The 5 Best RV Sewer Hoses In 2020 To Avoid A Mess

No time to read this article? After many hours of research, I came to the conclusion that the Calmco RhinoExtreme is generally speaking the best sewer hose.

It may seem as if a sewer hose is just a tube without many features and that there’s not much difference among them. However, they have their fair amount of features that improve their durability, efficiency and strength.

All the different types of sewer hoses may overwhelm and confuse you. Maybe you wonder what the best sewer hose is for your personal situation. This part of the article is meant to clear up that confusion and give you an idea of what kind of hose you need.

If you already know a thing or two about sewer hoses, then you can click here to jump to the reviews.

 

Thickness

The thickness of a sewer hose plays a huge role in durability and flexibility. The thickness is measured in mils, which is simply a thousandth of an inch. We can classify sewer hoses into 3 categories according to their thickness:

  • Thick, which is usually between 20 and 25 mils.

Sewer hoses with this thickness are best for full-time camping since they can endure a lot of wear and tear. They are far more durable than thin ones. You may also want to buy a thick sewer hose if you plan on using it in extreme temperatures. They perform better under extreme heat, cold and UV radiation, which has a degrading impact on them. Besides that, they’re also less likely to puncture.

  • Medium, which is usually between 15 and 20 mils.

If you’re a seasonal camper, you can’t go wrong with a medium-thick sewer hose. In most cases, these types of sewer hoses provide both durability and flexibility.

  • Thin, which is usually between 12 and 15 mils.

If you need a hose with a lot of flexibility, then you may want to go with a thin sewer hose. They are easier to store away and good enough for seasonal campers. Keep in mind that they are not really durable because of their thin walls.

 

Ease of setup

The ease of setup of a sewer hose is important, especially if you’re a full-time camper.

Most sewer hoses use a bayonet fit system, which is an easy yet effective mechanism.

A bayonet fitting features two or four hooks that lock the sewer outlet and sewer hose with a simple twist. Although it’s one of the best locking mechanisms, it may still cause some leakage over time due to wear and tear, which is normal.

 

Required storage space

You may want to think about where you’re going to store your sewer hose. It’s not something that you can throw together with your other stuff. It may become filthy after a couple of uses, and you may also want to wear plastic gloves for that reason.

Many RV’s have a four-inch square bumper that can be used to store sewer hoses. It’s a really effective way to keep the mess in one place. Alternatively, you can use an underneath storage compartment or a sewer hose bin or tote.

Before ordering your sewer hose, you may want to check its collapsed length. This way, you can be sure you have enough space to store it under your RV or in your four-inch square bumper.

 

How do you know when your sewer hose is ready to be unplugged?

The last thing you want to do is disconnecting your sewer hose a little too soon…

Most sewer hoses come with an elbow, which is simply a piece of plastic at the end of your hose. It creates an angle of 45 or 90 degrees, which makes it able to connect your hose to the sewer inlet.

Its most important feature is the translucency, which makes it able for you to see when there’s no more filth coming out of your hose.

Most sewer hoses also come with a translucent extender, which you can use to see when your RV is finished doing his business.

If your sewer hose has these two features, you really don’t have to worry about receiving a splattering gift from your RV.

 

How do you keep your sewer hose from dripping after using it?

Every sewer hose I review in this article comes with drip caps. You can screw them on each side of your sewer hose. This way, you prevent waste from dripping and making a mess.

You may also want to clean your sewer hose from time to time. By doing so, you extend its lifespan and prevent the build-up of waste. This article may help you further with that.

 

Will your sewer hose fit any sewer inlet?

Imagine arriving at your sewer inlet only to find out that it doesn’t fit your sewer hose. Fortunately, most hoses have a 4-in-1 adapter, which allows them to be connected to any type of sewer inlet.

 

What does a swivel fitting mean?

