Valterra 20-Foot Dominator RV Sewer Hose Kit, Universal Sewer Hose for RV Camper
Josh Miller/June 2020
My wife doesn’t camp. Her idea of roughing it was bad room service at a 5-star resort. But, after years of prodding she finally gave in and we purchased a used Class A motorhome and have yet to look back. Now, with the purchase of this home on wheels came lots of other expenditures – and lessons learned! Read on…
Thank goodness that in her younger years my wife has fond memories of her and her parents camping in their travel trailer and she knew more than I what we needed. It seemed Jeff Bezos would be able to retire after the influx of Amazon packages that were delivered so we could successfully set off on our first adventure.
One of the first items we purchased was the RV sewer hose, particularly the Valterra 20-foot kit. It included 2 collapsible 10-foot hoses with rotating fittings plus a 90 degree universal sewer adapter and 4 drip caps. I could have purchased one, single long hose but didn’t want to have to lug that thing out when I only needed a shorter hose. Each hose collapses from 10 feet to 39 inches for convenient storage and when you’re in an RV park you’re generally within a few feet of the sewer connection anyway. Even at dump stations you can get fairly close.
I’ve only needed the two sections once and they pair together very well with the pre-installed fittings on all ends. The bayonet hooks ensure a leak-proof system and the fittings rotate to keep the hose flat.
Now, if you happen to be new to the RV lifestyle, let me help with one tidbit of advice. Do not simply insert the sewer hose into the sewer pipe at your campsite or at a dump station. I wondered why there were large rocks near these connections after failing to use one the first time I dumped. It was just this scenario when I opened the black water valve. I watched as the hose jerked and shook very hard as the tank drained and watched in horror as the hose began to rise out of the pipe. I ran over and by sheer luck and perfect timing I placed my foot on top of the hose just as the end was about to exit and well, you know what was going to go everywhere. This crude lesson taught me to use the 90 degree universal sewer adapter that came with the kit. It’s incremental sizing from 4″ to 3″ universal pipe thread allows it to screw into sewer drains of those sizes, preventing the hose from coming out. It is surprising how much pressure is exerted when you drain your tanks.
I have this process down to a science now. Black first, then gray which will clean out the hose and with the transparent 90 you can see when your tank(s) are empty. After detaching the hose from the RV I lift that end, collapsing the hose as I walk towards the sewer dump, and let any remaining “Yuck” exit the hose. A quick quarter turn detaches the bayonet hooks and both hoses and their parts store nicely in a plastic bin in its dedicated storage under the RV.
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