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Old 08-16-2015, 08:13 PM   #1
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Another trip in books - Drinking Water Hose

Good evening all,

We just had another great trip out in our new Jayco camper, this time to Kentucky's Mammoth Cave.

I have reinforced our queen bed on the bhsw, and added a mattress topper, per so many of your recommendations. My back felt great the whole trip and I think you all for the suggestions and feedback.

Being the guy that always has SOMETHING to work on, does anyone have a recommendation for a good drinking hose? The one I'm using we purchased from the dealer and our water tastes heavily of plastic. Even my coffee is challenging to choke down...

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:23 PM   #2
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We don't drink water from the camper since day one (it's barely a year old). We take bottles and my wife uses bottled water in her coffee. I bought our hose from camper world and its for drinking. It never tasted bad for brushing teeth. I bought a new one for this year. I figure they are cheap and I will get a new one each season...
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:32 PM   #3
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That's what we ended up doing this trip too, but we didn't use bottled water in the coffee. I don't mind drinking tap water because I am usually good for about 1.5 gallons per day on my own (and we're a family of 5).

That's a lot of bottled water!
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:40 PM   #4
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Another trip in books - Drinking Water Hose

We are a family of five as well lol. We take a few cases of water each trip. It's cheap from sams club. Is the water taste the same bad from every trip? Get another hose rated for drinking. Maybe flush the trailer with a bleach mixture? I do that as well.
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:55 PM   #5
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A lot of campgrounds are on well water that is probably not conditioned with a water softener. If you are on city water and the taste is bad try a marine grade water hose,
I used one on my boat and the water was fine, they cost a bit more but well worth it.
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We also keep a Brita pitcher in the camper, it's constantly being filled. Use that water for coffee and each family member has their own Nalgene.
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What about a couple of 5-7g (depending on brand/model) water jugs to take water from home? Could fill a 1/2g or 1g jug as needed to keep in the fridge for cold drinking water, and maybe another 1g jug on the counter for the coffee.

Is the hose you bought a white, rv/marine hose? Did you try getting water direct from the faucet to see if it was the hose or possibly the trailer plumbing?
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What about a couple of 5-7g (depending on brand/model) water jugs to take water from home? Could fill a 1/2g or 1g jug as needed to keep in the fridge for cold drinking water, and maybe another 1g jug on the counter for the coffee.

Is the hose you bought a white, rv/marine hose? Did you try getting water direct from the faucet to see if it was the hose or possibly the trailer plumbing?
The large jugs are hard to handle. I keep a 2 gallon on the counter with a spigot and a couple 3gal spares to refill it. Water machines are every where. I just bought a portable ice machine for the cold water, ice tea, sodas etc, as we were always running out of ice. Our fridge is too full for another gallon jug.
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We carry several one gallon bottles of drinking water. Just to protect tummies and taste buds from the local version of "potable water".
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While we do much the same as everyone above (bring bottled water or jugs of water), I still use a drinking water hose with our trailer. We usually take some water bottles and about 4 1-gallon jugs for a weekend, always keeping one of the gallon jugs in the fridge.

As far as hoses go, I have a 50' version of this Camco premium hose and love it. It's a 5/8" hose (good for water flow), good quality machined ends (versus the stamped ends on most other drinking water hoses), doesn't kink and has strain relief. It's not that much more expensive than other drinking hoses, either. Once my other couple of shorter hoses die or otherwise become unusable, I'm going to replace them with the equivalent of this particular one as well.
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