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Old 06-10-2008, 08:18 PM   #1
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Black water sewage hose

We need a new waste hose. Of course, there are many choices; four types of hose and several different lengths. We have a 19 ft. Bambi. Do we need the ultimate, nuclear-attack proof hose? If so, fine. What about length? Ten feet? Fifteen? Twenty? Any suggestions?
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We need a new waste hose. Of course, there are many choices; four types of hose and several different lengths. We have a 19 ft. Bambi. Do we need the ultimate, nuclear-attack proof hose? If so, fine. What about length? Ten feet? Fifteen? Twenty? Any suggestions?
I have two "standard" hoses from Wal-mart total length 40 feet. I have used all for a couple of times. My high use hose is a little heavier than the extension.
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Just don't buy the transparent kind. It's gross.

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Hey Muddy Waters,

I carry two "stinkie slinky" type of hoses, with a mating coupler so I can join the two together. One hose is 20ft. long, the other hose is 30 ft. long.

The operating theory is that you use the shortist black water hose possible to accomplish the mission.

If you arrive at a camp site that requires a long sewer run, you can join the two hoses together to meet your needs.

The same operating theory is valid for "white" potable water hoses. If you carry two hoses of different lenghts (15 ft and 25 ft hoses), use the shortest when possible. Or if necessary, join the two together to reach the fresh water supply.

I also carry a green 25 ft. non-potable hose, with a one way valve connector, to flush out the stinky slinky hose. Just do not store the white and green hoses together.
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We use a Sewer Solution, and carry 4 10' sections. We usually only use one. We also carry 10' of "slinky" hose for use at public dumps where the Sewer Solution can not be used.
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I love our Sewer Solution....except when a grandson drops a Baby Wipes down the toilet.
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We take 2 "slinkies" on our trips...I think both are 10 or 12 feet long...and couple them when we need extra length. We rarely need them both, but better to have the length just in case. Slinkies do spring leaks if dragged across pavement, etc., so be careful with that and buy the heavier ones i fyou can...they will last longer and are worth the little extra cost. If you are outfitting your rig for sewer needs, we highly recommend some kind of hose support system for the hose so you can direct the hose and create a "downhill" flow toward the sewer dump hole. Here's the one we like best, available at Campingworld and other RV outfitters. It's compact and works great...far better than rigging a downhill flow using rocks and boards and whatever else you can find. Remember...it doesn't run uphill! Flexible Sewer Hose Support - Camping World
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And don't forget the most important part: Airstreams usually come with Thetford fittings. Most hoses you find are equipped with Valterra fittings, which are a little (just enough!) smaller.

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INVALUABLE advice on here. Keep it coming. Who knew buying a sewer hose had so many aspects to it?!
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I carry three sewer hoses, two are 10 or 15 feet when stretched out, the other is 5 feet used mostly for emptying the blue tote.

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Old 06-11-2008, 01:50 PM   #11
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KEITHC pretty much nails it for us. So far so good with the extra slinky, coupler and extra length of white fresh water hose.
Another tip (a NO NO to some) would be to carry a grey hose and attaching hardware for evacuating the "Wash Water" onto the ground when practical and no sewer is available.
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Old 06-11-2008, 02:38 PM   #12
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I started using this hose about a year ago and love it. It compresses to 45" and expands to 15'...I tis very tough and flexible...it bends and holds its shape where ever you put it and will not slinky back.

You do have to modify it a little for it to fit into the sewer hose holder under the Airstream.

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And don't forget the most important part: Airstreams usually come with Thetford fittings. Most hoses you find are equipped with Valterra fittings, which are a little (just enough!) smaller.

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My 06 classic has Valterra. I think 06 and on all have Valterra.
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Old 06-11-2008, 07:22 PM   #15
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It is impossible to find Thetco products, at least on Google. Will have to check and see if the Valterra fits our 2002 Bambi.

What about 'Blue Line'? Will those fit, does anyone think?
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The most frustrating part about hoses, at least for newbies, is to understand how to get their various fittings to fit together. There is a painless way to do it, though it's a little hard to explain in on the net. And, drat, you're way too far away to drop by here for a training session (on this and related matters) ...

Oh, by the way, some states now require you to have a sealed connection between the end of your hose and the sewer itself. Either you can purchase a cheap "donut" to seal it, or you can get one of the more expensive plastic 90-degree fittings. Both kinds are generally available at Walmart. (We used to use the donuts on our rig until somebody accidently left behind one of the expensive doo-dads here at the park ...)

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It is impossible to find Thetco products, at least on Google. Will have to check and see if the Valterra fits our 2002 Bambi.

What about 'Blue Line'? Will those fit, does anyone think?
Umm, that is "Thetford", probably why you've had no luck.
As for slinkies, there are generally three grades, standard duty (will tear pretty quick), medium duty (will tear, not as fast), and heavy duty (will eventually tear). We have 3 lengths of slinky hose that totals about 30 feet, and have never used one of the 10 foot lengths.
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Many RV dealers sell a Thetford to Valterra 'adapter' that fits on earlier AS's with the larger Thetford sewer hose outlet. You can just twist this adapter on your AS and use all the current fittings, etc.

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Thanks again for some useful information. I did figure out that it wasn't 'Thetco' but 'Thetford' and that made it somewhat easier to find them online. I ordered two ten-foot hoses. Now I need to figure out if there is a special connector required to hook them together.

Man, this sewage thing is taking a lot of energy to unravel!
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Muddy, I fear I may have steered you wrong (I though all AS's were Thetford). Did you verify before you ordered?

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