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Old 03-14-2015, 07:33 PM   #1
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RV drinking water hose

As I contemplate and procrastinate flushing my water systems I wondered if I really have to get out my RV drinking water hose for this purpose. It would be so much easier to just use my garden hose, which is already hooked up.
Did a Google and only thing I could find was that one drinking water hose was guaranteed "lead free". Which doesn't mean that there is lead in my garden hose.
Anyone have learned information as to why we carry special hoses for drinking water? It's not like the water sits in the hose for any length of time.
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Yard hoses may be so old and have sat around in the yard and been connected to many things, not likely to be as clean, at least not ours.
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I have always just let the garden hose run for 5 minutes or so (watering the garden) then fill the water tank. We use the water for everything including drinking... so far so good.

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My wife would say the garden hose water tastes like plastic. So, to keep the peace I'd pull out the RV fresh water hose with filter. If it was just I, I'd not have a problem with the garden hose. Your mileage may vary.
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Usually can taste plastic if I take shortcuts like that Glenn.
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Good. Got what I wanted to hear. I can't taste anything having smoked for 45 years ( quit five years ago ).
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Regular garden hoses are made with materials that are hazardous to your health. Not to mention the "yuck" that can grow in them while they are coiled up or on the ground.

I won't even fill up the dog's water bowl with the garden hose.

Taking the extra time to get out the correct hose will "save" you in the long term. Having to flush out your tank again and or getting the running "trots" would not be fun!
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Good. Got what I wanted to hear. I can't taste anything having smoked for 45 years ( quit five years ago ).

Make sure the hose runs for awhile, I sure wouldn't want water that has been sitting in the hose for days or weeks in my tank.

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ps: my taste buds haven't worked properly since I discovered I love horseradish.
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I would just as soon not take chances so I use the trailer hose and filter, drain and screw the ends together when done. Just had the water test done on the well, county had a grant so no cost to us, and was happy with 0 coliform and less than 1 on nitrates/nitrites which can be a problem in farm country. In the house, replaced filters on the reverse osmosis system last week and put in a new softener. I've drank bad water and the results aren't good.
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Regular garden hoses are made with materials that are hazardous to your health. Not to mention the "yuck" that can grow in them while they are coiled up or on the ground.

I won't even fill up the dog's water bowl with the garden hose.

Taking the extra time to get out the correct hose will "save" you in the long term. Having to flush out your tank again and or getting the running "trots" would not be fun!
Saw a nice setup on the internet which includes hose, stub hose, regulator and filter. Kind of at the top of the to buy list. Having to hang close by the biffy on vacation is no fun. Speaking from experience. Loren
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