Has anyone tried cheap portable "caravan" twin tub washing machines on a boat? While I have a generator I really don't want to take up room installing a fixed front loader and they look as if they would do a reasonable job either standing in the heads or on the galley sink top and be able to stow away when not in use.
The reviews on such as Amazon are typically varied with some saying they are great and others terrible....
What does the folorum think?
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Thread: Washing Machines
14-05-12, 19:33 #1
14-05-12, 22:52 #2Registered User
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We have one on our fairline targa. It works, washes ok ant the spin dryer does a better job than wringing out by hand. But ... You still have to dry it!
15-05-12, 08:33 #3
Two specific questions then.
1. How long have you had it? Because some reviews suggest the spin dry broke after several weeks and they could not contact the manufacturer ( Chinese I guess?)
2. Is it big enough to handle a double duvet cover? Bedding being one of the most bulky items...
15-05-12, 14:28 #4Registered User
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The one i have is similar to this
but this one has an electric as opposed to gravity pump out - which is a rather handy extra.
We have had it 2 years. It does not get much of a bashing but seems quite well made.
Double duvet? I would think so. It will do fair sized towels 1 by one.
15-05-12, 14:41 #5
A friend had a twin tub as described and she used to sit it in the cockpit with hose down cockpit drain (not best for the environment I know) anyway she could do a double duvet but that was about the limit. It never failed her and was quite good I suspect people who overload will ruin the spin function in no time, do just a few pieces at a time.
I personally hand washed and had/have a mangle which is fastened to the pushpit boards which works really well. Its so easy to stow, that was our problem these machine do take up a lot of room and we lived on board fulltime so space was at a premium for us. I'd recommend going the mangle route myself more compact, easy to transport and more eco friendly.
Happy washing.Giving thanks for our freedom
15-05-12, 18:35 #6
2. I wouldn't have thought it would manage a duvet cover, washer OK, spin dryer probably not. Either way you would have to pack it carefully into the spinner so that the weight is evenly spaced. The drum goes off centre very easily and there's not enough grunt for it to self adjust as it gets up to speed.
The washer is fine, spinner OK but loads invariably have to be split. IME a heavy, wet pair of jeans was just about all it could cope with.
Folks break them 'cos they just bung things in and hope for the best.
16-05-12, 08:50 #7
Ours is three years old too and we are using it as I write this, to launder the bedsheets in Lefkas Marina. It works from the inverter too and unlike "marinised" domestic automatics, isn't heavy and doesn't have a wasteful internal heater. There is now a new "squared-off" version available which appears to have an increased capacity. Wouldn't be without ours
17-05-12, 17:58 #8
On reflection, having downsized from a 36ft catamaran to a 33ft mobo (Aquastar) the room taken up by these machines is a problem. Our plan is to potter down the French canals and eventually park in Greece for a few years so there will be laundremats en route I guess. It's just that we like to be self sufficient. As we will be cruising in summer only, underwear and clothing will be OK by hand but it's the prospect of washing bedding that could be difficult. However it's quite true that drying is the biggest problem and at least a little mangle would be a super thing to have but where the hell do you buy one these days? Last time I saw one was in the 1950s!
17-05-12, 18:22 #9
The mangle idea is new to me and a very good one.
17-05-12, 18:55 #10