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Vickie 4369 06-23-2021 08:48 PM

Bug Remover Hot water hose reel project complete.
 
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Last fall I took a trip and the bugs were pretty bad, so I was hooking up a hose to my hot water spigot under the front hood and washing the front of the coach, Hot water works wonders on bugs.

This gave me an Idea, I wanted to be able to reach under the front of the coach pull out the hot water hose then have it wind back up.

I searched long and hard paying close attention to size and weight and ended up with this one. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I added a couple fittings so it would both thread on to my spigot and accept a brass hose nozzle.

Settled on this one I like the idea it is rubber covered to eliminate possible damage https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Could not be happier with the results, it is mounted with 8 tech screw 6 on the main mounting flange to frame and 2 on on the roller arm that I added L brackets to.

Cmftblynumb 06-23-2021 10:26 PM

Hot water hose reel
 
:goodjob:Very nice work, I believe I am going to give this project a try. Thanks for the pictures and for the links.

Dutch Star Don 06-23-2021 10:36 PM

very nice.....lots of dead area on that side.

Winger2 06-24-2021 08:58 AM

I have been contemplating doing this when I return from my trip in August. Thanks for the info

Vickie 4369 06-24-2021 09:09 AM

Additonal info and parts
 
A few fittings I used along the way.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Mounting screws. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And 3 inches of 1 inch x 1/8 in flat stock cut in half and bent 90 degrees for support brackets shown.

Hope this helps complete the job for you.

Ted.

Fiesta48 06-24-2021 11:44 AM

I thought of that years ago. A lot of work to install. Bucket of hot water, sponge and finger nails works for me.

Vickie 4369 06-24-2021 12:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Fiesta48 (Post 5804336)
I thought of that years ago. A lot of work to install. Bucket of hot water, sponge and finger nails works for me.

I appreciate your comments thank you.

Actually Quite the opposite, took me about 2 hours total.

Most of that time I spent figuring out how I was going to predrill the holes and running in and out of my garage for tools.

So I made a cardboard pattern, from the holes I drilled in the mounting flange, then transferred it to the frame and Wala!

From that point it was a 10 minute install.

I can't see myself getting out a hose and bucket, a ladder and mix up a bucket of soapy water sponge etc at a fuel stop.

The Idea is a little work now, employs a lot of convenience for life.

While fueling I can reach under the front facia, pull out the hose rinse the bugs off and it rolls it self back up.

I also have a pole window squeegee mounted under the hood for convenience.

Ted.

FLSteve 06-24-2021 12:49 PM

Vickie 4369 ... I had done something similar, but you have taken it to the next level. Might look at upgrading mine as well now that I see yours.

Good job.

FLSteve

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f103/201...ml#post5155465

Vickie 4369 06-24-2021 01:05 PM

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Originally Posted by FLSteve (Post 5804431)
Vickie 4369 ... I had done something similar, but you have taken it to the next level. Might look at upgrading mine as well now that I see yours.

Good job.

FLSteve

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f103/201...ml#post5155465

:thumb:

USMCRET 06-24-2021 02:23 PM

Ted, I really like this. Your brackets for your window squeegee appear to be attached with command strips. Can your cite your source for the brackets?

Vickie 4369 06-24-2021 03:15 PM

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Originally Posted by USMCRET (Post 5804532)
Ted, I really like this. Your brackets for your window squeegee appear to be attached with command strips. Can your cite your source for the brackets?

That is correct but I also ran a screw in the center of each one as an added security.

https://www.amazon.com/Command-Broom...s%2C163&sr=8-5

Sqeegee https://www.amazon.com/Carrand-9500-...565939&sr=8-21

USMCRET 06-24-2021 03:24 PM

Thank you, sir.

Vickie 4369 06-24-2021 03:26 PM

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Originally Posted by USMCRET (Post 5804609)
Thank you, sir.

Thank you for your service Sir.

Ted.

VanDiemen23 06-24-2021 03:33 PM

white scotchbrite really works to take off bugs and does not scratch.

Vickie 4369 06-24-2021 03:39 PM

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Originally Posted by VanDiemen23 (Post 5804620)
white scotchbrite really works to take off bugs and does not scratch.

Everything Scratches it is just to what degree.

Even a microfiber towel will scratch if you press too hard.

These are highly rated by detailers for those stuborn bug stains, I have them but have not needed them yet.

https://www.amazon.com/McKees-37-Roa...5-2aa47aa18b69

Trust me Hot water is the best I have found with the least amount of work and damage.

Ted.

Vickie 4369 06-24-2021 03:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VanDiemen23 (Post 5804620)
white scotchbrite really works to take off bugs and does not scratch.

