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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15 thoughts on “Top 20 True Tales from the Laundromat”
Oh my gosh! So funny and I can relate to quite a few of them. I say it’s my least favorite part of full-timing, and yet a good laundromat saves tons of time. A not so good one, too. Occasionally you get good dining out suggestions, and you also get hideous ones, too. Unfortunately you don’t know which is which until you try them. Keep those stories coming.
Thanks, Judy. I forgot to even highlight the convenience of combining it with other errands, and we too often treat ourselves to a meal at local favorite restaurant while we’re out. Aaahhh, the silver lining of the laundromat. Seems a logical place to find one!
Hilarious as always!!
Life is like that! You know I’ve got a distorted lens. Ha!
You show that laundromats are loads of fun.
I can’t believe I missed that. Where were you when I needed you???
Have you guys ever thought of working the Beet Harvest in Sidney MT? It would give you such rich material for your blog…and it is quite a work experience outside any box you can think of…Check it out. We may do it again next year.
Ha! We thought about it for about ten minutes, Martha. Chose Amazon Camperforce instead, as at least we knew we’d be in a climate controlled environment.
But we have a long history of doing things we said we never would, so you might see a beet harvest report here someday after all.
I’ve never commented here before but this post is amazing! I’ve loved the glimpses into your RV life! Thanks for the giggles 😊. -Michelle
Thanks for taking the time to let me know that, Michelle. You made my day!
Love this!!! You made my day!
Always an adventure!
This post makes me smile. We opted for washer/dryer in our rv but we still make a once a month trip to the laundromat. The stories you hear and the things you see are always priceless. I am glad Rver’s everywhere get to enjoy a little laundromat humor.
I think the craziest thing we have seen was a woman loading five front load washers with clothes and then leaving. No big deal, everyone does that….the only thing is she never came back. The owner dried all the clothes, folded them and waited for her to come back. She never did, Goodwill ended up with a donation. The owner told us it happens all the time. He said eventually they will come back, with a bunch more clothes and never ask what happened to the ones they left a few of months ago…..Crazy!!!!
Who does that??? That is indeed crazy, and also further evidence that laundromats are a bottomless pit of eccentricity. Ha!