Best RV Sewer Hoses for 2020
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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 RV's 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.
This page is here to teach you ALL of the ins and outs of using and maintaining your sewer system and hoses.
Let's get dirty!
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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
What Size RV Sewer Hose Do I Need?
Most RV sewer hoses come in either 15-foot or 20-foot lengths. You can purchase a separate extension hose (generally come in 10-foot sections) if you need additional length. But how long of a sewer hose do you need?
A good rule of thumb is to get at least the length from your RVs sewage dump outlet tube to the rear of your rig (plus a few extra feet). Some RV parks have the ground sewer connection at the rear of the site, which can make for a long distance to drain your tanks.
While you might not always need the full length of all your septic hose sections, there will be the occasional times when you are glad you have enough hose. Having several sections of sewage hose means you can use just the amount you need but will have more in 'reserve' if required.
RV Sewer Hose Accessories To Consider
There are a few things that you might want to go with your RV waste 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 Support: 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 its job.
Without a dump hose support, there may be some backup. Also, the best camper 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 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.
RV Sewer Cap: A sewer cap covers the end of your RV's sewer outlet (what you connect your drain hose to dump your holding tanks). An RV sewer cap keeps stuff out of the drainpipe, as well as keeps the 'juicy' bits in if your dump valves happen to have a slow leak.
Camco RV Sewer Cap
The Camco RV sewer cap is a replacement for the one that comes with your RV. You know, the one that you lost a long time ago. Designed to fit a standard 3-inch RV sewer outlet, buy this and keep your drainpipe outlet covered.
RV Sewer Hose Adapter: The connection between your waste hose and the sewer drain is critical to ensure your RV's gray and black water makes it into the right place without spilling everywhere.
Sometimes the sewer drain opening isn't user friendly. It may be at a weird angle or the threads are messed up and don't allow for the sewer hose adapter to screw into it. The end result is a bad seal that lets odors out and has the potential for a nasty spill.
The Camco Rhino RV sewer hose adapter solves the problem of making a secure, tight connection with a less than cooperative sewer drain. See the below video to learn why you might need this RV sewer adapter.
Camco Flexible Sewer Hose Adapter
The Camco septic hose adapter has a flexible 3-in-1 seal that fits most drain holes while providing an air-tight fit. It is easily removable with the included handles. The flexible hose allows for easy dump hose hookup at any angle.
Clear RV Sewer Hose Adapter: You will either fall into one of two teams:
It will either seem super gross to you/unimaginable to have, or you may be strangely satisfyied watching 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 RV sewer adapter. There are three different versions of clear RV sewer hose connectors you can purchase: Straight, 45-degree, and 90-degree RV sewer hose fittings (see below).
Valterra 5" Straight Clearview Adapter
This 5-inch straight Clearview RV sewer hose coupler by Valterra mounts to the end of your RVs waste drain tube. Your drain 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 RV sewer fitting by Valterra mounts to the end of your RVs waste drain tube. Your drain 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 RV sewer pipe fitting by Valterra mounts to the end of your RVs waste drain tube. Your dump 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. Caution with this one- it can disallow proper connection if the ground is too close to the RV.
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 sewage 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 sewage 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 dump 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 Waste 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 the traditional system.
Rotating the hose end onto (or off of) the RV sewage outlet sometimes requires a lot of tork.
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 weak grip.
Also, the twisting motion of attaching the traditional bayonet fitting equipped 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.
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 just want to guarantee a secure fit, consider getting the Lippert Waster Master.
It's the only RV septic 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.
Hard Lessons Learned (?) While Dumping With An RV Waste Hose
Camp Addict Co-Founder
Everyone has a dump station story. I am clumsy enough to have had 4. Though not all were my fault.
Only 3. Heh
The first one: I failed to get all 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 RinoFLEX has 'unscrewed' on me at the ends, and to me, that's the ONE JOB that a drain hose should perform successfully: DON'T LEAK or COME UNDONE.
Therefore, to be safe, I am soon going to be getting 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 on/off.
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!
Update: As of June 2019 Kelly happily has a Lippert Waste Master sewer hose and is glad to be done dealing with traditional bayonet fittings.
We hope that now you are armed with the information you need to keep from having an accident out there, though it's still likely to happen, as we are all human!
Knowledge is power, peeps!
Further reading will lead you to finding out which RV waste hose we think is the safest and best bet for never having an accident.
If you are in the market, read on to find out which hose is best on a budget, best traditional, and best overall.