Everything Scratches it is just to what degree.

Even a microfiber towel will scratch if you press too hard.

These are highly rated by detailers for those stuborn bug stains, I have them but have not needed them yet.

https://www.amazon.com/McKees-37-Roa...5-2aa47aa18b69

Trust me Hot water is the best I have found with the least amount of work and damage.;)

Ted.

TriMoot 06-25-2021 01:52 PM

Wow..that's pretty cool! I wonder if my 2005 Essex has a hot water faucet up front? (Haven't actually seen it yet..flying there tomorrow!! WOOHOO!)

Yeah, If it does I REALLY like that idea! Thanks for sharing!

Vickie 4369 06-25-2021 02:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FLSteve (Post 5804431)
Vickie 4369 ... I had done something similar, but you have taken it to the next level. Might look at upgrading mine as well now that I see yours.

Good job.

FLSteve

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f103/201...ml#post5155465

Honestly you were one of my inspirations for this Idea that has been building over the last year.:bow:

I liked your Idea and had some of the pieces you used sitting in my Amazon wish list for quite a while last season.

I just felt like I could take it to the next level and further simplify the use and storage of the hose.

I am all about the Nascar style pit stops LOL!

Ted.

palehorse89 06-25-2021 07:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Fiesta48 (Post 5804336)
I thought of that years ago. A lot of work to install. Bucket of hot water, sponge and finger nails works for me.

Have this Mod the OP started, but after reading you're post.....think I'll go back to sponge,water and finger nails.......very inspiring :thumb:

Edd505 06-25-2021 08:09 PM

Water control with outdoor shower.
https://i.imgur.com/grPLN2Sl.jpg
Coiled hose available every where:
https://i.imgur.com/o1890wBl.jpg


Add hose nozzle of your choice and you have water at what ever temp you like.

Vickie 4369 06-25-2021 08:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Edd505 (Post 5806591)

Add hose nozzle of your choice and you have water at what ever temp you like.

Thanks but no thanks, my shower is 3/4 toward the back of the coach, on the road side.

Lets say I drive through Florida in Love bug season, and I have to pull over to wash my windshield, I would have to open the compartment, risking my life on the side of the road, and possible get the door torn off, drag the hose upfront, wash the windshield, then disconnect drain and store the 30 ft. hose.

My set up reach under the front pull out the hose rinse, and rewind Safe and sound.:dance:

Ted.

Vickie 4369 06-25-2021 08:52 PM

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Originally Posted by palehorse89 (Post 5806566)
Have this Mod the OP started, but after reading you're post.....think I'll go back to sponge,water and finger nails.......very inspiring :thumb:

:laugh:

ShelbyTom1 06-29-2021 04:42 PM

That is definitely next level.
I will be upgrading my quick disconnect fittings up front .
Thanks for sharing.

LarryinID 06-29-2021 04:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Fiesta48 (Post 5804336)
I thought of that years ago. A lot of work to install. Bucket of hot water, sponge and finger nails works for me.

Ryobi pressure washer pumps from 5 gallon bucket which you can fill with hot or soapy water as you wish. I will give the hot water a try.

Very convenient as no install and you can fill bucket from anywhere.

AKKLS 06-29-2021 05:38 PM

bug removal
 
A "Dobie" non scratch dish washing sponge takes bugs off and doesn't scratch nor mar the 3M coating.

GoingRD 07-02-2021 07:41 AM

Nice work! Thanks you for sharing.

RVStitchy 07-02-2021 08:23 AM

Great idea. Based on your post I added the hot water in gen compartment to my options list for my upcoming Dutch Star order. Thanks for all the detail. Will start buying all the parts in 6 months.

Winger2 07-02-2021 08:28 AM

A detailer friend told me to pre treat the bugs with simple green. Than come back and wash normally. He said its fine for paint and clear bra. dunno

Vickie 4369 07-03-2021 09:31 AM

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Originally Posted by GoingRD (Post 5815270)
Nice work! Thanks you for sharing.

Your welcome, glad you like it.

Quote:

Originally Posted by RVStitchy (Post 5815334)
Great idea. Based on your post I added the hot water in gen compartment to my options list for my upcoming Dutch Star order. Thanks for all the detail. Will start buying all the parts in 6 months.

I think it is standard on the Dutch Star but not sure.

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Originally Posted by Winger2 (Post 5815340)
A detailer friend told me to pre treat the bugs with simple green. Than come back and wash normally. He said its fine for paint and clear bra. dunno

Agreed this works well but don't let it dry before rinsing.

Ted.

