Splendide Washer/Dryer Combo Unit

Splendide Washer/Dryer Combo Unit

We bought a new motor coach in July that had a Splendide Washer/Dryer combo unit. We’ve needed service twice on it, repair centers we’ve found to be few and far between and parts are very expensive. Our biggest complaint is the vibration it creates while in the spin cycle.

It shacks the whole coach. Have any other Splendide combo unit owners experienced problems? I will say the people at Westland Sales keep excellent records of phone calls and repair request.

Dale P. Appleton



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Tova on March 16, 2013 at 11:28 pm.

We’ve had a Splendid washer/dryer in both our 5th wheel and in our mh. The one in the 5er was new – we used it for 4 years, purchased and installed by CW, never had any trouble. The one in the MH – 7 years old when we purchased our rig has worked well, it does shake the place up a bit (especially if I overload it- which I try not to do).

We had one computer board go in the unit – bought a new one, hubby put it in and its been working fine ever since.

I don’t care how much it shakes the rig, I wash every day – small loads – would NOT BE WITHOUT my washer!!

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Mose Koss on March 17, 2013 at 3:06 am.

I agree with Birdtalk; let that baby rock and roll, we sleep right through it! We absolutely love our Splendide and wouldn’t be without it. I love not having to visit the laundromat and spent half a day there. Others don’t seem to mind it and that’s fine by me as long as I don’t have to.

As far as service, we’ve received incredible help and service from the folks in Clackamus, Oregon. Frank replaced a part one time while on the phone with the service guys giving him instructions. We haven’t spent a lot of money on parts or service.

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Marchelle Schlett on March 17, 2013 at 7:38 am.

Well we have a washer and dryer in out 5th wheel and I wouldn’t be without them. Sometimes the washer rocks out unit too, but then I would rather put up with that then go to the laundry mat. I also do wash almost every night.

In fact we use our washer as the clothes hamper. If I don’t start it Dan does. That was one of the things I had to have when we traded 5th wheels and wouldn’t do without.

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Juliann on March 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm.

We had a splendide washer/dryer combo installed when we bought our coach in 2004 and have never regreted it for a moment. My wife has problems walking and it saves her a lot of extra work, and if I tried to remove it I would probably lose my happy home. I am a Blog and usually mow or trim and have many dirty clothes.

She does a load or two a day, and although it doesn’t hold a lot at a time, if she had to go out to do the laundry and pay for it, there would be a lot of extra work for her. We would not consider doing without it. It does vibrate the couch when spining but does such a good job we love it. tinker

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Genesis on March 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm.

I guess I may as well put in my two cents worth, like Tatiana said we have stackable washer and 220 volt dryer. We looked at the Splendide but could not believe the price they wanted for them. We opted for a compact Whirlpool (full size tub in a 24 inch cabinet) from Lowes, washer and dryer both front loaders.

Our whirlpool cost less than half what the RV dealers want for the Splendide and has bigger tubs in both.

I never did like the 110 volt dryers, and have not talked to or heard of more than a few people who liked the combination units. We wash about as much in this one as we did in our full size maytag washer in our bricks and sticks home. We don’t even have to go to a laundromat to wash our king sizer comforter, or the throw rugs, it does them just fine.

Dealers will tell you 220 volt dryers can not be put in RV’s but if it is a 50 amp RV it is no problem at all. I have sent the wiring schematic, etc. to several on the blogs who did not want a 110 volt dryer. They also do not tell customers that most dryers are 110/220 and can be wired up either way.

The only modification is the removal of one ground wire inside the dryer frame to wire it up for 220 volt.

Of course people who sell you an RV never tell you there are washers and dryers made to fit in them that cost half or less than half of what they want to sell you for the rig. Just one more reason I never trust everything a salesman tells us.

Happy RVing all.

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Phillip on March 18, 2013 at 3:13 am.

Just one more reason I never trust everything a salesman tells us.

JJim I can understand what you are saying but I just want to remind everyone that all salesman are not the same, I sell R.V’s in the summer and have never told a customer anything not true, or only told a half truth to help sell my product, I work for a very honest dealer and he would have it no other way, just throwing this in on behalf of salespeople in general and understand you are speaking in general also, but sometimes people speak of salespeople as lower then snakes

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Terica on March 18, 2013 at 7:28 am.