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 (or no) 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 waste hose products available to you that solve these issue.
What Is The Best RV Sewer Hose?
While there are a fair number of different products available, we are going to show you the ones we believe are the best hoses at three different price points.
The Best RV Sewer Hoses:
- Lippert Waste Master RV Sewer Hose
- Valterra Viper RV Dump Hose
- Camco RhinoFLEX Septic Hose
Read the following RV sewer hose reviews and find out which of the above three is the best sewage drain hose to help you make quick work of the dirty business of draining black and grey water tanks.
RV Septic Hoses Compared
Best RV Sewer Hose
Lippert Waste Master Sewer Hose
The Lippert Waste Master RV sewer hose is a revolutionary design that virtually eliminates the leaking issues associated with traditional hoses. The Waste Master utilizes a cam lock system instead of the traditional bayonet style fittings to give a positive, no-drip seal between the hose and the RV. This is the system that Camp Addict co-founder Kelly uses on her travel trailer.
Waste Master Kit
20 foot Extension Kit
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The 18-foot hose that comes with the Lippert Waste Master RV Sewer Management System is resistant to abrasions and punctures.
It will not be flattened if it is accidentally run over by a vehicle.
The hose features a helical coil on the outside which allows for a smooth interior that doesn't catch debris.
Traditional RV dump hoses have valleys inside which can keep waste debris from completely flushing out of the hose.
Need Extra Hose Length?
If you require additional hose length then what the standard sewer kit comes with, you can purchase a Waste Master drain hose 20-foot extension.
The cam lock connection between the Lippert Waste Master and your RVs waste tank outlet is very unique to sewer hoses.
It is MUCH easier to connect and disconnect than the traditional bayonet type fittings that you have to twist on.
The cam lock assembly lets people with grip and arthritis issues easily connect and disconnect the RV septic hose, eliminating a literal pain point for many RVers.
The Waste Master RV waste hose has an integrated discharge nozzle featuring a 90-degree angle and a rubber donut that seals the ground sewage drain connection.
There is a shutoff valve right at the nozzle that serves two purposes.
It seals off the end to prevent dripping during storage.
It also allows the user to instantly shut off the discharge flow in case the dump station overflows (which happens more frequently than you would like!).
The Lippert Waste Master RV Sewer Management System requires a one-time installation.
You have to permanently mount the cam lock mechanism to the end of your RVs drain pipe. This is done by removing the 4 'nubs' where the traditional bayonet fittings mount to (see section directly below).
Installing The Lippert Waste Master
In June of 2019, we installed the Lippert Waste Master septic hose on Camp Addict co-founder Kelly's travel trailer. She was sick and tired of dealing with traditional bayonet style hoses and gladly switched to the much easier to use Waste Master system.
Installing the Waste Master cam lock assembly is a very easy process (see below video). It's a simple 4-step process:
- Cut the existing bayonet 'nubs' (normally 4)
- Sand the outside circumference of the sewer outlet to ensure nubs are completely removed
- Dry fit the Waste Master cam lock assembly to ensure proper fit
- Apply the proper glue to outside of sewer outlet and inside of cam lock assembly then assemble ensuring cam lock handles are properly positioned
Once the glue has setup, you are ready to start using the much easier to use Lippert Waste Master RV dump hose.
Installing The Lippert Waste Master Sewage Hose Cam Lock Assembly
Adding the cam lock assembly does 'extend' your sewer outlet a bit. Make sure you have enough clearance before starting the installation in case you have bay doors or anything else that might cause a clearance issue with an extended sewer outlet.
Lippert does sell a cam lock to bayonet fitting adapter if you ever need to use the traditional bayonet fitting style dump hose in the future.
Bayonet Fitting Adapter
There may come a time when you need to use a traditional bayonet fitting hose with your RV that's been converted to the Lippert Waste Master cam lock system. No worries!
You can purchase this bayonet fitting adapter that connects into the cam lock fitting that's been permanently mounted to your RV's sewage outlet. You can then attach a conventional style drain hose that has bayonet fittings.
This RV sewer hose adapter is removable so that you can go back to using the Waste Master hose at anytime. Switching back and forth between the two styles of drain hoses is simple with this handy adapter.
The Lippert Waste Master RV sewer hose truly revolutionizes how RVers drain their black and gray holding tanks, making the whole process much easier and cleaner.
While the cost of this RV waste hose kit is greater than a traditional hose, the ease of use and longevity more than justify the price.
If it works for you, it's definitely the best RV sewer hose on the market.
