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Old 05-22-2014, 07:59 AM   #1
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Fast winding FW hose reel

I cannot use the power hose reel without holding the hose and slowing down the "speed". Otherwise, it does not coil evenly on the reel and starts to overlap and fill the reel long before I run out of hose. Adding resistance does little to help the even coiling but I can't help to think that adding the resistance generates heat and can't be good for the motor. The reel is mounted sideways so it is additionally awkward to "assist" the laying of the hose on the reel evenly....I would need a third hand. One to hold the power switch, one to hold the hose to slow the speed and one to assit the hose to coil evenly.

Unfortunately, I don't have access to the MH and the FW reel is not on my data sheet of make/model of "toys" (e.g. steps, water pump, etc.).

The 50a cord reel does not have this problem.
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If it were mine, I think I would remove the reel and mount it 90 degrees from the way it is in the picture.
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If it were mine, I think I would remove the reel and mount it 90 degrees from the way it is in the picture.
I agree with Ron. Turn the reel 90 degrees. If it makes you feel better we also have to guide our hose as it reels up or it will pile the hose to high and jam on the cross brace. I hold a paper towel around the hose as it reels up to wipe the dirt and trash off. You are lucky because your hose reel is in the open. Ours is behind a panel so I installed a light that comes on when the reel is powered. That allows a visual on the reel to guide the hose as it reels in.

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Turning it 90 degrees would add a new issue. Closing the basement door while connected to Ext fresh water. This model requires me to use the access port if I want to close the door. If I turned the reel, I could not get the reel and the access port to align, adding a bigger challenge to the coiling issue.

The port on the floor has rollers on the underside to prevent hose wear as it is pulled out/wound in. FWIW, I purchased a second port cover and cut a notch out of it so I can have the hose out, the majority of the hole covered and the basement door closed.
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Turning it 90 degrees would add a new issue. Closing the basement door while connected to Ext fresh water. This model requires me to use the access port if I want to close the door. If I turned the reel, I could not get the reel and the access port to align, adding a bigger challenge to the coiling issue.

The port on the floor has rollers on the underside to prevent hose wear as it is pulled out/wound in. FWIW, I purchased a second port cover and cut a notch out of it so I can have the hose out, the majority of the hole covered and the basement door closed.
Move the reel 90 degrees and over the top of the existing deck plate. Move it back as far as you can. On the left near the front of the compartment install one of these:
TRC Access Door and Roller Guides for Storage Reels - Miscellaneous Hatch & Compartment - Hatch & Compartments - Hardware
Pull the amount of hose you require for hook up out through the open compartment door and then feed it through the hatch. When disconnecting pull all the hose back through the hatch and neatly lay it out on the ground. Using a towel hold the hose with one hand and press the switch with the other hand as you guide the hose back on the reel.

You might also consider one of these.
RV Camper Power Cord Hatch / Cover - White - Brand New
That is what Monaco placed in the bottom of our service bay for the water hose.

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