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Old 06-07-2014, 11:24 AM   #1
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Washer and Dryer Install? Tips

Hey all, has anyone installed their own Washer and Dryer in their Berkshire?
if so how did you get it into the Coach? and what brand did you settle on and how do you like it.Front door seems only 22.5 inch Hmm and would the screen door removed give more room or disconnect the door at the top to allow to swing fully open? but there is still that lip at the grab handles.
our friend is wanting to do this and i said i know just the people to ask
oh he is thinking on the Spendide that's at camping world.
Thanks for any help guys.
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Old 06-07-2014, 12:33 PM   #2
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I'll be watching this one. I want to install them myself also. Dealership wants $2200 to install them.
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Old 06-07-2014, 04:48 PM   #3
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You have to remove the kitchen Slide window
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Old 06-07-2014, 04:49 PM   #4
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And using a fork lift, lift it up and slide it through... Not something for a novice I'd think..... I know I wouldn't tackle it...
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At least that's how they installed mine....
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Old 06-07-2014, 05:27 PM   #6
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They want $2,200 LABOR?? Damn, I'm in the wrong business.
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:35 PM   #7
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Are you sure it's not $2,200 installed????
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:29 PM   #8
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I installed a Splendide in ours last spring. It was tight going in the door, but it did fit. We had to lean the passenger seat all the way back and go over the top of it. On the BH floor plan, it was actually a tighter fit going through the rear hallway past the refrigerator. We finally found the right angle and turn combination combined with muscle to get it through. If your going to have one installed, I'd recommend you take a close look at the cabinet where it goes. I decided to add a piece of wood under the floor and extra support members to hold up the weight.
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:03 PM   #9
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Are you sure it's not $2,200 installed????

This is what I meant. Washer/ dryer & install.
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:04 PM   #10
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beipers how did you install the exhaust for the dryer? Through the wall?
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beipers how did you install the exhaust for the dryer? Through the wall?
Yes, I bought the external vented model and a Splendide vent kit. FR gave me approximate dimensions on where to cut the hole and told me as long as it aligned with the cabinet it would be OK as there were not wires or framing in the area. If I had to do it over again, I would have moved it farther back (approximately 4 inches) to better align with the back of the washer.

In another note, I kept the cutout to show people how the walls are put together. It gave me an appreciation as to how thick and strong they really are. It was tough though, cutting a hole in a new motorhome. Measured 4 times!
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yea I bet that first cut was a tuff one to make....lol
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I was coming here to ask a similar question. We are in the process of buying a 400BH, it already has the hooks ups, I was wondering if we bought our own washer and dryer if we could install it.
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So happy ours was in. Not a choice we made it just came with it. I remember thinking cool a washer and dryer. Now we couldn't live without it. Wish we would have gotten that lucky with the 360 motor. Oh well we are camping and it's beer thirty.



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Just an fyi, the cabinet changed in 2014 to allow enough height for stackable washer dryer. That it's true for the 390 and 400. This will likely change the height of the exhaust duct. I installed the combo unit.

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We went with the combo as well. When talking to others who had the combo, they made a great point. You can throw a load into the machine and set it and forget it. When you come back it is completely done. No need to move the wet wash from one machine to the dryer. We are very happy with our combo machine.
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If I had a choice I would get the combo. They have come a long way in improving the quality. I would also like the storage over or under the combo unit.



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We have the combo unit and think its great !!!! Used it extensively last summer on a 31 day trip with two teenaged boys....
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We have the combo unit also. Used it today. Put a load in before we went touring today and came back yo a load of clean dry clothes. Very happy our MH came with the combo.
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We had a stackable installed in our 2014 390bh. Dealer did it as part of closing the deal. They brought it in the front door and over the passenger seat. Had to remove the doors from the residential fridge and vented the dryer out the passenger side. Much respect for those who tackled this project themselves. I consider myself handy and fix a lot of stuff myself, but drilling a hole in the side of my new motorhome isn't something I was willing to do. I left it to the professionals. Hope that helps.
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