Best RV Sewer Hoses for 2017
The 'stinky slinky'. The 'sludge snake'. The 'pooper mover'. Whatever you want to call it, having the best RV sewer hose is essential (unless you have an RV composting toilet, duh).
It's a dirty necessity to have to dump your RVs black and grey tanks. It's also a sometimes anxiety-inducing chore for the fear of doing it wrong or of something GOING wrong.
Ask pretty much any experienced RVer if they have an RV sewer hookup horror story, and you can just about guarantee that they have one. This is the perfect reason to have a high-quality RV sewage hose-best-case-scenario- one that is the least likely to EVER leak in any way.
RV Sewer Hoses Compared
RV Sewer Hose Reviews
Chances are that when you picked up your RV from either the dealer or the party selling it to you, it came with a cheap sewer hose. You know, the kind with really thin walls that get punctured incredibly easily leading to raw sewage going places it has not business going.
Not to mention those 'awesome' cheap hose fittings held on by hose clamps. And when you go to put this 'great' RV sewage hose away, it flops around like a dead fish and doesn't collapse into a shorter length for easier storage.
Yeah, fun times. Fortunately, there are RV sewage hose products available to you that solve these issue. While there are a fair number of different products available, we are going to show you the best hoses at three different price points. Read the following RV sewer hose reviews and find the best sewage drain hose to help you make quick work of the dirty business of draining black and grey water tanks.
We categorized them into three sections: Best all around, best traditional, best budget, and better hose for a portable tank.
RV Sewer Hose Guide
It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it (yes, we probably could have not said that). As simple of a task as it may seem to dump an RVs gray and black water holding tank, having the right tools for the job makes things go smoother. Which means buying the right RV drain hose. But what do you look for in a quality hose? And what are the tricks to making sure everything goes down just right (OK, we'll stop!)?
Things To Consider Before Buying A Sewer Hose
- Thickness: How often do you take your RV out? In other words, how often will you be using your RV? The more you use it the more often you will have to use your sewer hose. The more you use it, the more sturdy and thick it should be. Thickness is measured in mils. A mil is one thousandth of an inch, so a pretty small number.
- Storage: Where do you plan to store your hose? Some rigs have a bumper storage. The opening is normally about 4x4 (inches). This setup will require a hose with detachable ends if they are 90-degree fittings, or are too large to fit inside the usually 4" bumper. If you are storing it in your rig's 'basement', you may not really be limited.
- Cost: Think about it.This is a category where you do NOT want to skimp. Of course, the cheaper the unit, typically the cheaper the components and build are going to be. If you skimp in this category, it might come back to slap you in the face. It's really not worth the risk. The average range in price for decent RV sewer hoses is in between $40 and $150.
- Black/Grey Tank Outlet Size: Most of today's RVs have a standardized tank outlet size. However, if you have an older rig, just be sure that your outlet size is the same standard size that most are sold in.
- Length: How long is your RV? The longer it is, the longer your hose might need to be. Some campgrounds have the old style dump at the end or the back of the site. You should have enough so that you can reach any iffy length.
RV Sewer Hose Accessories To Consider
There are a few things that you might want to go with your sewer hose that can make your life easier and healthier. Here is a list of some of those things:
Latex gloves: This should be obvious. When you are dealing with fecal matter, it's best to keep things as sanitary as possible. Always wear gloves.
Microflex Latex Gloves
Before becoming a nomad, Marshall used to purchase Microflex gloves by the case. They are thicker than normal gloves so they don't tear easily.
RV Sewer Hose Supports: This is especially handy if you are parked for a long period of time in a campground. An RV sewer hose support keeps the flow of the materials moving so gravity can do it's job. Without an RV sewer hose support, there may be some backup. Also, an RV sewer hose support is good to keep your hose off the ground and hopefully away from weed wacker damage if you're on grass.
Camco Sidewinder RV Sewer Hose Support
Available in 10, 15, 20 and 30-foot lengths, the Camco Sidewinder RV sewer hose support tapers from a height of 7.25 inches down to 4 inches to let the sewer tank 'goods' flow nicely out of your RV.
Clear Connector: It may be gross to look at, or it may be strangely satisfying to watch the contents come clean! You'd be surprised to see how long it takes for your tanks to be truly empty and to run clear. Clear water=clean tank. We highly recommend getting a hose with one built-in. If not, we recommend getting a clear attachment. You have a choice of either getting a straight attachment, a 45-degree attachment, or a 90-degree attachment (see below).
Valterra 5" Straight Clearview Adapter
This 5-inch straight Clearview adapter by Valterra mounts to the end of your RVs waste drain tube. Your sewer hose then attaches to the other end. The clear section allows you to view the contents of your black and gray tank as they drain.
Valterra 45 Degree Clearview Adapter
This 45 degree Clearview adapter by Valterra mounts to the end of your RVs waste drain tube. Your sewer hose then attaches to the other end. The clear section allows you to view the contents of your black and gray tank as they drain.
