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Old 10-02-2013, 05:33 PM   #1
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Heated water supply hose

Have seem a number of water supply spigots with an electrical plug. We're about to head to the PNW. Is a heated water supply hose a worthwhile expense?
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I can't answer the question, but I can tell you that if you want water in the morning when the temp is below 32, you'll be using internal water until it warms up. We disconnected when overnight was going to be below 32... left hose out and hose froze. I have seen long timers in Omaha with heated tape around their hose and didn't disconnect. They didn't have problems.

Some say leave a faucet running, but I didn't feel comfortable with that.

Had no problems with the basement as heater turned on delivered fine down to 24. Just hooked up next morning about 9 AM when the temp had come up. Easy to refill the water used from the fresh water supply overnight.
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Depends upon if you are living in the RV in freezing weather.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:52 PM   #4
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We may be all right for this next trip but I think a heated hose is likely a good thing to have in our basement. Our first trip last year was March to West Texas, got up our first morning to a frozen hose.

I would rather hook up a heated hose than load lots of water on board.

We don't plan to camp in the cold much but grandkids in SW Idaho means we will have to once in a while!
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:05 PM   #5
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Vance, we have traveled a lot in cold weather. We fill the fresh water tank, which is heated and leave the hose in the heated basement. When we need water, refill the tank with the warm hose from the basement. Unless parked in cold weather for a long perod of time, a heated hose normally isn't necessary. When it gets that cold we normally start heading home

We normally travel with at least a 1/2 tank of water. We have have had the misfortune of break downs that have left us for a few days at repair shops with electric only for hookups.
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I think we will be good thru Las Vegas, possibly an issue in Provo, likely an issue in Boise. For sure in Oregon.

We are VERY new at this but learning! Thanks to everyone for the help and advice!
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:42 AM   #7
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Glad to help Vance. Karen and I can normally go about 5-7 days with showers every morning with a 100 gallons of water. Filling the tank during the warmest part of the day gets us by for another week. Nice that our new Anthem will have a hose reel in a heated compartment. That will sure make cold weather much easier.

As for traveling with a load of water....good idea to fill your tank, run off the tank only for 2 days and see how much water you use. Our break downs have always been on a Friday and we are stuck in a Cummins parking lot with electric only until Monday morning. We now carry at least 2 days of water when we travel.
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We've used both strategies: run off the internal tank and fill it in the middle of the day, or set up a heated hose. The heated hose is certainly a lot more convenient.

On a related topic, last year we stayed at the Grand Canyon South rim in February. The spigot at our site was frozen solid. The office sent a maintenance guy over with, wait for it, an electric arc welder! He hooked one lead to the cast iron pipe at our spigot, the other end to the spigot in the adjacent campsite and fired the puppy up. Massive clouds of steam and no more frozen pipes! I'd never seen that done before but he assured me that so long as the plumbing is iron pipe it works just fine. I guess the moral of the story is that no heated hose or daytime refill strategy will help if the supply is already frozen.
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Yep the old welders trick has worked for us for years BUT now son has dome runs to the barns that are plastic--- oops, MIVH harder to thaw , welder no help!!
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I think it would be worth it. Takes a while to unthaw a stiff hose.
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Make your own...Pirot heated hoses are no good....
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