I don’t care what anybody says. Laundromats are a gold mine of story-telling fodder.
But before I lead you down into that mine of mine, I’ll start with a little background.
One of many “You Do You” facets of RV life is that some folks go for the in-coach washer and dryer, and others don’t.
Although we’ve got dedicated hookups for them in our bedroom closet, we opted against installing our own machines, and here’s why:
We didn’t want to sacrifice the storage space, weight allowance, or power & water usage, when we can do our laundry elsewhere — in a facility that someone else has to maintain and repair.
I’ve managed to wash and dry 2-3 loads, once a week, every week since we’ve been full-timing, and it’s really not a hardship. Sometimes, a nearby friend or relative generously offers up their laundry room for a welcome freebie, but I have to admit I’ve become spoiled by the convenience of getting it all done at a laundromat in less than 2 hours, thanks to having access to multiple washers and dryers instead of just one of each.
As for the money, well, I’m not that good at math, but I can guesstimate that at an average of about $6.50/week, it costs us about $338.00/year to do our laundry.
A new set of RV machines costs about $1200.00 (source: quick glance at a few options on a single major national RV retailer’s web site).
So after nearly 3.5 years of full-time RV living, we’ve now spent about as much on coin-op as we would have on our own washer and dryer, but…
I cannot deny the added value of all these stories.
Twenty True Tales from the Laundromat? Priceless.
Author’s note: Nearly all of these posts came from my personal Facebook account. I don’t think it’s plagiarism if I copy & paste my own work, but I thought I’d better explain myself to those of you who are thinking, “Hmmmm. I’m pretty sure I’ve read this before…”
Snarky, irreverent, occasionally sentimental, viewing the world with head cocked and one eyebrow up. Navy wife (retired), mom to two bigguys, full-time RV traveler with husband. Shit breaks and we make mistakes. Join me anyway?
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