Valterra 90 Degree Clearview Adapter
This 90 degree Clearview adapter by Valterra mounts to the end of your RVs waste drain tube. Your sewer hose then attaches to the other end. The clear section allows you to view the contents of your black and gray tank as they drain.
Flushing Hose: This is a hose you use EXCLUSIVELY for sewer purposes. It can be a garden hose, it really doesn't matter. Whether it's to rinse out the sewer hose when you're finished or to back-flush your tank, you need a hose. Just don't ever use this hose for anything else. If you choose not to have a hose, have a gallon of water handy in case the dump station doesn't have any water and neither does your holding tank. You can flush the sewer hose out by pouring water in it before you unhook it from the dump hole.
Gilmour Flexogen Hose 1/2 Inch x 25 Feet
Any decent quality garden hose will do. But it HAS to be dedicated to the job of tank and sewer hose flushing. DO NOT use the same hose you use for fresh water. Do we really need to tell you why?
Macerators: What do you do if there are no dump stations around? You may need to dump into a toilet or the sewer clean out of your house. In such a case, a macerator will crush everything (like a garbage disposal) so it is small enough to go through a regular sized garden hose. These are not NECESSARY, but some people use them for areas where a dump is not available or easy to get to, or so that they can dump at their house.
This Flojet macerator attaches to the end of your RVs 3 inch sewer drain pipe so you only attach it when you need it. Plug it into a 12-volt source, attach a garden hose (NOT a hose you use to fill your fresh water tank with) and fire it up! It will chop up the 'goods' and pump it away to a sewer drain.
Complications Attaching Traditional RV Sewer Hoses
Attaching/detaching the traditional bayonet style connector to your RV can be very difficult. Some users, such as anyone with weak hands or those with arthritis in their joints, may have great difficulty in using this traditional system.
Rotating the hose end onto (or off of) the RV sewage outlet sometimes requires a lot of tork, and the low positioning of your outlet may make the job very uncomfortable, or even impossible if you are not very flexible and/or have a weaker grip.
Also, the twisting motion of attaching the traditional bayonet fitting equipped sewer hoses to your RV means that the o-ring that is supposed to seal this connection is rubbing. This can result in wear on this seal and eventual leaking at this joint. You can replace the seals, but there is a better system altogether.
A Clearly Superior RV Sewage Hose: Lippert Waste Master With Cam Lock Seals
This is where the Lippert Waste Master saves the day. The cam lock system they use is the standard in the professional liquid transportation industry, be it sewage, gas, or similar. (See what we did there?) After decades of use in these industries, the cam lock system has proven to be a strong, reliable seal that is virtually leak-proof.
If you have arthritis in your hands or simply don't have very strong hands, OR you want to guarantee a secure fit, consider getting the Lippert Waster Master. It's the only RV sewer hose system with a non-bayonet fitting.
Read the full Lippert Waste Master Sewer Management System Review to learn more about this revolutionary RV sewer hose.
How To Dump Your RV Tanks With A Traditional Hose
This is a very easy-to-follow video showing you how to dump your RVs tanks by Gone With The Wynns. Below the video you can download our step-by-step guide to dump your RVs gray and black water tanks.
Click here to download our printable, mistake-proof guide (PDF) on how to dump your tanks, step-by-step.
Camp Addict is here to hold your hand. ❤️
Hard Lessons Learned (?) While Dumping With An RV Waste Hose
Everyone has a dump story. I am clumsy enough to have had 4. Though not all were my fault, only 3. 😂
The first one: I failed to get all of the bayonets secured around the outlet from my RV. Sewage poured out at the RV connection when I opened the valve. (I failed to 'test' first with the grey tank. Newbie mistake on my maiden voyage)
Since then, TWICE, my RhinoFLEX has 'unscrewed' on me at the ends, and to me, that's the ONE JOB that a sewer hose should perform successfully: DON'T LEAK or COME UNDONE. Therefore, to be safe, soon I am going to get a different hose.
It's going to be the Lippert Waste Master. This system has NO way of 'coming apart', and I love the way it attaches to your RV, so easy and foolproof. I have problems at times screwing the hose on or off the RV outlet with the RhinoFlex I have at the moment. It can be VERY difficult to twist.
Yes, I learned my lesson about checking to make sure ALL FOUR of the bayonets are secured. Still, I am not a very careful person by nature, so why even have that mistake be a possibility? I'm done with spills. It's going to be the Lippert for me!
Now that you understand what goes into (or out of) using your RVs waste system, you can safely choose which RV sewer hose is the best fit for your needs.
Remember, the #1 thing you need it to do is to NOT SPILL. That's its job, right? We definitely recommend the Lippert Waste Master for just this reason, though plenty of souls have used the other sewer hoses we review without issue. We are gun-shy (well, Kelly is). Whichever you pick, just get out there and use it.
Camp on, Addicts!