Hitting the road is a great way to explore your urban environment without waiting in long lines at the airport. Traveling the country by road allows you to experience a wealth of hidden sights and notable locations you can access only while on the ground.
Instead of paying extra for hotels along the way, hooking up a travel trailer is both an affordable and comfortable way to travel. Thanks to the decoupling option, you can even park your trailer in an RV park and strike out into the local area with just your truck.
Regardless of the extra mobility, you still have to think about mundane details like taking care of your dirty laundry.
Yes, some travel trailers do come with a washer and dryer or at a minimum come pre-wired for laundry facilities. Following is a list of some of the best travel trailers with a washer and dryer for 2022:
- Forest River RV Sandpiper
- Grand Design Reflection
- Coachmen Catalina Destination Series
- Recreation by Design Monte Carlo Platinum Edition
The rest of this article will discuss these models in more detail and delve into equipping a TT with a washer/dryer, where to install it, costs involved and choosing a suitable washer dryer for your travel trailer. Keep reading to learn more!
Also check out our Best Class C Motorhomes That Have Washer Dryers post here.
Are Travel Trailers Equipped With Washer and Dryers?
Trying to find random coin-ops while you are traveling can often become an effort in futility. If you have a Class A or Class C RV, you probably already have to issue covered. However, if you have a smaller travel trailer, then you may be looking for a solution to your laundry woes.
Larger rigs tend to have washers and dryers as a standard amenity, but travel trailers are a different story. Not only do they not usually come with washer dryers, but most also don’t have the hookups available to allow for a quick install.
You can convert your travel trailer to allow for a washer dryer. There are also a few models that come pre-loaded with the right plumbing. A stop at your local RV shop will allow you to have your travel trailer retrofitted to accommodate the model you choose to fit your laundry needs.
Travel Trailers That Have Washer Dryers Equipped
While most travel trailers use their extra space for other luxuries, there are some models that come with a washing machine.
1. Forest River RV Sandpiper 378FB Fifth Wheel
If you are looking for high-quality features in a travel trailer suitable for couples, look no further than the Sandpiper. This 5th wheel has plush, wooden interiors that cultivate a feeling of coziness and warmth. There are also window treatments and high-end fabrics dispersed throughout the rig. There are a few different packages you can choose from but each option has a washer and dryer area plumbed and prepped in the master bath. For a direct link to the above model, click here.
2. Grand Design RV Reflection 300RBTS
This family-sized travel trailer is really meant to be your home away from home. It offers both luxury and style paired with all the comforts you will get in a full-sized rig. Large countertops, ample kitchen storage, and an oversized RV mattress ensure that you will eat well and sleep like a baby. The slide room windows feature a panoramic view of the outdoors and there is a space made for a washer-dryer set up just outside the bedroom. For a direct link to the above model, click here.
3. Coachmen Catalina Destination Series 39MKTS (& 39RLTS)
Long-term luxury travel has never looked or felt so good. These two models of travel trailers are not only elegant to look at, but they also have plush interiors that rival any hotel. The trailer has LED lighting, a generous master bedroom, top of the line entertainment system, and even a glass shower that you can step in. The three burner range is complemented by a full working microwave, fireplace, and expansive living room area. Both Coachman models also have a space set aside for a washer and dryer to meet the laundry needs of your family on the road. For a direct link to the above model click here.
4. Recreation By Design Monte Carlo Travel Trailers
Recreation by Design is a custom RV builder providing travel trailers ranging from 36 feet to 47 feet. Their basic model – 36 ft Monte Carlo Platinum Edition Travel Trailer is a great choice looking to spend a few weeks on the road, to set up a lot or if you’re interested in cross-country travel. This customized travel trailer model sleeps 6 and can be pulled with a 1/2 ton pickup. It features a queen bed, 3 burner gas range with oven, 2 door electric refrigerator, dinette, 3-seater sofa that turns into a bed, 2 AC and 2 slide outs. It also features a washer/dryer in the large master bathroom. For a direct link to the above model click here.
