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Old 08-23-2017, 12:46 PM   #1
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RV Water Hose - 1/2 or 5/8

I have searched the posts and have not found any discussion about RV water hoses. Years ago when we had a truck camper with minimal amenities (gray water, no black water) we just used a 1/2 inch cheap hose to fill the small tank since we were never connected to a campground system. Now that we are moving up to an Escape with many more comforts and features I am wondering whether to go with a 1/2 or 5/8 hose for our Escape. I would also like to get input and words of wisdom about recommended or not recommended brands of water hose. I have a pressure regulator and hose connect water filter. Thanks in advance for all input.
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Old 08-23-2017, 01:14 PM   #2
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Here is the one I have been using for several years-
https://smile.amazon.com/Camco-22853...=rv+water+hose
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Old 08-23-2017, 01:15 PM   #3
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I like the blue hose from Camco with the wound wire on the end for tension relief. I think it's a half inch hose. Since the interior water lines are skinny PEX, and you use a pressure regulator (we do) I should think the hose diameter won't really matter.

Just make sure whatever hose you use is for potable water - not a garden hose.
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It's my opinion that the tendency of a hose to kink is frustrating and so is the problem of a hose being too stiff to roil up easily for storage. I still have not found the perfect hose but then again haven't looked very hard either. I don't think the 1/2 or 5/8 diameter matters much. Also make sure you have a water bandit for accessing water sources without threads or with larger than usual garden hose threads. Used ours 3 times in 14 nights out this past trip.
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Old 08-23-2017, 01:31 PM   #5
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Here is the one I have been using for several years-
https://smile.amazon.com/Camco-22853...=rv+water+hose
That is the one on the top of my list. I have learned, sometimes the hard way, get the right tool for the job and paying more for quality is often less expensive in the long run. Thanks.
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It's my opinion that the tendency of a hose to kink is frustrating and so is the problem of a hose being too stiff to roil up easily for storage. I still have not found the perfect hose but then again haven't looked very hard either. I don't think the 1/2 or 5/8 diameter matters much. Also make sure you have a water bandit for accessing water sources without threads or with larger than usual garden hose threads. Used ours 3 times in 14 nights out this past trip.
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I have not heard about a water bandit. Will do some searches online to learn more. Thanks.
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Old 08-23-2017, 01:57 PM   #7
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I think a 50' hose in one hose length is far too long and makes for tripping opportunities. I'd rather have 2 - 25' or likely better, a 10' and a 25'. Currently have 2 - 25's but the camp sites I have been using generally have a faucet within 10' or I'll drive up to water access and fill my tank and then go park. The 2- 25'er is nice when its time to wash the trailer. OK getting a microscopic here, 2 - 25'ers and 1- 10' for close uses. 10' of hose doesn't take up much room.

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Although 3 hoses is a bit much and doesn't help with my trailer diet program.
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Zero G Hose

We tried many versions over the years, and while this one can kink, it is super flexible, durable (as far as I know) and packs into a small space. As far as the kinking goes, as long as you lay it out properly once the water is present in the hose, it stays unkinked. We like it. And it's drinking safe.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Zero-G-5-8-...Hose/999972996
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:04 PM   #9
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I think a 50' hose in one hose length is far too long and makes for tripping opportunities. I'd rather have 2 - 25' or likely better, a 10' and a 25'. Currently have 2 - 25's but the camp sites I have been using generally have a faucet within 10' or I'll drive up to water access and fill my tank and then go park. The 2- 25'er is nice when its time to wash the trailer. OK getting a microscopic here, 2 - 25'ers and 1- 10' for close uses. 10' of hose doesn't take up much room.

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Although 3 hoses is a bit much and doesn't help with my trailer diet program.
Very informative. I had been thinking that 25' would be a good length for one hose but was wondering how often a 50' would be needed or when a 25' might be too long or cumbersome. You have given me a few more things to ponder. Thanks.
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:06 PM   #10
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We tried many versions over the years, and while this one can kink, it is super flexible, durable (as far as I know) and packs into a small space. As far as the kinking goes, as long as you lay it out properly once the water is present in the hose, it stays unkinked. We like it. And it's drinking safe.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Zero-G-5-8-...Hose/999972996

Very nice. Yet another option to ponder. We once had a soft hose that rolled up into a plastic reel well over 20 years ago. That one worked but had some shortcomings. This looks to be an improvement on that concept. Thanks for sharing.
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