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Peggy and I will start our own the road life in late September. I just asked the place where our 2014 Tiffin is being serviced (next door to The Villages) Alliance RV to give me a quote on installing a dishwsher.

Would love to get feedback about spending $1900 to have one put in. Neither one of us is opposed to doing dishes, but in the scheme of things this might make life easier.

 

Thanks.

 

Tim and Peggy

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Dishes are so minimal for two people.  Plus, we grilled just about nightly.  We can't see a need for it but everyone is different.  I've never looked into them but we dry camped in public parks most of the time.  Do you need hookups and electric to use them?

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We love our Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawer.  I ordered it as part of the purchase of our rig so I don’t remember the cost, but I am very happy we ordered it.  It actually uses  less water to wash a load of dishes in the dishwasher than to wash them in the sink.  I don’t remember the exact number off the top of my head, but it takes less than two gallons to run the dishwasher.  This has been verified by measuring the actual water output of the dishwasher.

I have my dishwasher powered from my inverter sub panel so we can use it with or without hook ups.  It is actually very power sensitive and requires a true pure sine wave form of power, so it won’t run on a non inverter style generator (like our Onan 6.5 KW built in generator).  When I run it from the inverter, I run it in Eco mode which cuts out the heated drying cycle.

It is nice to not have dishes piled in the sink.  Everything goes directly into the dishwasher (after being wiped of large chunks with a paper towel) and then it gets run when it is full.  We do still wash some large pots and pans by hand periodically, but mostly the dishwasher gets used (whether we have hook ups or not).

I don’t think we will be without one from now on.  

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The above dishwasher was installed in the unit we purchased used.  With only 2 of us the dishes are minimal.  Hence, we have never used the dishwasher.  We are always located with full hookups.  We do use the dishwasher for storage.  

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We purchase our coach off the lot and did not order it, otherwise it would not have the dishwasher.  As soon as we took possession I removed all the dividers from the inside and turned it into our pots and pan storage drawer.  

It is simply a personal preference thing.  When we were in the sticknbrick we always used a dishwasher.  In our RV we never felt the need.

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I didn’t have one in my 5er but my Class A came with one. I wash the dishes by hand but use the dishwasher to sanitize them. I am solo so it takes me a few days to fill it so I only run it a couple of times a week. It is nice not to have dishes drying in a rack above the sink. 

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Tim & Peggy, one other thing you may want to consider.  During our first couple of months of full timing in our current coach we re-arranged things not only in the outside basement compartments but also in the interior cabinets, especially in the kitchen.  We were seeking the best way to make perfect use of all our storage space, which is always at a premium when full time.

My point is maybe hit the road for three or four months without installing a dishwasher and see how it works.  If you can still spare the space and feel the need then start looking for a good reasonable place for the install.  Just a suggestion. 

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Joe and Cindy,

Great point and of course that IS the right thing to to. Figure it out, don't jump to any decisions, especially when spending updwards to $2K. So we'll spend the first two weeks in Bushnell, FL getting acclimated. Rearrangng things, donating thing to charity that "don't fit" and then we will start out. First stop will be Destin.

Great advice!

 

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With storage space at a premium, we opted not to add the dishwasher even though it would have been nice. It comes to a matter of priorities and since you do not have one, I agree with Joe that you should try things our first before you spend the money and storage space as you can't get them back once they are gone. 

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I agree with Kirk on storage space.  But we do not have an oven other than the convection microwave and it serves us well.  We have a Vesta dishwasher and would not be without it for full time living.  

Where we refuse an add on was a fireplace,  It kills too much storage space.  We carry 2 small quartz heaters that store under the bed when not in use  and take up far less room than the fireplace.

Ken

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We did not have a dishwasher in any of our RVs but we have one in this apartment. We store dirty dishes in it until we run it then we store clean dishes in it until they finally get put away. In the meantime, the dirty dishes are piling up on the counter. :)

Linda

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Our Fisher Paykel was an unexpected bonus in our used Newmar, but we're very happy with it and enjoy using it. Jay

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