Most sewer hoses are equipped with a swivel joint, which is a very useful feature that can save you a lot of effort and frustration. It basically allows you to twist the hose 360 degrees. So no matter how your hose is positioned, both connections are always rotated in the right direction.

 

What are sewer hoses made of?

Most sewer hoses are made of vinyl or polyolefin. These are durable fabrics but do not hold up well against abrasion if, for example, you forget to unplug your hose before you drive off. Vinyl or polyolefin is also not crush-resistant, which can be annoying if another RV runs over your sewer hose.

That’s where another fabric, thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), comes in handy. TPE is basically a rubber-plastic hybrid. So when you step on it or another RV runs over it, it just pops back up. It’s extremely strong and flexible at the same time. Apart from that, it’s also a much more durable fabric than vinyl or polyolefin.

Some sewer hoses also have an exoskeleton, which means the steel wire is on the outside instead of the inside. This feature protects the sewer hose from abrasion.

 

The Reviews

Camco 39658 Deluxe 20’ Kit

PROS

Pros

  • 18 mils thick vinyl provides decent durability and high flexibility.
  • Your package comes with 2 hoses that can be used in combination as well as separately.
  • Swivel fitting makes it able to rotate the hose in a comfortable position.
  • 4-in-1 adapter makes sure you can plug this hose into any sewer inlet.
  • A bayonet fitting makes it easy to connect this hose to your RV.
  • Can easily be stored in your 4-inch square bumper if the 4-in-1 adapter is removed.
  • A translucent extender and elbow make sure you won’t be faced with any splattering surprises.
  • The included drip caps allow you to seal your hose so that it won’t drip after use.
  • You can buy extra parts to make this sewer hose longer.

Cons

  • Although this hose is presented with a length of 20 feet, in reality, you can only extend it to a maximum of 14 feet.
  • A bayonet fastener does not provide the tightest fit and may lead to mild leakage.
  • This sewer hose is not crush-resistant.
  • This hose snaps back when you release it in the extended position.

Specifications

  • Extended length: max 14 feet
  • Storage length: 4 feet
  • Diameter: 3 ⅛ inches (8cm)
  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Kit includes: 2 sewer hoses, 4 drip caps, 4-in-1 adapter, translucent elbow, translucent extender
  • Thickness: 18 mils
  • Fabric: Vinyl

 

Camco RhinoFlex 20’ Kit


Pros

  • 23 mils thick polyolefin provides ensures both flexibility and strength.
  • You’re able to fully extend the 20-foot hose without it snapping back.
  • The RhinoFlex comes with 2 hoses that can easily be connected and disassembled.
  • The swivel fitting makes it able to rotate your hose 360 degrees without any problems.
  • The 4-in-1 adapter connects to any sewer inlet.
  • Bayonet fitting ensures an easy connection to your RV.
  • You can easily store this hose in your 4-inch square bumper.
  • The translucent elbow makes it easy to see when the hose is ready to be disconnected.
  • You can use the drip caps to seal your hose when you’re done using it.
  • You can buy extra parts to make this hose even longer.

Cons

  • Some leakage may be possible due to the bayonet fitting.
  • This sewer hose doesn’t come with a clear extender.
  • This sewer hose is not crush-resistant.

Specifications

  • Extended length: max 20 feet
  • Storage length: approximately 66 inches
  • Diameter: 3.2 inches
  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Kit includes: 2 sewer hoses, 4 drip caps, 4-in-1 adapter, translucent elbow
  • Thickness: 23 mils
  • Fabric: Polyolefin

 

Camco RhinoExtreme 15’ Kit – The Best Sewer Hose

Pros

  • 24 mils thick thermoplastic elastomer not only provides insane durability and flexibility, but also provides crush-resistance. You don’t have to worry about cars running over this hose as it will pop right back up.
  • Its steel wire runs on the outside instead of the inside, making this hose much more abrasion-resistant.
  • Like the RhinoFlex, you can fully extend this sewer hose without it snapping back.
  • The swivel fitting makes it able to rotate your hose 360 degrees without any problems.
  • The 4-in-1 adapter connects to any sewer inlet.
  • Bayonet fitting ensures an easy connection to your RV.
  • The translucent elbow makes it easy to see when the hose is ready to be disconnected.
  • You can use the drip caps to seal your hose when you’re done using it.
  • There’s an extension kit available in case you need to make it longer.

