Portable Caravan Washing Machines: Why and How People Use Them

Author: Tahlia Maynard   Date Posted:22 September 2016 

Despite being extremely popular with a variety of different people, very few individuals actually know how a portable washing machine works. The following paragraphs will be acting as a brief guide to caravan portable washing machines. So, if you’re in the market for a caravan washing machine, or are simply looking to learn a bit more regarding how they work, then you’ve come to the right place. 

Why Do People Use Portable Caravan Washing Machines?

As far as appliances go, portable washing machines are extremely popular, appealing to a variety of consumer demands.
Coming in at approximately 1/3 of the size of a standard machine, the portable’s  small design (generally measuring 3 feet in height and 2 feet in width) and extremely light weight allows for it to quickly be moved and stored. This is why you will often find a portable washing machine hidden in the corner of a college student’s dorm room or the basement of a small family’s home. 

Because portable washing machines use less energy and water than standard home washing machines, many people also opt to use one as a means of saving money and helping the environment. Due to a lack of space, caravan campers also use portable washing machines during their camping trips. The light weight of these appliances also makes them ideal for campers approaching maximum towing capacity. 

How do I Install a Portable Washing Machine?
Installing a portable washing machine is an incredibly easy procedure, requiring only 2 simple steps: 

  1. First, the machine must be hooked up to a water source- generally the faucet of a caravan or an apartment sink. 

  2. Second, simply plug the machine into a 3-pronged electrical outlet and fill it with your laundry 

NOTE: Although the load capacity of a portable washing machine will depend on the model, most are capable of washing anywhere between 1.5kg and 5kg of clothes. 

How do I Use a Portable Washing Machine?
Although you should ALWAYS read the instruction manual prior to using any appliance, the following steps are fairly universal in regards to all portable washing machines:

  1. Connect your portable washing machine and evenly filled the drum with clothes to avoid the swaying during the wash cycle. Ensure that there are at least 5 centimeters of space between the washer’s back and sides to avoid the machine accidentally banging against items or counters that may be near. 

  2. Once the machine has been placed, fill the laundry drum with the appropriate amount of water (as indicated by the size of the load and your washer’s load capacity), and a little bit of laundry detergent- liquid is generally preferred. 
     

After this, the steps required to finish the wash cycle will differ depending on the particular portable model.  For example, some twin-tub portable washing machines require that you manually move the clothes into the rinsing bin, while others need you to drain and add water with each wash cycle. 
Be sure to check your instruction manual for exact procedures.