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Old 07-20-2014, 12:20 PM   #1
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2010 27' FB Classic
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A solution for fresh water hook up, easy mod.

For the past few years I've been less than happy with the underbelly utility compartment hook up for the city water connection on my Classic.
The way I like to do it is to leave a piece of hose always hooked up and just feed it thru the access hatch on the bottom of the compartment and then attach my main city water hose to it so I don't have to stay in a stooped position too long trying to attach a hose to the connection in the trailer.

I just feed the hose thru the hatch and close the door and it's a lot easier to attach the main hose to it as I can pull the piece far enough out to make it quick and easy to screw them together. Only problem is that with a regular non-kink type white hose is that it would kink every time when the door was closed. I tried different types of connectors, i.e., a solid 45 degree fitting, a 90 degree solid fitting but that posed problems with the door closing.

Now after all this time here is my solution:
I bought a 10' Camco #22823 blue drinking water hose for $13.33 and a Gilmore female coupling #01FZ.
I cut the hose aprox. 41 inches from the male end to use as the hose that will stay hooked up in the compartment all the time, (cut length to suit your situation) and on the other end use the new female coupling. Since the blue hose has a spring on the outside of the hose near it's male end it won't allow the hose to kink when the hatch is closed. This size hose rolls up nicely inside the compartment and is ready for use.
To me it's much easier to hook the hoses together on the outside of the compartment. Hope this help someone who feels the same pain as me when hooking up.
By the way, if you buy a male coupling too you can put it on the left over piece of hose and use it when you just need a short hose for those sites where you only need a few more feet of hose to make the connection to the sites city water hook up. The blue hose is also more stiff than any white hose I've used. I now use all blue hoses for fresh water and they seem to be more kink resistant throughout the whole hose.
Another benefit of the blue hose is that it's helps you maintain upperbody strength when trying to roll it up during cold weather.
Note: The all metal couplers I used on the hose do contain some lead in the metal, so you may want to use plastic if that is a concern to you.
Let me know if you have found a different solution, I 'd like to hear about it.
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Old 07-20-2014, 01:49 PM   #2
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I had the same issues with stooping over long enough to thread a hose onto the water connector, so I put a quick disconnect on it, and use a short piece of hose to a water filter, and then the normal hose to the campground spigot. I can still bend the hose enough to close the compartment.

Another thing I do since setting up and also unhooking almost always means some getting down low, I wear a knee pad so I can comfortably kneel down any time to do any work down low.
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:11 PM   #3
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Steve that sounds much simpler than my solution. I like the quick disconnect idea you used. The knee pad is something I do too! I should have used one in my youth and maybe today I wouldn't have a problem.
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Old 03-17-2015, 02:50 PM   #4
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I changed to quick disconnects on all my fresh water connections, hard for me to turn the fittings, just snap together.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:02 AM   #5
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There is nothing new under the sun. I also was tired of spending time standing on my head setting up our 30' classic (2011). I had Bob Jones RV in South Houston, TX install a fresh water hose hook-up on the street side of the trailer, then with 12v solenoids I just flip a switch to fill the fresh water tank, and another switch turns on the black water flush-out to clean that tank. I now never have to fool with the banana wrap storage area. Made this modification about 2 yrs. ago and everything works great.

Trailer is now back at Bob Jones to install a Glendinning elect. cord retracter. No more pulling out the rear bumper tray and hauling a 50 amp hose around.

Ask for either Chris or Harry and tell them you art interested in the "Leach" package.

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Old 05-10-2016, 02:07 PM   #6
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Thanks for the ideas and for the name of your repair shop. I very seldom get to Houston, but if I do, and need something done, I'll know who to see.
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