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Old 08-31-2018, 11:31 AM   #1
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Making water connection safer-easier

Hi all. My water hose is hard for me to connect and it leaks at the trailer end, where the regulator is. Another camper in a park said I could get "quick connect" system to make it easier to connect
and a better hose (said mine was broken) ... that is not so rigid and easier to store. Also recommended a filter. Any suggestions on an "easy connect" system, better hose that is not so rigid, and/or a filter?? Thanks.
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Old 08-31-2018, 11:35 AM   #2
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I don't think you'll be able to close the hatch with a quick connect apparatus in place.
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Old 08-31-2018, 11:39 AM   #3
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Also the regulator should be at the spigot and just a hose at the trailer, attaching something else can cause leaks at that attachment point.
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Fishers,
Ive seen some pretty sophisticated water pressure reducing rigs, but my current set-up is the following:

Brass hose splitter, about $6 at Walmart. More on this, later. Connects to the campground.
Next is the brass pressure reducer, that safeguards everything that follows from extreme pressures. About $8 at Walmart.
Next is the 9 inch blue plastic water filter that everybody seems to have. Maybe $25 for two.
Next is the white RV type hose, so it wont taste like a hose. 25 feet is adequate most times.
The hose goes to the plastic trailer connection.
Some people attach a 90 degree fitting at the trailer before connecting the hose, but I havent found that necessary, so long as the heavy filter is over near the beginning.

I originally thought Id only use the hose splitter (connect it to the campground water) maybe once a year. Now I use it every time. It has two lever valves and allows outside water right there at the water supply, even while everything else stays connected. As important, the splitter allows the filter to fit, even on low spigots, since the splitter allows two possible connection angles for the rest of everything, especially the long filter.
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Old 08-31-2018, 01:04 PM   #5
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Fishers,
I’ve seen some pretty sophisticated water pressure reducing rigs, but my current set-up is the following:

Brass hose splitter, about $6 at Walmart. More on this, later. Connects to the campground.
Next is the brass pressure reducer, that safeguards everything that follows from extreme pressures. About $8 at Walmart.
Next is the 9 inch blue plastic water filter that everybody seems to have. Maybe $25 for two.
Next is the white RV type hose, so it won’t taste like a hose. 25 feet is adequate most times.
The hose goes to the plastic trailer connection.
Some people attach a 90 degree fitting at the trailer before connecting the hose, but I haven’t found that necessary, so long as the heavy filter is over near the beginning.

I originally thought I’d only use the hose splitter (connect it to the campground water) maybe once a year. Now I use it every time. It has two lever valves and allows outside water right there at the water supply, even while everything else stays connected. As important, the splitter allows the filter to fit, even on low spigots, since the splitter allows two possible connection angles for the rest of everything, especially the long filter.

We do basically the same. We always use the 90 degree fitting at the trailer, so that the hose hangs straight down. Also, we thread in the 90 fitting first, then have a brass to brass threaded connection at the hose-to-90, as our last connection to make up.
At the supply end, we also have a 6" flex connector - hose with spiral wire reinforcement, again, so things can hang down, not out.


Edit: We have a 25 ft. hose, and now a 10 ft. hose also, because one campground was set up where we couldn't reach their faucet. Many times, now, the 10 ft. hose is all we need to reach the supply.
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I’ve always put the filter by the trailer, right or wrong. Also be sure to throughly flush a new filter. Camping neighbor didn’t and had black water. Loren
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Ive always put the filter by the trailer, right or wrong. Also be sure to throughly flush a new filter. Camping neighbor didnt and had black water. Loren
Why not install the filter before the hose and keep it clean as well as the water going into the camper?
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Old 08-31-2018, 04:26 PM   #8
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I dislike using the typical city water fitting, which requires turning a collar onto the non-rotating hose. My solution is to use a common quick-connect hose fitting (available as generic house brand bits, but Gardena parts of the same interchangeable design seem to work and seal better), leaving the male part (normally used on a hose accessory, Gardena calls it an Accessory Adapter) in the city water fitting, so the female part (normally used on the outlet end of a hose) which is on the hose clicks onto it. Yes, the fitting on the city water port sticks out. Also, since I leave this in place (the whole point is to not use the stock city water inlet garden hose thread), it needs a matching cap.

The hose-end coupler of this system is normally a "water stop": it has a built-in valve which shuts off flow when it is disconnected. I don't like that because it interferes with free flow when connected, so I have removed the valve from the hose-end connector (which is a generic brass part, not the Gardena product).

I think in an ideal world all freshwater components would quick-connect together, except of course the adapter which goes on the campsite's faucet (which will need to be a standard 3/4" garden hose thread). I don't have everything set up that way, currently. There's always another project...

When I use a filter (which I have been doing recently), I connect the regulator assembly to the faucet, connect the filter to that with a short hose, and then the long hose runs from filter to RV.
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Old 08-31-2018, 05:19 PM   #10
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Water connection leaks

To the OP issue about leaking. I dont know if this is at all the same causal pathway, but we had the same problem on our trailer--leaking at faucet, at the filter and at the connection to the trailer when on city water at campgrounds.
This summer we were camping with a friend who had just retired from the local water department. She said to really crank down on the connection in order to squash the washer a little bit. Did so and problem cured! Note that this involved all women campers so me squashing a washer is less force than a man with average strength. Apparently we had just been too wishy-washy in tightening things.

For what its worth anyway.
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