By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Here’s something without a lot of glory. It’s a lot more fun to go shopping for something with a little more bling — a smartphone maybe. But those things that have “a purpose lacking honor,” namely sewer hoses, are still necessary things.
On a trip back in the distance, we found ourselves in a commercial RV park (something that rarely happens) with a full set of tanks. I’m embarrassed to relate, however, that not only were those tanks full — the gray water was very full. Call it two inches of standing water in the shower. Sad to say, the layout of the site didn’t allow my 10-foot hose to reach the port, so we called on a friend to bring over his l-o-n-g ranger hose. With everything in place, I pulled the lever for black water, and quicker than you can miss a freeway exit, that horrific stuff was squirting out of a series of pinholes in the hose.
We quickly reevaluated the situation and decided it would be best to simply offload enough of the gray water to safely pull the rig within range of our 10-foot hose. After all, I was afraid the minute I put the throttle down, all that smelly gray water would slosh throughout the bathroom. When we got our own hose hooked up, I again started after that old black water tank. This time the evil stuff made its way out of our hose. Fortunately, by cramming the hose together and holding it carefully (with neoprene gloves), we were able to contain the stuff to the inside of the hose, but it was touch and go – in more ways than one.
The upshot of this wet and windy narrative is this: It doesn’t seem to matter what grade of sewer hose you buy, sooner or later the thing will give up the ghost and leave you wading around in unwholesome liquids. Experience does teach us that the less money you spend on your hose, the sooner you’ll be looking for another one. We bought a “single wall” budget hose for a trailer that we used for a week every few months. In less than the first week, the hose could have been used for irrigating the lawn. On the other hand, our “triple wrapped” expensive hose that gave up the other day has lasted a couple of years of fairly frequent service. My friend’s “no wires” hose, too, lasted far longer than the cheapies.
Over the years we’ve struggled with the sewer hose question. At one point we went to an industrial hose supplier and bought a length of self-flattening fire hose, put fittings on it, and hoped the thing would be just the ticket. After all, self-flattening hoses roll up tight, and this we figured would save lots of space. Save lots of space it did. The trouble is the outfall of sewage just didn’t provide enough pressure to “unflatten” the hose more than a few inches. Boy was that ever a mess! As my wife likes to remind me: Sewer hoses are like members of the opposite sex: Can’t live with ‘em; can’t live without ‘em.
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