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Old 03-01-2015, 09:44 PM   #1
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Fresh Water Hose Question

I've read a lot on sanitizing the water system in our trailers, but no one ever mentions the fresh water hose. I always connect the ends together to keep out dirt and any creepy crawly's. I always wondered about potential bacteria in the hose. I did pour bleach in mine last year when filling my FW tank for sanitizing in the spring then connected to the hose bib at home and flushed into the FW tank. The bleach doesn't really stay in the hose long enough to sanitize the hose in my opinion.

Is this something to be concerned over? What do you do with your FW hose?

Just curious.
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:50 PM   #2
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We do as you have done, but also have a water filter in line. We only drink water that has been filtered again inside the rig. What is used in cooking I guess the heat would kill whatever. So that only leaves toilets and showers, and possibly some exposure brushing teeth etc. So far so good, guess I've not been overly concerned, perhaps I should sanitize before we leave. Perhaps filling the hose with a bleach solution for a day, then leaving on our trip.

Thanks, one more thing to worry about LOL
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Connected the ends together. At the beginning of the camping season, connected it to my house bib and ran water through it to check. Never had a problem that I could see, taste, or smell. Used a water filter at the campground spigot.
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:58 PM   #4
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This might be something to look into.
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:59 PM   #5
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Thanks, one more thing to worry about LOL
Sorry about that

We always use a filter too. Replace every year.
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When mixed correctly in a 10% solution bleach is most effective, it will Disinfect in about 10 minutes, it is not necessary to soak any longer than that. A 10% solution is also more effective than strait out of the bottle, but it also becomes unstable (degrades) faster, it should be discarded after about 24 hours. Here are some facts about Clorox bleach.

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I put a filter between the RV and the hose (as others have mentioned).
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I doubt a filter (unless it is high-end) would be effective against bacteria. Charcoal will help remove things that we can taste or smell. The mechanical part gets the "bits" floating.
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I doubt a filter (unless it is high-end) would be effective against bacteria.
Mine says it does
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When mixed correctly in a 10% solution bleach is most effective, it will Disinfect in about 10 minutes, it is not necessary to soak any longer than that. A 10% solution is also more effective than strait out of the bottle, but it also becomes unstable (degrades) faster, it should be discarded after about 24 hours. Here are some facts about Clorox bleach.

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Interesting articles on Bleach. I always wondered about the different types and if they could all be used for disinfecting. Now i know

I think I'm going the fill the FW hose with a bleach/water solution in the spring and keep the ends at the same height to make sure the entire hose gets filled. I'll have to figure out the best way to do it. I'll post any lessons learned after that.

I'm acutally suprised there weren't more comments on this as it is has never come up in any threads I recall over the last year and a half.

@ troutslayer: I did look at some of the anti bacterial filters, but If I read the info correctly, the filter just prevents bacterial growth inside the filter between uses, not necessarily disinfecting the water. That's why houses get fancy UV filters to kill off the bacteria. If I'm wrong, let me know what type of filter is best.

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