Wintering in an RV? Heated Water Hose Is a Necessity
With a no freeze water hose, there's no worry either
I know, I know - we must be crazy. A couple of years ago, we decided to sell everything we owned to lead a much simpler life. We hatched a plan to live full time in a recreational vehicle - an RV - and spend our time working on our online business and visiting our children and grandchildren. And so far, we've done pretty good at following through with our plan. But due to circumstances beyond our control, we found ourselves in an RV in a cold climate in the wintertime. We quickly learned how to put up some skirting, how to cover most of the windows on the inside with plastic, and how to keep warm with cheap, small electric heaters. But the main problem with wintering in an RV is keeping your water from freezing. That's when we found out the value of a heated RV water hose.
Of course I knew that we had to protect our hose somehow. The water source for an RV, in case you don't know these things, is a heavy-duty hose that goes from the hydrant (we don't call it a faucet, that would not be cool) to the RV water inlet. An exposed plastic garden hose is like a pan of water left outdoors - you know how cold it got by how frozen it is the next morning. We learned that one way to get a heated water hose is to wrap it in heat tape (a plugged-in strip of rubber with a heating element inside it) and foam insulation and plug it in. The problem with that system is that the tape you use to hold everything together might or might not last all winter, or the heat tape itself can just stop working. This is where the heated RV water hose comes to the rescue.
This hose is made for just the kind of situation I have described - you need the water to keep flowing when the outside temperature has dropped below freezing. A 25 foot or 50 foot run of heated RV water hose is just what the doctor ordered in this case. This type of hose has a heating element built in to the hose, so you just have to connect the hose from the hydrant to the RV inlet, plug the heating element into an outlet on the hydrant end, and settle back to enjoy the winter. These lifesavers have a thermostat to keep it warm when it's needed, and turned off when it's not. The hose isn't sticky when you disconnect for the trip back to warmer climes, and your water is kept flowing like - well, like water should.
If you spend the winter in an RV or a camper, you definitely need a heated RV water hose. You may be able to get by without it, or you may not. But don't blame me if you wake up one frosty morning, try to flush the commode, and you hear - silence. That's the sound of frozen water pipes, which can be avoided by getting a no freeze water hose. It's really a wonderful thing.