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Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:50:35 PM »
I realize this is going to be a subjective question but wanted to get opinions from full timers on whether a washer / dryer is a worthwhile compromise for the added weight and space or just use the laundromat?

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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 10:28:02 PM »
Wintering in AZ. we'll do laundry once a week at a cost of around $12 to $15. If you are lucky to get enough washers and dryers to do all your wash at once it will take 1 1/2 to 2 hours. What really PO people is when someone will use several machines and leave and come back a hour(s) later. That happen in a RV resort in  Cottonwood AZ last spring.  Finally went into town to another laundromat.   Another consideration is always needing quarters.

While our resort tries to keep the washers/dryers clean sometimes something is left in a machine and you'll have a piece of clothing ruined. 

With a washer/dryer in your rig you'll need to do smaller loads and since the dryer is only 110AC it will take longer to dry.  However, I think it is easier to keep up with the laundry if you're parked long term.  Just throw a load in, go do whatever.  Come back later, throw it in the dryer or hang it up in the shower.  That being said, I think there will still be times you will head to the laundromat for a load of towels, rugs and pet blankets.

If you're moving from place to place weekly or even every two weeks the laundromat would be the best bet.

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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2017, 10:31:00 PM »
I realize this is going to be a subjective question but wanted to get opinions from full timers on whether a washer / dryer is a worthwhile compromise for the added weight and space or just use the laundromat?


This question is often asked and you can find those discussions using the search function. While some have chosen more space over having a washer/dryer, a majority prefer the convenience of having one. We use ours almost daily, even if only to freshen damp towels.
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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2017, 10:40:02 PM »
Not full timers, but we do spend summers camp hosting.  Have had a combo in the fiver for all its life.  Absolutely no regrets.  Yes, the loads are small, but put in a load, start it and come back i n a few hours and take out clean dry clothes.  Start another load and repeat.  We have on occasion done three loads in a day, but usually only one or two.  The key is do small loads often.  We usually do whites every three days, colors every other day.  Sheets, take two loads.  Same for towels.  BTW do not even consider a ventless.  Vented is the only way to go.

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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2017, 05:15:01 AM »
I had one of those Spendid W/D combinations in my DP and only used it a few times. Way too inconvenient and it didn't really do a great job of cleaning, plus it left the clothes wrinkled. I have used laundromats the rest of the time. There is no need for quarters at the laundromat I go to. The machines can all be used with plastic. No problem with people leaving their clothes in the machine since I get to the laundromat at opening time, 7:30 am, and the place is empty. I spend about $7 a month since I only go once a month.
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2017, 06:58:55 AM »
You would have to pry Tara’s cold dead hands off her Splendide.  ;D

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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2017, 07:12:28 AM »
We opted to save space and weight and not have to put up with the vibration that we have felt in some of our friends rigs. We go to a laundry mat. We wash every ten days or so. The campground we are at for the winter is credit cards only and we love that, but most places it's quarters. We save quarters through the winter and have plenty for when we start traveling. You can also get quarters from the Cg office. You're going to get a lot of opinions from both sides on this issue, but it comes down to what you're comfortable with. Can't really say if our coach came with a w/d already installed if we wouldn't be happy with that. There would be a weight problem though. The side where the w/d would go already has the long slide, generator and refrigerator on it. It's already a problem trying to balance the weight.
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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2017, 07:12:47 AM »
You would have to pry Tara’s cold dead hands off her Splendide.  ;D

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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2017, 07:36:06 AM »
I do about 3-4 loads a month, Using the campground machines (most CG's have 4.. One I visited had 1 of each but it was a small CG so I walked over every hour)

Cost is less than 10 bucks

When Wife was alive we did more laundry (about 2x) but we worked out the cost of a washer and dryer v/s the cost of laundomats,,, using Public (not park) Laundrys which tend to be more expensive, and came to the "Break Even" decision so we opted for the extra cargo capacity.
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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2017, 07:44:28 AM »
I do about 3-4 loads a month, Using the campground machines (most CG's have 4.. One I visited had 1 of each but it was a small CG so I walked over every hour)

Cost is less than 10 bucks

When Wife was alive we did more laundry (about 2x) but we worked out the cost of a washer and dryer v/s the cost of laundomats,,, using Public (not park) Laundrys which tend to be more expensive, and came to the "Break Even" decision so we opted for the extra cargo capacity.

