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Old 07-13-2014, 04:37 PM   #15
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You know, it's not like the water is standing in the hose leaching flavours & pollution from the rubber. It goes through the hose to fill the tank and that's all. It ought to be OK.
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:26 PM   #16
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I used ribbed pool hose from the big box store.

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Old 07-13-2014, 05:34 PM   #17
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Hello Savage68:

I've used a radiator hose in that position (for more than 40 years), longer than the original hose lasted.

Rick Davis and Gearhart are correct. The only time that radiator hose comes into contact with the fresh tank water is when it's being filled. A few seconds at most. I too have not had any taste transferred from using the radiator hose as a filler hose.

When I was new to airstream trailering two members of the club had contracted Giardia from filling their tanks while passing through a small town, but that wasn't caused by using a radiator hose as the filler hose.
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:59 PM   #18
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You should be able to form a clear vinyl hose with a heat gun.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:19 PM   #19
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Have used radiator and heater hoses for a variety of things including drinking water applications over the last fifty years with no problems ever encountered .
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:43 AM   #20
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Hello Savage68:

I've used a radiator hose in that position (for more than 40 years), longer than the original hose lasted.

Rick Davis and Gearhart are correct. The only time that radiator hose comes into contact with the fresh tank water is when it's being filled. A few seconds at most. I too have not had any taste transferred from using the radiator hose as a filler hose.

When I was new to airstream trailering two members of the club had contracted Giardia from filling their tanks while passing through a small town, but that wasn't caused by using a radiator hose as the filler hose.
Not exactly.

When the trailer is in motion, the water splashes into the filler hose.

But, to each his own.

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Old 07-14-2014, 10:27 AM   #21
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The radiator hose will last forever. Flush it well before putting on your tank. it will be ok for you. Don't let little children drink the water, they are more sensitive to the bad stuff.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:25 AM   #22
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from BoatUS archives:
Potable Water Hose

Special Needs: Chemically inert. Hoses that carry drinking water have to be made of FDA approved nontoxic materials (stamped on the hose) so that chemicals from the hose don’t leach into the water; the chemicals also make the water taste bad. PVC hose is usually used for this purpose and systems that have pumps to deliver water under pressure or have hot water should use a reinforced type.

While many potable water hoses are clear, opaque hose has the advantage of preventing slime from forming. Even clear hose that is hidden behind lockers will eventually get growth inside. Once slime gets started, it can be killed by allowing a bleach solution (three-quarters of a cup per 10 gallons) to remain inside for a few minutes, but getting the residue out is nearly impossible without removing the hose and running a rag through it.
As Andy said though, the choice is yours.
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I've seen people use the flexible hose for pool vacuums before. That might be another alternative.
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