RV Tech Tip: A Hose of Plenty

rv tech tip for water hookups

RV Tech Tip for water hookups: a hose of plenty.  

When hooking up at the campground-water faucet, a 25-foot hose is often a bit excessive. Whether it’s sunny or not, the coiled-up 25-footer generally acts as a heat sink, making the water too warm before it enters the trailer.

To solve this, I cut a 25-foot hose into three pieces (two 10 feet and one 5 feet in length). I purchased two sets of 3⁄8-inch repair connectors to make three complete hoses. Now, I have five hose lengths to choose from: 5 feet, 10 feet, 15 feet (one 5-footer and one 10-footer), 20 feet (two 10-footers) and 25 feet (using all three). I find that most of the time the 5- or 10-footers will do. It keeps things clean, and I don’t have to drain all the excess water from a longer hose length.

This RV Tech Tip for water hookups will come in handy for those hot days when you want your H20 as cool as possible!

Check out Camping World’s selection of water hoses and more RV products.

James H. Jipping, Holland, Michigan

Leave a Reply


  1. Anonymous

    Great idea thanks

  2. Anonymous

    Pic looks like a tripping hazard. Make sure to have enough for hose to lay on ground between faucet and RV>

  3. Anonymous

    Tks Great idea

  4. Anonymous

    I just bought a garden hose box that rolls up the hose and only pull out the amount of hose I need. John Dahlman, round rock, tx

    • Anonymous

      Where did you purchase the garden hose box? And how long of a hose will it accommodate?

  5. Anonymous

    thanks good tip

  6. Anonymous

    Seems you didn’t give any attention to the propensity for after market hose repair parts to leak after a short time of use!

    • Anonymous

      I agree. Repair parts quickly leak.

  7. Anonymous

    I agree with the comment about the repair parts leaking. I have tried several different types and they all leaked in a short time.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. They leak.

  8. Anonymous

    I haul with me some lengths of flexible foam pipe insulation and put them on the hose to keep the heat/cold away. Then I coil up the excess hose and place it under my rig or in the dock station to keep it out of the sun/cold. It literally takes only seconds to put the foam on/off the hose and it comes in 4′ or 6′ lengths so it’s easy to manage, and, it is easily cut with scissors. I also use this foam to cover the hand held shower head hose in my shower so the hose does not mar my shower as we are driving down the road. Hope this has been helpful for all my traveling friends!!

    • Anonymous

      Great thanks!

    • Anonymous

      The make bags for keeping groceries cold (or hot). I suggest putting the excess hose in one of these vs having to bother cutting the hose.

  9. Anonymous

    Good idea.

  10. Anonymous

    I put the extra hose under the camper in the shade, so I don’t have any tripping or the hose getting too hot

  11. Anonymous

    How about using quick disconnects to make it even easier to connect hoses

  12. Anonymous

    Great solution for a little problem!

  13. Anonymous

    Good idea!

  14. Anonymous

    The picture doesn’t show it but you need to put your pressure regulator at the source (hose bib). This protects your hose and your RV from high water pressure. Happy RV’ing!

    JM, Albuquerque, NM

  15. Anonymous

    They sell 10 foot hoses. So I bought several and put in quick connects. Now I just plug in till I get the length I need.

  16. Anonymous

    Some people need to get a life so they don’t have time to cut up something that already works….seriously, I find it hard to find repair connectors that won’t leak under pressure!

  17. Anonymous

    Add correct size foam insulation and you will keep the water at a lower (summer) or wramer (winter) temp. Just saying.

  18. Anonymous

    You would do good to show a water pressure regulator at the tap end of the hose. There is protects not only the RV, but the hose as well.

  19. Anonymous

    You can also keep a container of water in the refrigerator and have 40 degree water all the time regardless of the ambient temperature. No trip hazards, no repairs that are destined to leak!

  20. Anonymous

    Great idea. I have longer lenghts that i never have used .

  21. Anonymous

    I’ve been doing this for years.
    Except I bought the sections from Camping World. The repair fittings can leak at times and a leaking water line is not acceptable at any campground. Dollar for dollar it may have been a little more expensive but they are long term investments. If you drain them, coil them up and screw the ends together for storage they will last for years.

  22. Anonymous

    Thanks. This is a good idea.

  23. Anonymous

    how do you keep those hoses from leaking?

    • Anonymous

      Replace the washers once in a while.

      That is where 90% of the leaks come from.

  24. Anonymous

    Be sure to use a pressure regulator AT the campground faucet. Not shown in picture.

  25. Anonymous

    The people at our neighboring campsite had the repair kit on their hose completely fall off the hose during the night and ended up flooding their site. I don’t trust them, and have had few that didn’t leak.

  26. Anonymous

    I connect with my 25′ hose and coil the rest in the shade below my RV. Problem solved, and I’m not storing and sorting through multiple hoses.

  27. Anonymous

    Using quick connects would be even better than the regular repair connectors.

  28. Anonymous

    Use only compression repair fittings , properly size the will last as long as original.

  29. Anonymous

    I’ve used hose repair kits for years and never had one leak. Buy a good one with brass fittings and you’ll never have to worry about it

  30. Anonymous


  31. Anonymous

    Good hack !! We are new to the life and look forward to trying these helpful hints! Thanks

  32. Anonymous

    I carry a hose from Walmart. It’s one of those collapsible that expands up to 50 ft and comes with it’s
    own reel and hangs on the wall. When I’m hooked up at the park I just coil it up beside the coach. So far
    I love it.

  33. Anonymous

    Very good idea

  34. Anonymous

    My little diddy was to put a brass quick between my camper and water hose so I do not have to screw the hose onto the camer or unscrew it at shut down.

    I also put quick connectors on my cable line for the same easy conectablity.

  35. Anonymous

    Great tip.

  36. Anonymous

    Great idea. I like it. Thanks

  37. Anonymous

    Great idea! Will use next week.

  38. Anonymous

    Good tip!!

  39. Anonymous

    That’s. Fine you can buy bottled water cheaper than purchasing multiple hoses and multiple connectors….Just dont drink the water coming in from the hose….just sayin

  40. Anonymous

    You can buy 10 foot RV hoses at Walmart. . . .

  41. Anonymous

    The water hookup idea is great! I would add that you could use quick-connect fittings and make it even easier. I have the quick connects on my water filter. They do not leak even after 10 years of use.

  42. Anonymous

    Ever think of a few water bottles in the fridg? Cheaper and handy.