You're probably correct on your numbers but in our situation, but for us, it's the convenience. 
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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2017, 07:48:54 AM »
We got our coach in March and limited experience, only having spent 42 nights in it. The first 21 without a W/D and the second with the Splendide combo.
DW will never go back to laundromats.

Oh, there can be a little vibration. We haven't found it too annoying and certainly a small price for the convenience.
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« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2017, 07:58:47 AM »
If you have a good laundromat at a campground then it's nice to just do 2 large loads of laundry.

If someone has gotten busy forgotten their laundry in a machine...I'm more than happy to help them, I'll unload it.

But ...I would rather buy new clothes,  than have to go to some city laundromat and hang with Homies.
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« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2017, 08:08:55 AM »
We had a coach awhile back with a Splendide combo w/d onboard and used it all the time, only going to a laundromat for large items like quilts. We soon learned from other's experience how to avoid wrinkled clothes, the best soaps, etc. We even used the same w/d in our cottage after we remodeled the coach for a buyer that needed the space. The w/d served us well for a number of years there until we built an addition that had space for full sized separates. Now we use laundromats most of the time, either in parks or outside, depending on availability. At most of our regular repeat stops, we're familiar enough with the area to know the best laundromat choices and hours to minimize the time needed to catch up on our laundry. There are advantages to being able to use multiple machines at the same time, but we do miss having our onboard machine.
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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2017, 08:26:23 AM »
We have stacked washer and dryer, and they're great--in fact, we had the dealer install them, since the coach didn't originally come with them--and we're nowhere near full time, but DW is extremely pleased with them.
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« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2017, 11:46:58 AM »
like Larry we have the stacked washer and dryer and DW loves them. we don't want to spend the time going to a laundromat and who knows what was washed before you...... we had the combo in the MH- the staked lets us get more wash done and vibration is not that bad at all.
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« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2017, 12:38:29 PM »
Thanks everyone for your input, the folks on this forum are so helpful  :)

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« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2017, 02:57:53 PM »
If you have the washer/dryer combo, you can still decide to use the laundromat if its faster or more convenient or whatever. If you don't have it, then...


What you give up is space, about 2.5'x2.5' x 4'H of floor space that would otherwise probably be a hanging closet or drawers. The weight is about 200 bs, not really significant in any RV large enough to carry one in the first place. Whether that space usage is major loss or a good use depends on the RV floor plan and your needs.

I know folks who wouldn't use a laundromat on a bet, while others use them happily all the time. And all sorts in between. Your call...
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« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2017, 03:07:01 PM »
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You would have to pry Tara’s cold dead hands off her Splendide.

Yep!  And we're not full timers.  In addition to all the other Laundromat negatives previously mentioned, there's the problem of trying to find one in a strange town (as opposed to being parked for a month).  But I always say, if you could see some of the things I've seen in Laundromats, you'd never set foot in another one.  Dogs on folding tables, dirty diapers in washing machines, people smoking over my clean clothes, to name a few.  Ugh!  Need I say more?

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« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2017, 05:56:38 PM »
We soon learned from other's experience how to avoid wrinkled clothes, the best soaps, etc.

Care to share what you learned?
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« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2017, 06:24:43 PM »
I think my wife settled on Tide HE based on others recommendations. The wrinkle issue was pretty much resolved by removing the clothes after the wash cycle and folding them before returning them for the dry cycle. If it's a really full load, only half of the load was dried at a time. Those tips came from other Splendide combo users...
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« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2017, 06:37:49 PM »
Care to share what you learned?


Small loads. Dry on low heat. For items you’re concerned about wrinkling pull items out slightly damp and hang. Biggest thing is small loads.
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« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2017, 06:56:39 PM »
if you could see some of the things I've seen in Laundromats, you'd never set foot in another one.  Dogs on folding tables, dirty diapers in washing machines, people smoking over my clean clothes, to name a few.  Ugh!  Need I say more?

