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Old 07-17-2021, 08:36 PM   #1
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Drain Hose

What is the best drain hose for the holding tanks? Some I have had seem to get pin hole leaks after few usages, usually at the wire. Want one that ios "rugged". Any suggestions appreciated.

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What is the best drain hose for the holding tanks? Some I have had seem to get pin hole leaks after few usages, usually at the wire. Want one that ios "rugged". Any suggestions appreciated.

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First, depending on how you use it, and how often you connect and disconnect plan on replacing every 1-2 years. Properly cared for, they can last a lot longer, but stepping on them is the #1 cause of failure.

Camco Rhino has been my choice for years. My last one lasted 5 years, and even had a flat spot where it got stepped on

But I donít use it much, on my summer spot I plumb with hard pvc, in the winter I spend 6 months in Mexico and itís hooked all the time.

Traveling back and forth I probably only roll it out 2-3 times each direction. I take my time to collapse it correctly and use a sidewinder support so the hose drains.

Keep it clean, make sure there is no standing water and keep out of sunlight if possible.

If you use it for weekend camping and are rolling it out and putting it back you can plan on replacing it more often.
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Thetford Titan is a soft crushproof hose no metal spiral. Good choice for dump ,stow and go. Seems slightly undersized so ends are/seem more permanent.
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I have been using two 10' sections of this hose for 20 years! It is very rugged and totally smooth inside so you don't have to worry about poop hanging on the ridges! You just buy the hose and separate fittings.

Yes, storage is more of a problem than with regular accordion-type hoses, but the other advantages outweigh this one disadvantage! I roll up each section into about a 24" roll, secure it with a bungee cord, and store it in a plastic garbage bag. Works for me!

https://www.amazon.com/Smooth-Bor-C2.../dp/B007HRJ2IK
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Like amosnandy, I use the Camco Rhino.
Mine is going on year 6.


If stored in a bumper, I can see the lifespan being shortened from the rubbing from stowage and constant vibration from travel.


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Use a little silicone glue on dry holes.
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Like amosnandy, I use the Camco Rhino.
Mine is going on year 6.


If stored in a bumper, I can see the lifespan being shortened from the rubbing from stowage and constant vibration from travel.


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Anywhere you store it, it is going to see rubbing and vibration. I would think a hose curled up in a circle would see more issues and more force exerted on contacted points than a hose resting in the bumper.

Sounds like a great opportunity to bring back mythbusters to test.
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If coiled in concentric circles, you have the same amount of bottom contact as in a bumper storage. However, if coiled so progressively each coil is on top of the previous coil then you have less bottom connect but more weight for a given surface area. If stored up right you have the same situation.
Just thoughts to ponder.
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If coiled in concentric circles, you have the same amount of bottom contact as in a bumper storage. However, if coiled so progressively each coil is on top of the previous coil then you have less bottom connect but more weight for a given surface area. If stored up right you have the same situation.
Just thoughts to ponder.
If the coiled hose is pressing against the container, it may create high stress points on contact points.
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I believe (enlighten me if I am wrong), that there would probably be more damage done to a hose stored inside a rusty bumper, than in a plastic container, or coiled on top of itself.

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Yes, a rusty bumper inside would probably cause more damage than a non-rusty bumper. Rust would create a rough surface, so boucing down the road would be like sandpaper against the hose.
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For each of our last 3 rigs I have made a simple hose carrier out of PVC pipe and attached it to the underside of the rig. I use screw-on end caps with holes drilled for a bit of ventilation. Works better than bumpers, which are usually rusty inside and sometimes have rough slag that can tear hoses (I know this from experience). Search this forum - you'll get lots of ideas...
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