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Old 12-23-2005, 01:16 PM   #1
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I have been wondering about those RVers who set up their camp site like this:

Pull out the water hose, throw it on the ground, hook up both ends and turn the water on. The hose uncoils in an indescribable manner and is just left that way. I have looked at many of my neighbors' sites in campgrounds and never find any indication of neatness in any of the hookups.

I always coil my water hose as compactly as possible and try to make it look as neat as I can. I do the same for my electric cord and TV cable. Of course, I learned this from boating where decks are kept as clear as possible.

I am wondering why RVers don't keep their hookup area as neat as many of them keep the rest of their site.

As you can readily discern, I have my Christmas shopping done and have nothing else to do but ask stupid questions like this.
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Old 12-23-2005, 01:16 PM   #2
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I have been wondering about those RVers who set up their camp site like this:

Pull out the water hose, throw it on the ground, hook up both ends and turn the water on. The hose uncoils in an indescribable manner and is just left that way. I have looked at many of my neighbors' sites in campgrounds and never find any indication of neatness in any of the hookups.

I always coil my water hose as compactly as possible and try to make it look as neat as I can. I do the same for my electric cord and TV cable. Of course, I learned this from boating where decks are kept as clear as possible.

I am wondering why RVers don't keep their hookup area as neat as many of them keep the rest of their site.

As you can readily discern, I have my Christmas shopping done and have nothing else to do but ask stupid questions like this.
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Old 12-23-2005, 03:13 PM   #3
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Bunjee cords!
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Old 12-23-2005, 03:56 PM   #4
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I try to keep the whole site neat, but must admit I don't always do a real neat job with utility connections, hoses etc. I used to but as no one else seemed to, I got to where I didn't either although I don't let it get too messy.

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Old 12-23-2005, 06:04 PM   #5
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I freely admit that I'm probably one of those guys that you would hate to be next to. While I don't set out to deliberately make a mess of my hookups, even I have had to shake my head ocassionally at how bad it looks. There is no issue with the electric cord as I rarely get more of that out of the bay than I need. How messy the water hose ends up is really a factor of how much I have to do to reach the hookup with the free end of the hose (the other end is always attached to the filter in the bay). It is my satellite cable that seems to have a mind of its own. If I have to go out a ways, it ends up looking OK. If the dish is next to the motor home, the cable will often look like a roll of barbed wire along a military base.

I don't know about others, but I'm often tired of driving by the time we stop and neat coils of hose and wire are the last thing on my mind. BTW, I've been a sailboater since 1985 and was never into the coiled dock lines either. I guess I'm just a natural slob. The good news is that we rarely stay in one place for more than a couple of days so my mess and I just move on.
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Old 12-23-2005, 07:44 PM   #6
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If it works or functions as intended without being in my way, that's all I ask. Not interested in competing for a good housekeeping award. It's my camp site and why does it's condition bother you? I'm not being hostile, just illustrating the point.
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Old 12-23-2005, 08:22 PM   #7
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I think most feel that way to an extent, it is the side of the RV the owner doesn't have to look at..

I guess it is just one of those things, we are there for a short stay, why break out the bungies or black tape and make it real neat when it is all going to get rolled up and stashed back under the RV in a few days.

I have seen much worse on the entry side when the owner gets to be a semi permanant resident of the park, all sorts of JUNK sitting around the site and stuffed under the RV, that is an eye sore to me, much more so than a few twisted hoses and wires could ever be.

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Old 12-23-2005, 11:53 PM   #8
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While we do try to keep our site in an orderly fashion ...having three different lengths of water and sewage hose eliminates too much extra in-between and pulling out the required length of power cable. Our site neatness is not just limited to the utility side but extends to the front, back and patio side too. All of this comes as a personal choice.

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Old 12-24-2005, 04:19 AM   #9
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With all the rules, and now I have to make sure my attachments meet up to others standards. Geesh, CCRs and HOAs in a rv park. Never figured on that. But, I'll go check mine right now and make sure they are not an " eyesore" as I sure want to be a good neighbor. Uh, is there a certain amount of coils one is allowed? Is there a color other than white that is expected in the hose? Is gray ok for the "you know what" hose?
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Old 12-24-2005, 06:40 AM   #10
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James is quite welcome to stop by our site and 'neat it up' any time he wants to. While he is at it, he might consider washing and waxing the MH and the toad. The aluminum wheels are a pain to keep shiny. Don't want to disturb the karma of the CG
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Old 12-24-2005, 06:55 AM   #11
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I have to admit I am not the greatest on neatness, but I try as much as I can for self preservation as much as anything else. The fact is that I'm a klutz and can trip on a grain of sand. So to keep from killing myself I use a lot of velcro strips to keep things wrapped up as much as possible. I also try to route my waterhose along side of the sewer hose when possible. I too don't have to work today so am killing time while waiting for the cookies to kool from the oven. Merry Christmas to everyone
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Old 12-24-2005, 07:04 AM   #12
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My long-suffering husband calls me "the Martha Stewart" of camping. I like a NEAT, tastefully arranged rig and site and he's more of the as-long-as-it's-safe-and-not-strewn-with-garbage, it's OK with him.

It's an ongoing debate. Sigh.

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Old 12-25-2005, 06:00 AM   #13
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I've only boondocked so far, and that was the original intent of the rig. But if I go to a CG, I'm sure I'll keep a bit of neatness in mind now. And being new, I'll take all the hints I can get.

I know it's off-topic, but I just wanted to ask Tinkercb "Cookies? What kind of cookies?" Curse or blessing, cookies are my weakness!!

Merry Christmas to all!
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I really try to make the "utility" side of the RV look neat and proper. As another poster said, it's from boating for years. You got judged by the neatness of your lines, hoses and power cords (not to mention it was much safer).
So....by my rig, you will see coiled hoses and set out to length cords and cables. Do I care what the back of my neighbor's RV looks like? Not a bit. Just MY personal preference and habit.
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