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« Reply #22 on: November 14, 2017, 07:24:56 PM »
We fulltimed for nearly 5 years. Full time is a very broad statement meaning different things to different people. Our longest period of non movement during those years was 2-3 months at various southern states during the winter months. The rest of the year we were seldom stopped for more than 10 days.

When we purchased our fulltime unit - a 38’ fiver - we opted for an A/C upgrade to 15K so we could add a washer/dryer combo rather than a 2nd A/C. The location for our vented combo, pictured below,  is on the lower level a little forward of the axles so not much was added to the hitch weight.

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It takes awhile to get used to the smallish load size and some adjustments on how to get the best results. We washed a minimum of one load a day, every day. When stopping for a night or two the combo is going by the time I had the trailer level and hooked-up for the stay. We can run the combo and A/C on 30 amps but not much more. When on 50 amps it’s a snap. Of course the hair dryer or microwave can cause a trip to the circuit breaker.

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« Reply #23 on: November 14, 2017, 07:55:16 PM »
That's the same one I went to !   ;)

Our preference is for laundromats with enforced rules and on-site staff. We usually look for places that are part of a dry cleaners or fluff and fold laundry that have good ratings.
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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2017, 09:12:20 PM »
We have stacked washer and dryer, and they're great--in fact, we had the dealer install them, since the coach didn't originally come with them--and we're nowhere near full time, but DW is extremely pleased with them.

Larry, on the stacked units in a 50amp coach, is the dryer 220? I've often wondered but never asked anyone that had a stacked unit.
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« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2017, 08:36:56 AM »
Best part about having a washer and dryer in our motorhome is ...

Got up this morning, put in a load of wash, reading my email in my jammies (I know, too much information) while laundry is getting done.  Before I'm ready to go for the day laundry is done.
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« Reply #26 on: November 15, 2017, 08:47:29 AM »
put in a load of wash, reading my email in my jammies Before I'm ready to go for the day laundry is done.


A wash and dry in ours takes a couple hours or more - you must get more mail than we do  ;)
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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #27 on: November 15, 2017, 08:49:00 AM »
Larry, on the stacked units in a 50amp coach, is the dryer 220? I've often wondered but never asked anyone that had a stacked unit.

It's 120V, Don. There's no 220V anywhere in the coach, to the best of my knowledge. Even on the Bounder 33U I had, the rough-ins had a 120V jack.
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« Reply #28 on: November 15, 2017, 09:18:43 AM »
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Larry, on the stacked units in a 50amp coach, is the dryer 220? I've often wondered but never asked anyone that had a stacked unit.

Don,
Both 120v and 220v are used, depending on year/make/model of RV.  Most are 120v, but 220v is becoming more common as all-electric coaches increase in popularity.  Nearly all dryers are designed to operate either way, depending on what pigtail is wired to it. They simply do not provide as much heat on 120v power.

Many 50A RVs use an electrical load center design that does not even accommodate 220/240v breakers, even though the shore cord delivers both to the RV.

Luxury grade, bus-chassis coaches such as Marathon and Newell have utilized 220v appliances for many years, but few other models offered it until recently.
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« Reply #29 on: November 15, 2017, 10:17:04 AM »
Our preference is for laundromats with enforced rules and on-site staff. We usually look for places that are part of a dry cleaners or fluff and fold laundry that have good ratings.

There are areas of California where it's necessary read/speak Spanish to understand those ratings.
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« Reply #30 on: November 15, 2017, 10:39:39 AM »
   We have stackable washer/dryer.... as  we “do not” full time, they don’t see a lot of use. But...do a very good job, vibration is virtually “non-existent”, and we “do not” like laundromats for the aforementioned reasons. We generally boondock when on the road, so when we “need” to dump tanks and refill fresh tank...we  stay at a campground. We’ll do laundry after dumping the tanks... running a couple of loads through the washer, gives the sewer hose a good flush. Time.... eating supper and catching a few television shows while washing/ drying. It’s called “multi-tasking”!   ;D
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« Reply #31 on: November 15, 2017, 11:12:20 AM »
Our Pace Arrow has a Splendid.  Tried to remove it and got as far as we could without tearing out the cupboard above.  Don't know how it's done, but for me and the son, it wasn't about to happen.   Weight is the biggest issue for us.  We're close to the GCWR on our coach but have a ton of space which could easily be taken up by STUFF we'd like to take with.  If we had more carrying capacity, I'd purchase stacked units for two reasons.  First I hate laundromats.  Second, my wife loves throw rugs.  Every where you look, there's a throw rug.  Claims it keeps the cats from tearing up the place.  Can't imagine washing a rug in a Splendid.   ;)
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« Reply #32 on: November 15, 2017, 11:52:46 AM »
Washing garage rags, throw rugs and comforters are the only good reasons to ever go to a laundromat.

