My laundry room used to be as big as a bedroom with windows and a tile floor to heap piles of sorted laundry on. Now, it is a single laundry basket that I stuff in my shower stall. All of my laundry is now done at a local campground or laundromat. And some of those can be, let’s just say, creepy.
Watch Laundry Day As A Full Time Traveler
Today, Elizabeth and I travel to a local laundromat with 18 loads of laundry. A fun video about laundry day.
Laundry Day Experiences
Laundry while traveling in an RV has been its own category of adventure, especially when the campground does not offer its own laundry facilities. Here are some experiences we have had with laundry.
- A change machine that “sometimes” shorts customers a quarter every time. They just haven’t quite got around to fixing it yet at the local laundromat.
- A laundromat with handmade signs hanging around on string telling the customers everything they “shouldn’t” do while the rotting ceiling swells. The floor tiles are cracked and missing and no one speaks English. The sign reads “DO NOT SIT HERE”, “DO NOT LEAVE”, “DO NOT SIT HERE EITHER”.
- Washers and dryers that are located in a camper trailer or just sitting outside under a lean-to.
- Dog hair on your clean clothes because someone decided to throw their dog bed in the washer. Some wash their horse blankets.
- Realizing in order to save money, you need to give up the piles. I used to have the darks, the mediums, the whites, the rags, the dishcloths, the knits, and the wash by hands. Now, I have the big wad that comes out of the laundry bin. Sometimes, I have to get my foot in there to stuff it in the front loader. You know you hit the jackpot when you find the laundromat with the big momma silver washer that fits all five loads in one stuff.
- Having an audience at the laundromat while I break all of the rules.
- Learning that if the clothing can’t make it through being machine washed, we don’t need it.
The laundry chore ends with clean clothes dumped on the bed for the family to sort, fold, and put away their own clothes. It takes team work to live in a camper.