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Old 11-10-2013, 06:12   #1
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Doing Laundry:Spin Dryer

Currently we are using something like this to dry things out http://www.laundry-alternative.com/i...spindryer.html It is a bit small, and I would like to find something bigger. Anyone used a larger spin dryer that is 12vdc so I could run it off our batteries direct? or off our 110 generator? Recommendations? ITJ
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:16   #2
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Re: Doing Laundry:Spin Dryer

i hand wash and use my shrouds as a wringer.l works fine, especially at anchor.
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:25   #3
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Re: Doing Laundry:Spin Dryer

Has anyone used something like this?
Washers and Dryers, Clothes Washers, Washing Machines, Washer

I am wondering if it works and if I could get at least a single sheet, or better yet, two sheets and pillow cases in it... Seems to get Ok reviews
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Re: Doing Laundry:Spin Dryer

i had one for a while.
it is glorified handwash and i found if i didnt use HOT water i didnt have clean clothes. it fit one twin sheet and 2 pillow cases,, OR 3 tanks and a pair of shorts OR .......one towel.....
as front loader washers, which this emulates, take close to 25 mins of agitation, it isnt gonna be a miracle, and will require much work or long soaking times.
i found myself using a plunger in my wonder wash, which broke the lil physical connexions so it was disastrous. mine was old and worn out to begin with.,... and my clothing is old and well scrunged due to refit in progress all the time.
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Re: Doing Laundry:Spin Dryer

I don't have one but folks tell me this wringer is what you need. Clothes will dry in no time if properly wrung out.

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Ah ok. I am not surprised. What do you typically use when hand washing? I am thinking just a hand brush for scrubbing.

I would guess a wringer would substantially reducing drying time. Good idea.
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Re: Doing Laundry:Spin Dryer

i still use rigging shrouds for wringing clothing..is cheap and easy. i use a bucket with plunger fro washing machine--cheap and easy, no electricity.
hard stains i use what is called zote here in mexico--similar to fels naptha in usa, a bar soap for hard to remove staining...rub it in, rub clothing together, or on a washboard or nonskid surface of deck, rinse well, wring on shrouds and hang to dry. simple. nothing to cart around from, place to place stowed in boat..just a bucket which is a triple use item..all clean,btw,and plunger and soap.
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Ah ok. I am not surprised. What do you typically use when hand washing? I am thinking just a hand brush for scrubbing.

I would guess a wringer would substantially reducing drying time. Good idea.
Thanks for the thoughts, currently I am using a 5 gallon bucket with a plunger. I drilled holes in the plunger and that works great. I am then putting it in the spin dryer and hanging it up. This has worked great, but the spin dryer needs to be bigger-anyone know of a bigger one with a good reputation? Thanks
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Re: Doing Laundry:Spin Dryer

Your link seems to be broken, but Laundry Alternatives sell two sizes of spin dryer - I don't know which one you currently have. I have never seen a 12V one, but both of them can be run off a small inverter with no problem.

Your other alternative is to pick up a compact washer/spin dryer like this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Ideas-P.../dp/B004ZDLN2M

You don't say where you are, but these are available everywhere in the Caribbean for ~$100USD. They are very popular on boats if you have a place to store it.

BTW, for those not familiar with these portable spin driers, they are the bomb. They don't take up any more space than a manual wringer, cost less than manual wringers, weigh less than manual wringers, and beats the snot out of twisting your stuff around a shroud. They draw ~6-7 amp DC when used with an inverter, but only run for 1-2 minutes at a time, so the total power used is very small.

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