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« Reply #33 on: November 15, 2017, 06:29:53 PM »
Washing garage rags, throw rugs and comforters are the only good reasons to ever go to a laundromat.

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« Reply #35 on: November 15, 2017, 09:30:50 PM »
I just haven’t had bad luck with laundromats. I check out reviews on Yelp and Google first. In very small towns you may only have one choice, but most places have more than one. Then I check out the place before I put my clothes in a machine. Like a PP said, I prefer the ones with a full time attendant who also does washing for customers. We do laundry every 7-8 days, and I just don’t see how people do just one or two loads a month! We do one load of white (underwear, dish towels, etc that get bleach), jeans (usually 2 loads), dark colors, and light colors. Every other time we wash sheets and rugs. How often do you folks that do laundry once a month change clothes? You must have big closets for sure.

That being said, when we buy a Class A it will get a 2 part set. We won’t be traveling as much, and it has to be easier to use your own units when you are hooked up to services.
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« Reply #36 on: November 16, 2017, 04:46:44 AM »
I have a portable compact washer that does magic with about 15 different settings.
It quick connects to the sink and drain.
I love it.
I hang dry my clothes, sheets and towels.
Sometimes on a homemade rack out back, other times on overhead compression rods I installed in the shower and along one side of my bedroom ceiling.
I have twice the clothe hangers because I hang dry using those and clothes pins. I just pin the towels to the clothes hangers and then hang everything up 1-2-3 inches apart.
I've been known to use a fan to speed dry.
My little washer accommodates sheets and throw rugs, even the dog bed and throw pillows go in.
Once in a great while I will use a laundromat, but it's extremely rare.
Sometimes I will wash 2-3 loads in my washer, then toss in the campground's dryer, but mostly I prefer that sunshine smell from drying my clothes outside.
My compact washer was $240 in 2010, so I've used it 7 years now. The stainless steel tub inside is still bright and shiny.
I use vinegar in a dawny dispenser so the innards don't get clogged up with hard water. The vinegar softens the laundry too.

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« Reply #37 on: November 16, 2017, 05:33:58 AM »
We do laundry every 7-8 days, and I just don’t see how people do just one or two loads a month!
First off I do not own one thing that is white. Everything I own has color so I don't have to mess around with a white load and bleach. I have about 15 pairs of underpants and 15 polo shirts and I change both every other day. I have about six pairs of cargo shorts and I change that every 5 days. I don't wear socks, jackets or sweaters. I live in Florida so I can wear the exact same style outfit every day, underpants, cargo shorts, polo shirt and maybe slip on sandals if I go outside. The nice thing about living in Florida is this outfit works 365. I have two towels in the bath room that I alternate every other shower. Plus my sheets. And I have a few hand towels. The laundromat I go to has an attendant and is very clean and very empty first thing in the morning. I go once a month. They have the largest machines I have ever seen in my life, and I use to work at a dry cleaners. The small machines are $2. They also have machines for $3.50, $4, $5 and I think $6. I use the $4 machine and my one load fills it up. One dryer load. Total expense is $7.50 per month. Clothes come out clean and smelling good. I have been using laundromats for the last 30 years so I have it down to a science. I also have emphysema so I am not very active so I don't sweat much.
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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #38 on: November 16, 2017, 07:55:30 AM »
We do laundry every 7-8 days, and I just don’t see how people do just one or two loads a month!

