If you’re like most RVers, you think about your rig’s black and gray tanks far more than you expected when you bought your RV. And while monitoring tank levels and putting treatments in the tanks is essential to keeping your RV smelling great, there’s one piece of equipment that many RVers end up overlooking: the sewer hose.
The sewer hose is arguably one of the most important tools you have in your arsenal and while any sewer hose will help you get the job done, you’ll likely want to upgrade to a nicer version after spending some time in your rig. Here’s what you should consider when buying a new sewer hose before leaving on your next trip
Pay Attention to Length
RV parks don’t follow standard measurements when installing their sewer hookups. Some may end up being right by your tanks. Others may be as much as 15 feet away from your rig. If your hose isn’t long enough to reach the sewer inlet, you’ll need to either move your RV or find another place to dump.
As you shop for a new hose, consider the length of each hose you’re interested in. As a general rule, try not to choose a hose that’s shorter than five feet in length and consider investing in at least one hose extension to give you some extra wiggle room.
Know How You Want to Store It
How you want to store your sewer hose can influence the type and size you buy. If your RV has a built-in or attached sewer hose storage spot, you’ll want to make sure your hose is short enough to fit in that spot. If you want to keep your hose and its attachments in a dedicated plastic storage bin, you can likely purchase whichever hose you prefer.
Keep in mind that some hoses collapse down in size when not deployed. These hoses are particularly great if you’re working with limited storage space but still want to invest in a hose that can reach sewer inlets farther away from your rig.
Think About the Flexibility of the Hose
Flexibility can make all the difference in how long your hose lasts and how easy it is to set up when you park. When a sewer hose is flexible, you can more easily position it to reach the sewer inlet without damaging the material. When it’s rigid, positioning your hose can be tough but the material will likely last longer and be better able to stand up to sun damage.
Consider how long you’ll be parking at each spot. If you’re likely to stay put for several months, a rigid hose may be a better option. But if you’re going to move often and need something that’s easier to store or maneuver, a more flexible hose could be better for your needs.
The Right Equipment Can Make All the Difference
Having the right tools and equipment on hand when you head out on your adventures can make your trip far more enjoyable. Invest in a high-quality sewer hose so you’ll always be ready to dump your tanks. And if you notice any issues with your tanks or are dealing with an ongoing issue with your rig’s water system, don’t ignore it. Schedule an appointment with goHomePort RV Service and Repairs