Carrying an extra one of these can save frustration


By Russ and Tiña De Maris

As RVers, we’re limited on just how much stuff we can carry with us. There’s only so much space in the rig — being piled from floor to ceiling isn’t conducive to moving about freely. But there’s one thing you may want to carry more than one of — a water hose.

Keeping a l-o-n-g water hose in the rig is always a given, particularly if you frequent RV parks with hookups. But a short coupled water hose, just a few feet long, can make life a whole lot easier when on the road.

We do plenty of boondocking, and that puts us away from hookups for days, even weeks at a time. Pulling into an RV service station to dump tanks and take on water is something we just work into our trips. In National Parks, it’s not uncommon to find those tall, tower-like water stations, where a hose hangs above the ground, supported by a spring-enhanced structure that keeps the hose off the ground, yet easily accessible for use. Not so, on one of our park stops.

long-hose-needHere were the hose towers, but minus the hoses. Happily the rangers had left a rope tied to the towers so you could pull down the “business end” of the tower. That was fine for rinsing our black water hose, but when it came time to fill up with drinking water, there was no way to get the water into the tank. We’d left our “short” six-foot watering hose back at home base and found ourselves stuck dragging out the long hose, hooking it up, then after the fill, blowing the water out of 25 feet of line and wrapping it all up.

There are times, too, when even if the fill station provides a convenient hose, you may be better off using your own. Some folks, for some perverse reason, insist on using an available fresh water hose for cleaning their sewer hose. If in doubt, disconnect the available hose, maybe even clean the tap threads with sanitizer, and use your own. A tank full of bad bacteria will make for a memorable RV trip, and using your own “known-to-be-clean” hose can pay dividends.




6 Thoughts to “Carrying an extra one of these can save frustration”

  1. Darrel

    So, you flushed your black tank with a fresh water source other RVers use?

    Or did you fill your fresh water with a contaminated black water rinse source?

    Either way – not cool.

    1. Russ De Maris

      Darrel and Frank: No, didn’t flush our black water tank at all. So no contamination of anybody’s hose, theirs or ours. Frank — at many National Park installations you’ll find two hose towers — as was the case at this one. The hose tower closest to the dump “receiver” is for rinsing black water hoses. Farther down the path, usually equipped with a very short hose, is one for fresh water filling. You’d find it impossible to use it to flush black water spills down the drain as it’s too far from the receiving port. Yes, one could conceivably drag a sewer hose over to that far tower and rinse it out.

  2. frank

    My understanding of those water towers near dump stations is that they are always for flushing dump hoses and tanks and NEVER for drinking or filling fresh water tanks. No matter how careful you are, someone has contaminated that hose and end connection.

    I never use water hoses near sewer connections, since I don’t know the history. I’ve seen people eating sandwiches while dumping and no gloves.

    It’s a minor inconvenience to use “fresh water only” hoses to avoid illness.

    1. Russ De Maris

      Frank: See our reply to Darryl.

  3. Sharo & Dennis

    Thanks for the tip. As wantabe newbees we need all the advice we can get.

  4. petdoctor

    Did you just say that you used the potable water attachment to rinse your black water hose, but others who do that are perverse? Am I misunderstanding?

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