RV Sewer Hose: 10 Things You Must Know
Buying an RV is an exhilarating experience. But once the camping trip is done, owning an RV can actually get you down in dumps, literally. If you ask any RV owner what is the most unpleasant part of their camping experience is, emptying the RV holding tanks is most definitely on top of the list.
When you first bought your RV, more likely than not, you were clueless about RV sewage systems and how they work. Unfortunately, there are no trade secrets when it comes to emptying RV sewage systems. However, you can educate yourself on the things that you need to know before setting up camp.
If you are just a weekend camper or will be staying in an RV for an extended period of time, here are 10 things that you need to know about RV hoses:
1. Do Not Scrimp on an RV Sewer Hose
Sure, you may have saved a few dollars on your RV sewer hose. But you may find out that these extra savings are not worth it in the long run. Invest in a good quality RV sewer hose that will not easily tear and cause leaks. The last thing you want to deal with is sewage sludge all over your campsite. If you cringe at the thought of that, you may want to save on other aspects of your RV experience. A good RV sewer hose has to be durable and endure a lot of stretching and pulling without the material giving out. At the same time, it has to be able to store easily.
2. To See is to Believe
When it comes to an RV sewer hose, you may want to invest in a good clear plastic window attachment. Yes, you heard that right, clear plastic. It may sound gross, but you will want to see what is coming out of your sewage system. This way, you will be able to assess the state of the tanks.
3. The Hose Needs Support
Most RV parks require a support system that holds up the RV sewer hose. This system will give the RV sewer hose a downwards incline and will help drain the tanks more efficiently.
4. Always Have a Spare
Experienced RV owners will know that there are times that the sewer hose in use might tear or break at any time. It is wise to always carry two RV sewer hoses at a time. This will ensure that you always have a spare in times of need. Most RV owners carry two hoses of different lengths so that it is easy to install no matter the distance of the RV to the dumping site.
5. It is the First to be Replaced
Among all other RV hoses, the RV sewer hose is always the first that you will replace. Some new RV units will come pre-equipped with an RV sewer hose. However, these fittings may be substandard. As a new RV owner, you will want to invest in the best RV hose that money can buy, as you will be using this for the years to come.
6. Black First, Gray Later
Always empty your black tank first. Since the black tank contains human waste and any water from the toilet, there are some solid particles that you will want to flush out. The gray water tank contains mostly just waste water from the showers and kitchen sink. This waste water will help flush out whatever waste material passed by the black tank. After dumping both tanks, you just have to flush the hose with fresh water and stow it back in the storage bay.
7. Bag It
When storing your sewage hose, always keep it in a waterproof bag. This way you can be sure that other items in your storage area are not contaminated by any leaks or drippings from the hose.
8. Keep It Clean
Always keep in mind to flush the RV sewage hose before storing and keep it away from other items that you have in your RV. This will prevent cross contamination and ensure that the RV is sanitary at all times. Proper handling of the RV sewage hose also involves using disposable or rubber gloves to protect your hands.
9. Bumper Bummer
The RV bumper will come with a built in RV sewage hose storage tube. You may opt to use this to store the sewage hose. However, most experienced RV owners find that this area is prone to corrosion. In order to protect the bumper, it is advisable to make your own storage tubes out of PVC or fence posts.
10. The Taps are for the Dump
Use the tap above the dumping stations at RV campsites for rinsing the RV sewage hose. These are provided only for that purpose alone. Do not use the taps to fill your fresh water tanks as these taps are unsanitary and using the water from these sources can cause serious health problems.
What goes in must come out, and as an RV owner, you know that you will have to deal with waste management and disposal at some point. But thanks to a little know-how and the proper RV sewage hose, you do not need to dread the process of draining your black and gray tanks. Experienced RV owners all accept this as part of the RV lifestyle.
New RV owners will always have a story to tell about their first dump experience. I hope yours will be one for the books after reading about the top ten things that you need to know about RV sewage hoses. Don't be a party pooper and get on that RV with confidence.