you can run two loads at once.

A stackable washer/dryer unit tucked into a small cubby.

Alright, let’s be honest here. You’re already looking at products, which means you’re interested. But maybe you just want to know some more of the benefits of buying one.

For starters, I love the fact that I don’t have to go to the laundromat every time I need to clean clothes. Let’s be honest, it’s a pain taking several hours out of your day for laundry. Plus, you’ve got to actually pay a few bucks for each load, and then sit there and wait on it. But, you buy your own and you’re saving money and time. No more waiting around, no more hauling laundry to and from the building, and no more digging up spare change. Instead, you can start a load and take off for the day (plus these combo units are great because you don’t need to switch clothes to and from the dryer).

In addition, there’s tons of washer-dryer combos out there meant for RVs. They are designed to withstand years of bouncy roads, but more importantly, fit in tight spaces. If you have plenty of space, there are stackable units. Otherwise all-in-one products fit in most motorhomes, and your portable versions are great for small campers and vans.

Washer-dryer combos are also awesome because they tend to be more efficient than the machines at your home. They end up using less water and less power, which in turn means more savings for you! And more savings turns into more adventures on the road, I mean, who doesn’t love that!?

Now that being said, I don’t want to make buying one of these seem like it has no drawbacks. Because it does. For example, if you end up buying a vented model, you’ll need to figure out how to correctly cut a hole, attach the vent, and seal it up.

Most washer-dryer combos are also heavy, so if you need to conserve weight in your rig, maybe not a great option. And lastly, you’re going to end up spending money. All-in-one machines, even the portable versions, aren’t cheap. Yes, they’ll end up saving you in the long run, but there is a substantial investment up front.

Well, the answer to that question is up to you. But if you’re asking me, definitely. If you’re spending extended periods of time in your rig, having a high quality washer-dryer combo makes a significant difference in your lifestyle. Laundry is easier to do, you’ll be able to take off and have fun while it’s running, and you’ll end up saving a few pennies in the long run.

There are some cases where I would say no. Like if you’re only taking off on weekends or want to rent out your RV. But for any serious full-timer or summer traveler, I think that a washer and dryer are non-negotiable if you can manage it.

FAQs About The Best RV Washer-Dryer Combos

Installing a machine isn’t difficult, especially if you’re a little handy. I’ve found that most models do come with a pretty detailed set of instructions that help you along the process and outline the steps needed to make everything functional. Still, you might need to be creative finding a space for your washer-dryer and the attached plumbing.

In most cases you’ll need the following:

  • A cold water line – most of the time you’ll need to hook into your main water line unless you want to run a hose to your sink each time. PEX piping usually does the job. If you are using a portable model, then you can roll it out to the sink and use an adapter to draw cold water from the faucet.
  • A hot water line – some combos do require hot water. In this case, you’ll need to tap into your main water line again, like you would for cold water.

Hot and cold pex water lines that will be tapped into to install this RV's washer-dryer combo.

  • Power – Almost all of the RV specific products you’ll look at require 120V power. The nice thing is that the plugs on the end aren’t like those on a traditional dryer. They can actually be plugged into the regular outlets spread throughout the rig. A word of warning here though. Plugging your washer-dryer into the RV can actually overload the breakers if you’re using power in other areas at the same time. Because of that, I have seen some people actually run the power line down into an exterior storage compartment, and then connect it to another plug in the campground with an extension cord.

An extension cord laying in the grass. It's one I used while testing out the best washer dryer combos for RVs.

  • A drain line – Every all-in-one washer-dryer, regardless of whether it’s vented or ventless, needs to empty waste water. Drain lines are for this purpose. On portable models, they can be run down the drain in a kitchen sink. But for models that are going to stay put, they’re run into the black tank. You can tap this line into another pipe running to the same place, or I’ve also seen people actually run them into a vent pipe. I wouldn’t necessarily “recommend” the latter option, but I have seen it done before without any issues or smell.
  • A dryer vent – Only vented products will actually require this hook-up. I haven’t seen any plumbing installed for this purpose in most rigs, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. You can cut a small hole through the floor and run these out of an exterior storage compartment or the bottom of the basement.