USMCRET 07-03-2021 10:15 AM

Well, Iím bummed. It turns out thereís no room in mine to duplicate this mod. Back to the drawing board.

Oldboots1950 07-06-2021 03:57 PM

Do you open the hood to turn the water on or do you leave it on?

Vickie 4369 07-06-2021 04:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Oldboots1950 (Post 5820826)
Do you open the hood to turn the water on or do you leave it on?

I leave it on.

Rolling back from up north today and hit some bugs stopped for lunch and rinsed them off works like a charm.

Ted.

RVStitchy 07-06-2021 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Vickie 4369 (Post 5816524)
Your welcome, glad you like it.



I think it is standard on the Dutch Star but not sure.



Agreed this works well but don't let it dry before rinsing.

Ted.

Its is still on the 2022 option list for $281.

Vickie 4369 07-06-2021 04:56 PM

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Originally Posted by RVStitchy (Post 5820877)
Its is still on the 2022 option list for $281.

Cool.:thumb:

elees 07-06-2021 06:31 PM

That's pretty neat. I'm not clear on how and where you tapped into the hot water source. Can you provide that detail?

Thanks!

John in YVR 07-06-2021 09:14 PM

I like the idea of making something that fixes a problem.

Did you see this note on your link to the hose reel?

"Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock."

Vickie 4369 07-07-2021 07:21 AM

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Originally Posted by John in YVR (Post 5821206)
I like the idea of making something that fixes a problem.

Did you see this note on your link to the hose reel?

"Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock."

No sir it was available at the time of the posting.

Ted.

Vickie 4369 07-07-2021 07:24 AM

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Originally Posted by elees (Post 5821004)
That's pretty neat. I'm not clear on how and where you tapped into the hot water source. Can you provide that detail?

Thanks!

The hot water spigot evidently is an option that my dealer ordered when specking out my coach for the lot.

Mine is a Dealer spec unit and I am grateful for the options they chose without my input, I wouldn't have it any other way, it hits all the buttons I was looking for.

But anyone can run a line up front tied in to the hot water line.

There is a shut off in the compartment for that line for winter use.

dontaylor 07-07-2021 09:49 PM

Nice idea and nice job on the install. Going to take a look inside on ours and see if doable as well.

bandit2014 07-10-2021 08:42 AM

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Originally Posted by TriMoot (Post 5806119)
Wow..that's pretty cool! I wonder if my 2005 Essex has a hot water faucet up front? (Haven't actually seen it yet..flying there tomorrow!! WOOHOO!)

Yeah, If it does I REALLY like that idea! Thanks for sharing!

Hi TriMoot

Well, did your 05 Essex have the hot water spout?
We had a 04 Essex and I do not remember seeing one. We will be getting another Essex around a 2010 year model in a few months and hope it will have one. Would like to put this on it for De-Bugging.

bandit2014 07-10-2021 08:56 AM

Thanks Vickie 4369 for sharing this AWESOME idea! :thumb:

We had an 04 Essex and I cannot recall ever seeing a hot water tap up front.

We will be looking for our next coach in a few months (most likely another Essex) to go full time, and will for certain be on the look out for the spigot. Would like to add this to our next one.

Always do the Debugging thing at fill ups or as soon as we hit our EOD drive.

TriMoot 07-11-2021 03:33 PM

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Originally Posted by bandit2014 (Post 5825809)
Hi TriMoot



Well, did your 05 Essex have the hot water spout?

We had a 04 Essex and I do not remember seeing one. We will be getting another Essex around a 2010 year model in a few months and hope it will have one. Would like to put this on it for De-Bugging.



Ha! Did I look? R u kidding?! All Iíve been looking at for the last 2500 miles is the road and my gauges! LoL!

But yesterday we just pulled into our summer spot and once we get the inside cleaned up and moved into, Iíll take a peek up front.

Home sweet home (at least until the fall and then itís off to Florida)

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bandit2014 07-12-2021 04:08 AM

Congratulations on the new coach! looks Good!!
You folks are going to really enjoy it I'm sure.
Hope it has the hot water tap there too.
Safe Travels

426smartin 07-12-2021 04:30 AM

Thats a good looking Essex !!!!

TriMoot 07-13-2021 12:59 AM

Thanks folks, yes, itís a big step up from our humble 32í Rexair but WOW! is there a lot of stuff Iíve gotta learn!

Today I learned itís a BIG job even washing this thing! I got about half way done and decided to do the other half tomorrow! LoL!

Any ole Joe 08-14-2021 03:08 PM

Awesome idea! Has anyone modified an 07 Essex (without hot water already ran to the generator compartment)for this project?


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