My to-do list is getting shorter... and I'm getting ready for camping season to begin. However, I've run into a snag and need some guidance.
Last fall our fresh water refill hose broke. I was able to use sealant & duct tape to get us through the weekend... now it's time to replace it. I've removed the old hose... it's plastic and has a hard plastic coil which runs the length of the hose (like this). The original hose was 1 3/8"... the camper supply shop only had 1 1/4" available, but told me it would work as the fittings were tapered. Well, the fitting at the cap (like this) is tapered, but the one on the tank is not... but has 1 1/4" stamped on the barbed fitting.
I tried for a while this afternoon to get the 1 1/4" hose onto the 1 1/4" barbed fitting, but could only get it onto 2 of the 4 barbs. I think it should probably go on further.
Is there a trick I'm missing which someone more experienced could share?
Some options I've thought of...
1. Find a 1 3/8" hose. Maybe the additional 1/8" is what I need.
2. Heat the hose to loosen it up, then slide it onto the barbed fitting. Unfortunately, our storage facility does not supply power... so, I couldn't try this today.
3. Use something to lubricate the barbed fitting... soapy water or petroleum jelly? But wouldn't this make my hands slippery making it difficult to push the hose onto the fitting?
Whenever I'm trying to get a hose to go onto a fitting I like it to fit tight. But it can be difficult to get it fully seated.
I take a pair of pliers and stick them into end of hose head first....then grab the handles and force the pliers open, slightly stretching the hose. I do this in several places pushing the pliers in farther each time.....due to shape of pliers it will stretch the hose in a cone shape......then firmly press it onto fitting & clamp.
if you do the hot water trick, you can use a thermos jug to get the water to the Tt and not worry about the torch or heat gun. put the hot water into the cup and stick the hose in the sup for a few seconds and try it. or you can get some plumbers grease to lube the inside of the hose and the out side of the fill tube. OR you can take off the fill pipe from the wall of the TT take it home and heat every thing up and slide it on then take it back to the TT and push it all through the hole in the wall and slide it on the neck of the water tank. might not hurt to use clamps on the hose before you push it through the wall.
Is this the green plastic hose with the white plastic spiral on the outside? How long of a piece do you need? I think I still have a used piece I took off my first trailer that was a used unit. I had to replace it with 1-1/4. The previous owner had used so much silicon sealer to make it work the water way at the tank fitting was only 3/8 diameter. Took an hour to fill the 18 gallon tank which had to be filled very slowly or it spilled out the filler fitting. The tank fitting was 1-1/4 and the filler fitting was 1-3/8. I also replaced the filler fitting with one that had a 1-3/8 barb that tapered to a 1-1/4 barb so the new 1-1/4 hose would fit it. Hot water didn't work.
run your water heater on propane and turn up the thermostat, get the hose as hot as you can and use gloves to put it on. a tiny dab of vasaline on the barbs will help. if you cant get a good enough grip to push it on wrap some sandpaper around the hose.. dont give up, and dont use the wrong size hose-you can do it.
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