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Posted: 12/10/20 07:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

penguin149 wrote:

Looking at water hoses for next season and making my Christmas list. Thinking about getting a Zero-G hose but not sure which one.

Gray / Black "garden" hose says it's drinking water safe and it's 5/8"; more volume but more bulk to store
Gray Zero-G

Blue RV/Marine hose is 1/2"; less volume and see complaints that it says do not keep under pressure? Aren't all RV hoses under pressure when in use?!
Blue Zero-G

Which one is best for travel trailer use?


One must ask the question.. Do I ALWAYS "need" 50 feet of hose???

My own personal use, no.

for me, some campgrounds 10' of hose works fine, some may need several 10' sections or so.

For long term usage and under constant pressure (especially HIGH pressure) I think you will find those "zero" hoses failing faster than plain old non woven types.

I carry three 10' white RV hoses and one white RV 25' hose, shorter hoses are much easier to handle and store than one single long hose. Counter intuitive to what you think!

For storing my hoses, I empty and coil them up and loosely couple the ends of each hose together, keeps dirt out of the ends and helps keep the hose from getting tangled up.

This way I only use the exact length of hose need, that 50ft of zero hose, you are going to have a lot of coils of hose laying about if your hydrant is only 10ft away from you..

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I have 2 25’ Zero-G’s. Three years now, no problems. Much easier to store. They have metal ends, either aluminum or SS, can’t remember.
Also have a 50’ at home.


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Posted: 12/10/20 08:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have two 100 foot Zero-G hoses that I use when camping where I don't have a water hookup. I add a Y adapter at the spigot and fill my fresh tank then unhook them and put them away until needed again. It's a lot easier than hauling jugs back and forth, especially with an 80 gallon tank! If I have water hookups, I use a Flexzilla 50 foot hose. That combination works very well for me.


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I've been using a Zero G style for two years. No issues. It does have plastic threads so I'm careful when threading it onto my PSI gauge. Love the fact that regardless of how cool/cold it is out that it will fold up in the same water supply tote. Not so much with my blue hose.
One thing I did is add a 'Y' at the spigot when hooking up. The Zero G style seems to hold pressure longer so I release it with the other end on the 'Y'.

As far as water pressure inside the RV goes, it's the same with either style hose for me.

I'll never buy another blue style hose again.

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Wonder if zero g moved to plastic threads too. Would have sworn I bought one with metal threads a 2-3 years ago.

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penguin149 wrote:

see complaints that it says do not keep under pressure?


Not really sure what "doesn't keep under pressure" means.


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Happened to me with the home depot version. Had it hooked to a sprayer with the water pressure on. Was a hot day. The hose started to balloon in spots. Was only 2 or 3 hours old.

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Switched to a zero g last year. Best decision i made. I also use a wye and another chepo expandable hose on that end for washing, rinsing, and the black tank rinse. Sometimes you need lots of hose so my old white hose is stored , and used if needed. No problems with the zero g so far. And they are so easy to use. If it breaks ,I'll get another one.


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trail-explorer wrote:

penguin149 wrote:

see complaints that it says do not keep under pressure?


Not really sure what "doesn't keep under pressure" means.


READ HERE

The following disclaimer directly from CWs website above..

"Not recommended to be under constant pressure."

I take that to mean it is not designed to be under pressure 24/7/365 unlike REAL hoses.

It is for TEMPORARY INTERMITTENT USEAGE (pressure) and anything more than that all bets are off and doubtful the manufacturer will replace under warranty if you leave it pressured all Summer and it springs a leak.

They are not all that durable the construction is similar to a fire hose but much lighter weight construction with a very thin inside core and the outside is a woven thread which keeps the thin inside core from bursting..

I would not drive over them nor walk on them and especially if they are laying around on sharp limestone.

These are nothing new, the same idea has been floated around way back in the 1980s and they often failed after a couple of uses either seeping or springing pin hole leaks.. Back then they were sold on a reel, just reel out to use the reel it back in to store.. When you reeled it in it would flatten out.

And by the way, you CAN find these hoses elsewhere for HALF the price of CW..

Or just buy a few 10ft white hoses, I don't understand why folks think the white hoses are such a bother, buying a few 10ft hoses are easy to handle, easy to store and they will easily outlast any of those fiber reinforced hoses under constant high pressure.

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Posted: 12/10/20 05:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Howdy!

I started using Zero G hoses several years ago. The very first one sprung a leak after several months of fulltime use. It was replaced for free under warranty. I carry two 25’ Zero G hoses now and have never had another problem.

“Happy Trails”
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