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Old 06-11-2024, 07:57 AM   #1
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How.....

...do you keep your garden hoses from leaking and spraying at the connections?

It doesn't matter what garden hose I use, it doesn't matter what spigot I hook-up to, it doesn't matter what the water pressure is, it doesn't matter if I replace the rubber washers or even double stack the rubber washers, there is always dripping and leaking ..... everywhere ..... including the connection end at my camper.... and not just my current camper, but every camper I've ever owned.

This is one reason (of many), why I prefer to fill my fresh water tank and use the on-board pump. I fill my tank and then I turn the campground (or home) water spigot off when filled.

At campgrounds we've visited over the years that had water on site, I see lots and lots and lots of leaky garden hoses connected to the water spigot. Quite obvious they are NOT using their on board water pump and fresh water tank.... which is OK....

But for those of you who stay connected with the garden hose / water spigot turned on 24x7.... what is your secret to keep them from dripping (at both ends)??
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Old 06-11-2024, 08:07 AM   #2
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Tighten them? Seriously, using 2 washers typically will cause a leak. If I have a hose that leaks and a new washer won't stop it, then the hose goes in the trash. I only use quality hoses and most of them are over 10 hrs old. No leaks, no drips. With that said, I drain the hoses (at home or the camper) after each use and they do not set in the sun when not being used.

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Old 06-11-2024, 08:36 AM   #3
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I don't have recurring issues with leaks. As Marshal said; tighten the connections, make sure I have good hoses and rubber washers = no leaks. If I do have a leak I get a new "whatever". I don't abide leaks and frown on those that have water running from leaks. On many occasions I have helped them eliminate them. Some folks just don't worry about it unfortunately.
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Old 06-11-2024, 08:43 AM   #4
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Same. I've only been RV'ing for 3 years or so but I've never had issues with leaking hoses. Good quality hoses with good quality connectors. Fresh rubber washers in the ends and store them temp controlled between trips. I take water along with me for drinking and just in case but I use park water mostly.
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Old 06-11-2024, 09:18 AM   #5
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I have never had hose leaking issues, but I have seen plenty of people who do and they are either oblivious or just don't care since it isn't "their" water. In fact, it has been such a non-issue that I can't even suggest what you might try.

