What type of hose to fill freshwater?

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  1. errpaul

    errpaul Funster

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    To fill the freshwater tank I was thinking of using a normal garden hose (water run through to make sure no stagnent water left in).
    Is this ok or is there some kind of special hose that we should be looking at?? I thought it would be fine but now the mother-in-law :Eeek: has made me think again....can anyone help??
     
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    I think the best one is the flat hose on a roll, means you dont have to un roll it all out each time. Any hose that is food grade will be O.K.
     
  3. Jim

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    Many people use a blue food grade hose. We do, we suffered with rubbery tasting tea when we used a regular garden hose. They are a pain to roll back up but that's a small price to pay for a nice cuppa:BigGrin:
     
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    I use a round yellow hose :Wink:

    Seriously tho..........I use different coloured hose for different jobs........that way I can't use the wrong one :BigGrin:
    The only difference I have found with hoses is some are flat (for easy storage) some are re-enforced (so they dont kink) and they come in various lenths and colours.
    Some are really cheap (I bought a spare 50mtr one at the weekend for only £14.99) and some are wildly expensive but they all deliver water in the same way :Laughing:

    Hope this helps


    Boo
     
  5. sinbad1

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    In 15yrs of fulll timing, never had any smell problems although would suggest if new running water through for a while.

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    Normal garden hose never any taste problems
     
  7. errpaul

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    Thanks everyone. As we have a spare garden hose which I've wound up quite nicely we'll use that this weekend and see how it goes...hope we don't get the taste problems. We'll take a small jerry can to fill kettle for the weekend as a back up though I think:thumb:
     
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    Some folk say you should only use food grade hose, but my parents used a garden hose to fill their various motorcaravans for 20 odd years and we never suffered any ill effects. I did the same when I had one.
     
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    We filter all our drinking and cooking water so the slight tainting ogf the water by a normal hose doesn't affect us.

    We use water from a container to drink/cook with.

    Food grade hose is ideal if you need a cleaner tasting water.
     
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    We are 'newbies' but will be using our normal garden hose to re-fill our onboard fresh tanks as we only use this water for everyday chores, washing, washing up, toilet flush etc. We use a 5ltr bottle to re-fill the kettle for brews and the dog's drinking bowl, this cost £3.50 from our local camping shop and we even took our 1st fill with us from home, usually enough for a couple of days worth of 'brews' :RollEyes:
     
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    We use green garden hose for filling tanks. We also have a filter fitted to the kitchen sink cold tap we drink this water straight from the tap and also use it for tea and coffee Before the filter we did used to suffer the bad taste others have mentioned.
     
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    We use garden hose. Initialy there was a slight taste in the tea but its long since disappeard. There is another post on here from somebody who works for a hose making company regarding the fittness of garden hose for drinking water. Its an interesting post which is worth reading.

    I suppose the ideal is to use food grade but its just more to carry around

    Jim
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    We have always used an ordinary garden hose, but always filter our drinking water,so no problems,see attached link, not cheap but very good.

    Home

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    Clearly you don't drink tea in the quantities that we do..... :Wink:

    My chief worry upon reading this thread is whether the taste of my scotch will be affected. Hmmmmm.... best not to contaminate it at all then :Smile:

    P.S. Got a flat hose - never used it. Garden hose well flushed for every fill up at home.
     
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    i use a clear hose bought from the local garden center fishpond dept.

    must have less chemicals in the manufacturing process as it has no colour dyes plus you can see whats growing inside it.

    not that bothered as we use a very high quality inline water filter for drinking water.

    <<HERE>>

    not cheap but worth every penny.:thumb:
     
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    Spot on.

    A good cuppa doesn't taste right without fresh water.:BigGrin::Cool:
     
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    Water Hose

    I use PVC braided hose ( Air Hose ) we have never encountered taste or smell problems so far and have used it for about 15 years.
    Steve
     
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    I think we can be TOO carefull un what we eat or drink these days.............which makes our imune system weaker............read below, you'll see what I mean:

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  19. madbluemad

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    This post was made by iceni in Feruary. Jim :Smile:

    Hi
    If you dont use food grade hose then you have to make sure you do certain things before you use it to fill the van the most important being run water through for 30 seconds (per 50m length) before filling the tank.
    Its not bacteria that the problem .Its the chemicals used in PVC garden hose which can contain nasties such as cadmuim Talc, and other bits and bobs.

    You may like to know that I work for Hozelock which is why i answered your post.

    I am trying to persuade the powers at be here to market our food grade hose (yes we do make it) for the caravan and boating markets and as such we will have a few testers on sale at the NEC. If enough people show interest then we may market the stuff.

    You will see "food grade" and "Potable" - they aint the same thing. Potable being the drinking water quality one (its all to do with euro regs etc etc blah blah- i wont bore you)

    Will keep you posted.
    Shout if anyone needs specific/more advice
     
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    Jewsons the builders merchants now sell a cadmium free hose so one less chemical to worry about. :thumb:
     
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