Lippert Waste Master RV Drain Hose
Lippert Waste Master Durability Test
Lippert Waste Master Features and Specs:
- Cam lock connector (sewage hose to RV discharge tube) provides a positive seal that requires minimal effort to 'lock'. Unlike traditional bayonet style sewer hose fitting, the cam lock is easy to engage and it retains a strong seal after years of use
- Cam lock sealing has been used for decades by most liquid transportation industries and has proven to provide a reliable, strong seal
- UV protected hose is resistant to abrasions and punctures and will retain shape if run over by a vehicle (will not crush)
- Hose has outer helical coils that allow for a smooth interior. Traditional RV waste hoses have the coils on the inside which creates a series of small valleys that can trap waste particles.
- Bonded cuffs create a strong, permanent seal between the hose and end fittings, preventing waste drips that are common in non-bonded RV sewage hoses
- Permanently connected nozzle with integrated handle for easy handling
- Discharge nozzle has a 90-degree angle discharge port with a rubber donut that creates an airtight seal with the most sizes of ground sewage drain openings
- Discharge nozzle has a clear viewing port so you can tell when tanks are completely drained
- Discharge nozzle has a shut off valve that lets you stop waste water flow instantly if the dump station/campsite sewage connection overflows. Yes, this happens and can create quite the mess if you have a hose full of the 'good stuff'.
- Hose is 20 feet when fully extended and collapses to 5.5 feet
- Hose can be extended to the exact distance (up to 18 feet) that you need and will retain the shape you bend it to
- Optional 20-foot extension hose with connecting cam lock assembly for those times when the ground sewer connection is at a greater distance
Best Traditional RV Dump Hose
Valterra Viper Dump Hose
The Valterra Viper RV sewer hose is the best of the best when it comes to traditional style hoses. What is a 'traditional' hose? It has the bayonet style fittings that come standard on RVs.
Choose Hose Length
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Available in a 15-foot and a 20-foot septic hose kit (20 foot comes with 2-10 foot hose sections), the Valterra sewer hose has tough, thick walls and an outer bead to resist abrasion, scuffing and tearing.
The hose construction allows for it to spring back to shape if stepped on or run over.
End fittings that are permanently attached eliminate leakage and also rotate to allow you to hook up to your RV without twisting the sewage hose.
Both the Valterra 20 and the 15ft RV sewer hose kits come with the stated length of hose (the 20ft RV sewer hose kit comes with 2-10 foot lengths so that you can use either 10 feet of it, or hook the hoses together for 20 feet total).
Also included is a 90-degree adapter that fits into the ground sewer connector at your campsite or at a dump station.
The 90-degree adapter is clear which allows you to view the color of the water coming out of your rig. As 'fun' as this sounds, there is a reason.
It lets you see when your black tank is fully flushed and 'running' clear (if you are flushing it). It also allows you to see when the gray and black tanks are done draining (the flow stops).
The 90-degree adapter has a series of 'steps' which allow it to fit most sizes of ground sewer connectors.
It has screw fittings of various diameters for screw type sewer connectors, and will also press-fit tightly when screw fittings aren't present.
Valterra Viper Dump Hose Extras
Unfortunately, the Valterra Viper camper sewer hose doesn't come with drip caps. Without these, you get a bit of wonderful sewer water spilling out when you put away your septic hose. You can purchase them separately.
10-Foot Extension Hose
If you need a little more reach, you can purchase a 10-foot extension for your Valterra Viper hose. It connects to either the 15 or 20-foot RV drain hose kits.
The Valterra sewer hose itself is stronger than your typical drain hose.
It resists abrasion and puncture, giving it a long life.
It springs back to shape if stepped on or driven over, thus not suffering from the normal problem of crushing that so many RV sewage hoses face.
As the best of the best traditional RV sewer hose, the Valterra Viper is a great choice.
Valterra Viper Introduction
Valterra Viper Features and Specs:
- 25 mil thick hose is flexible to -30º F
- End fittings of Valterra sewer hose are permanently attached to minimize possibility of leakage
- Fittings spin so that hose doesn't twist when connecting to the RV or ground sewer connection
- Hose has outer beading to help with abrasion resistance
- Hose has a spring back feature which prevents crushing if stepped on or driven over
- RV sewer hose for RV kits come with a clear 90-degree adapter which connects the hose to the ground sewer connection (allows you to monitor the flow of black and gray water)
- Adapter has multiple 'steps' that allow it to tightly fit into most sizes of ground sewer connections. There are screw fittings on the adapter for use when the ground connection is of the screw-in type.