Cons

  • This hose consists of one part, which means you need to use the entire 15-foot long tube.
  • You can only store this sewer hose in a 4-inch square bumper that has no bolts on the inside.
  • Some leakage may be possible due to the bayonet fitting.
  • This sewer hose doesn’t come with a clear extender.

Specifications

  • Extended length: max 15 feet
  • Storage length: 62 inches
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • Kit includes: 1 sewer hose, 2 drip caps, 4-in-1 adapter, translucent elbow
  • Thickness: 24 mils
  • Fabric: TPE

 

Titan 17853 20′ Premium Kit

Pros

  • The Titan is made of 26 mils TPE, which provides crush-resistance, durability and flexibility. This hose is a great RhinoExtreme alternative.
  • The 20’ kit comes with two hoses that you can easily connect or use separately.
  • Like every other hose in these reviews, this one has a swivel joint, drip caps, 4-in-1 adapter and a bayonet fitting for maximum ease of use and cleanliness.
  • Can easily be stored in your 4-inch square bumper.
  • The clear elbow makes it possible to see when no more waste is coming out of the hose. It also has the ability to rotate, so that your sewer hose can always be placed in the best position.

Cons

  • Some leakage may be possible.
  • A clear extender is not included.
  • Is not as abrasion-resistant as the RhinoExtreme since it doesn’t feature an exoskeleton.
  • This sewer hose is not really 20 feet long but more like 18 feet.
  • It’s pretty bulky since it’s storage length is about 8 foot.

Specifications

  • Extended length: max 18 feet
  • Storage length: 8 feet
  • Weight: 6.65 pounds
  • Diameter: 3 inches
  • Kit includes: 2 sewer hoses, 4 drip caps, 4-in-1 adapter, clear elbow
  • Thickness: 26 mils
  • Fabric: TPE

 

Camco 39634 Revolution 20’ Kit – Most Flexible Sewer Hose

Pros

  • Great hose for occasional campers.
  • This hose is also supplied with two connectable parts that can be used separately.
  • This is a very flexible hose and can easily be used in awkward positions.
  • A swivel fitting, 4-in-1 adapter, bayonet fitting, clear elbow and drip caps are included so you have everything you need.

Cons

  • This sewer hose is not 20 feet long. 14 feet sounds like a more reasonable number.
  • Minor leakage may be possible.
  • Its high flexibility comes at the expense of thickness and durability.
  • A clear extender is not included.
  • This hose won’t hold up very well against abrasion.

Specifications

  • Extended length: max. 14 feet
  • Storage length: 4 feet
  • Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Diameter: 3 ¼ inches
  • Kit includes: 2 sewer hoses, 4 drip caps, 4-in-1 adapter, clear elbow
  • Thickness: 15 mils
  • Fabric: Vinyl

 

Conclusion

So, what is the best RV sewer hose? Well, I suggest you choose the Camco 15-foot RhinoExtreme or the 20-foot Titan. Both these hoses score high in durability and flexibility. You don’t have to worry about cars driving over it since it’s crush-resistant. The RhinoExtreme also has the exoskeleton feature. That makes this hose much more abrasion-resistant than the others on this list. This means you don’t have to worry about pinholes either.

The RhinoExtreme and Titan generally ensure a good connection and won’t leak in most cases. I can’t promise you that it won’t leak at all because there is no sewer hose that always works 100% efficient.

That was it for this review! I hope that I was able to help you make a choice. If you have any questions at all, you can contact me on this page or drop your question in the comments below.

Stay safe and keep exploring!

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