After Charles made some phone calls today we realized that renting was out of the question...it's just too expensive, we would purchase a used one from Craigslist!
Our must haves are top loading, large tub, energy saving, and affordable. Charles researched some possibilities and it looks like we can get one for under $200!
So, next Saturday, he and Marcus will rent a pick up truck to pick one up. They'll stop by Home Depot to purchase new hoses and than come home to set it up!