A guy holding and looking down a dryer vent.

As far as finding a space for your RV’s washer-dryer, some models actually come with pre-designated spaces. But, if that’s not the case, you can usually convert storage into a space for yours. You’ll want to check the dimensions first to make sure everything fits. I’d recommend having a foot or two behind the machine so you have space to install and adjust your hookups. It might also be worth installing a small “backdoor” into this area if you need to perform maintenance down the road.

Also, a lot of RVers position their washer-dryer combos over the exterior storage compartments. Why? Because it will make it a lot easier for you to run plumbing, ventilation, and power to the basement and outside if needed. Otherwise, you’re going to have cords and pipes running out your front door every time you need to clean some clothes.

Now I get that that can be overwhelming, but for most people, it’s manageable. There’s plenty of YouTube videos out there (here’s one I used) and with an instruction manual, you’ll have a good amount of direction to start with. But if you find it to be too much, visiting your local RV dealership is never a bad option. They’ll be able to install your washer-dryer and have you on your way!

Like the ones at home I guess. In fact, the process is almost identical (with a few nuances). You’ll start off by putting your clothes into the machine. Keep in mind the load capacity, as that will affect how well your laundry is cleaned. From what I’ve seen, three full outfits or eight bath towels ends up being around 13-15 lbs.

Next you’ll add your detergent. Powdered, low sudsing, high efficiency products work best. Just look for detergent with an HE symbol on it and you’ll be on the right track. You can also add fabric softener if you’d like, and then you’ll need to select your wash and dry cycles. For most machines, you actually do both at the beginning. As soon as your clothes have been washed, the drying cycle you selected will begin.

Selecting a drying cycle.

And voila, you’re on your way! Keep in mind that the door will lock until at least the wash cycle is complete. I’ve found that most RV washer-dryer combos end up taking around three hours for the clothes to be washed and dried properly.

There’s actually two main ways to do this, the wet and dry method.

With either one you’ll actually want to shut off the water line valves for your RV’s washer-dryer. If you don’t have shut-off valves, you’ll want to winterize the lines with the rest of the RV. After you’ve done that, you’ll run the washer on cold, hot, and warm wash and rinse cycles to drain the lines of any liquid. You’ll also want to make sure that any water is drained out of the drum and drain line. This is typically where you’d stop with the dry method.

If you live in an area where winter doesn’t see a lot of freezing temperatures, you’re okay to stop here. But if you live somewhere cold like I do (it was -15°F last night), the wet method is better. Before you proceed though, I would check your machine’s owner manual. Some products can’t be winterized using the wet method.

The wet method continues off of the dry method. If you don’t have any shut off valves, you’ll want to begin after you’ve filled the rest of your water lines with antifreeze. In this case, run the machine on cold, hot, and warm cycles until the drum fills with antifreeze each time. You’ll then reset the machine and you’re good to go. However, if you do have shut-off valves, you’ll fill the drum with antifreeze and turn on a spin cycle. Let the antifreeze drain, and then disconnect your main water lines and you should be good to go.

When spring comes, you’ll just need to hook everything back up and flush the system with clean water!

Antifreeze bottles laid out in a big line.
Antifreeze is used when you’re using the wet method to winterize your RV.

There’s a couple. First, is simply hand washing your laundry. No, it’s not fun, but it does work and you can throw your wet clothes up on a drying rack afterwards. You’ll save money, and you’ll get the chance to work on your forearms.

Handwashing laundry in a pink bucket.

You can also visit a laundromat. Several campgrounds actually have machines you can pay to use, or you can always visit one in town. The nice thing about these is that they have several units which means you can wash and dry all your laundry at once. However, they do end up being expensive. You’ll be spending a couple of bucks a load, plus you’ll be burning a few calories carrying everything to the building.

A slightly dark and gloomy laundromat. This is one of the alternatives listed instead of using the best RV washer dryer combo.

Stackable units are probably the second best option you have, just behind a washer-dryer combo. These machines are actually installed inside your rig and on top of each other. They do take up a little more space, which always sucks because there’s never much to begin with. But, they do wash and dry faster than all-in-one products. Which is nice when the laundry begins to pile up, since you can move through it quicker and do it from the comfort of home.

