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Old 03-08-2015, 02:49 PM   #21
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Exactly!! That's where my question originally came from. Keeping the hose closed up with moisture inside does not seem like a good idea from a bacteria or mold point of view but it keeps the insects out.
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Where I stored my water hose in a class-B, bugs and other contaminants were my primary concern so I connected the ends together. I never had a problem with either mold or bacteria, and never gave those possibilities a thought, but maybe I was lucky.
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Old 03-08-2015, 04:31 PM   #22
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Another related question that may help OP (and others like myself)... How long do you seasoned campers use the same FW hose?

This is only our second season but I was planning to get a new one every year (even though I bleach it before each use). I already plan on changing the inline filter every season. Neither is expensive so I figure why not...
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Old 03-08-2015, 05:25 PM   #23
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I use it until it starts leaking. Always hook the ends together.

To my knowledge I have never sanitized a hose but maybe once years ago. I do wipe the outside off before storing.
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Old 03-08-2015, 06:00 PM   #24
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What are the vented caps that some talk about? Do they screw onto the ends of the hose with a screen to keep the bugs out but let air get in and dry out the hose? I've never seen them, but then again I've never looked for them becasue I didn't know they existed Anyone have a set they like?
Vented caps: Look at posting #11 where I recapped our success with using vented Drinking Water Hose Storage Cap.
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:04 PM   #25
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Vented caps: Look at posting #11 where I recapped our success with using vented Drinking Water Hose Storage Cap.
Thanks! sorry I missed it.
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Old 03-09-2015, 06:44 AM   #26
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Water from a tap at the CG is properly treated and sanitized water from whatever water source the park is close to (city, county, etc.). This is the same water that flows through all sorts of pipes until it eventually gets to the park or our homes. How often does anyone want to sanitize our home pipes? I never haul bottled water and drink direct from any faucet in my 5'er. Fuel is too expensive/gallon, but bottled water is absolutely crazy expensive.

I never worry about my fresh water hose unless it is leaking at which time I replace it. I just replaced my original hose a few weeks ago that has been in full time use since August 2010. I was expecting it to explode since it has been getting bigger and bigger each year. It had spend 4 summers in the Florida Panhandle out in the sun each day so I definitely got my money's worth out of it.

Not to go make another cup of coffee out of water that came through my fresh water system.
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Water from a tap at the CG is properly treated and sanitized water from whatever water source the park is close to (city, county, etc.). This is the same water that flows through all sorts of pipes until it eventually gets to the park or our homes. How often does anyone want to sanitize our home pipes? I never haul bottled water and drink direct from any faucet in my 5'er. Fuel is too expensive/gallon, but bottled water is absolutely crazy expensive.

I never worry about my fresh water hose unless it is leaking at which time I replace it. I just replaced my original hose a few weeks ago that has been in full time use since August 2010. I was expecting it to explode since it has been getting bigger and bigger each year. It had spend 4 summers in the Florida Panhandle out in the sun each day so I definitely got my money's worth out of it.

Not to go make another cup of coffee out of water that came through my fresh water system.
While this may be true at many campgrounds, it's not true at all campgrounds. Many parts of the country, especially in the West are not on any community water systems. Many are on wells, and many others have to haul water in from wells or other sources. Some still draw their water from rivers. So using some sort of filter, if for no other reason than to remove particulate is prudent. Also drinking bottled or further filtering of water is also advised. At times it is easy to forget not all water, sewer, internet and electrical systems are the same we may have at home. Knowing the area you will be visiting and researching what is and isn't available is the best way to not be disappointed, or ill.
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Bleach? I'd be afraid of any that might still be in that hose, no matter how long I flushed the hose before connecting it to the TT and water source. I've always connected the two ends together when I pack up, and then flush the hose for about 30 seconds at the campsite before connecting to the TT.

The wife and I drink bottled water for the most part, and use the water hookup for washing the dishes and toliet use.

This reminded me of the late George Carlin skit he used to do about drinking water. he always joked on everyone carrying their own bottled water and a side of beef over their shoulder. The skit went on further about how he swam in polluted water, and that was good for building up the imunities; everything "foreign" went straight to the colon!
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I use a Berkey water filter system in my RV, which by all accounts, will create safe drinking water from some rather unclean sources.
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YOUR health is of prime importance, but beyond that is the health of your rig's pipes (granted, these are house pipe pictures - but the build-up anywhere is scary). Have you ever purchased coffee out of an automated machine and heard a plop as the cup fills? I did and it was a lime scale chunk - UGH!


Mineral build-up occurs where the water source is extremely hard (e.g., wells) and is delivered unfiltered - the result is mineral (lime, iron, etc.) build-up that restricts water flow and results in clogged faucets, showers, toilets, washing machines, dishwashers, and water heater. An inexpensive test kit is useful for determining if you are a hard-water victim. Wikipedia explains the impact of "hard water".


For lime build-up, a water/vinegar (food product and sanitizer) gets the job done without damaging plumbing. A benefit to filtering water? Less soap scum and mineral spotting, and better shampoo lather. See DIY instructions and DIY Network on how to remedy.
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