Hoses

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  1. Gary217

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    While I'm on a roll with my very basic questions, we've now got our first proper on-board water tank that fills through a hole in the side of the van, so no more struggling across the site with heavy water tanks for me! However, do I need to take my own hose with us and if so are there any recommendations on hose type and fitting? Thanks.
     
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    I would make sure it's suitable for food grade. We bought one that is flat when not in use and stores on a reel. Fittings are standard screw on with an adapter for round taps with no thread.
     
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    You either need a hose or some sort of container from which to fill the tank. We've had a variety of hoses and containers. It's sometimes easier to use a container than move the van close enough to a tap. See my notes Here.
     
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    We use one of these retractable hoses. Never thought it worthwhile bothering with food grade hose especially when you see the state of some of the water supplies.

    Thinking of getting one of the expandable hoses now they have come down in price.

    Some negative reports on them leaking all the time.....................anyone found a good suppplier ?
     
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    If you go for flat hose that comes on a cassette.Make sure you don't walk on it or you will end up with lot's of holes in it.I found out the hard way:rolleyes:.They are great bits of kit as long as you look after then(y)
     
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    I've been using one from a market stall for a couple of years with no problems.

    I bought a second one at Peterborough last April but I've only used it a couple of times. The second was the two plugged together and it was a bit of a pain so it appears you need to have the right amount of tension on them.
     
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    not convinced about the lay flat options, not sure if it still applies but they used to have to be fully wound out to use, might as well have a conventional hose reel and pull out as much as you need.

    Plus an assortment of hoselock type connectors

    We have also just bought a cap with hoselock fitting on it, we suffer from blow back due to airlocks, this overcomes that, have to change cap to fill of course but useful for us


    edit and as @Langtoftlad is about to post below :D:D a watering can, most used thing we have (y)
     
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    The difficulty I found with the cassette hose was winding it all back on. I solved that (after being given a tip) by cutting so much off it. The advantage is that it is so much more compact than a conventional reel if storage space is at a premium. I find the expandable hose easier (and more compact).
     
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    I carry a hose...
    ...but have only ever used the watering can & funnel :whistle:.
     
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    Recently got one of those too, it means I don't have to go out to help fill up if it's raining! (y)
     
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    Of course the main problem with hoses & an on-board tank is remembering to fill up as you arrive on-site before pitching-up. After all these trips we STILL forget! o_O Park up, hook up, get the kettle out... Swear, reverse all previous actions, put out the pitch-marker & go fill up. (n)

    We often just give up and revert to the 10-litre jerrycan and funnel. :LOL:
     
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    I use a container (12 ltrs I think) and a pump system to pump it into the van tank. You could use a 25 ltr one but a bit heavy to carry and takes up more room in the locker, and you may need to have some means of transporting the bigger one.
     
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    We bought one of the fancy collapsible ones that were being sold at the NEC. It is really neat and hardly takes up any space. But when we got it home swmbo pointed out it wasn't food grade so we had to buy another one for filling the fresh water tank.
     
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    Cheap old bit of garden hose, plenty of connectors but ensure the hose is long enough to reach the other side of the MH. Use plastic container for the drinking water. Sorted.
     
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    Here's my collection, the roll flat one has been taken off the cassette it is only for emergencies used once in 8 years. Can't see the point of having a van with wheels & an engine and then walking to the tap.:)

    Hoses collection.jpg
     
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    Why?
    Always used standard garden hose and we drink from the tank, just flush it through before filling up and drain after use.
     
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    If you have a weak stomach.....a foodgrade (expensive) hose.

    If you can eat ANYTHING .......a garden hose.

    I never use anything but a garden hose.
     
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    popcorn_jon_stewart.gif Plenty legs left in this one ;)
     
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