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Old 11-15-2014, 02:32 PM   #15
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I have several of these jumper cable bags to store and carry hoses and cables:

http://www.amazon.com/Bucket-Boss-06...tery+cable+bag

Keeps the clutter to a minimum.....
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Old 11-15-2014, 02:57 PM   #16
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Use only an approved potable water hose for your fresh water. It doesn't have to be white, although most of them are white. Technically, it can be any color as long as the resin and color are FDA Food Use Approved. (I have an orange 25' one that I like that is FDA approved.)

The culprits in nonapproved hoses are the resin, plasticizers, and heavy metals in the colorant. Not to say you will die from drinking from a clean, nonapproved hose that you turned on the water and flushed out. It's when that hose has been setting in the sun for hours, perhaps even days, with water in it. That's when things can leach out of the hose and contaminate the water.

When you buy any Food Approved plastic item, check out where it was made. If it says "Made in China" it's most likely not made with FDA approved resin and colorant. I have sent many Chinese "Food Approved" plastic items to the lab at Exxon Mobile for testing, and all of them have come back toxic.

BTW, when you see those red and yellow ketchup and mustard bottles on restaurant tables everywhere, if they do not say "Made in China" on the bottom, then chances are, I made them. I make 100,000 of them per day, all with FDA Food Grade plastics and colorants.
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:53 PM   #17
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First trip went great
2 adults and one 10 year old
I tried sleeping on the floor
That lasted about an hour.
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Old 11-19-2014, 05:55 AM   #18
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Use only an approved potable water hose for your fresh water. It doesn't have to be white, although most of them are white. Technically, it can be any color as long as the resin and color are FDA Food Use Approved. (I have an orange 25' one that I like that is FDA approved.)
White with a blue stripe is traditional because it's a holdover from US Navy and US Coast Guard usage. Same as calling our electrical hookup "shore power" even if our campground is far from any shore.
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:24 AM   #19
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Okay.....we have been carrying one of those green, slinky-type, space-conserving hoses, just for filling the fresh water tank.

We don't hook it up to water and leave it outside, etc., just use it to fill.

Somene told me at Alumalina thqt this was dangerous.

What are y'all thoughts on this? Is it safe, just as a mechanism of water transport?

It takes up soooooo much less space than a rigid one.


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Old 11-19-2014, 07:29 AM   #20
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When you buy any Food Approved plastic item, check out where it was made. If it says "Made in China" it's most likely not made with FDA approved resin and colorant. I have sent many Chinese "Food Approved" plastic items to the lab at Exxon Mobile for testing, and all of them have come back toxic.
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Reminds me of the quote, it looked like a good tire when I bought it.
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:46 AM   #21
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Okay.....we have been carrying one of those green, slinky-type, space-conserving hoses, just for filling the fresh water tank.

We don't hook it up to water and leave it outside, etc., just use it to fill.

Somene told me at Alumalina thqt this was dangerous.

What are y'all thoughts on this?
No, it's not dangerous. In your case, water is not in contact with the hose material long enough for harmful chemicals to leach out of the hose and into the water in sufficient quantity to make any difference. It would be different if you used the hose to hook up to municipal service and stay hooked up, where water will sit in the hose for hours on end soaking up chemicals. Just be sure you drain the hose before capping it and putting it away.

Basic rule, if the water ever tastes like plastic or rubber, get rid of the hose, even if you're using a blue-and-white hose. You know the flavor didn't come from the food-grade plastics in your Airstream, so it had to come from the hose. If the water tastes like water's supposed to taste, don't sweat the small stuff, and don't worry about the hose. But it doesn't hurt to twist-tie a label on a non-blue-and-white hose (luggage tags are good for this) that says, "Potable water only." Just to satisfy people who would otherwise bug you about it.
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Thanks, Protag, that was my thought.

I will probably replace it every couple of years, just to be safe, as it does live year-round in the little pocket in the back door.


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Not all the certified "drinking water" hoses are white in color. We use the curly spring type hoses for connecting Lucy to city water sources. These hoses are both certified for drinking water use. One is a 25' that is blue in color, and the other is a 50' that is purple in color. I like these curly hoses as I find them easier to store and use. They are much nicer to deal with when it's cold outside.

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Yup, our Camco drinking water hose is blue, not white.
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