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Old 10-16-2017, 04:57 PM   #1
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Are the heated water hoses worth it?

On our way back from Northern New Mexico. Spent 8 glorious days in Chama. Sky Mountain RV is the best place to stay IMHO. Got snowed on one day, got down in the 20's several nights. Thanks to advice on this forum disconnected fresh water supply overnight and just used water jugs for the toilet until it warmed up (which it did every day). Don't mean to sound lazy, but I noticed some SOB's in the park had heated water hoses and did not disconnect. Wondering if they are worth the $$$ and which model/brand to buy as there are several. TIA.
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Old 10-16-2017, 06:13 PM   #2
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Bought a Camco heated hose for our 5th wheel. Where we stay in the gets down to the teens and some snow. Never had a water problem.
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Old 10-16-2017, 06:20 PM   #3
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If you only camp a few days a year in cold weather (20 and lower) not sure it is worth buying the hoses. If you camp in moderately cold the wraps you use on pipes will probably do the job. Instead of using jugs you can always use the water in your internal tank.
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Old 10-16-2017, 06:58 PM   #4
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We have a Prit hose and it's served us well for 5 years. Some years we use it a lot others not so much, but having it when we need it is worth the expense.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:09 PM   #5
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Spent one winter in Colorado Springs. Absolutely was necessary.
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:48 PM   #6
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We have been going to AZ for several years and have run into some temps that have dropped below freezing. I carry three things with us when heading South-- a 10-15 ft heat tape, some foam pipe insulation, and some duct tape. If we know it will be a few days and the temps will be down below freezing, I wrap the heat tape around the city water hose, take the foam insulation and put that around the heat tape and hose and duct tape it on. This holds us over the nights and as some have said the temps normally warm up during the day. If it will be dropping below freezing for just over night, I just put some water in the fresh water tank, disconnect the city hookup and run off the fresh water tank or use the gallon jug procedure mentioned above. If I was setting up in a cold area for the winter I more than likely would purchase a heated hose but actually they are the same as what I do with the heat tape and insulation so not actual need for it.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:15 PM   #7
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Bought a Pirit hose four years ago when we were north of Kansas City until early December, and experienced temps as low as 9 degrees and many in the low teens, and never had the hose freeze once. I would recommend one if you are going to regularly be in very cold weather. One suggestion, if the hose electrical connection is plugged into a GFI outlet, along with an extension cord to connect to the hose plug, be sure to keep that extension cord to hose plug out of the rain, because the GFI breaker will trip and your heated hose will stop working.
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