While caravanning, a heap of dirty clothes is a nightmare. To deal with the nightmare, you keep searching for gold coins and waiting in the queue for washing in the laundromat at the campsite. If not done washing at the campsite, you end up washing mountains of clothes once you get home.
A portable caravan washing machine is a convenient option that would save you from washing and packing efforts. You can wash the dirty pile anytime, anywhere you want to.

Complete Caravan Washing Machine Guide

Caravan Washing Machine

Space Constraints and Storage Options

Start with making some space for your washing machine in the caravan. Measure precisely, and remember a top-loading machine will require some free space above it. At the same time, a front loader could be mounted under a bench or table, having enough space in the front. In case of space issues, store the machine in the caravan and place it outside the caravan once reached.

Installing Washing Machine

Now the question arises how to install a washing machine? The procedure is quite simple. But before installing, make sure you have access to oodles of water and power at the campsite. You can set up the washer with a few simple steps.
Step 1: Make sure the machine is leveled.
Step 2: Hook the washing machine to the water source to the caravan's faucet or the sink using the hose.
Step 3: Plug the washing machine into the electrical outlet.

How to Use Portable Washing Machines?

Once installed, here is how to use a portable washing machine.
Step 1: Use the sink for filling and draining the washer. Read the manual as directions for filling the washer vary from machine to machine.
Step 2: Once done with the washing, drain the dirty water. Automatic washers do it on their own but ensure the draining nozzle is placed in the sink. If it falls, the water will spill all over the floor.
Step 3: After draining, rinse the clothes if your machine has the rinse cycle; if not, you can start drying your clothes. Make sure to drain the water once rinsed.
Step 4: Once clothes are rinsed, start drying clothes in the dryer if the washer has one. If not, you can hang clothes on the clothesline.
Step 5: Before traveling, replace the washer basket to stop the tub from moving around.

Loading capacity

Depending on how much space you have for the washer, the number of people on the trip, the duration of your trip, and the expected frequency of your washing cycles, you can decide the load capacity of your washing machine. You can choose anything from a machine with a modest 2.5kg weight to a weighty washer that could handle 4kg of washing loads

Avoid Common Mistakes

  • Make sure to read and follow the instruction manual carefully.
  • Dry your hands before plugging the machine.
  • Do not wash bulky clothes like coats.
  • Do not overfill the machine.
  • Check if the nozzles are screwed tightly.

Handy Tips

  • Use wool wash while washing to avoid rinsing further.
  • Wash whites first to prevent the transfer of colors.
  • Store your dirty clothes in the washing machine itself for avoiding mess.
  • Use a laundromat for washing sheets.


If the space for installing the washing machine at the campsite concerns you, install an Xtend Outdoors Caravan Awning. You can easily place your washer as the awning automatically expands the living space outside your caravan. Wherever you are camping in Australia, our team could be at your service for installing the awning instantly.
July 13, 2021 — admin