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Old 05-03-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
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Pocket Hose Shrink Water Hose

Anyone tried these shrinking water hose with their RV? Looks like they would work with less hassle. Consumer report gives the pocket hose name pretty good reviews. Thanks.
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Hooked my new one up to the hydrant. Turned it on with the lever closed, and it blew the lever on the end completely off. Waste of money.

DW interacted with someone who indicated they were going to try putting there own ends on the hose. Maybe that would work, but the current plastic connectors are the problem. JMHO
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I agree the plastic ends are cheap, but the hose does work as advertised. We have one that we keep on the deck and it will extend to cover the full length of the deck (50') and retracts to about 10'. It's certainly not a heavy duty hose, and I wouldn't use it for my fresh water in the RV, but it's handy to have around.
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Hooked my new one up to the hydrant. Turned it on with the lever closed, and it blew the lever on the end completely off. Waste of money.

DW interacted with someone who indicated they were going to try putting there own ends on the hose. Maybe that would work, but the current plastic connectors are the problem. JMHO
Sounds like you bought one- Question!

I read on another site ( link) that the hose comes with a "Not for drinking water" warning buried somewhere in the packaging- did yours?

There's nothing at the Pocket hose website that says one way or another, which really makes me wonder...
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I was told they are not for drinking water. I use mine to wash Rv and other things. But not as a hose for drinking water.
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Probably a CYA move, so someone can't sue later and claim it gave their kids three heads or something.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:50 PM   #7
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It's not "CYA"- not all plastics can be exposed to water (the "universal solvent") without leaching impurities into the water.

I'm not that squeamish, but for applications where eating/drinking's involved buying plastics that are cleared for food-use seems like a no-brainer to me!
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I've got two of the 50'ers. I will not use it for my supply line hose, but for washing the coach and other things it's great. It's light enought, even full of water, the wife can pull it around to water her flowers and shrubs (lots of them - have no idea why the water sprinkler system isn't enough) without pulling a muscle in her back. They're easy to store. I just throw them in the bucket that I keep in the coach to wash it with. Will it last forever. I doubt it. With light use like I use it for it should last a good long time. Will I replace it when it goes bad. We'll see.
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When the outside gets wet and the hose is lying on a dirt or gravel surface, the tiny folds hold dirt and grit in them when the hose "shrinks". Are they worth the money? Each must decide themselves.
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Hi Baraff

Not only does it break down from the water itself. The sunlight causes breakdown also.
The hoses made for drinking water are made of non- toxic food grade material that won't harm you. I replace my hose every year. Cheap insurance.
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I ordered two-have them in the house and have not used them as yet(to cold).The directions state two or three times not for use for potable water applications.The warning is not buried anywhere-state in bold type!Will be useful for black tank flush.
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I ordered two-have them in the house and have not used them as yet(to cold).The directions state two or three times not for use for potable water applications.The warning is not buried anywhere-state in bold type!Will be useful for black tank flush.
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I only used the words "buried" because that's what someone on another site said.

I think it strange that the same caveat isn't at the product website...or is that just my Starry Eyed Innocence showing?
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To be honest, I think these hoses would probably work better on a hydrant where you have a faucet. I was in a park where you lift the handle and when it rains it pours. Hose filled up quickly and then popped the plastic "switch". Tossed it before reading any internal material about drinking water.
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I agree the plastic ends are cheap, but the hose does work as advertised. We have one that we keep on the deck and it will extend to cover the full length of the deck (50') and retracts to about 10'. It's certainly not a heavy duty hose, and I wouldn't use it for my fresh water in the RV, but it's handy to have around.
The paperwork says not for drinking water use. I wonder why? I have been drinking out of green, brown and black hoses for 65 years. No problems that I know of. Besides my third arm helps out when putting stuff away.
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