We have been full time in our motor coach for about two-and-one-half years. One of the first things we learned really quickly is how to maintain our RV sewer hose. We have found that the sewer hose will last about a year and it is a good idea to keep a backup.
What is the Best Length RV Sewer Hose to Have?
RV sewer hoses for the most part come in 10, 15, and 20-foot sections. To start out, you may want to have a sewer hose that will reach from the dump outlet and can stretch to a few feet past the rear of your RV. It is a good idea to have an additional 10 feet just in case you find yourself in a place where they have placed the sewer plug.
If you intend on leaving your sewer hose connected to the sewer plug, you should invest in a sewer hose support. We have found that many of the RV resorts we have stayed at specify you cannot let your sewer hose lay on the ground if you keep it connected.
What are the Best Practices for Maintaining my RV Sewer Hose?
Whenever you are disconnecting your sewer hose, it is best to rinse it thoroughly before putting it away. You should also clean the fittings by rinsing them down. For additional cleanliness, you can put water in a bucket with bleach and let them soak for a few hours. Once that is done, remove them and rinse then you can set them out to air dry.
What does a RV Sewer Hose Cost?
RV sewer hoses are not that expensive. You can expect to pay any where’s from $25.00 up to $50.00 but keep in mind, you get what you paid for. If you go cheap, you may find you will have to replace it sooner than if you spend a little extra money.
Sewer hoses come in different thickness so if you are a weekend camper, you may not need to purchase a hose that is really thick. If you are a full timer, like us, then you many want to invest in a thicker hose as it will be subject to the elements. Keep in mind the thicker ones can be difficult to store and are a little heavier.
Where do you Store Your RV Sewer Hose?
When we are getting ready to hit the road, after we rinse our hose, we have an area in the bay where the hook-ups are that has enough room for us to store them there. If you have a smaller area, you could get a bucket and store them in a different compartment under your rig.
While talking about the sewer hose isn’t glamorous, it is important to remember that it is important to keep it clean. Be sure to inspect it each time you use it for cracks or leaks so you are not caught in a place where it is not easy to get a new one should it have damage.