The Best RV Sewer Hose for 2021
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By Marshall Wendler
Published: April 25, 2017
Last Updated: October 7, 2021
Dumping camper holding 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 do make for a fun story - way after the fact).
A quality RV sewer 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 it comes to buying a camper sewer hose, it pays to buy something that won't give you grief down the road.
Read on to learn which is the best RV sewer hose.
RV Sewer Hose Reviews
Chances are, when you picked up your RV from either the dealer or the party selling it, it came with a cheap (or no) RV drain hose.
You know, the kind with really thin walls that puncture easily leading to raw sewage going places you don't want it.
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 and doesn't collapse into a shorter length for easier storage.
Yeah, fun times.
Fortunately, there are RV waste hose products available that solve these issues.
What Is The Best RV Sewer Hose?
While there are a fair number of different products available, here are the ones we believe are the best RV sewer hose kits.
The Best RV Sewer Hoses:
- Lippert Waste Master RV Sewer Hose
- Valterra Viper RV Dump Hose
- Camco RhinoFLEX RV Septic Hose
Read the below RV sewer hose reviews to find out which of the above 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 RV sewer hose has a revolutionary design. 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.
The cam system is the easiest type of sewer 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 this RV poop hose.
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 the bayonet-style fitting end 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
Things To Consider Before Making A Purchase
Complications Attaching A Traditional RV Waste Hose
Traditional RV sewer hoses use bayonet fittings to connect to the RV drain pipe. Trying to attach and detach these bayonet fittings to a camper drain pipe is a pain in the you-know-what.
For instance, users with weak hands or those with arthritis in their joints have great difficulty in using the traditional system.
In this situation, the difficulty comes from the rotation. Rotating the camper drain hose end onto (or off of) the RV sewer outlet sometimes requires a lot of torque.
Additionally, the low positioning of your sewer outlet may make the job very uncomfortable, even impossible, if you are not very flexible and/or have a weak grip.
The twisting motion of attaching the traditional bayonet fitting equipped RV sewer hoses to your camper sewer causes friction on the o-ring that seals the connection.
This can result in wear on this seal and eventual leaks at this joint.
You can replace the seals (gross), but there is a better system altogether.
A Superior RV Sewage Hose: Lippert Waste Master With Cam Lock Seals
This is where the Lippert Waste Master saves the day, with its cam lock setup.
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 prevents leaks.
Therefore, if you have arthritis or just weak hands, OR you just want to guarantee a leakage-free 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Of An RV Sewer Hose Do I Need?
It is fairly simple to figure out how long of 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).
This is because some RV parks have the ground sewer connection at the rear of the site, which can make for a long distance to drain your RV holding tanks.
While you might not always need the full length of all your septic hose sections, there are times you'll need a second section. (Lots of great campground planning out there.)
Most RV sewer hoses come in either 15-foot or 20-foot lengths (comprising of two 10-foot sewer hoses).
That said, you can purchase a separate RV sewer hose extension (generally come in 10-foot sections) if you need additional length.
All in all, 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 Best Quality RV Sewer Hose?
The best quality RV sewer hose is the Lippert Waste Master. What makes this the best sewer hose for RV use? Read the complete review to learn all about it, but here are a few highlights.
The Lippert uses cam locks to secure this trailer drain hose (also used as a motorhome drain hose) to the RV's sewer outlet, rather than traditional bayonet-style fittings. It's a MUCH easier system to use.
Also, the Lippert Waste Master has a smooth interior hose finish so waste 'bits' don't get hung up. Finally, the Lippert has an integrated nozzle with an on/off valve and a clear viewport so that you can observe the flow out of your waste tanks.
Are All RV Sewer Hoses The Same Size?
Modern RVs have sewer hoses that are the same size. These are 3-inch diameter drain hoses that come with bayonet-style fittings to connect to your trailer or motorhome.
Because the diameter is standardized, as are the way that they are connected, RV sewer hoses are universal and should fit any modern recreational vehicle.
Can You Hook Two RV Sewer Hoses Together?
Yes, you can hook 2 RV hoses together. In fact, 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. This is the normal size among all modern recreational vehicles.
What Size Is A Camper Sewer Line?
The size of a camper sewer line is 3 inches in diameter. The rigid pipe used for the camper sewer outlet is 3 inches, as is the diameter of sewer hoses that connect to the RV's waste outlet pipe.
How Often Should You Replace An RV Sewer Hose?
How often you should replace an RV sewer hose depends on how good quality it was to start with, and how well you take care of it.
Like most things in life, if you treat your black and 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 just are being careless with how you treat it, then don't be surprised if you are changing out the RV black water tank hose frequently.
I've been using the same RhinoFLEX RV black water drain hose for over 7 years of full-time use and it's performing just as well as the day I bought it.
Rinse your hose out after each use, store it somewhere it won't be damaged, and it will give you many years of use.
Do New RVs Come With Sewer Hoses?
New RVs may come with a sewer hose if the dealer supplies a starter kit with your purchase. Generally, the manufacturer doesn't supply a sewer hose, so it is up to the selling dealer to provide this accessory.
If a hose is included with the purchase, I'd be shocked if that black and grey water tank hose is of decent quality. Don't be surprised if you find yourself purchasing a better one almost immediately.
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 both the hose and the fittings wildly vary, as does the method of attaching the end fittings to the hose.
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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.