There are probably plenty of other RV-related topics that you would rather talk about than sewer dumping. However, if you are going to take advantage of the bathroom that you have available in your RV, you are going to need to get familiar with the hose that removes your waste and safely disposes of it. Once you understand how the hose works, and how to properly maintain it, you should be able to successfully keep your sewer tank clean even on the longest of trips.
Following are five secrets that you should know regarding the use of your RV sewer hose. If you are able to put these tips into use during your RV camping trips, you should enjoy a clean and hassle-free experience when it comes to waste disposal.
RV Hose Tip #1 – Gravity is Your Friend
If you want your hose to successful evacuate the contents of your tank, make sure you are using gravity to your advantage. Do you think setting up your hose to run uphill to the campground sewer is going to be an effective strategy? Probably not. Instead, use a sewer support when necessary to set the necessary downhill angle into the sewer. This is an RV accessory that should be considered required equipment for all owners. When you are forced to camp in a location that doesn’t offer you a great slope to use down to the sewer, the support can be just the thing you need to put gravity back on your side.
RV Hose Tip #2 – Don’t Skimp on the Hose
When you think about the job that your sewer hose is doing for you, it only makes sense to spend enough money to get a quality product. It is hard to think of a worse time to get cheap than when purchasing the hose that will be draining your waste away from the RV. Carefully browse the hoses available on the market and read reviews from those who have already purchased the models on your list. You shouldn’t need to break the bank to find a quality RV sewer hose, but you shouldn’t buy the cheapest model on the market, either.
RV Hose Tip #3 – Proper Off-Season Storage is Essential
Even the best hose can be damaged by poor storage practices in the off-season. When you park your RV for the winter, don’t make the mistake of leaving the hose out in a position that will allow it to be weathered by the elements. Instead, keep it in a safe and dry place, such as your garage. Obviously, it should be thoroughly cleaned prior to storage, and you should check its condition before putting it back into use next season.
RV Hose Tip #4 – Purchase a Clear Attachment for the Hose
Okay – you probably don’t want to watch the waste that is coming out of your tank. That is understandable. However, if you are going to be able to keep track of the condition of the tank throughout your trip, you will want to know what is draining into the campground sewer. A clear plastic attachment for your sewer hose will give you a ‘window’ into your sewer draining process. This is a great way to gain peace of mind in knowing that everything is working as expected.
RV Hose Tip #5 – Avoid Creating a Trip Hazard
Laying your sewer hose across the campsite is a potential trip hazard for those in your traveling party, so you want to be sure to set up camp in such a way that limits the chances of an injury. If possible, you always want to position your hose so that foot traffic will not be passing through the area. When that can’t be achieved, consider getting a set of small cones to set alongside the hose. The bright orange color of the cones should be plenty to alert anyone nearby that they need to watch their step.
To be sure, draining the sewer tank of your RV isn’t the most glamorous part of a camping trip. It is a necessary step, however, and it all starts with proper use of your sewer hose. Take advantage of the information contained in the ‘secrets’ above and you can check one more item off of your RV to-do list.
What are your tips for the sewer hose? Let us know in the comments.