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

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  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

  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!

  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?

  24. Anonymous

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