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Old 04-18-2017, 07:49 AM   #15
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This is a good deal on a top-quality freshwater hose!

Zero–G Hose, 25' x 1/2" - Teknor Apex 4006-25 - Hoses, Reels & Fittings - Camping World

This is only a 1/2" hose but that's all we need since the PEX tubing in the RV is just 3/8".
I had a leak in a fitting at my vanity last year and no one would believe that I had a 3/8" line to the vanity. Everyone insisted I had to have 1/2".
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:10 AM   #16
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Just a note on the quick connects - Home Depot have some that were originally brass and last very well. The newer ones, same brand and appearance are aluminum and might last a season but corrode. Since the 'wet bay' on our 5er is pretty tight, the quick connects are a godsend to my hands and I'll look into the ones D.S. Don - they look much better.

Update: Those quick disconnects - cheapest from the distributor especially with a $10 off coupon over a $25 order as shown on their website. I have 2 sets winging their way to me with the Home Depot 'junk' - to be relegated to the S&B spigots
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Just so you know.....I quickly grabbed a link off the internet, just to show what I was talking about. "IC2" is right, there are cheap ones, plastic ones and brass ones. You can tell the good quality by the weight.

In the old days, when water connections were on the exterior of the coach, I recommended the quick connect, attached to a 90 degree brass elbow. This takes the pull of the hose off of the connection and routes the hose straight to the ground.
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Old 04-19-2017, 12:24 PM   #18
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Just so you know.....I quickly grabbed a link off the internet, just to show what I was talking about. "IC2" is right, there are cheap ones, plastic ones and brass ones. You can tell the good quality by the weight.

In the old days, when water connections were on the exterior of the coach, I recommended the quick connect, attached to a 90 degree brass elbow. This takes the pull of the hose off of the connection and routes the hose straight to the ground.
I took a look at others in that short time and these seem to be the most robust without going to the $20 and up commercial versions. If CRS doen't creep in, I'll report back on my feelings on these fittings. I've used the cheapies for several years along with a 45 or 90 degree elbow, depending on what we have at the time for an RV. Generally the hose washers get replaced once or more times a year and hoses whenever they feel 'wrong', i.e. dry and always with a good one and that's probably every 3-4 years.
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My hoses are 7 years old and don't leak. We change the washer in them every year. Maybe that helps.
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I'll also recommend the RVWATERFILTER store too. Great people to work with, and good quality water hoses made any size you want.

Our water arsenal consists of:

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>6-8" Grey with brass fittings (Used when hose bibs logistics won't allow the Water Regulator to fit.)
>12" Grey with brass fittings (Permanently attached to the coaches water inlet.)
>25' Grey with SS fittings (Main water line bib/regulator to IN of the water Softener.)
>8' Grey with brass fittings (From OUT of water softener to the 12" hose attached to the coaches intake inlet.)
>Water Regulator with SS kit

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>In addition we have the standard Camco inline filter, where it fits best at each location (Usually at the bib, connected to the OUT of the Regulator.) - but before the IN to the water softener.) (Won't go into the three filters we have inside of the coach.)

> We also have American Specialty Handi-Hose and Reel 25', for times that we need a longer run. (These pack away well (Heck, I may have two of those now(?).)

If needed, we can go 58' to a bib... but 70-80% of the time, the single Grey 25' RVWATERFILTER hose covers out needs well.

One thing also nice about these hoses, is they're a bit tougher and thicker then standard hoses. I've seen many times where a person with he traditional Home Depot or Camping World white hose with blue streak - has a frozen hose in the AM. Where as ares has not frozen. (I do tuck as much of the hose as possible under the coach, and or as near to the side of the coach as possible. Where as many times I see some who just let the water hose end up wherever it ends up.. With excess hose sometimes coiled by the hose bib. I do think that the coach heat, along with the thicker quality of the RVWATERFILTER hose material, has helped us prevent freezing at times.)

And don't get me wrong. If temps are expected to be mid 20's or lower, I bring the hose in after filling the water supply!

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I started carrying one of those black 25' Pocket hoses you see on TV that shrink back up and fit in a coffee can. I use it as a utility hose when I'm traveling. At the end of the day I attach it to the hot water in the wet bay to spray off the bugs on the windshield and MH front. Hot water works really great on squashed bugs.
Those hose's aren't known for their durability but for occasional use on the RV they seem to be OK. I don't believe there rated for potable purposes.
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Just a note on the quick connects - Home Depot have some that were originally brass and last very well. The newer ones, same brand and appearance are aluminum and might last a season but corrode. Since the 'wet bay' on our 5er is pretty tight, the quick connects are a godsend to my hands and I'll look into the ones D.S. Don - they look much better.

Update: Those quick disconnects - cheapest from the distributor especially with a $10 off coupon over a $25 order as shown on their website. I have 2 sets winging their way to me with the Home Depot 'junk' - to be relegated to the S&B spigots
I save the cheap plastic male screw-on's for the campground faucet, and have brass ones everywhere else. That way if run off and leave the quick disconnect fitting on the faucet, I haven't lost much!
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I save the cheap plastic male screw-on's for the campground faucet, and have brass ones everywhere else. That way if run off and leave the quick disconnect fitting on the faucet, I haven't lost much!
A good idea. I'll take a look at the actual old brass disconnects and see if there are any non-leakers. The brass plated and otherwise identical aluminum pieces are corroded junk that might work OK at the S&B.
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To make hookup quick and simple, I installed a brass quick connect on the motorhome. 2 seconds to hook up. On the faucet end, I installed a 55 psi water pressure regulator. I used blue thread locker and tightened with a wrench. That way I can't mistakenly undo the hose from the regulator and leave the regulator on the faucet. (Give me a break, I am 77 years old and the old memory ain't what it once was.)
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As other have said, the hose is not the issue, it's the connectors. I don't throw the hose away, I replace the ends with good quality brass connectors. That gives me years on the hose and should a connector eventually start to leak, which is unusual, it's a quick fix. I haven't found any quick connects that don't eventually leak after frequent use. If you seldom reconnect them, then sure they will not be a problem. Chuck
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Since the brass quick connect fittings found in Home Depot and Lowes state on the label that they are not intended for drinking water, I found Chrome/nickel plated fittings that are approved for drinking water. These quick-connect fittings are heavy duty and have lasted for at least 5 years of our full-time RVing. They are more expensive, but I feel they are worth the cost.

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Since the brass quick connect fittings found in Home Depot and Lowes state on the label that they are not intended for drinking water, I found Chrome/nickel plated fittings that are approved for drinking water. These quick-connect fittings are heavy duty and have lasted for at least 5 years of our full-time RVing. They are more expensive, but I feel they are worth the cost.

https://www.waterrightinc.com/produc...-chrome-plated

I don't see any mention of them being approved for drinking water.
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Since the brass quick connect fittings found in Home Depot and Lowes state on the label that they are not intended for drinking water, I found Chrome/nickel plated fittings that are approved for drinking water. These quick-connect fittings are heavy duty and have lasted for at least 5 years of our full-time RVing. They are more expensive, but I feel they are worth the cost.

https://www.waterrightinc.com/produc...-chrome-plated

I haven't seen any 'warning' label on the ones purchased in the past but who knows!!

It might be that they aren't 100% lead free and only some have that label. Amazing how California has forced these companies to label items as dangerous when most of us have lived in homes or RVs with tin/lead soldered copper water lines and/or common brass or copper based faucets for many years and now it has become a world crisis.

And chrome and nickel - they too are on the Hazardous Substance List as well. If you are still breathing, you are at risk of not according to many 'lists'
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