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Old 01-24-2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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Washer Hoses

Has anyone here, no matter the brand, had any problems with the Washer/Dryer hoses breaking or having a leak. At the stick house we have changed to the braided type hose. I understand that the stick house washer get a lot more use and abuse than the coach, but the coach is more subject to temperature changes and no use that might tend to cause them to crack and/or break over time. I look at the hoses on my coach and they appear to be awful long and not very easy to get at or trace. Just wondering.
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:58 PM   #2
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using the braided hoses in your rv imo is just plain good insurance for a hose that is really not that easy to see....

imo all the hoses in a rv should be braided and ready for all kinds of abuse, from bouncing and vibrations plus the event we forget a line when winterizing


when we first brought our m/h home the factory told us all water lines were tested to 85 psi
and no pressure regulator would be needed
guess what.....in the middle of the night POP went a line under the sink

i hadnt had time to put in the whole rig regulator....flooded the basement
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:06 PM   #3
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using the braided hoses in your rv imo is just plain good insurance for a hose that is really not that easy to see.........
Ditto. And for just a few bucks more. I had an original non-braided kink eventually cutting off supply to the washer over time. Replaced with braided and now much more confident that failure is even more remote and much harder to kink.

You may need to look on-line for the proper ends/lengths. Big box stores have limited options. 90degree ends and shorter lengths can be found.
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I've seen a lot of China braided hoses at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. I wouldn't bother upgrading unless I could find a good quality USA made hose. JMO.
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I've seen a lot of China braided hoses at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. I wouldn't bother upgrading unless I could find a good quality USA made hose. JMO.
Bluepill brings up a valid point. Just because a hose is braided doesn't guarrantee it is better quality. The braid doesn't prevent bursting. It's purpose is to protect the hose from abrasion and, to a small degree, inhibit kinking. An inferior hose with a braided stainless steel cover will still be a weak hose.

One problem with a braided hose is the braid will hide any checking and cracking that will lead to failure.

In the past, better quality hoses were usually braided but a braided hose was never a guarantee it was a better quality hose. While China does put out some quality products, there has been a flood of cheap knockoffs and poor quality products coming out of China. I'm old enough to remember when Japan put out only cheap crap. Things have certainly changed.
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you can also install a little device that acts like a hydraulic fuse. normal flow rates of water go through fine, but a large rate of flow, like a burst hose, will be shut off instantly. i use them on my washer at home.
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We have the standard hoses and have not had a problem yet. The only dilema we have had is when de-winterizing I forgot to hook them up before running some water in the coach. OH I ran some water alright. Couldn't get back to the spicket quick enough. Mop and watervac had a good workout though.
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Bluepill brings up a valid point. Just because a hose is braided doesn't guarrantee it is better quality. The braid doesn't prevent bursting. It's purpose is to protect the hose from abrasion and, to a small degree, inhibit kinking. An inferior hose with a braided stainless steel cover will still be a weak hose.

One problem with a braided hose is the braid will hide any checking and cracking that will lead to failure.

In the past, better quality hoses were usually braided but a braided hose was never a guarantee it was a better quality hose. While China does put out some quality products, there has been a flood of cheap knockoffs and poor quality products coming out of China. I'm old enough to remember when Japan put out only cheap crap. Things have certainly changed.
So true. We just replaced a braded hose that ran out of our water heater in the stick built. It developed a pin hole leak and ran for the better part of a day. Lots of water onthe floor in the wash room and kitchen. Thank goodness for the wet vac.
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when i had my stick built i had the braided hoses, but also the manual water valve that can be turned off at the washer. when done washing, turn the valve off and turn on again when doing laundry again.
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Here's a tip: When installing a new hose, wrap a length of household tape around the hose near the top where it can be seen. Make the tape long enough so that the two sticky tag ends contact each other. When marked with a pencil or marker, this becomes an "installation date" reminder...of how old your hoses are. It's easy to forget how long your hoses have been installed. I replace mine in the stick house every 5 years. The cost of a failure is high, especially if you aren't home to catch the flood before it does a lot of damage.
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Here's a tip: When installing a new hose, wrap a length of household tape around the hose near the top where it can be seen. Make the tape long enough so that the two sticky tag ends contact each other. When marked with a pencil or marker, this becomes an "installation date" reminder...of how old your hoses are. It's easy to forget how long your hoses have been installed. I replace mine in the stick house every 5 years. The cost of a failure is high, especially if you aren't home to catch the flood before it does a lot of damage.
Brilliant just brilliant.
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We just had to replace the S&B washer and upgraded to the braided lines, I think it's worth the piece of mind. In the RV, we installed a gauged pressure reducer set @ 45 psi. We always try to remember to turn off the CG water source while away and we also turn it off at night. If someone needs water in the middle of the night...on comes the on board pump.

I may be a little paranoid, but I just don't want to carry around our wet-vac and I sleep better at night. Bob
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