The best I can share is that I carry a bag of new rubber washers in case I see a leak, I use brass fittings, hoses with brass connections, and I install my pressure regulator on the spigot, then run the hose to my camper, then into my filter, and then out of the filter into a 90 degree fitting which is what I connect to the camper. No pulling tight (I carry several hoses of various lengths), no sharp angles, just a relaxed run of hose.
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Old 06-11-2024, 10:41 AM   #6
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I started using brass quick disconnect for both the f/w connection and the black tank flush.
When I installed the permanent connector on the trailer end I used teflon tape also taped the hose male end. I've seldom had any leaks from the hose female end connecting to the water filter or the filter connecting to the pressure regulator. If there is a leak at the tap and pressure regulator, the tap gets a wrap with the teflon tape.
A good hose is a must on the f/w side, but the black flush is just a cheap one. Both seem to work fine over the past couple of years I've been using this set up.
Quick disconnects can be found on Amazon or Home Depot and Lowe's
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Old 06-11-2024, 10:59 AM   #7
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I started using brass quick disconnect for both the f/w connection and the black tank flush.
When I installed the permanent connector on the trailer end I used teflon tape also taped the hose male end. I've seldom had any leaks from the hose female end connecting to the water filter or the filter connecting to the pressure regulator. If there is a leak at the tap and pressure regulator, the tap gets a wrap with the teflon tape.
A good hose is a must on the f/w side, but the black flush is just a cheap one. Both seem to work fine over the past couple of years I've been using this set up.
Quick disconnects can be found on Amazon or Home Depot and Lowe's
I have a box of those sitting on my workbench, just hadn't gotten around to doing anything with them yet. This is a good reminder for me to put them in my toolbox for our multiweek trip that we are heading out on for Friday.
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Old 06-11-2024, 11:11 AM   #8
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I started using brass quick disconnect for both the f/w connection and the black tank flush.
When I installed the permanent connector on the trailer end I used teflon tape also taped the hose male end. I've seldom had any leaks from the hose female end connecting to the water filter or the filter connecting to the pressure regulator. If there is a leak at the tap and pressure regulator, the tap gets a wrap with the teflon tape.
A good hose is a must on the f/w side, but the black flush is just a cheap one. Both seem to work fine over the past couple of years I've been using this set up.
Quick disconnects can be found on Amazon or Home Depot and Lowe's
I've been using these for 3 years or so. I've got them on every hose and water device I carry including 90 and 45 degree elbows, spray nozzle, extra hoses, etc. They work great and I don't have issues with leaking either.
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Old 06-11-2024, 12:12 PM   #9
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Like many others have written, I immediately cut off the ďstockĒ ends and replace with upgraded screw on clamp brass fittings. I donít use the quick connectors, just the upgraded brass screw on fittings that attach with a clamp
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Old 06-11-2024, 03:26 PM   #10
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I am kinda cheap and won't buy all that fancy stuff. I do use drinking water safe hoses I buy at the TrueValue. About the only dribble I have encountered is with the city water connection and use a couple wraps of teflon tape and problem solved.
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Old 06-11-2024, 04:25 PM   #11
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Top quality hoses will eliminate 99% of your leaks.
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Old 06-11-2024, 04:56 PM   #12
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Might I add also don’t use the cheap washers that usually come with a hose. Buy a pack of good washers.
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Old 06-11-2024, 11:04 PM   #13
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One thing I found over the years is that hose leaks can be a sign that you are screwing the connections on TOO tight. It's a natural reaction to crank it down tighter if it leaks, but often the damage to the washer is already done. Change out the washer, then use more modest power. If you have to use a tool, something is already wrong.

I also like to rub my washers with plumber's silicone grease, just for luck, as well as the turning collars.

I've considered using the quick-connects, which I like a lot... but they would jut out from my rig wall, the covers would no longer fit, and my water connectors would collect highway grime, so I haven't.
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Old 06-17-2024, 03:00 AM   #14
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I use teflon tape.
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x2 don't buy cheap low prices hose, only quality ones
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Old 06-19-2024, 02:30 PM   #16
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...do you keep your garden hoses from leaking and spraying at the connections?

It doesn't matter what garden hose I use

At campgrounds we've visited over the years that had water on site, I see lots and lots and lots of leaky garden hoses connected to the water spigot.

But for those of you who stay connected with the garden hose / water spigot turned on 24x7.... what is your secret to keep them from dripping (at both ends)??
Ok, Iím going to be THAT guy.
Garden Hose ?

I donít care if my garden hose at home has leaking ends as long as the hose itself is not leaking.

My potable water hose for the RV is another matter. Brass ends, new washers, quick connect fittings with Teflon tape, Vaseline on the o-rings, everything tight.

To the OP, I know what you meant, I just wanted to be THAT guy.
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Old 06-20-2024, 04:29 AM   #17
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I use teflon tape.
The threads are not the sealing surface for a water hose. The tape may reduce friction on the threads allowing a tighter connection.
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Old 06-20-2024, 05:16 AM   #18
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Teflon tape, properly known as “thread seal tape,” is used in the plumbing industry to seal the threads at the end of a pipe. Thanks to its unique construction, when used properly, Teflon tape can prevent plumbing leaks by filling the threads of pipe connections
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Old 06-20-2024, 05:58 AM   #19
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Not to beat a dead horse, but the threads of a hose bib are not the water proof connection fitting like a threaded fitting. The threads of a hose bib are like the threads of a pipe union. The threads tighten up the sealing surfaces inside the fitting. The female hose end has an washer (rubber or plastic) that is tightened to the flat mating surface of the male fitting. If the water is leaking out of the threads, then the interior washer and or mating surface has failed.
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