LOL Elfriede Pleiman, I know all salesmen are not liars, but many do not tell the whole truth because it may cost them a sale. Unfortunately there are more of them around like that than many care to admit, the bottom line is making a sale, not in serving the customer. I did not say they were all lower than snakes, but some are competing with snakes for turf.

I have met some good ones, and I am sure you are as you know the other side of the coin for RVers. We had a good salesman when we bought our new RV, but there were many deals we may have made had it not been for the attitude and demeanor of the salespeople in the dealerships. I will not be talked down to when buying something, and the old bit about well we have cheaper units if you can not afford this one only costs them a sale, because that is where I let them know how I feel and depart the dealership, not just RV’s but any big ticket item.

Happy RVing

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Danika Clewis on March 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm.

OK, I will tell my “DUH” story. We too have a Splendide washer/dryer combo unit…came with the RV. Seemed like a good idea, no more laundrymats. Well, it was OK, but I immediately noticed it would only do very small loads compared to “my” W/D . Got over that and learned to do smaller loads. The Splendide worked OK for the first few times, then it started taking longer and longer to dry the loads.

I cleaned the filter in the front of the machine after every use, but it didn’t perform any better. So I made the loads even smaller. Eventually, it didn’t seem to dry at all, and the loads were so small that it wasn’t worth the effort to use it. I was convinced it was useless and started using the laundrymats again.

Well this year before we took off, Ben was fixing the shelf that was on top of the Splendide…we used the space for dog food and other storage. We thought the shelf was broken from the weight of the ‘stuff’ in there. A closer look revealed it was a split shelf…hmmm. He looked underneath and found another filter for the dryer in the back of the unit . We had enough lint to start a sweater!

Who knew? I thought it was a combo unit, and the filter was in front … DUH!

The dryer filter is nearly out of my reach,and totally out of sight, and I never would have found it if the dog food hadn’t shifted just right to reveal the split shelf. So actually our Splendide is nearly new, but it works great as long as the filters are cleaned…DUH . Lu

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Albertine on March 18, 2013 at 10:50 pm.

OK, I will tell my “DUH” story. We too have a Splendide washer/dryer combo unit…came with the RV. Seemed like a good idea, no more laundrymats.

Well, it was OK, but I immediately noticed it would only do very small loads compared to “my” W/D . Got over that and learned to do smaller loads. The Splendide worked OK for the first few times, then it started taking longer and longer to dry the loads. I cleaned the filter in the front of the machine after every use, but it didn’t perform any better. So I made the loads even smaller.

Eventually, it didn’t seem to dry at all, and the loads were so small that it wasn’t worth the effort to use it. I was convinced it was useless and started using the laundrymats again. Well this year before we took off, Ben was fixing the shelf that was on top of the Splendide…we used the space for dog food and other storage.

We thought the shelf was broken from the weight of the ‘stuff’ in there. A closer look revealed it was a split shelf…hmmm. He looked underneath and found another filter for the dryer in the back of the unit . We had enough lint to start a sweater! Who knew?

I thought it was a combo unit, and the filter was in front … DUH! The dryer filter is nearly out of my reach,and totally out of sight, and I never would have found it if the dog food hadn’t shifted just right to reveal the split shelf. So actually our Splendide is nearly new, but it works great as long as the filters are cleaned…DUH . Lu

Hey Edwin Claggett, I was wondering what model Splendide unit you have. We have a Splendide unit too and I could never find a lint filter to clean. After reading your post I got curious and went to look again.

Still couldnt find one so I called the factory and they indeed told me that it doesnt have one, and the lint is supposed to go right out with either the wash water or out with the hot air through the vent. They told me none of their combo units currently have a lint filter but that some of the older units do. What model number do you have?

Of course we too know the limitations of the unit in general…. small loads only and shakes the RV more than most carnival rides. And we know that if we want to dry a pair of socks we just start the thing up after dinner and by the next morning they’re dry.

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Kellye Signaigo on March 19, 2013 at 3:09 am.

We have a Splendide unit too and I could never find a lint filter to clean. After reading your post I got curious and went to look again. Still couldnt find one so I called the factory and they indeed told me that it doesnt have one, and the lint is supposed to go right out with either the wash water or out with the hot air through the vent.

after trying to crawl behind the washer to find a filter I also called and was told the same thing, wonder how many phone calls the factory will get today Whitney you look like you might be able to get behind that thing, I have had to much apple pie, apple season here

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cristopher on March 19, 2013 at 9:41 am.

