Monday, February 10, 2014

Great use of Technology

Nobody actually likes doing laundry, especially me, that is until now. In fact, I actually thought my laundry basket was broken last year. I would put my clothes in it, but they stopped re-appearing in my closet, all clean and folded. I eventually traced the fault to a missing component in the system ... Tracey was in the UK!

So back to enjoying doing the laundry. A couple of weeks ago Tracey and I were staying for a night at Lazydays. Now I'm not a big fan of Lazydays (cramped and small sites, weird raised dumps right at the back of the lot and expensive), But, they have a very, very cool laundry.

Here's how it works. The laundry actually has its own website. From there you can actually see how busy the laundry is and even which washers and dryers are free and how long the ones in use have left on their cycle. The photo above is the view from your computer. You can access the website from your smartphone and you get a simplified view.

Impressed? Well, it gets better. After we'd dragged our laundry down there (Ally had "borrowed" our van so we were without transport), we put it in the laundry, only to find that I didn't have any quarters and no cash on me. No problem, the laundry accepted credit cards so you could charge all your washing to your card. Much more convenient than messing with stupid quarters (always thought how antiquated that was).

After paying with our card, we set off the machines and then went to the pool next door. Nothing special there, expect that after 35 mins I got a text message on my phone from the washing machine to say that it had finished! How cool is that? A quick change-over and then the dryers did the same. I was very, very impressed. Now I can't wait to do the laundry again. The only downside is that, as far as I can tell, there's only one of these internet enabled laundries so far. Hopefully more are coming, so if you meet a friendly campground owner, tell them about this service.