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Old 01-09-2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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Can you tell a newbie getting ready (way in advance - so excited) for her 17B what kind of fresh water hose has worked best for you? I know it should be one of those white ones for fresh water only but have you had better luck with the ones from Valterra or Camco or does the brand/manufacturer not matter at all? Also, what length hose have you found to work out the best for you - 10', 25' or what?

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Old 01-09-2013, 09:17 PM   #2
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Carol, I started carrying two hoses. One 25' NeverKink, and another cheapo 15' one. I use the 25' one all the time, but the odd time I like to set up away from the hookups a bit, so the extra one comes out then.

I also carry a 30A extention cord as well for the same reason. I am also contemplating a cheap sewer hose extension too.

We used these a lot on a recent 2 week trip we did with friends. We got side by side sites, and turned one unit around so we faced each other, resulting in turning away from the hook-ups.
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You'll also find campsites that cater to those motor homes, so all the services are on the wrong side for trailers. We've generally stayed in the off-season so we were able to hook up to the neighbor's service ( vacant ).
I have 25' and 50' RV water hoses, but only carry the 25' and an ordinary 25' garden hose ( which I could use in a pinch ). I've got a couple super-heavy-duty extension cords ( 60' I think ). It all contributes to peace of mind.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:16 AM   #4
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We use a 25' white water hose. Not sure what brand, but I'd recommend getting one with metal end connectors. Our 1st water hose had plastic end connectors and they just didn't cut it. So far we haven't needed more than 25'.
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Hi: Carol R... We have a 50' not sure which brand tho. Sometimes it's too long but better than no water!!! BTW congrats in advance!!! Alf
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You'll also find campsites that cater to those motor homes, so all the services are on the wrong side for trailers. We've generally stayed in the off-season so we were able to hook up to the neighbor's service ( vacant ).
Just in case people are confused by this...
Motorhomes are setup the same way as trailers: services on the driver's side, door on the passenger side, normally backed into sites close to the driver/service side and expecting "yard" space on the door side. They can go in forward, reversing everything, while a site is usually not long enough to do that with a trailer.

I think sites with services on the wrong side are not usually for motorhomes, but are more likely the result of the developer saving installation cost and effort by installing services in pairs for adjacent sites, making half of them "backwards"... although I have heard of some sites deliberately reversed so motorhomes can go in forward to enjoy a particularly good view out the windshield. We have a motorhome and every site we have hit so far has had us back in, just like a trailer.

Having said that, there are some stupid service setups - and some sites with non-working outlets or faucets - and in the motorhome I carry extensions for power, water, and waste.
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Hi: Carol R... We have a 50' not sure which brand tho. Sometimes it's too long but better than no water!!! BTW congrats in advance!!! Alf
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Alf, have you considered buying a couple ends and splitting the hose in two? That way you could use only what you need, and have something easier to deal with. Then, for the few rare exceptions when you need the length, put them together.

I learned with extension cords years ago that long was not the best, as most of the time the length was not needed, and coiling up the cord was always a pain. Most of the guys that work for me have maybe one 25', and a bunch of shorter ones.
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Alf, have you considered buying a couple ends and splitting the hose in two? That way you could use only what you need, and have something easier to deal with. Then, for the few rare exceptions when you need the length, put them together.

I learned with extension cords years ago that long was not the best, as most of the time the length was not needed, and coiling up the cord was always a pain. Most of the guys that work for me have maybe one 25', and a bunch of shorter ones.
Hi: Jim Bennett... It wouldn't matter what length of string, fishing line, electrical cord, or hose it is!!! It'll snarl up on me Alf
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If you do any winter camping you may want a heated hose that will work in cold climates. Here is one I use http://www.farmandfleet.com/products...l#.UO7n0aV3-bA
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