Yeah, I’ve been a skinny runt all my life. Between myself and Carmie, both of us together almost adds up to one whole person. I think we need to spend a little more time checking out that one other Rae Commonstopic on “What’s for dinner” No wait, I’m not skinny everywhere, my ex-wife called me Fathead once….

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junko on March 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm.

Thank you Edwin Claggett. We checked out our Splendide 2000 automatic washer and vented dryer. We opened the top of the cabinet and checked the inside and it was full of lint. We than checked our manual that came with the unit and saw that it did not have a lint filter, as only the unvented models have this.

We did discover that the vent pipe was installed incorrectly. We corrected that problem, and after cleaning out all of the lint we put in back together. We do want to thank you again Edwin Claggett as we probably would not of checked and could of had a big problem.

That is what we like about this blog, campers helping campers.

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sina on March 20, 2013 at 6:08 am.

We opened the top of the cabinet and checked the inside and it was full of lint.

Are you saying that even though you dont have a lint filter, the inside of the cabinet was still full of lint? And that the lint wasnt actually going out through the vent with the hot air? Sounds like a design flaw.

Guess I’d better get to checking mine again. Now if only they didnt mount the whole thing in such a way that you have to practically take the whole coach apart to get at it.

thanks for the tip.

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jim on March 20, 2013 at 8:12 am.

Whitney, the vent on the unit was not completly in the vent pipe. They installed it at an angle and it bent the vent which left about a 5% opening. We moved the unit and straightened the metal vent pipe and than installed the plastic machine vent into it.

We than took some duct tape and wrapped the two together to completly close it. Hopefully now all of the lint will blow to the outside.

Well it appears the majority like their Slendide as do I. This is my 5th coach with one and all but one have been vented. The unvented one I had was not my favorite! Small loads is a relative term.

One or two pairs of jeans, 5 or 6 shirts or a couple of very large towels is a full load. But if you do as I do and load one or two a day, it’s easy to keep up.

Regarding vibrations, the only one I had that vibrated badly did not have the shipping locks removed and as soon as I took them out, it never made a racket again. The vibration in my coach is almost not noticeable unless your looking to feel it.

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alva on March 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm.

Whitney, the vent on the unit was not completly in the vent pipe. They installed it at an angle and it bent the vent which left about a 5% opening. We moved the unit and straightened the metal vent pipe and than installed the plastic machine vent into it.

We than took some duct tape and wrapped the two together to completly close it. Hopefully now all of the lint will blow to the outside.

I guess I misunderstood. Thanks for clearing it up, and I’m glad yours is now correct.

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Angeline on March 21, 2013 at 3:36 am.

Whitney, ours is a Splendide 2000 WD 802M. It says “Automatic Washer & Vented Dryer”. We do have a filter – its on the back, left side of the unit. It also says made in Italy.

Don’t know, but I thought I was finally old enough to not feel like an idiot, then something like this sneaks up on this girl!

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Willette on March 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm.

Whitney, ours is a Splendide 2000 WD 802M. It says “Automatic Washer & Vented Dryer”. We do have a filter – its on the back, left side of the unit.

It also says made in Italy. Don’t know, but I thought I was finally old enough to not feel like an idiot, then something like this sneaks up on this girl!

Thanks. Mine is a 2000S. I guess the “S” designation is the difference since the factory says mine has no such filter.

Well, at least now you’ll know what to keep clean. Just what you needed eh?….another weekly chore!!

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Mervin Seckinger on March 21, 2013 at 10:28 pm.

Whitney, A quick run through the alphabet, “M” for ours (2001 Dutch Star – purchased in late 2000) “S” for yours – are you running an ’06 or ’07 coach? That would explain why they said ‘the older models had filters’. Hadn’t really thought of our coach as “an older model”, but I guess time is flying by fast!

We must be having FUN!

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meagan on March 22, 2013 at 5:03 am.

Whitney, A quick run through the alphabet, “M” for ours (2001 Dutch Star – purchased in late 2000) “S” for yours – are you running an ’06 or ’07 coach? That would explain why they said ‘the older models had filters’. Hadn’t really thought of our coach as “an older model”, but I guess time is flying by fast!

