More work on the plumbing this week. The latest job to be ticked off is the installation of the washing machine.

I debated whether to install a washing machine for a long time. I mean, they take up a fair amount of valuable space. But the bus will be my full time home so I need somewhere to wash my clothes and my bedding and towels etc.

I could use laundromats, but the cost of doing a load of washing every week soon adds up, not to mention the hassle of having to find a laundromat, and then waiting around for the washing to be done. I am travelling with a dog, so simply popping into the shops while I wait is not really an option. 

I could use caravan parks, but again, these can get expensive. 

I also will need to wash some things of Pepper’s from time to time and a lot of public laundromats will not allow you to wash dog items.

 Plus I have seen some pretty grotty laundries in my travels.

It will just be easier, and cheaper for me in the long run, to have my own washing machine. 

I chose to go with a top loading machine. On the face of it, these machines use a lot more water compared to a front loader, but the benefit of using a top loader is that it is possible to recycle the water you use. You can fill it up from any water source using a bucket, so don’t necessarily have to waste the good quality water in your tanks. You can wash one load without draining the water, and then wash a second load before emptying to rinse with clean water. You can even just set it for a spin cycle, without needing to go through a rinse first, something I can’t do on my front loader in the house. So if water is limited, I can wash small things by hand, and then just put them in the machine to spin dry.

This particular machine is a Sphere 3.3kg. I did a lot of research before I bought it and this brand had a tonne of great reviews among caravan and motorhome owners. It’s a fairly decent size. People have told me that they can wash a double bed doona cover and sheets in this, so I hope that is the case!