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Old 02-15-2014, 11:16 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Foiled Again View Post
Normally I replace my hose once or twice a year - usually when they start to leak at the faucet or inlet... this one lasted a bit TOO long I guess.
You sure go through hoses quickly! You might consider getting a hose extension, about 6 inches long, with a wire spring wrapped around it, and use it on the end of the hose where it usually starts to leak. That will help keep the hose from kinking right at the fitting, and the fitting should stay attached better.

I do several things to keep my hoses clean, and I haven't had to dispose of one yet due to funkiness from algae growing in them. First, when I remove the hose, I drain it before putting it away. If there's a long run (35 feet is the farthest I've been from a hose to date) I'll attach my blowout plug to the end of the hose and blow it out, just like I do with my plumbing while winterizing. If the run is shorter, Ill hold up one end and let the water run out the other by gravity.

I also cap my hoses before putting them away. I'm sure you do, too. That doesn't stop stuff that's already in the hose from growing, but it does keep anything from getting in while the hose is in storage.

And finally, every time I hook up, I install a Granular Activated Carbon filter right at the faucet, so the water is filtered before it ever enters the hose.

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Old 02-15-2014, 11:59 PM   #16
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Junk in hoses.

Hi, I'll have to take a look at my hoses. For nine years, I have been disconnecting my hose, draining my hose, rolling up my hose, and connecting the ends together when I put my hoses away. I always connect my hose to the campground first, turn on the water to clear the hose, turn off the water and connect to my trailer and turn back on. No problems yet.


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Old 02-16-2014, 05:36 AM   #17
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One can acquire a 90 degree brass hose fitting so the hose connects going straight up. That helps the bent hose problem. One can also put the water filter to the brass fitting and then connect the hose to the bottom of the filter and still be in a vertical line.

I think I got mine at Camping World.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:09 AM   #18
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I've gone to plan B. Drained the tank and refilled with fresh water. I will drain it again to flush then fill again when I'm prepping for the next adventure; around June I think.

Thanks for all the advice!

You know, Wayne, I'm sure you have a reason for storing your rig longterm with the fresh water tank full......but I can't figure out what it is.

If there is anything noxious interested in growing in your water, longterm storage would be the perfect opportunity.

I have never heard of storage with the tank full.

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Old 02-16-2014, 11:25 AM   #19
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replacing hoses 1 to 2 times per year .... I fulltime.

Sun damage.
Cheap Chinese hoses.
Spigots with damaged threads can permanently foul up the hose.
Occasionally I come home to find an "oops" note from the lawn mowing crew.
But most often just daily use and changing campgrounds causes wear and tear on the hoses.

I too drain hoses and attach one end to the other when moving - but if you're on the road for 2-4 days or boondock for a week, you could have funk build up in your hose. Bleaching IT isn't a bad idea.

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Old 02-17-2014, 03:49 PM   #20
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You know, Wayne, I'm sure you have a reason for storing your rig longterm with the fresh water tank full......but I can't figure out what it is.

If there is anything noxious interested in growing in your water, longterm storage would be the perfect opportunity.

I have never heard of storage with the tank full.

Just sayin'.....

Maggie, here's my thinking, right or wrong. When you drain your fresh water tank, there is a small amount of water left in the tank; it would be impossible to completely dry the inside of the tank. So, whatever organisms are in there have a nice, moist environment in which to grow. I dosed my full tank with Clorox to disinfect it and then drained and refilled it with clean fresh water. Since I just filled it once, I expect there should be a small residual amount of chlorine left in the newly filled tank which hopefully should keep things from growing but should be at a low concentration so as not to damage plastic or seals. It will only be sitting for 4 months or so then when I return to go on the road again, I'll drain the tank and refill it again.

If anyone else has thoughts on this logic, I'd like to hear them.

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Old 02-17-2014, 04:13 PM   #21
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Clorox and all other brands of bleach that I have seen come in plastic jugs. It doesn't seem to have adverse affects on that plastic. I think you are overly worried about the affect of bleach on your plastic tanks. What we put in our tanks to disinfect them is much less concentrated.

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