We have about a 3 week supply of clothes on board, with seasonal items stowed in bins and switched out as the weather changes where are at the time. We typically do laundry about every 2 weeks.
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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #39 on: November 16, 2017, 08:04:43 AM »
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How often do you folks that do laundry once a month change clothes?
When we went full time we were told it's a rule that you can wear an article of clothing three times before you have to wash it, and if you rotate them you could get four days.  :)
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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #40 on: November 16, 2017, 08:30:19 AM »
When we went full time we were told it's a rule that you can wear an article of clothing three times before you have to wash it, and if you rotate them you could get four days.  :)

That probably would work but don't expect to be asked over for supper by any one of your neighbors.   :o ::) ;D
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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #41 on: November 16, 2017, 09:23:36 AM »

A wash and dry in ours takes a couple hours or more - you must get more mail than we do  ;)

Ours takes a couple of hours too!  ;D  I thought mentioning jammies was TMI so I didn't add ... reading the RV Forum ... eating breakfast ... making the bed ... doing breakfast dishing ... taking a shower ... getting dressed ... walking the dogs ... THEN folding and putting away the laundry!  :)
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« Reply #42 on: November 16, 2017, 10:09:02 AM »
Wow, my one load takes an hour. 25 minutes to wash and 30 to dry. Then five minutes to fold.
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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #43 on: December 02, 2017, 12:41:26 PM »
Well, I'm a coop, co-housing type of gal. Big appliances, I feel, should be shared. RV park laundromats are a lot more convenient than ones you find in town - and they are a place to make connections! Why haul around such heavy appliances and lose the space they occupy.

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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #44 on: December 02, 2017, 02:06:36 PM »
That probably would work but don't expect to be asked over for supper by any one of your neighbors.   :o ::) ;D
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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #45 on: December 06, 2017, 04:12:23 PM »
For us, this isn't a "one OR the other" question.   We have a vented Splendide Combo washer/dryer in our coach - BUT, we are regular laundromat users as well.   Under optimal conditions (i.e., we're staying somewhere with full hookups) - we use the Splendide unit to wash most of our clothing - and make a visit to the laundromat every 3-4 weeks to wash bedding, towels, throw rugs, etc.   If we're spending time in "electric only" parks (which is often the case since we spend a lot of time in state parks in our home state of Michigan) - the Splendide usually sits idle and we hit a laundromat every 7-10 days.   The Splendide's 7-18 gallon per cycle water consumption simply chews up to much fresh water and holding tank capacity.   
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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #46 on: December 07, 2017, 10:11:57 PM »
Probably the nicest, cleanest, laundrymat I have ever encountered is on N Canyon St in Spearfish, SD, about 6 blocks from the campground entrance. It is open 24/7, has very good wi-fi, has super clean machines, has one large front loader painted yellow and marked "greasy/grungy", has a dollar bill changer (which I did not use because I got three rolls of quarters from the bank before the trip) which I saw a couple of people use while I was in there. Floor was waxed and polished, signs all over about no smoking, no dirty laundry on the folding tables, etc. I was simply amazed. It was connected to a dry cleaners and a wash and fold business, but unattended outside of normal business hours.

This was just this last August. According to their website, http://www.blackhillslaundry.com/spearfish/, they also have locations in Sturgis, Rapid City, Belle Fourche.

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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #47 on: December 08, 2017, 08:56:33 AM »
A couple of years ago, we found a very nice laundromat in a small shopping center adjacent to an upscale neighborhood near Tampa, FL. Super clean with an attendant that "patrolled" the machines regularly, free coffee and tea, designated machines for "grunge" items like rugs, etc., and comfortable seating with good WiFi and TV while waiting. And the machines all accepted credit cards. When we were back in the area last year, we were disappointed to find that not only was the laundromat gone, but the whole shopping center had been torn down to make room for more town houses and condos. We tried to find out if the laundry had moved to another location, but had no luck finding it.
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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #48 on: December 12, 2017, 11:12:54 AM »
We never had a w/d in an RV, till the Bounder. It just happened to have it (vented, combo Splinded). We tried it out on one trip, figuring it would pretty much be a waste of time and wind up taking it out.
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Re: Washer / Dryer vs Laundromat
« Reply #49 on: December 15, 2017, 04:20:29 PM »
I'm still researching RV's so I don't have one.  But, I don't do the laundry - DW does the laundry and she absolutely will not consider going to a laundromat.  So, we're only looking at RV's with w/d's.  Problem solved.