3 Best RV Sewer Hoses For Dumping With Absolutely No Leaks
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By Marshall Wendler
Last Updated: May 16, 2022
Waste Master RV Sewer Hose
Valterra Viper RV Drain Hose
RhinoFLEX RV Waste Hose
Dumping an RV's tanks using an RV sewer hose is a dirty job, but someone has to do it. (Probably youuu!)
And you might as well stack the odds in your favor that you won't have one of those dump station horror stories of your own (though they make for a fun story - way after the fact).
A quality RV drain hose is an inexpensive piece of equipment that every RVer should have in their rig.
Well, maybe not INSIDE inside, like in the living area. Eew.
But, when buying a camper sewer hose, it pays to buy something that won't give you grief down the road.
Read on to learn about picking the best RV sewer hose.
What Is An RV Sewer Hose?
An RV sewer hose allows you to drain your recreational vehicle's holding tanks into a ground sewer connection at a dump station or campsite.
This motorhome or travel trailer sewer hose connects the camper sewer pipe (drain outlet) to the hole in the ground where the waste is deposited.
A good quality RV sewer kit will make a secure connection on either end, which reduces odors and the chance of making a mess.
Are All RV Sewer Hoses The Same?
All RV sewer hoses are the same in that they are 3-inches in diameter and traditionally have bayonet-style fittings. However, the quality of materials used for the hose and the fittings wildly vary, as does the method of attaching the end fittings to the hose.
So yes, most RV sewer hoses are universal in connecting to the camper drain line and the ground sewer receptacle. The one exception will be if your camper uses a higher-end hose like the Lippert Waste Master, which uses a cam lock connector.
With this one exception, RV sewer hoses are interchangeable.
Why A Quality Hose Matters
You might think emptying your camper's waste tanks is no big deal, and any old hose will do the trick. But one incident using a cheap hose with leaking fittings that drip fecal matter all over you will make you believe in using a quality hose.
Seriously, this is one area in your RVing life you don't want to cheap out on. We've personally heard several dumping horror stories that could have been avoided if a more durable hose had been used.
Ensuring you have a leak-proof connection and abrasion-resistant hose materials are just two considerations before settling on a camper drain hose.
Here are a few more things to consider before deciding which brand you choose.
Things To Consider Before Making A Purchase
RV Sewer Hose Reviews
When you picked up your RV from either the dealer or the party selling it, it probably came with a cheap (or no) RV drain hose.
You know, the kind with fragile walls that puncture easily, leading to raw sewage going places you don't want it.
Not to mention those 'great' cheap hose fittings held on by hose clamps.
And when you go to put this 'great' RV sewage hose away, it flops around and doesn't collapse into a shorter length for easier storage.
Yeah, fun times.
Fortunately, high-quality RV waste hose products are available that solve these issues.
What Is The Best RV Sewer Hose?
While there are many different products available, here are the ones we believe are the ones worth checking out.
The Best RV Sewer Hoses:
- Best Overall: Lippert Waste Master
- Best Traditional: Valterra Viper
- Best Budget: Camco RhinoFLEX
Read the RV sewer hose reviews below to find out which is the best camper sewage hose for you.
We hope this helps you make quick work of the dirty business of draining black and grey water tanks.
Best RV Sewer Hose
Lippert Waste Master Sewer Hose
First, the Lippert Waste Master drain hose has a revolutionary design, and it virtually eliminates the leaking issues associated with a traditional RV holding tank hose.
Second, the Waste Master utilizes a cam lock system instead of the traditional bayonet-style fittings, which eliminates the need to have incredible grip strength to install and remove the hose from the RV's sewer outlet.
The cam system is the easiest hose to connect and disconnect. This provides a no-drip seal between the RV sewer drain hose and the RV.
Camp Addict co-founder Kelly currently uses one.
Waste Master Kit
20-foot Extension Kit
Best Traditional RV Dump Hose
Valterra Viper Dump Hose
The Valterra Viper sewer hose is the best of the best when it comes to a traditional-style RV sewer hose kit.
A 'traditional' hose has a universal bayonet mount system that comes standard on RVs.
Choose Hose Length
Best Budget RV Septic Hose
Camco RhinoFLEX Septic Hose
The Camco RhinoFLEX sewer hose is a great budget-minded option for your RV waste hose needs.
Camp Addict co-founder Marshall is still using his original Rhino camper septic hose after 7+ years and it's still going strong!
Choose Hose Length
How We Chose The Above Hoses
With 12+ years of full-time RVing combined, Camp Addict co-founders Kelly and Marshall have dumped their tanks more times than they'd like to admit.
Kelly personally uses the Waste Master hose, and Marshall uses the RhinoFLEX, so we have lots of real-life experience with the products we are suggesting.
Marshall has never had a dumping incident (knock on wood!), but Kelly has a tale or two she could tell. Which led her to settle on what we consider the best of the best - the Waste Master.
