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The Best Garden Hoses For The General Consumer
by Pete from Palmate™
Somewhere in the world it’s RV season! 🚍 I wish ours was starting right now! What an excellent opportunity to travel with the family and enjoy the road…
On just about any camping or RVing checklist you can expect to that it will include a water-hose. This is the very first link for the water-supply chain that connects source of water to the RV. The type of hose you choose will impact significantly on the water supply as well as the quality. Standard types of garden hoses do not perform the function for portable use and will also create an unpleasant taste and odor to the drinking water. Garden hoses also leach chemicals into the water that could place you and your family’s health at risk. When visiting a RV supply center you will probably notice that there are a variety of RV hoses on sale. Some of these typically include:
• no tangle, twist or kink RV hoses
• drinking water safe RV hoses
• portable water hoses
• heated RV water hose
• hoses that feature freeze protection
If you want to read my reviews then scroll down to the Top 3 comparison 👇🏻
A Broad Range of RV Water Hoses
Over the last few years many RV owners have not had much luck in the department of water hoses for their RVs. Some of these issues are related to the promises that the RV hose will not leak or never kink and in actual fact just a few short uses they do leak or end up kinking and sometimes will not coil-back into their original position.
One of the most important pieces of advice when it comes to an RV is that the typical garden water hose will not be able to perform the functions you are looking for when it comes to your RV. This is because these hoses are not designed to work with water that is portable. Portable water is described as that it will be safe to consume water from. Garden hoses are not safe to drink water out of as they release toxic substances and heavy metals into water and have the potential to make you sick.
Water Flow Issues with RV Water Hoses
In my experience, hoses of poor quality will usually restrict the water flow. In addition an RV hose of low-quality even when they have been designed to serve the purpose of a portable type water service have the potential to pinch or collapse that will also cause water restriction issues. Metal or cheap plastic fittings are prone to leaking and are often very difficult to operate.
If you are a regular camper you are probably aware of the fact that the distance that lies between an RV and the source of campground water can vary greatly. For this reason it is always suggested to invest in different hoses that come in different lengths. You will always want to make sure there is sufficient length to avoid placing strain on your water hose. It is also suggested to not to go for curled-up hoses as they are prone to kinking which could cause water flow issues.
A Heated Water Hose For RV Use
Below is more information on the various types of RV hoses. One of the already mentioned hoses is the drinking or portable hose with interchangeable terms. The RV water hoses with freeze protection or heated options are very similar and are used when you travel or camp to areas that feature below freezing temperatures. The heated hoses typically have heat strips that will run along one of the sides of the hose. This strip is then attached or plugged into a 110 standard volt-electrical connection so that it can heat-up. This means that the hose will stay above the freezing temperature so that the water can flow freely into the RV.
A Flat Drinking Water Hose Could Work…
These hose types serve the same function as the standard hoses but they are flat and can roll up in an easy way into a storage bag. These hoses are typically made out of durable fabric along with an inner lining made out of rubber. They are also non-toxic and will not add an unpleasant taste to water made for drinking. When the water flows through this hose it will expand to around 5/8 inches in diameter and will flatten again once the water has drained out. You can find these hose types on popular sites such as Amazon in either a 25” or 50” length.
The selling point for these freshwater flat hoses for RV’s is that they are compact when placed into storage. If you happen to be short on space when camping or traveling in your RV this is the ideal choice. However, the downside of such a hose is that you will have to unroll the hose’s entire length in order to allow for the correct water flow.
Another important consideration to keep in mind is the storage of the hose. Just like any other type of product if you want your RV hose to last for many years to come you need to treat it with care. Today you can find great RV hose reels or hose bags that can store a coiled-up hose securely and neatly. The last important tip would be to ensure you never use your drinking hose for other purposes. Keep in mind that the water that flows through this hose is designed to provide you with cooking or drinking water.
The following hoses are product that I’ve used frequently — some on a daily basis. They are my biased choices and due to overall considerations listed above I deem them the best water hoses. Try any of these three and you should have a pleasant experience, that hopefully lasts many seasons. *avoided 1-star reviews from Amazon as they tend to be irrate customers or the low percentile that had manufacturer’s defects*
The Camco RV Drinking Water Hose
If you plan on using this hose for an entire season of RVing and abuse, it might not be the wisest choice. It did not survive a three week excursion through a national park with the family. The connection wears down first and it does tend to kink. Although the hoses are reinforced for maximum kink resistance, there were still moments of pinching. On to the good -> I have used Camco for a decade and I am wondering if they switched manufacturer’s or took their production offshore. They just aren’t lasting like they used to (3+ seasons). Now, I have on on my boat and it is only used a dozen times a year and this hose serves a purpose. Plus, it’s an NSF certified hose keeping it drinking water safe. I believe it is made of PVC and is BPA free. CSA low lead content. It does comply with California’s AB1953 lead laws. (25ft for $26). Made in China. 👎🏻
The Clear Flow Garden Hose
Clear Flow Hose
I pitch this hose quite often to people, depending on what they’re willing to spend. I believe it’s the best bang for your buck and has longevity. The Clear Flow features many positives that resonate with me. The only issues were the initial tangling (the hose retains it’s flat memory) and it takes some time to master an “arm wind up” to coil it tight enough for storage in the RV. I’ve linked to the inventor’s video on Youtube in other reviews where I felt this hose performed well. The flat memory discharges water automatically to keep it lightweight. The clear material feature claims to prevent algae build up due to UV passing through the hose. Bonus points because the entire hose is polyurethane (fittings included) and approved by the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) making it drinking water safe. Made in USA. 👍🏻
The Water Right Coiled Hose
Water Right Hose
This coiled hose took some time to manage for storage, etc., but once we did master it’s functionality we found its use. When hooking up for drinking water from a camp ground or RV park and your hose is very long, the water will become hot on those summer days. With this hose you will probably need to run the water for awhile before it will cool down. I’m going to invest in a 10 or 15ft hose (if I can find one) for these instances.