If you are camping, sometimes you need to do laundry. Whether you are washing a few items in the sink or using the washing machine in the park, you may not have access to a dryer or you want to simply save money by air-drying your clothes instead.
Or you could be fortunate that you have a washer and dryer in your RV, but don’t want to run the dryer during the hot summer months and put your air conditioning into overdrive.
But it is pretty rare that RV parks have anything suitable for hanging your clothes to dry (although some do have community use clotheslines, which is great!) here are some great solutions that don’t require you to drape wet clothing over the backs of chairs or the dinette in your RV.
RV Bumper Clothesline
This clothesline sets up by attaching to the back bumper of the RV and then hangs out, allowing you 4 different lines to hang clothing on. You can adjust how wide the poles are at each end and you can adjust the clothesline between them to fit with your preferred distance, depending on if you have a full load to hang or just a few beach towels.
If the back bumper of the RV is the standard 4″ square bumper, this will work for you.
This is one of the most popular options because you can just hang items over like a regular clothesline without needing hangers to use.
It comes in both chrome and white:
- Up to 32’ of useable clothesline at the convenience of your RV...
- Stromberg-Carlson Bumper Mount Versatile Clothes Line.Fit Type:...
Clamp On Ladder Drying Rack
This is a great solution with a smaller footprint. It attaches to the side rails of your ladder on the back of your RV. It comes as a set of two drying rack clips and each holds 5 hangers, although you can double up if you need to on hotter days.
The only downside to this style is that you need to also travel with enough hangers to hang dry items you normally don’t hang up inside the RV due to limited closet space.
An added bonus is you can also use these on your inside RV ladder for those with an over-cab area or bunk with a ladder, which is especially nice if you are wanting to hang up bras to dry, without putting them on display for the entire campground!
Swing Arm Ladder RV Clothesline
If you have a large family, this one is a bit bulkier to store while not being used, but it holds a ton more. And it can be used with both hangers as well as simply by draping larger items over the arm as well.
Has a total of six swinging arms for hanging items on and each arm holds plenty of hangers too. Again, the downside is if you want to fully load it, you will need a supply of hangers.
Comes in a large (shown above) and a smaller version:
- Six independent arms can carry towels, suits, or clothes on hangers
Retractable Outdoor Clothesline Kit
If you are fortunate to have places where you can attach a clothesline, this 26-foot clothesline solution makes setting up and taking down a breeze since the clothesline is fully retractable. It is also bright orange for safety reasons to hopefully prevent you from running into it as well as to alert anyone who might be cutting through your campsite.
Comes with a storage bag as well as 12 windproof clothespins although you can buy extra clothespins if needed.
- 1 Compact And Lightweight- small traveling clothesline comes in pocket...
Foldable Clothes Drying Rack
If you want something a bit more flexible, this drying rack can be used inside or outside the RV and it includes some nice features such as a flat drying rack section for sweaters as well as shoe holders for drying – or airing out – two pairs of shoes.
The downside is this is much bulkier to store so you might not easily find a home for it in your RV.
- Foldable drying rack configures into six positions
One last note, be sure to check if there are any rules or regulations restricting hanging a clothesline or clothes to dry. Some might not permit it, or only allow you to hang things like beach towels. Or you may be able to use the back bumper or ladder style if you have backed into your RV site and you are fortunate to back onto the edge of the property where no one will notice or complain.