- Hose easily compresses (and stays compressed) for storage. Just stretch it out to the desired length (you don't have to stretch out the entire length if you don't need to).
- Valterra dump hose kits are available in 15 and 20-foot lengths. The 20ft RV sewer hose kit consists of 2-10 foot hose sections that can be used one at a time for shorter distances or connected to cover a longer distance.
- You can purchase a 10-foot extension hose if you need additional length
- Drip (end) caps are not included with either kit, but are available separately. Drip caps prevent the hose from dripping while being stored, so they are always a good idea (why, oh why, are they not included???).
Best Budget RV Septic Hose
Camco RhinoFLEX Septic Hose
The Camco RhinoFLEX RV sewer hose for RV is a great budget-minded option for your RV waste hose tank dumping needs. Both of Camp Addict's co-founders (Kelly and Marshall) have used a Rhino sewer hose extensively.
Choose Hose Length
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Available in a 15-foot and a 20-foot waste drain hose kit (20 foot comes with 2-10 foot hose sections), the Camco RhinoFLEX RV sewer hose is resistant to abrasion and puncture. It's still crush-able though.
It uses steel reinforcing wire which means if you step on it, or drive over it, the RhinoFLEX sewer hose will stay crushed and you will need to buy a new hose.
The Valterra Viper is a much better choice if crushing is a concern.
If you are careful when using it, the Camco RhinoFLEX sewer hose is a great option.
If you tend to be less careful, or want a more indestructible option, the Valterra Viper is your best choice when it comes to traditional RV sewage hoses.
Both the 15 and the 20-foot Rhino sewer hose kits come with the stated length of hose (the 20-foot kit comes with 2 to 10-foot lengths.
This way you can use either 10 feet of it, or hook the hoses together for 20 feet total).
One end of the hose has a standard bayonet fitting and the other end has a 90-degree elbow. Both ends swivel a full 360 degrees.
Also included is an adapter that fits into the ground sewer connector at your campsite or at a dump station.
The business end of the RhinoFLEX sewer hose that goes into the ground sewer connector has a clear 90-degree bend.
This clear elbow allows you to see when the gray and black tanks are finished draining.
There is an included 4-in-1 adapter that fits various sizes of ground sewer connectors.
Most of the steps have screw threads to allow you to screw in the adapter for a secure fit.
If you are careful with your RV sewage hose and there is no chance you will crush it the Camco RhinoFLEX sewer hose is a good budget-minded option.
If either of these are a concern, we recommend you consider our top traditional RV drain hose choice - Valterra Viper.
Need Extra Hose Length?
If you require additional hose length then what the standard RhinoFLEX sewer kit comes with, you can purchase a RhinoFLEX sewer hose extension. These are available in both 5-foot and 10-foot lengths.
Camco RhinoFLEX RV Septic Hose
Camco RhinoFLEX Features and Specs:
- 23 mil thick steel wire reinforced hose
- End fittings are permanently attached (and, in theory, are no-leak fittings)
- End fittings spin so that hose doesn't twist when connecting to the RV or ground sewer connection
- RhinoFLEX waste hose kits come with a 90-degree clear elbow which allows you to monitor waste water flow
- Included 4-in-1 adapter has multiple 'steps' that allow it to screw into most sizes of ground sewer connections
- Hose easily compresses (and stays compressed) for storage. Just stretch it out to the desired length (you don't have to stretch out the entire length if you don't need to).
- Camco RhinoFLEX sewer hose kits are available in 15 and 20 foot lengths. The 20ft RV sewer hose kit consists of two 10-foot hose sections that can be used one at a time for shorter distances, or connected to cover a longer distance.
- You can purchase a 5-foot or a 10-foot extension hose if you need additional length
- Storage caps included
A Better Portable Holding Tank Hose
RhinoFLEX Tote Tank Sewer Hose
An RV portable waste tank will usually include a 3 to 5-foot long hose. These hoses are pretty shoddy. The RhinoFLEX tote tank drain hose kit gives you a 3-foot collapsible high-quality hose with a 90-degree clear elbow.
Note: Video shows old style removable ends and translucent elbow
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!
Kelly Beasley is co-founder of Camp Addict and loves sharing her enthusiasm for the RVing lifestyle. As a full-time RVer since May 2015, Kelly's playful writing style helps make learning about the sometimes dull subject of RV products a bit more interesting.
Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing since April 2014, Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle.