Water fill up hose pipe

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  1. Simon Meadwell

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    what length do you recommend? 15 or 30 m, what quality, food grade?
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    always use food grade for fresh drinkable water. 2 10m lengths of hose with a coupler then you can adapt to the varying needs
     
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    I use a flat hose sold on a reel for use with boats - I got it at a chandlers. It is about 25m long and is long enough for almost every situation. Not cheap, £25 or a bit more but it takes up very little space.

    Just run the water through the hose for 15 seconds or more before filling the tank and you don't need to use food grade tubing.
     
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    I had a Brunner hose food grade on a reel which packed flat and could be used without unraveling it all from the reel.
    It was crap.
    Holiday was half over before the tank got filled.
    I sold it on eBay.
    I now have 10m of blue food grade hose and I've also got 30m of expandable hose which is also food grade rated and is ace. It expands on filling with water and collapses down so small when the tap is turned off that it will fit in a pirex bowl.
     
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    Why food grade? Isn't it contaminated the first time you use it? Is the plastic pipe to the tap food grade?
    Any water you drink tends to be boiled first any way.
    25 Mts good quality, non kinking hose.
    Been using it for 25 years and I'm still KO?????
     
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    Apart from the longer length hoses I also have a short one of 2m which is useful when you can get very close to the tap.
     
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    we don't drink ours, so use a standard hose reel, 25 m I think, plus we have another shorter length and a male / male hozelock connector to join together, we have plenty of room though so space not a consideration
     
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    We don't drink from our van .. weve got a longer hose .. about 10 metres and a 2 metre one. Don't think either are food grade.
    We use bottled water for the dog (and us if we need fresh cold water)
     
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    We have a Nature Pure filter so don't worry about the type of hose used for filling and can drink the water from the tank with no problems.
     
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    I carry 3 hoses, all food grade. 2m, 8m and 20m. They can be joined together if necessary. We use the tank water for making tea etc, but will drink water directly from the tap on a site/aire rather than the tank which in any case tends to be tepid. Only rarely need to buy bottled water which we tend to avoid anyway because of its high cost, bacterial content and other toxins which can leach from the plastic bottle. (Not considered a health risk in most people but can be dangerous in the very young and old)

    Take adequate precautions with site/aire taps as some people do disgusting things with them, including rinsing chemical loos.
     
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    Bottled water high cost?
    It costs pennies
     
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    Personal choice I suppose.
    There's different chemicals used for the PVC in a typical garden hose to that of food grade/drinking water grade hose.
    Most of which is flushed out on the first use (into the tank) but if any water is left in the coil between usage, some chemicals can leach out by osmosis.
    Plus, there is a taste of plastic.
    Those are the reasons I got food grade/drinking grade.
    As for the pipe to the tap - that would depend on who's fit it. If it was a reputable motorhome manufacturer within the past ten years or so, I'd say yes. Same as the tank, same as the taps.
    However, like you say, if you've been using it for the last 25yrs and you're ok, it's like smoking - each to their own.
     
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    We always use food grade, the boss cant taste it if we use garden hose but I can even if its boiled, she reckons Im just a fuss ass! :whistle:
     
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    She's right..... :D
     
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    Like many, we don't drink from the tank, so have a regular 10m hose which we got from Dyas, the advantage is, it is one of those that doesn't need to be fully extended to be used, unlike a flat hose (which it seems most food grade ones are).
    We carry 3 5 litre bottles of drinking water in the van for consumption, this has proved more than effective for our needs.
     
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    How often do you clean and thoroughly dry the internal surface of your food grade hose ?

    Water left in the hose will stagnate and harbour bacteria.

    Food grade means it wont leach chemicals from the hose material, it doesnt mean its bug free.

    I always use garden hose and havent suffered any ill effects in 9 years.
     
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    I always use garden hose and haven't suffered any ill effects in 30+ years.
     
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    Where did you get the food grade expandable hose please? Seen plenty about, but never food grade.
     
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    Just use the expandable wonder hose which basically looks like/is silicone. Having seen the black growth inside my previous food grade hose when not used for a while I prefer to change hose regularly. Don't drink the water direct from the tap anyway. Also the small space taken up by my expandable hose is a bonus in a PVC.
     
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    I attach a small submersible pump to one end of our hose, bucket of water with purex tablet in it. Put pump and other end of pipe in bucket and flush through for a few minutes.
     
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