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Old 09-03-2013, 10:33 PM   #1
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Heated Potable Water Hose?

If I plan on purchasing a 2010-2012 International Signature 23D in the near future, is there any reason for me to want to buy a heated water hose? Would something like this only be needed if I'm "dry camping"? Thank you!
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:38 PM   #2
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More if you are 'cold camping' and there is s chance of the water freezing.

You get that often in Georgia?
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Heated hose seems like overkill, unless you plan to spend a lot of nights in temps below 30 degrees F.. Having seen several hoses turn into Ice Sculptures overnight at temps in the teens, it might be nice to have heat, but it is easier to just disconnect and drain the hose when temps fall, and re-attach when it warms up. When disconnected, use fresh water in tank, which is heated by duct from furnace.. (Remember to run furnace when really cold, even if electric heater used to keep you warm...)
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Actually, I'm not sure what it is that makes you consider a heated "white water" (potable) hose.

Then again, I don't know what "dry camping" is. From its name, may I assume you mean not hooked up to water and sewer supply?
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Hi, if you are dry camping, you don't need a fresh water hose at that time. If you have full hook-ups and it's cold, a heated hose would be nice. My fresh water hose has froze several times. I keep telling myself that I don't need a heated water hose and end up in someplace cold again. I may still buy one some day.
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Actually, I'm not sure what it is that makes you consider a heated "white water" (potable) hose.
Probably this:
PIRIT Heated Hose : The Only Cold Weather Heated Hose

I've got one, and used it last New Year's weekend at Chicot State Park, LA. The daytime highs were in the low 40s and the overnight temps fell below freezing soon after dusk.

They're not as practical as I was led to believe; unless you've got it hooked up to an insulated hose bibb, your water supply can still freeze. So when I used my heated hose, I also used Styrofoam faucet covers (Standard Faucet Cover-1950 at The Home Depot) on both the park's hose bibb and on my Airstream's municipal water inlet. Had to punch holes in the bottom of the covers for the hose to pass through. And since the park's electrical connection was curbside, not streetside, I had to use an extension cord to plug in the hose's heating element.

I don't know if I'll use the heated hose again this winter for my holiday weekend camping, but I'll have it with me just in case. The main advantage to the heated hose is that you can leave your fresh tank empty and don't have to drain the tank when you re-winterize after the trip is over; that's a cold, wet job in the winter.

Side note, even if you don't use a heated hose and fill your fresh tank instead, one of those styrofoam covers on your municipal water intake and/or your fresh tank fill port might not be a bad idea when winter camping.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:51 AM   #7
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Thank you all for the feedback! Very informative!
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Here's an alternative. When I fultimed, I used to attach a heat tape to the hose with zip ties about every 2 feet. Then I covered the hose with the foam covers meant for home plumbing. I used a 20' heat tape with a 15' hose. This allows for some extra to keep the hose spigot from freezing. I learned this when I spent 2 months at the Top of Georgia Airstream Park. Here is a link to a thread I started with photos of the hose. Look at post 3.
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