People that RV in Europe report that it’s difficult to find a laundromat and that campgrounds usually have one small washing machine and no dryer. Also, the cost to wash one load is very expensive – up to $8. European RV’ers wash their clothes by hand in large sinks provided by the campgrounds for clothes and dishes. I don’t mind washing clothes by hand but can never wring them out very well and then it takes two days and nights for a few things to dry.
The above little machine wrings out the clothes better than a washing machine’s spin cycle and it only needs about 2 minutes to do so. It uses 85 watts so it will run off of our inverter easily when we dry camp. There is a hose that drains the water and on the first use I drained it into this 4 cup measuring bowl to see how much water would come out. Quite a bit, and I had wrung out the clothes so they weren’t dripping wet. We have one of those circular clothes pin type racks from Camping World that can be hung on the shower rod and this time the clothes were dry by bedtime.
Update: This little machine didn’t last long. It quit working in France after just 2 months of use. I think we may have overloaded it by putting in one pair of very wet and huge pair of jeans from a fellow camper. Steve wanted to try and repair it but discovered that the mechanics are sealed inside and there is no way to open the machine. Update: Steve looked at it again and found the way to open it. A belt had slipped and after he put it back the machine now works fine.