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Old 11-18-2013, 12:28 PM   #1
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A Laundry Experiment

A while back someone (Roger CH perhaps?) suggested using a 5 gallon pail for doing laundry on the road. On our fall trip I gave it a try. In the evening we filled the pail half way with water, about 2 tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent, and the articles to be cleaned. A couple T shirts, shorts, and a couple pairs of socks or one pair of jeans is about the load limit. We put the bucket in the back of the pickup to slosh around during the next days travel. That night drain, and rinse several times. Wringing out the small stuff was easy but the jeans took both of us. While cotton underwear will pretty much dry over night, jeans take quite a bit longer. I used the cross bars of our pickup tonneau cover as an impromptu drying rack when needed. I was happy with the results and it sure beats having to stop at a laundry mat. Raz
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necessity is the mother of invention… good to know.
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I did this also on my last 4000 mile trip to the east coast. Worked very good for small items.
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Is that considered grey water?
Just wondering....
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Is that considered grey water?
Just wondering....
Yes it is and I like the idea. But the soap you use comes into play. I use soap that after the home washing machine is done can be put on the lawn. I also use rain water for the washer.
I get double use from our water if you use the right soap.
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:39 PM   #6
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I tried to do this and, after washing, I tied the jeans to my trailers wheels to spin dry them. Can't say if it worked or not because I lost them about 100 miles back.....
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I tried to do this and, after washing, I tied the jeans to my trailers wheels to spin dry them. Can't say if it worked or not because I lost them about 100 miles back.....
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If your shocks on your tug or good and you may find you get more movement on the agitation cycle if the bucket sits on the floor of the bathroom in the trailer.
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Ya... tried that "Extra Agitation" idea and all I got after everything splashed out was a well washed floor as the soapy water and the jeans washed back and forth for about 137 miles.
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:48 PM   #10
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I read about this washing method in Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley" from back in the early '60s. I wonder how many times it has been re-discovered; I'd imagine that those Conestoga wagon sure bounced around a lot!
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Works great for washing, and then on the second day you can tie them to the back of the trailer and let them blow dry.
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I tried to do this and, after washing, I tied the jeans to my trailers wheels to spin dry them. Can't say if it worked or not because I lost them about 100 miles back.....
We used to attach gunny sacks to the wheel lug nuts.
When the aggravating dog that chases cars bites the sack,
then they get the spin cycle. And no longer will chase that
vehicle (if they survive).

Would dry the jeans, but might stretch them out........lol
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Brilliant! Avoidance of laundromats is always a good thing.

(You haven't by any chance read Steinbeck's, "Travels with Charley," have you?)
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