Equipping Your Travel Trailers with Washer and Dryers
Installing a washer & dryer unit in an RV is pretty common. Travel trailers are much smaller, but it is still not unheard of to install a small combo unit that will allow you to keep your clothes clean.
In terms of power required to run a washer dryer, you’re looking for around 300 to 500 watts.
We have some great tips that will help you save space when choosing the best washer dryer unit for your travel trailer.
Where to Install a Washer Dryer in a Travel Trailer
For those who have a travel trailer with laundry plumbing already installed, all you have to do is fit your appliances in and you are good to go, just make sure you allow for six extra inches of clear space around your washer and dryer.
Most washer and dryer hookups are placed in the wardrobe areas in the bedroom or in off of the side closet spaces. This allows for the units to avoid taking up much-needed space or ruining the aesthetics of a room by being visible.
The plumbing and connections will mostly be under the floor with a white square made of plastic on the inside of the rig. This will feature three holes, one for your hot water, one for the gold, and one to drain the dirty water into your grey tank for disposal.
Choosing A Washer Dryer for your Travel Trailer
Travel trailers are not as large as their full-size counterparts. The space that is sacrificed usually calls for getting rid of extra storage, some cooking features, and also, the washer and dryer hookups.
However, if you are willing to donate some of your closet space, you can install a unit that will keep you looking clean and smelling fresh while you are on the road.
Before purchasing a washer dryer for your travel trailer, think about your laundry needs. How many people are in your family? How often do you plan to wash your clothes? How long do you usually travel? These are only a few questions that you will need to think about before making a purchase.
Larger units are out of the question, so you most likely will need to choose a capacity between 8lbs and 15 lbs per cycle. You will also need to think about hot washing and cold washing. Some units offer only cold wash cycles which help to cut down on water and power consumption. You can look for a dryer–washer combo, or you can buy just a spin washer and let your clothes dry on the line.
Or check out our guide for 5 best washer-dryer combos for RV’s right here.
Most travel trailers are short are undercarriage space which can make retrofitting with plumbing more hassle than it’s worth.
Thankfully, there are many washer dryer models that can be installed on the outside of the rig, so you can have runoff flow directly into the ground or other waste-approved containers.
If all else fails, you also have the option of picking up a portable washer and a dry spin machine that you can set up for laundry use each time you make camp.
The Cost of Upgrading
Depending on the model and size, you can expect to pay between $500 and $1500 for a washer-dryer unit for your travel trailer. Labor costs for installation are rather modest ranging from $100 to $200 depending on complexity. If you need electrical work, you will need to budget an additional $300 minimum for the parts and labor.
Always use certified and trained professionals to prevent accidents, and other problems post-install. There are other options for dealing choosing, and you can read all about them in our guide about RV laundry solutions.
If you’re going down the route of do it yourself travel trailer washer/dryer install, here are other tools we recommend to use: water leak sensor, drip pan, dryer vent kit, lifting straps, hole saw, sealant gap filler and quickchange arbor jig.
The Bottom Line on Travel Trailer Washer Dryers
Travel trailers can give you most of the luxury you will find in a regular RV without the expense or hassle of driving a full rig. Because they are smaller, they usually don’t come equipped with a washer-dryer setup but they are capable of handling an addition.
In order to use a washer dryer with a travel trailer, you will also need to upgrade your water storage capabilities.
This can be achieved either through modification of your exiting water tank or by installing a new take with a larger capacity.
Installing plumbing lines and a power converter are also essential unless you plan to go with a portable option.
Now, if you are not willing to sacrifice space in your travel trailer, the option of using a camp laundry mart or a coin-op is always available.
A portable washing machine is also an affordable choice that you can store when not in use and pull out when you stop to take a break.
Regardless of what you decide, just keep in mind that full sizes rigs come with washer dryers and travel trailers don’t before you make a purchase decision.