6 smart ways to dry laundry and wet clothes in a camper off-grid

Going out on a holiday in your campervan with family and friends is indeed a great feeling. Spending time outdoors away from the dust, din, and pollution of urban life is a great way to relieve stress and get back to the routine of daily life in a happier and positive mood.

However, you need to prepare and be ready for staying outdoors. You also may have to travel some distance before you reach the camping site. Campervans are commonly used for camping and other outdoor travel. While traveling in these vehicles is fun and enjoyable, you may have to find out ways to overcome some practical problems and issues. In this article, we will try to find some simple answers and methods that may help us to find the right answer to the question as to how do you dry clothes in a campervan. Often we find campervan travelers complaining about lack of space and this may raise questions as to how to dry clothes in an RV.


1. Tying a rope for drying

Hanging a rope in your campervan or tying one end of the rope to a tree and the other end to the campervan is perhaps the simplest way to answer the question how to dry clothes in a campervan.

This could be suitable for those who are planning a short camping trip that does not come with too much camping and traveling. It could be enough for a few days but if you are planning to hang around outdoors and spend significant time in your campervan, then using a tied rope for drying clothes may not be the right option.

However, there are some obvious advantages of tying a rope to your campervan. It is simple and cost-effective. When not in use, you can roll the rope and keep it in a small place. Hence, it is considered to be a compact but useful way to dry your clothes off the grid. You must be an expert in tying the rope properly so that the rope does not sag and become loose.


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2. Folding clothesline – portable

Folding clotheslines perhaps are a recent invention in the market. These are often considered to be one of the best ways to dry wet and laundry clothes in an off-grid campervan situation. They are packed with a number of features. They are extremely light and can help dry the most commonly used clothing in very little space. They are portable and therefore can also be moved from one place to another.

Though it may look small and compact, it offers an impressive 15 meters of hanging and drying space. They are also easy to set up and you can position them wherever you want. It can be moved and ported even when the clothes are drying on it. In case the weather is windy and choppy, you can reduce the size of the stand so that the choppy winds do not blow the clothes over.

Once you are finishing with your camping in your campervan, you can use the folding clothesline in your home also. However, they are slightly expensive when compared to ropes. They come with a price of around $40 to $50. If you are looking for something classy, impressive, and useful then choosing a good folding clothesline could be one of the best decisions.

Folding clothesline
Folding clothesline. Photo by Amazon


3. Pegless clothesline

If you are planning to dry clothes inside your campervan or near it, then you may have many reasons to find the pegless clothesline quite useful. It could be useful for drying big clothes like bedding and towels. They are easy to use and come with a simple slide and dry feature. There are some advantages that are worth mentioning. You will not run the risk of losing any pegs. Rope often gets entangled with the clothes and even when you have to store it for later use.

However, there is no such problem when you decide to use pegless clothes drying lines when you are outdoors. These are made from bungee cords and therefore there is no need for special knots. They are also easy to set up. If you have an awning like construction available while on the move, these pegless clothes drying options could be ideal. They are quite compact when compared to ropes and they take very little space. However, there are a few downsides, you need the right things to hang between. Further, each packet offers only 2 meters of hanging space and therefore you may need to buy quite a few of them.


4. Expanda clothesline

For those who are keen on having a no-fuss hanging solution, especially when traveling in a campervan, expand the clothesline could be a wonderful choice. It can be mounted on the van and can easily provide you 7 meters of hanging space. It is extremely easy to set up, and can easily be unpacked and tucked away in your campervan. It is suitable for a small family and compares extremely well with ropes that are often cumbersome and may not be able to offer the required drying space.

They are also quite tough and can handle heavy clothes and will not bend or break as is the case with ropes and perhaps even other options. However, you need a wall or a firm place to fix it. If the weather changes, you may have no other option but to unpack it and wait for the weather to clear up.


5. Small hangers

If you are looking for a stop-gap option that could come in handy during emergencies, especially when you are moving in a campervan. It can accommodate small clothing like innerwear, socks, handkerchiefs, and also small-sized hand towels. They are easy to set up and are quite flexible and can be also ported around with the clothes hanging on them. They are lightweight, not very expensive, and versatile usage is the biggest advantage. However, it may not meet the requirements of hanging big sized clothes. Not suitable for big families with large numbers of laundry and wet clothes.


6. Foldable drying cabinet for clothes

On rainy days I really just want to get some dry socks. Everything is wet, you can’t put your clothes outside and everything is so most that nothing will dry.

This is where a drying cabinet is defiantly an option. Though it might be too big for smaller campers, it’s pretty lightweight (15 kg / 33 lb) and foldable. This is defiantly something I’m going to try out.

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The Air-O-Dry Indoor Electric Clothes Dryer might also be a nice option.



Traveling certainly can be fun and enjoyable, if you are well-prepared. There are reasons to believe that the above few wet cloth drying options may have come in handy and could have helped our readers to broaden their scope and knowledge. If the readers do some more research, they are likely to come up with a number of other such options.