Lastly, you’ve got portable units. Now, some of these do come as a combo of both machines, but you can also get “wash only” products. These are nice because they can also be operated from home, meaning you don’t need to haul away any heavy laundry bins and sit around all day in the laundromat. Plus, they’re light and small, so you can fit them in if your rig is cramped. However, they don’t clean as well as other machines. And since they hook up to your sink, water is going to be out of commission during laundry hour.

You’re going to end up spending good money on your machine, so you want to maintain it and ensure that it works for years to come. That being said, there’s a few important things you should do every so often:

  • Check the hoses – meaning the water and drain lines. Over time these can become prone to cracking, so it’s alway a good idea to make sure they’re still in good condition. You’ll also want to make sure that the gaskets still look good so that your machine doesn’t leak and end up causing water damage.
  • Clean the drain pump filter – this small piece actually blocks large debris from entering the drain pump. It’s important to check it every so often to make sure it’s not clogged up and preventing water from draining. Any water left standing in your washer-dryer can actually cause mildew and musty odors.
  • Clean the lint trap and dryer vent – built up lint is no bueno. A plugged lint trap reduces air flow, which means your clothes aren’t going to dry as well. I wash my lint trap from time to time to make sure it’s good to go. Dirty dryer vents are actually one of the leading causes of house fires in the U.S. I know, crazy right. You can clean these by popping off the vent tube and vacuuming it out, as well as making sure that air flows freely through the end.

Vacuuming out the hose of a laundry vent.

  • Run a self-cleaning cycle – it seems counterintuitive to clean a machine that cleans your clothes right? But, this step is important. Over time, the inside of your washer-dryer builds up residue from detergent, minerals, and dirt. Cleaning the inside helps cut down on this and bacteria growth, as well as getting rid of any leaves or pet hair. In an ideal world, you should be doing this at least once a month.
  • Clean the detergent drawer – this is another area prone to residue build up. Fortunately, these trays are removable, and cleaning yours with soap and water keeps it clean and sliding in and out smoothly.
  • Level your machine – this one is critical for RVers. Unless you’ve literally bolted your combo down to the floor, it’s going to bounce and move around when you drive. These slight disturbances cause your washer-dryer to fall out of level. This can make the machine rock back and forth, which isn’t good. It can damage walls, break water lines, cause leaks, and be the origin of many mechanical problems. It’s best to check at least every few weeks that your washer-dryer is still level.

If you’re washing and drying at the same time, the average seems to be 3 to 3.5 hours. If you’re running a dry cycle, I usually expect it to take around 45 minutes to an hour.

The common answer to this question is right around 10 years for home-based washers and dryers. But to be completely honest, there’s no real answer for RVers, anywhere. I’d expect your motorhome’s machine to give up life slightly sooner due to the nature of life on the road. Bumps, bounces, and rough rides seem to take a toll on even the most resilient appliances.

Once again, there’s no real answer to this question.

Most of the products on our list are powered by a regular outlet and 120V electricity. The great thing about this is that you can actually plug your machine into your RV as long as you have enough amperage. If you don’t it’s just as easy to plug it into an extension cord that runs to the power pedestal at your campground.

Plugging an all-in-one washer-dryer into the wall of a motorhome.

There’s a couple of possible reasons for this. I would start by checking your power supply.

If you’re not getting any electricity from the outlet you’re plugged into, check the breaker. You may need to reset it or move your power supply over to another. I’ve also seen damaged power cords, which can be replaced by contacting the manufacturer. Typically they’ll send you a new one which you can attach. Another possibility is faulty water lines. Make sure that they’re not kinked or plugged in any way.

More complicated problems included faulty door locks, control panels, and timers. You can also contact the manufacturer for replacement pieces, but they are a little more complicated to install. In this case, I would reach out to an appliance repair shop to see if they can help diagnose and resolve the issue.

Concluding Thoughts

Overall, the Conserve 4400N RV washer-dryer combo took the top spot. Not only was it small, but also extremely practical and versatile. And in the end, it’s a product that you just can’t go wrong with.