Hey everyone! So, a few weeks ago someone posted a youtube video of a prototype foot action washing machine. Now it was posted a joke for something drivers who have an automatic can use their left foot for. Well it got me thinking about actually doing laundry on the truck and if it was feasible. I did some research and found this portable washing machine on amazon and thought I would give it a try, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UZRV9MG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 .
We all know how expensive it is to do laundry at the truckstops or laundromats that we can fit a truck into, for $110 I purchased this portable washer to use on the truck and found it to be pretty easy to use. It uses 240 watts so a simple 400 watt inverter would work and it only takes 5 gallons of water to washer and 5 gallons of water to rinse. I just hang dry the clothes in the truck when I am done. With the spin dryer that the unit has, everything was dry within 5 hours. A couple days ago I even did my twin sheets and they were ready to go back on the bed within 5 hours.
So the other night I recorded a youtube video showing how the setup works in my truck. I figure if I can recoup the cost of this washer by not having to use the washing machines at the truck stops within a few months. Average cost of a single load of laundry at a truck stop is $5.00 ($2.50 to wash, $2.50 to dry). A week's worth of laundry for me was 3-4 loads; sheets as one load, towels, shorts and pants as another, and of course shirts, underwear and socks as another load. That's $15-20 a week or $60-$80 a month!!! By saving that money, I'll recover the cost of this portable washer in less than 3 months. If the washer only lasts a year, I'll be saving at least $600 a year after the initial cost of the washer. That's a pretty good savings!
Anyways, here is the video of me showing how it works in my truck.
Portable Washing Machine on the truck
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