We must be having FUN!

On further inquiry to the factory, it seems the “M” designation stands for “MORE WORK TO DO”, and the “S” designation stands for “STUPID ENOUGH TO BUY A DRYER WITHOUT ONE”.

And us? Have an 06 or 07 coach? Hardly. Ours is an 03. And I wouldnt call your Dutch Star old either.

But if you insist on calling it that, at least you and my sweet Carmie both have something old in common…. Being several years older than she is, I am often refered to by her as her “older model”. Gee that makes a guy feel good, eh?

Now, where’s that recliner…. is it time for my nap yet?

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art on March 22, 2013 at 7:49 am.

My husband thanks you … he doesn’t want me to even start thinking about getting a “new coach”! … Unless we hit the lottery of course… .

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Louisa on March 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm.

So the general response is every body is pleased with their Slendide, cept for the vibrations. Our first service was for a burned out dryer element. The second problem I took care of my self. The small rubber hose from the bottom of the tub that goes to the water level sensor/switch had a hole worn in it from rubbing against the outside of the tub from the vibrations.

I cut it out and inserted a plastic coupling. Works fine now. I just hate the vibrations, the coffee maker jumps all over the counter, even the big spring in our awning bounces against the large tube and makes an awful racket.

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ellis on March 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm.

Dang that doesn’t sound good to me. Could it be out of balance some way? I wouldn’t think it shouldm’t vibrate like that.

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wilmer on March 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm.

Dang that doesn’t sound good to me. Could it be out of balance some way? I wouldn’t think it shouldm’t vibrate like that.

Well Tatiana, they all seem to do it, mine included. I guess it’s just a design issue. Sooner or later they are bound to come up with another model that doesn’t, since household dryers dont have the same degree of shake going on.

Referencing previous posts on here from myself and Edwin Claggett, maybe the next model will be the 2000″B”, standing for “balanced”….

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colin on March 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm.

Ours does vibrate, but not as bad as others are saying. We can feel most of our vibration when it is the spin cycle..

We guess this gives new meaning to the saying. “Don’t coma knockin, when this trailer is a rockin”. LOL

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Laquanda on March 24, 2013 at 1:14 am.

Our washer moves things a bit when it is on spin cycle, but then it has three different spin cycles. It has fast, faster, and OH WOW, and it is like having a quarter catcher vibrating bed without having to put in money. I think all front loaders spin faster than other washers, this was the first one I have ever owned with three speed spin cycles. The OH WOW almost drys the clothes when it is set on that.

Really the only shaking it does is when the spin cycle first starts, then it is just a smooth vibration.

We usually keep it on the fast spin as I am afraid on the OH WOW highest setting the tub may come loose and make holes as it leaves the RV. It really does cut the drying time down for us, much faster spin than our old Sears we had in our last RV.

Happy RVing all.

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William on March 24, 2013 at 5:42 am.

Mine is also a D model and the only thing on the back left of mine is the outlet for the dryer hose to the outside of my coach? Is your filter located below the hose connection? I can see no place on the back of mine for any filter??

Where is your outlet hose connected?

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Lura on March 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm.

At one time, we had a Splendide that had an add-on filter on the back of the machine, and you connected the dryer hose at the filter. I hated that thing; more lint got caught in that area that I had a tough time getting rid of. I used the vacuum cleaner, hemostats, everything I could think of and still, the lint seemed to collect in places I could not reach.

I took that filter off (removed the screws) and connected the hose directly to the machine. Viola… worked like a charm. No more lint hung up in that area.

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Idalia Puffer on March 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm.

I have a 2000S model and would not be without it. Last month the pump quit removing the water so I looked in the manual. There is an access plug behind the front kick panel at the lower right. After making a water mess by removing the plug I discovered 10 coins, a drill bit and a zipper tab caught in the pump.

I removed them, replaced the plug and we were back in business. Moral to story…..empty them pockets!

I did manage to break the door handle off trying to open the door before it was released. The service center said that it takes 90 pounds pressure to break it but it is one of the most common part he sends out. Cost me $45 for a replacement kit. Live and learn.

Moral to story…Be patient and wait for the flashing light!

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