If you’d like to replace or add washing appliances to your RV, you’ll need to consider how to install the RV washer and dryer units after choosing the right model. If you plan on DIY installation, we seriously recommend looking for models with user-friendly installation!
Newer RVs will come pre-plumbed and wired for washer and dryer units. Before you buy your washer and dryer, make sure they include all the necessary accessories for installation. Manufacturers like Splendide offer special kits that have all the parts you’ll need, like vent covers and drain pans.
Also, prior to purchase and installation, consider the weight, dimensions and electrical requirements of each model. Make sure your vehicle can accommodate these things, and that there is enough space to abide by state and federal codes. Most RV washer and dryers, especially the common stackable units, are installed in a closet.
When you purchase the appliances, they should come with installation instructions from the manufacturer — but of course, there are steps to the installation process you’ll need to complete regardless of whichever model you choose.
For those of you new to the world of RV appliances drying machines come in two different types: vented and non-vented. The most common (and usually the higher quality) type is vented, which requires a hole in the wall of the RV for exhaust. Most models include a decal that shows you where to drill the vent hole, but be very careful when drilling — it’s tough to do this correctly!
In addition to the vent hole, fitting a drain pan is another main component of RV washer and dryer installation. Although you don’t necessarily need a drain pan, they are useful for several reasons. First, of course, draining — these accessories allow you to drain out the bottom of the unit. But they also help to keep the unit in place, which can prevent it from too much rocking when your vehicle is moving. To install a drain pan, find an area where it can drain through the floor and out of the bottom of your RV, past the holding tanks. Tie or screw down the drain pan to secure it.
Even though installing an RV washer and dryer yourself can be tricky, it is definitely possible. We recommend considering the installation process prior to buying your appliances, and consulting the instructional manual when it’s time to install. If you have questions about how to install an RV washer and dryer, or if you’d prefer to have it done professionally, stop by our service center today.
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