Hey everyone, long time lurker, first time poster.
We recently bought a toy hauler and I have two questions.
First, the trailer came with a white hose for potable water but I have no way of knowing if the previous owner used it only for potable water as he should have. I would feel better if I cleaned and disinfected it somehow. Do you all have a method for doing this or would you pitch it and buy a new one?
Second question, I'm connecting up to a potable water source for the first time (usually boon dock and use the water pump). If I remember right, I'm supposed to put a regulator on the spigot to protect my plumbing, right? Any other tips?
Rather than try to clean the hose, use it for the black tank flush if you have one. Buy a new hose for your fresh water, just to be on the safe side. As for the regulator, many people use them as do I when the pressure is too high. I run the hose for a minute to check the flow. Happy Camping. Macktee
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I would get a new hose. However, you could mix up some bleach in a gallon of water and pour it into the hose. After connecting the ends, coil it into a 5 gallon bucket. Then pour more bleach water over the hose. Let it sit for a few hours. Rinse the out side and then run some water through the hose.
Yes, it better to hook up a pressure regulator that is set at 45 PSI or get one of the more upgraded Watts units that are adjustable. You never know what the water pressure in a park is or if it will surge during the day.
Spray the faucet with a bleach mixture and let it sit for a few minutes before you hook up your regulator.
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White hoses are cheap. Get a new one. I have always assumed the previous owner DID NOT do things properly. They did not perform maintenance on any of the systems or chassis. It may cost me a few bucks but then I know things are the way I would want them.
If you are worried, an 1/8 cup of bleach and some water poured in the hose, connect the ends, shake, let sit 10 minutes, rinse.
I can't fathom how many water hoses, faucets, drinking fountains, hotel glasses, etc., I have drank from in the last 47 years! I wouldn't sweat it.
As far as getting a new one and using the old one for a non-potable hose; I'd mix them up for sure. If you get a new one, either clean and save the old one as a spare or extra, or, leave it behind at your next campsite for the next guy to use (might be me )
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Every spring when dewinterizing my trailer I put the hose in one of my coolers mixed with water and bleach. I put the hose in so the bleach/water mix will be inside the hose. 9 years and I still have the same hose in excellent shape. I wouldn`t use it for the black tank flush as was mentioned....you wouldn`t want to accidently mix them up!!! I have a cheap generic blue hose for the flush.
Are you filling your frshwater tank from a community spigot? or are you just hooking up to your sites spigot? you don`t need a regulator to fill your fresh water tank! depending on the water pressure at the campground you may or may not need a regulator. I have one, but have stopped using it. it cuts down the water pressure too much, to the point the water will just barely spray out of the shower!
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