Best RV Sewer Hoses for 2018
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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 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.
The Lippert Waste Master RV sewer hose is a revolutionary design the 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. Also, the bonded cuffs that seal the end fittings and nozzle greatly reduce the likelihood of leakage that can be a symptom of a traditional RV sewage hose.
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, and 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 sewer hoses have valleys inside which can cause waste debris from completely flushing out of the hose).
An optional 20 foot hose extension is available for those times when the standard length just isn't enough.
The cam lock connection between the Lippert Waste Master and your RVs waste tank outlet 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 integrated discharge nozzle features 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 and it allows the user to instantly shut off the discharge flow in case the dump station overflows (it happens more frequently than you would like!).
The Lippert Waste Master RV Sewer Management System requires a one-time installation where 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 below installation video to learn how to install).
Lippert does sell a cam lock to bayonet fitting adapter if you ever need to use the traditional bayonet fittings in the future.
The Lippert Waste Master 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 sewer 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 Sewer Hose
Lippert Waste Master Durability Test
Installing the Lippert Waste Master Sewage Hose Cam Lock Assembly
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 sewer 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 18 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.
The Valterra Viper RV sewer hose is the best of the best when it comes to traditional style sewer hoses. What is a 'traditional' hose? It has the bayonet style fittings that come standard on RVs.
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Available in a 15 foot and a 20 foot sewer 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 to eliminate leakage also rotate to allow you to hook up to your RV without twisting the sewage hose.
Both the 15 and the 20 foot Valterra sewer hose kits come with the stated length of sewer hose (the 20 foot 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. This allows you to 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.
The Valterra sewer hose itself is stronger than your typical sewer 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 sewer hose is a great choice to facilitate the dumping of your gray and black holding tanks.
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.
- Sewer hose for RV kits come with a clear 90-degree adapter which connects the hose to the ground sewer connection. Clear adapter 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.
- Valterra sewer 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 sewer hose kits are available in 15 and 20 foot lengths. The 20-foot length 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 sewer hose from dripping while being stored, so they are always a good idea (why, oh why, are they not included???).
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 a rhino sewer hose that they have used for the entire time they have been RVing.
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Available in a 15 foot and a 20 foot sewer 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.
One of the biggest issues with the Camco RhinoFLEX RV sewer kit is how the end fittings are connected to the hose. If you don't make sure they are tightly fastened, they can either leak, or come off. Read Kelly's experience with this.
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 sewer hose (the 20-foot kit comes with 2 to 10-foot lengths so that 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. Also included is an adapter that fits into the ground sewer connector at your campsite or at a dump station.
The end of the RhinoFLEX sewer hose that goes into the ground sewer connector has a translucent 90-degree bend. This translucent fitting allows you to see when the gray and black tanks are done draining (the flow stops). You might want to consider getting a clear adapter to put on the end of your RVs drain tube so that you can see when your black tank water flows clear if you are able to flush your black tank.
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, and if you don't have a problem making sure the end fittings are secure, the Camco RhinoFLEX is a good budget-minded option. If either of these are a concern, we recommend you consider our top traditional RV sewer hose choice - Valterra Viper.
Camco RhinoFLEX RV Sewer Hose
How to Check the Tightness of the End Fittings
Camco RhinoFLEX Features and Specs:
- 23 mil thick steel wire reinforced hose.
- End fittings can be replaced (but you also need to make sure they are secure!). Fittings spin so that hose doesn't twist when connecting to the RV or ground sewer connection.
- Sewer hose kits come with a translucent 90-degree 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 20-foot length 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 10 foot extension hose if you need additional length.
- Storage caps included.
Many people use a portable waste tank when they are staying in their RV at one place for a long time without a sewer hookup. An RV portable waste tank will usually include a 3 to 5-foot long hose that allows you to drain your RVs black and gray tanks into the portable tank. These hoses are really not great quality. Camco has a quality, affordable solution for you with their RhinoFLEX Tote Tank Sewer Hose.
This kit gives you a 3-foot collapsible high-quality hose with a translucent 90-degree elbow that eliminates the hassles associated with the cheap hoses included with the portable waste tanks. See below video for more information.
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.
How Long of a Sewer Hose?
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.
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, 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!
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!