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Old 08-05-2007, 12:08 AM   #15
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I have nothing useful to add to the information about the hose reels, but perhaps our space-saving solution will help someone bridge those times when the reel breaks. We actually use only this this method for our water hookups.

Camping World sells a 10 foot "utility hose" ($9.99) made by Handi-Hose which collapses completely flat. Collapsed, they can be stored in very little space. We carry about 5 at a time, each equipped with quick disconnect fittings. Snap them together and you can make up any hose length you like. Unsnap them, hold them up by the middle, and they drain easily because they now only hang down 5 feet. If one section springs a leak, throw it away and keep the rest. We first discovered this method with a VW camper, but our Bambi has little extra storage space so we have continued to use these hoses.
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:08 PM   #16
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345 hose tension issue

My 1985 345 has the two reels in the lower compartment. The tension on the return for the hose only will retract it the first 6' if it's pulled all the way out. It doesn't leak. Is there anyway to adjust the spring tension on the reel without removing the whole thing from the rig ? How much trouble is it to remove and does the electric rell have to come out too ? ?
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