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Old 01-23-2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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"Camco's RV RhinoFLEX Sewer Hose Kit with 15' Hose and Swivel Fittings with an easily detachable 4-in-1 translucent elbow adapter. Compresses to 56 inches for storage and the removable 4-in-1 adapter allows you to store the hose in 4” square bumpers.”

Sounds likes a good system I would like to use. However, I verified that the sewer hose tube on my 17B to be is 47.5" long with a diameter of 5", so even with the elbow adapter removed it will not fit in this tube. What are other 17B owner's using and/ or can this Camco setup be modified somehow? I don't think there is room to replace it with the 5 ft Valterra tube. Tammy says they are mounting the sewer tube underneath the frame rather than to the rear of the trailer in an effort to reduce/eliminate rattling noises.
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Carol, that is the hose I went to after mine wore out this summer. I replaced tube mounted on the bumper with a black one under the rear of the trailer. It works great.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:19 PM   #3
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Jim,
My problem is that even compressed to 56", the hose would not fit in the 47.5" tube.
What was the length of your replacement tube (possibly you were able to use a longer one on a 19)?
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:32 PM   #4
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I just replaced my stock hose and storage tube. Chose the Rhinoflex with the swivel fitting, and bought the Valterra storage tube to replace the PVC tube that came on the trailer. I bolted the Valterra tube in the same method Escape used, then added 6" stainless hose clamps to totally assure it wouldn't come off.

I did need to slightly shave down the tabs on the Rhinoflex ends to fit inside, but it was very minimal.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:44 PM   #5
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I used the Valterra 64" tube, and it has plenty of room. I tried a 46" tube, and found it to be about 6" too short (If I remember correctly).

BTW, I used a black tube, and like that it blends in more, and is not so obvious. It is referenced on this parts page. LINK
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I have the same hose and just cut off enough to fit in the housing. The hose ends are removable.

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Old 01-23-2013, 01:59 PM   #7
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You might get Tammy and Rease to just install the Valterra tube for you instead of their stock PVC tube, then you could choose the hose you want later. Shouldn't be a big deal. If I remember correctly the whole set-up for me was about $75, and that was at Camping World! I, too, got the 64" tube. Took about an hour to change it out...most of the time was in measuring.

I suspect Escape may end up going in this direction eventually as it is. Lots of people seem to be changing this out.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:27 PM   #8
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I keep my RhinoFlex in my front storage box in a wallpaper tray, fits perfect. I carry a spare in the factory tube.
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By wallpaper tray, do you mean the trough you put the wallpaper in to moisten it before applying? I didn't know they came that long. And it's been eons since I've messed around with wallpaper! I presume your rinse it out VERY well before putting it in your storage box.
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Yes, the wallpaper tray is plastic about 36" long, my Rhinoflex may not be as long as yours, about 6' extended and 3' contracted?, I carry a longer one in the outside tube without the ends. Together I may have 16' total between the 2 kits.
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I have the 15' hose that I carry in the rear, and a 5' extender that I believe is less than 36" contracted. May have to look into your solution if I decide to carry the extender. I only bought it to reach my home clean-out drain. It's just a touch over 15' from where I park the trailer.
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I find the shorter sewer hose is more manageable over a longer one, thus I carry longer water hoses.
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I carry my extra sewer hose, water line, extension cord, and a couple other rarely used items in a plastic bin pushed deep into the depths of the under bed storage. I don't use this stuff very often, but it is fairly easy to move a couple things, then hook it with the awning rod to pull it out for access.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:20 PM   #14
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I really like that drain hose setup so I put a 6" Tube on the back of my 19' behind the spare tire.. the hose and big elbow fit easily in there...only required one screw to hold it all in place..



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I need to add that I was looking for 5" PVC pipe and couldn't find any so went with 6" and it worked out fine.

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On my 17B I added another length 4" PVC under the trailer in addition to the shorter piece that came from escape. The pipe was the full width of the trailer. And like many others I had to file the connecter nubs of the sewer hose to fit in the pipe. I also chose drain pipe with all the holes in it, I thought the air flow would aid in drying and reduce the "stank".

Having the two holders gave me the capability to always connect to sewer if available. Most sites are designed to fit large units, having a small trailer and short hose may leave you closer to the road that you want.

My piece of advice if adding a storage pipe to your trailer is to put screw caps at both ends if they will be accessible, could save a whole bunch of messing around on these multi connected sewer hoses if someone doesn't connect them before storing.
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Steve, I am wondering if the tube is better to have back there and where and how the one screw is put.

We left the cap at a campground once. We returned a couple of weeks later and it was still sitting there in the same place. That was pretty funny to see.
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Steve, I am wondering if the tube is better to have back there and where and how the one screw is put.

We left the cap at a campground once. We returned a couple of weeks later and it was still sitting there in the same place. That was pretty funny to see.
Cathy, the 6" tube is a snug fit behind the trailer captured by the spare tire bracket on my 19'. I determined that if I pushed the tube down on the metal frame supports under each end of the tube that I could drill and tap a capturing screw through the spare tire support bracket and then the tube couldn't go anywhere afterward. The screw is 10-32 stainless steel with the length cut so it barely protrudes into the PVC tube...BTW, If I saw a dump tube cap left in a campsite I would leave it also!...




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