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Old 06-18-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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Washer Dryer question..

Our boat came with a stacking washer dryer unit....the dryer has parts that need replacing that are no longer manufactured, and the washer is on its last legs.* Its pretty much a given that 110V dryers are not the most efficient...so here is my question:

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Does anyone have any experience in putting a propane fed dryer on a boat?* And if so, what kind of gas consumption ddid your or do experience?

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Old 06-19-2011, 04:46 AM   #2
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RE: Washer Dryer question..

I wouldn't do it.

Propane consumption is high , and humping bottles down the dock stinks compared to just plugging in at the power pole.

An 80G RV tank would be fine , IF there were a propane fill at some socks.

A propane device should be in a well , that can drain overboard easily, sorta hard in a built boat.

The 120V dryers are a waste of time , but at the pole a 240 would be fine , time is on your side.
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:02 AM   #3
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Washer Dryer question..

Rob
That's worth considering. As FF points out it may require a bit of tank toting. But if one were available I bet it would be a great dryer!

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Old 06-19-2011, 08:09 AM   #4
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RE: Washer Dryer question..

The other problem with propane is that it puts out a lot of moisture when it burns, which makes propane dryers particularly inefficient and energy hogs. *A condensing dryer is about the only kind to have on a boat, IMHO.
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:32 AM   #5
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RE: Washer Dryer question..

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Delfin wrote:A condensing dryer is about the only kind to have on a boat, IMHO.
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Old 06-19-2011, 04:01 PM   #6
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RE: Washer Dryer question..

Instead of venting the hot exhaust air outside, it passes the air through a condenser which condenses the moisture so it runs out through a thru-hull. You can buy them in vented versions as well. Both work about the same.
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Old 06-19-2011, 05:12 PM   #7
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RE: Washer Dryer question..

Keith explained it well. *Bosch makes one and it works well without having to have a vent to the outside. *One less place for water to come in.
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:25 AM   #8
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RE: Washer Dryer question..

IF there is no exhaust for the combustion products remember a gal of Propane burning creates about 1.2 gal of water in its exhaust.

Venting the combustion gasses inside the vessel might produce poisoning.
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:08 PM   #9
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RE: Washer Dryer question..

Thanks everyone for your answers!! Looks like I'm going to stick with a 110VAC washer and dryer.
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:10 PM   #10
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RE: Washer Dryer question..

110 volt AC is just one leg, and 240 is two legs.* If you have 240 on the dock andor the boat you could run a separate*leg just for the dryer.* You may find out that you*will not use the wash dry*very much, as is easier/cheaper and lot quicker to take to a dirt/marina laundry and use mutiple machines and 240 volts.* Most Saturday morning while my wife sleep in I do the laundery, take a shower,*grocery shopping and running around.* By the time she gets up, I am ready to take her out for bruch.** My wife has a tough live, but she puts up with me.* We use our for her*RN uniform during the week, or taking wrinkle out.* *

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RE: Washer Dryer question..

We replaced our stacked washer/dryer with a Spendide*110 VAC combo unit.* The washer works great with the just the two us, about 3 loads a week.* The dryer works OK but takes twice as long as a 220 VAC home unit.**We spend our time at anchor in the tropics so we don't miss the dryer.

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RE: Washer Dryer question..

Larry,

What model Slendide did you install? I have a dead stacker that needs replacing.
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the condensation dryers actually uses water!!! So - if you have limited water capacity then it might be better to use the vented dryers.
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We replaced our stacked washer/dryer with a Spendide*110 VAC combo unit.* The washer works great with the just the two us, about 3 loads a week.* The dryer works OK but takes twice as long as a 220 VAC home unit.**We spend our time at anchor in the tropics so we don't miss the dryer.

The Official Site of Splendide Laundry Centers

I have one of the Splendies in my boat as well.

They work just fine, but don't dry as quickly or as thoroughly as our home dryer.

What I do is dry the clothes, then lay them out for an hour or so to get the last of the moisture out.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:36 AM   #16
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Staber Washers, Drying Cabinets for Fire, Medical and Wet ...

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IF I were looking for a washer for a boat , the Staber would be first choice.

Very frugal on water is nice , low power consumption is nice , but the ease of repair puts it on top of the list.

Not many Maytag Men on the hook.

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We replaced a Splendide ventless with its vented counterpart a week after we bought out boat. The ventless unit worked, but clothes would come out damp. The vented unit dries clothes completely.

One more step to being fully self contained.....
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There is some misinformation in this thread about propane driers. Propane driers are quite efficient, use very little gas, and dry clothes quite quickly. First, understand clothes dry through evaporation where moisture in the fabric is transferred to the air (that's what happens when you hang them on a clothes line). The hotter the clothes are, the faster the moisture evaporates and transfers into the air (clothes hanging outside dry faster on a sunny day). In a clothes drier, the heat goes on and off intermittently to raise the temperature of the clothing for evaporation. Then it runs for a while without heat as the air flow carries the evaporating water away. Propane is much more efficient in this regard as it is a much hotter heat source than electric coils. A typical propane drier has a 17,000 to 22,000 BTU burner. There are 21,591 BTUs in a pound of propane. Typically on my propane drier at home, the burner seems to run on average less than 25% of the time (significantly more in the beginning). Consider this, If you think they aren't efficient, go look at most laundromats. It's rare to find electric heat source driers in laundromats. They want clothes to dry quickly with the lowest possible energy cost.

As to whether they make sense on a boat is another issue. I have a friend who lives in FL with his wife in a travel trailer. Their drier is in a shed hooked to a 20 lb. propane tank. Will ask him when I see them in a few days, how many loads they get to a tank of gas.

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Most laundromats in this area are CNG vice propane. That being said, it would seem like a PITA to cart around excess propane for the dryer when an electrical solution is already onboard.
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:34 PM   #20
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This thread seem to get revived, and I never told anyone what I did to solve the problems with a dryer.....

I installed a new Whirlpool High Efficiency Washer and a Whirlpool dryer to go along with it. They are stacked in the same spot, actually take up less room... than the original stacked unit.

I purchased: 1 WFC7500VW Washer with glass door.
1 LDR3822PQ Dryer, white.

I dickered with the fellow at the RV dealer...and got him to give me a better price, so we got them. The units are both 110VAC, and thus far the dryer is working very well. It does dry the clothes very well... It probably doesn't hurt that the washer has a spin cycle that sounds like a turbine winding up......
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