We understand that the price point isn't realistic for people using their RVs a few times a year, so we offer other quality choices.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Of An RV Sewer Hose Do I Need?
It is relatively simple to figure out how long an RV sewer hose you need if you use this rule of thumb: Buy at least the length from your RV's sewage dump outlet tube to the rear of your rig (plus a few extra feet).
Some RV parks have a ground sewer connection at the rear of the site, making for a long distance to drain your RV sewage system.
While you might not always need the entire length of all your septic hose sections, there are times you'll need a second section. (Lots of great campground planning out there.)
Most brands come in either 15-foot or 20-foot hose lengths (generally two 10-foot sewer hoses).
If you need more length, you can purchase a separate hose extension (which generally comes in 10-foot sections).
Having several sections of sewage hose means you can use just the amount you need but will have more in 'reserve' if required.
What Is The Longest RV Sewer Hose You Can Buy?
The longest RV sewer hose you can buy is approximately 20 feet in length. This is a manageable size for most people - any longer, and a single run of hose will become too unwieldy, and you lose portability.
To answer the question 'how far can you run an RV sewer hose?' you need to understand that most sewer hoses for RV use can be connected together. You can buy extensions ranging in length from 10 to 20 feet, and you can connect multiple extensions.
Theoretically, there is no length limit to how far you can run a sewer hose for camper use. Remember that long runs will result in wastewater pooling up along the length as you encounter regular ups and downs of the topography (liquid doesn't run uphill very well 😉 ).
Can You Shorten A Septic Hose?
You can shorten a septic hose in one of two ways:
- All quality drain hoses will compress together to shorten their overall length. This compression allows you to vary the length of hose needed from full extension to less than half the full extension. This allows for easy storage and adaptability, depending on the length of sewer run you need.
- Some brands will enable you to unscrew the ends of the hose, which allows you to cut off a length and then screw the end fittings back on. This is handy if you need to cut out a puncture or if, for some reason, you want an overall shorter length.
Can You Hook Two RV Sewer Hoses Together?
Yes, you can hook two RV sewer hoses together. You can conjoin as many as you want to.
Choose hoses with compatible ends. Generally, any hose with the traditional bayonet fitting will connect to any other hose with the same style fitting.
What Size Is A Standard RV Sewer Hose?
A standard RV sewer hose size is 3 inches in diameter, and this is the typical size among all modern recreational vehicles.
This means that the inside diameter of an RV poop hose is 3 inches. The outside measurement will vary from brand to brand, with thicker hoses having a larger outer diameter.
How Often Should You Replace An RV Sewer Hose?
How often you should replace an RV sewer hose depends on how good it was to start with and how well you take care of it.
Like most things in life, if you treat your black and RV grey water drain hose with care, it will lead a long life. However, if you abuse it, step on it, run it over with your car, or are careless with taking care of it, don't be surprised if you have to change out the RV black water tank hose frequently.
I've been using the same RhinoFLEX RV black water drain hose for over seven years of full-time use, and it's performing just as well as the day I bought it.
In other words, protect it from abrasions, punctures, and crushing so that it will give you many years of mess-free dumping.
How Do I Support My Sewage Hose?
You may consider supporting your sewage hose if you stay in one spot for a while and want to remain connected to a sewer drain. A hose support isn't necessary if you stop at a dump station to empty your RV's tanks.
There are several camper sewer hose support options available to you. The most common options are plastic or aluminum sewer supports you can purchase that are lightweight and expandable.
How Do I Store My Drain Hose?
Storing your wastewater hose can be challenging if your rig doesn't have a built-in storage tube. Keeping a gross waste hose away from other items in your recreational vehicle is critical. Fortunately, RV sewer hose storage solutions are affordable and easy to use.
One of the most common ways to store your black and gray water drain hose is to get a large plastic container with a lid. Then keep this container in an exterior storage bay or the back of your truck (if you tow a travel trailer or fifth wheel).
One of the messiest jobs of RVing is dumping waste tanks. Truly, there is nothing nastier than dealing with a black water spill because your waste hose had an issue.
Invest in the best RV sewer hose kit for your camper, and you will reduce the chances of a wastewater spill at the dump station.
Durable construction and quality leak-resistant connections that you'll find in the best RV black water hose make a rather unpleasant job a bit more pleasant (if there is such a thing).
At the very least, you can significantly reduce the chances of a dumping mishap due to poor construction and materials.
Don't cheap out when it comes to purchasing an RV sewer hose. Your future self will thank you!
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Author: Marshall Wendler
Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing from April 2014 - December 2020 (now RVing about 50% of the time), Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle. Marshall spends the majority of his RVing life boondocking. He is the part of Camp Addict that knows 'all the things'. He's good at sharing his technical knowledge so you can benefit.