Fresh water hose and connectors

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  1. Fermenter

    Fermenter Read Only Funster

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    Hi all just bought a motorhome but need a fresh water hose and connectors to site taps and van. Can anyone recommend a decent make and/ or website to buy from. Thanks
     
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    There is everything you could possibly need for a motorhome on my website www.johnscross.co.uk and with funsters diescount

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    First thing is you need a food grade hose. As to fittings, I carry a range as different sites have different tap fittings.

    We have a [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fill-Up-Water-Tank-Filling-Hose/dp/B0041GKNCE"]Fill Up 5[/ame] which is fine if you're not too far from a tap.

    For our current van (as the filler is on the other side so not so close to our outdoor tap at home) I bought a Cassette Hose. I found it difficult to roll up so (following a tip from a Funster) cut a couple of metres off it and keep the extra bit rolled up in the box with the fittings.

    I also bought a Heos filler cap (you have to buy vented or non-vented according to your van's need) but that was just to make it easier for me.

    All these products are available at various prices from various places.
     
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    I would agree with Graham (GJH) on the various hoses and tap fittings you will need .... we also carry a couple of ordinary 10l garden water cans, these can sometimes be more convenient than laying out hose or moving the m/h to the tap.
     
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    To pick up on what Brian said. We also have a 25 litre jerry can (which I move on a collapsible trolley) with a 2 metre hose and submersible pump. It's a carry-over from our previous van, which had a smaller tank, but still useful if we stay in one place for several days and the fill-up tap is some distance away (e.g. a show or other rally).
     
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    I agree with everyone so far.

    when we first got a MH I made the mistake of getting a non food grade hose thinking theres £20 difference its just a different colour, how wrong I was.

    We have the equipment in work to check on the bug count on things, so checked the hose after left for a week the bug count was very high so its now a garden hose in the shed. Bought a food grade one done the same test although a little higher than after the first sterilisation nothing to worry about, so don't skimp and do buy the proper food grade type hose.

    we always take 2 aqua-rolls and bought a cheap submersible whale pump off ebay (left over from our trailer tent days) one for fresh water (blue) and one for waste water (grey) so we dont have to move the MH to fill up if we stay somewhere for more than a few days, the curse of having a small water tank.

    the filler cap is a great idea saw them on ebay and thought it was a gimmick, but after trying to fill the tank with just a hose, i soon bought one and as someone else has suggested do make up a set of different connections.
     
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    food grade hose eh!!! and whats on the end of it, a Hoze-lok fitting i bet, and they aint food grade.

    25ltr jerry can.....is that food grade ?, i doubt it.
     
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    We carry drinking water in 2x5 litre food grade gerry cans, easy to carry.
    The tank gets filled with a regular hose and if a top is required without moving we use a 12 litre watering can.
    Over 2 yrs now and sterilised the water tank once, don't bother anymore and still healthy.

    My hose reel in my side locker next to my fill point, I can reach over 30ft
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    My connection set, never failed yet
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    BTW the 3rd from left is common to most French aire service points and is about €3 in Carrefour
     
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    True - but easier to keep clean than the inside of the hose :BigGrin:

    White plastic, supposed to be for fresh water when we got it :BigGrin:

    The hoses and can haven't killed us yet anyway :BigGrin:
     
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    Some of us choose to fill up a disposable PET bottle on site for drinking and fill up our onboard with an ordinary hose and just use that water for washing.

    Food grade hoses are fine, but once the water is introduced into a non-sterile environment bugs can develop. Of course, tap water has chloride added to kill some bugs but unless you empty your tank regularly and/or add sterilising products the effect of the chloride is compromised.

    The two-litre cheapo ASDA, Aldi or similar water bottles (YES, I KNOW THEY ARE TAP WATER!) provide a supply of bottles which personally I refill half a dozen times before binning.
     
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    I say 'don't underestimate the value of a plastic watering can'. :thumb:

    Carry various hoses on board but only ever used one of them - just once over two years ago!

    Fill to between half and two-thirds with a hosepipe at home before departure, then use the watering can as we go. :thumb:

    Not long returned from almost four weeks in France - no problem.

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    Flat hose

    Graham

    I have read some reviews on flat hoses and they don't seem very user friendly as people say you have to unfurl the entire hose and they crack. What is your experiences. Thanks
     
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    Techno so is your hose just a non food grade eg from B&Q? Thanks
     
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    As others we use a couple of 5litre plastic containers for drinking water, for filling onboard tank have 3 lengths of hose all with hoselock connectors lengths, 6, 8 & 10 metres, usually manage to get close enough to use one on its own. Failing that we use straight connectors. The hoses are stored with ends joined together using straight connectors to keep dust/ insects out.

    Always flush through hose into a drain (or whatever) before filling tank. We also use a Heos filler cap a brilliant piece of kit, saves having to hold hose and cuts down splashback, I've seen tome strange home made bent pieces of copper tube and the like fitted to hose ends over last couple of years:Eeek:
     
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    I use the Truma pistol grip and compact housing
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    Not really bothered what we fill ours with, or where from.....

    THIS takes care of the water.

    price has gone up somewhat in the last 5 years though, i paid £145.
     
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