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Old 09-04-2015, 10:58 AM   #1
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Drinking water hoses all alike?

I know that I can't just get a cheapie "garden hose" for the drinking water, but are there any recommendations for brand and length for the hose? I've seen 25' and 75' hoses, and the AS User Manual suggests getting two; one as a spare or joining 2 for longer distances to water source.
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Old 09-04-2015, 11:01 AM   #2
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I use a black rubber hose on mine. They don't have that plastic taste and they are heavy duty. I don't know if they make them in less than 50ft lengths.

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Old 09-04-2015, 11:16 AM   #3
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We use the white drinking hoses designed for the task. They are not created equally though. Make sure you check that it is supple when cold. Having hoses that you can't coil easily is a pain. We use 2 - 25' white hose's and one of those expanding garden hose for chores. You will also want a Y adapter for the spigot so you don't have to disconnect the trailer water to do those chores. As far as brand goes, as long as it is supple cold...
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I just bought two white drinking water hoses. One from CW and later, one from Amazon. I filled them with bleach solution as if I were disinfecting a tank and let them sit for several hours and then flushed them out. I don't notice any plastic taste, but then I use a filter when I connect up to campground water. I carry a spray bottle of bleach solution with me to disinfect the campground spigot, the filter, the hose ends, and the trailer input when hooking up. When I store them I connect the two ends of each hose together to keep them clean.

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I use a black rubber hose on mine. They don't have that plastic taste and they are heavy duty.
Rubber degrades over time, so unless you really enjoy drinking rubber compounds, I recommend you change to food-grade plastic hoses. It's not FDA or USDA approved for coming in contact with food or potable liquids. Meaning you shouldn't drink the water that comes out of it.
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I just bought two white drinking water hoses. I don't notice any plastic taste, but then I use a filter when I connect up to campground water.
Potable water hoses— the blue and white ones— are made of food-grade plastic. Food-grade plastic is manufactured by an ISO 9000-certified company to ensure quality control, meets National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Standard 51, and has been approved by the FDA and USDA for use in food storage and/or preparation. Key criteria of food-grade plastic are that it neither absorbs tastes or odors from the foods or potable liquids it comes in contact with, nor imparts a taste or odor to the foods or potable liquids it comes in contact with. All food-grade plastics are BPA-free by default.

So if you ever taste plastic from a plastic hose, dish, utensil, drinking glass, or anything else, it's not really food-grade. Look for FDA and/or USDA approval and NSF 51 on the label when you buy a potable water hose. If those marking aren't there, don't buy it for use with your fresh water system.
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Old 09-04-2015, 02:18 PM   #6
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Thanks, Protag.

We use Camco's blue premium drinking water hoses. One is 10' and the other 25'. They're nice and sturdy and work fine, but boy can they be difficult to work with when cold.

If any of you like a particular drinking-safe hose in 5/8" diameter that's more supple and thus easy to work with when cold, please do share a link.
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:42 PM   #7
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:56 PM   #8
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Never-Kink RV Marine Hose, 25' x 5/8" - Teknor Apex 8602-25 - Hoses, Reels & Fittings - Camping World

I use the Apex never kink, available at CW. The are easy to handle. Not sure how cold you are meaning, but we have used them down to almost freezing.
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We have used what Camping World sells as a "utility hose" (Utility Hose - 10' - American Specialty HT-10 - Hoses, Reels & Fittings - Camping World) for many years. When not in use, they are very compact and fold easily. Being 10' long, they drain instantly when lifted in the middle. Want a longer hose? Chain together as many as you need. A leak? Dispose of that 10' section only.

Sharp-toothed critters can puncture them easily, but otherwise we have found them to be very tough.

The packaging says, "NSF/FDA approved for drinking water." In all our years of using them, we have never detected any taste from these hoses.

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Space Saving Handi-Hose

Camping World and other RV retailers sell the Handi-Hose with and without the take-up reel. Without the reel it saves quite a bit of space and even with the reel it's pretty compact. I've never used the reel.

When the hose is pressurized it will act like a spring and want to uncoil and possibly kink as it comes up to pressure. After a few times using it you find out how to make it work without the kinks and lumps. In RV's, where space is a premium, the Handi-Hose is a great product. It's been quite a few years since we purchased our Handi-Hose but I recall it's rated as food grade.

Search - handi-hose - Camping World

Amazon.com: handi-hose

Be sure to look around for a sale price. I think Camping World has regular price reductions on this item and look for a Good Sam / CW coupon too.
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Wonderful, thanks. When I finally decide to replace these blue meanies with something more flexible, I'll pick up some Teknor Apex never-kinks or Hand-Hoses.
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Heck been drinking out of green garden hoses for over 60 years. Hasn't killed me yet.
That said I jumped on the band wagon and use pretty white hoses for drinking water in the trailer. I now feel so darn environmentally responsible.
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Heck been drinking out of green garden hoses for over 60 years. Hasn't killed me yet.
As long as the water never has a chance to sit in the hose for any length of time it won't hurt you because there isn't enough time for any chemical reaction to take place in the hose.

It's only when the water sits in the hose— as it does when we leave the hose hooked up to our Airstreams and aren't actively using water for a several hours— that it becomes a problem, especially in hot weather since most chemical reactions occur faster at higher temperatures.

So don't think that you can't drink out of a green plastic hose or a black rubber hose at home while you're washing the car or watering the flower beds. You can, and it won't hurt you, as long as the water has been running for a while before you drink from the hose.

By the way, a 25-foot length of 5/8" hose holds about 0.4 gallons of water, so that's at least how much water has to run through the hose to get rid of the water that has sat in the hose before you're drinking water that hasn't sat in the hose.
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