One of the first things a new RVer winds up shopping for is a water hose. Even if you only boondock away from utility sites, and so won't have a hose hooked up to your rig, you still need something to get water into your tanks. How do you know what kind of hose to use? Will any old garden variety garden hose do, or do you have to sink money into an RV water hose you may hate in the end?
The thickness of the braided hose is certainly better than that of the typical "RV" hose; hence, kinkage should be past history. The "funny taste" we often associate with water hoses is also a non-issue, as we've found the water coming out of these lines is fairly good. And since you're buying the hose in "cut" lengths, you can make up your own hoses. Some RVers say they carry several of their own hoses, 10' in length for easy storage. These can be rolled up and stored away in a sanitary fashion in a plastic gear box. Having more than one 'ten-footer' on hand helps them to make whatever length is needed without a lot of excess hanging around to trip over and fuss with with it's time to break camp.
Keep in mind the smaller the diameter of the hose, the greater the resistance to water flow--and hence a drop in pressure. If you're just filling your tanks with a hose, that might not make much difference to you. But if you do frequent campground hookups, a smaller hose restricting your water flow could make for a difference in your shower power. The longer the hose run, the greater the effect, so plan accordingly. Of course, the bigger the hose diameter, the greater the cost of the hose; and there are practical limits on the size of the fittings you'll also need to stick on the ends of your new hose.
A couple of thoughts on hose use: We store our hoses with the ends screwed together; this keeps dirt, bugs, and other undesirable stuff out of the hose. Always drain your hose before storing it--that helps to keep bacterial growth down. Before hooking the hose up to the RV, or pumping water into your fresh water tank, let the hose run a few seconds to flush it out.
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