Growing up in the 90s was awesome, not only was it the nerdiest period of time, but I truly believe that we were the last generation to take serious health risks growing up, and the best part was NO ONE CARED! For the most part anyway. I have fond memories of the summer season, swimming in murky creek water, caked in mud from head to toe then running home (bare foot of course) to wash off and get a cool drink from the garden hose. Yes, those were the days.
What exactly does this have to do with buying an RV water hose? Don’t worry, it’ll make sense in a moment. When looking into buying a water hose, there are usually 3 things you need to consider first. I say usually because really there is this secret fourth question that you need to ask yourself, not consider, and yes the meanings are different. The secret fourth question is “What kind of seasonal RV-er are you?” This will help you answer the following three questions.
#1) What Kind of Hose Do You Need?
There are four main kinds of RV water hoses:
- Drinking/potable RV water hose
- Heated RV water hose
- Freeze protection water hose
- No kink or tangle water hose
So here’s where we get to the garden hose, because when it comes to your RV, the regular green garden hose isn’t going to cut it. Why? It wasn’t made to be used for drinking water. Water that comes out the garden hose is not the same kind of water that comes out the tap in your kitchen sink. This is because regular garden hoses are made of rubber and vinyl and are often lined with heavy metals and other toxic substances that release into the water and can make humans sick. Hoses that are safe to use for drinking water are lined with polyurethane and is safe from which to drink. They are also normally white and blue, or there would be something printed on a label.
RV heated/freeze protected water hose. These two are interchangeable and it really all depends on preference. For temperatures that are below freezing, it’s best that you take precautions so your water doesn’t freeze. For these precautions, you can buy a heated hose which usually has a heat strip along the side. That strip is plugged into a 110-volt electrical connection to heat it up. Or you can winter proof the hose yourself using heat tape or foam padding. This will help the hose stay above freezing so the water will flow undisturbed into your RV.
The no kink tangle free water hose is made of reinforced rubber, not vinyl. Which means that the middle layer is rubber and NOT the lining, the lining should be made from polyurethane (check before you buy). All vinyl hoses will kink, and if you are getting a drinking hose, you won’t have to worry too much about it being vinyl anyway, because as we previously discussed, vinyl hoses are bad to drink from. The reason you want to get a kink free hose is because kinking leads to splitting and shortens the life of your hose. Not all hoses are perfect but here is a fun fact to carry with you…
FUN FACT! When shopping for a garden hose, bend it into a U. If it kinks, pick another.
#2) What Length of Hose Do You Need?
Water hoses come in various lengths; the most common are 6ft, 12ft, 25ft, and 50ft. Having hoses with different lengths can come in handy, especially if you don’t know the distance from your RV to the water source. Just enough length to get you connected without putting a strain on the hose is best.
#3) Do You Have Proper Storage for an RV Hose?
Properly storing your RV hose will ensure its life span for many years. You should look into getting (if you don’t have one already) an RV hose reel or hose bag which store the coiled up hose neatly and securely. Two other options (if you are looking to be a bit more resourceful) could be to use a Rubbermaid bin that would fit into your RV storage area or if you have one of those plastic Christmas Wreath containers, to coil your hose inside. The important thing to remember when storing your hose is that you want it to stay protected from the elements. Proper storage is what will sustain the life and quality of your hose.
I was taught growing up that if you take care of your things, they will take care of you. So for other items, in regards to your RV, ask yourself if you are taking care of your belongings. If not, see to it that you do, it’ll save you lots in the long run.