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Posted On 09/05/2018 16:59:49
Trip Date 06/01/2018
Camping | Customizations | Cleaning | Water | Water Hose | Pressure | RV Water System Issues
When traveling in our RV, we have run into several issues related to the water hoses and water
system. In this post, I share my experiences to help others be prepared.
Hose Y Fitting
First, I always bring a hose Y fitting so that when we are at a campsite, I can easily access an
outdoor hose without disrupting the indoor water service. I find the extra outside hose very
useful. Perhaps obvious, the most common uses that I have for the hose are:
Washing dirty pots and pans - Frequently, after a meal there may be a pan, crockpot (if we
forget to use or run out of liners) or other item that needs a little scrubbing. Rather than filling
the grey tank unnecessarily, I do a quick scrub outside at the hose and finish off the cleaning
Cooking with open fire - When cooking on a campfire or charcoal grilling, I like to have a hose
handy for dousing the fire when I'm done. And, you never know, maybe one day there will be an
emergency needing some quick action.
Washing hands or feet ... from the 101 ways that I find to get dirty!
Water Pressure Regulator
Between the spigot and Y adapter, there is a pressure regulator. The pressure regulator is
important when hooking an RV to the water source at the campground or other fill-up location.
The pressure at the spigot varies widely from place to place. At some sites that I've been to, the
pressure was so high that it could've/would've damaged the inside of the RV if the regulator was
not there. The water lines inside the RV, particularly when in city water mode, can only tolerate
average pressures. You could easily break a seal and cause a flood inside the RV under a sink or
some other hard to access (or hard to realize) location. Water, which will eventually lead to mold,
is definitely undesirable. A friend of ours had to dispose of their RV when it was overcome with
mold - bad news.
Water Hose Pressure Regulator
Potable Water Hose
Aside from needing to have a potable (drinking water) hose to avoid leaching of rubber chemical
compounds into the drinking water system, the most important feature of the potable hose for
RVers is the EZ-grip twist attachment (see photo). The common inexpensive Camco hose
works, but isn't very easy on the fingers when taking the hose off. In addition to never kinking,
the Apex brand NeverKink hose also has the EZ-grip - both features are great.
You can also purchase insulated or heated hoses for the winter, but I haven't needed one of those
Camco Drinking Water Hose
Never-Kink Easy-Grip Drinking Water Hose
I usually use my favorite hose but on the occasions, when I need extra water hoses, I add on
those cheap hoses. I also have one of the compact 'As Seen On TV' hoses that works great when
needing to reach your water source in a pinch. Since they are so compact, they are a great
addition to your RV supplies.
Compact Water Hose
When camping in some Missouri State Parks earlier this year, we learned that they don't
usually have water at each site. We were planning to check-in during early spring following a late
freeze, so all of the state parks had turned off their water to avoid breaking pipes. Therefore, I
needed to fill my RV fresh water tank before arriving at the park. Luckily, I found a gas station
that had space for me to park my 33-foot rig without blocking other cars. The employees at the
station were very nice to allow me to fill my tank, however the water source was far from my
parking spot. With three 20-foot drinking water hoses plus a 50-foot expansion hose, I made it!
(We also have our eyes on some campgrounds that recommend bringing 100-feet of hose for your
See my related post about mysteriously missing water - it describes some other related aspects
from this trip to Missouri.
I recently learned about the Water Bandit which helps getting water from a tap into a
hose when the tap has no (or bad) hose threads. This flexible blue rubber fitting attaches to the
end of a hose and wraps tightly around the spigot so that you can fill a bucket or jug. This allows
you to more easily capture water at a park and direct it to your RV fresh water tank.
Draining Grey Water
At some point you may need to drain your grey water tank while you are parked. You need to
have another hose for non-drinking uses - you should not use your drinking water hose to drain
your grey water. Even-though you are just draining the grey water tank, the water still contains
some nasty bacteria since it flows through common pipes. You will also need a dump hose cap
with a hose adapter which will allow you to direct the grey water away from the site and into the
Most grey water tanks only contain rinse water and some soap - especially if you sanitize your
tank annually. Many parks, however, don't allow draining grey water as they don't want the
campsite flooded with undesirable contents. If you are boondocking or on private property, always
check with the property owner to determine if draining your grey water is permissible.
Grey Water Drain
Finding The Parts
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