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Old 12-11-2013, 01:18 PM   #1
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Heated water hose

Lots of people already have these, but even though we have camped all winter long for years, I never invested in one. I had always been content to unhook and drain my hose when a night of freezing temps was predicted. Never a problem, except watching for the temp to rise above freezing the next morning and going out to re-attach before taking a shower.

Just before Thanksgiving it got down to 14 one night and 18 the next, so I broke down and got a 25-foot heated hose at CW for under $100 with the Good Sam discount. Makes life a lot easier in winter.

Instructions said not to leave it coiled while plugged in because it will overheat, so I ended up looping it around a tree to spread it out. Probably could have gotten by with the 12-footer in most of the places we camp.

We'll probably only use it a few months out of the year here in N.C., but just one camping trip convinced me it's well worth the money.
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:32 PM   #2
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Lots of people already have these, but even though we have camped all winter long for years, I never invested in one. I had always been content to unhook and drain my hose when a night of freezing temps was predicted. Never a problem, except watching for the temp to rise above freezing the next morning and going out to re-attach before taking a shower.

Just before Thanksgiving it got down to 14 one night and 18 the next, so I broke down and got a 25-foot heated hose at CW for under $100 with the Good Sam discount. Makes life a lot easier in winter.

Instructions said not to leave it coiled while plugged in because it will overheat, so I ended up looping it around a tree to spread it out. Probably could have gotten by with the 12-footer in most of the places we camp.

We'll probably only use it a few months out of the year here in N.C., but just one camping trip convinced me it's well worth the money.
I would think that not having to go outside and reattach your water hose in the morning would be well worth the cost of buying a heated hose.
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:36 PM   #3
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I would think that not having to go outside and reattach your water hose in the morning would be well worth the cost of buying a heated hose.
That's for sure. Although here in North Carolina, it's not every night that we have to do that in the winter, but still it's definitely worth it.
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:28 PM   #4
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I wonder what a good water hose 15-20 ft , 3 or 5 Watt heat trace , 110 v - 15-20 ft , tube insulation ?
Water hose - 20.00
Heat trace 30.00
Ins. 15.00
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What protects the (Hydrant) from freezing? In some cases just a water valve at the ground. Youroo!!
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:24 PM   #6
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That can be a problem. We're on an extended trip up north for the holidays, right now on the outskirts of Boston. We have the Pirit Heated Hose. The last place we were at had the water faucet at ground level and we had no problem. At this place, the faucet is at the end of a 3 foot pipe and the CG asks that all hoses are disconnected every night. Became such a pain that I just fill the FW tank and use that. One more thing: If you have TT like ours the water inlet is exposed and you need to put a "freeze cap", (like we use down south on our outside faucets) over the inlet to protect this from freezing. Just cut a small hole in the bottom to run the hose thru.
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Much easier to just go south.
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Old 12-15-2013, 09:34 PM   #8
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I read this and it made sense to me.

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I wonder what a good water hose 15-20 ft , 3 or 5 Watt heat trace , 110 v - 15-20 ft , tube insulation ? Water hose - 20.00 Heat trace 30.00 Ins. 15.00 ..........?????
The homegrown version is okay if you are in a fixed location but are a Pain, if you move around, they are not flexible and don't store well. The Pirit hoses are wonderful.
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