Our new camper has two gray tanks and needs three sewer hoses. There was no place to store them. We added sewer hose carriers for better RV sewer hose storage. Here is an outline of the project in case you need to do something similar.
Why Install Camper Sewer Hose Storage Tubes
Most campers have a gray and black tank. These are mounted under the camper. There is an outlet where you hook up a sewer hose so that you can drain the tanks either at a full hookup site or at a dump station. Some models of RVs and campers have more than one gray tank. That is usually on the models that have the kitchen and bathrooms far apart from each other such as a rear bath or rear kitchen model. In those cases, there is a second dump outlet for the second gray tank.
Sewer hoses are usually stored in the bumper of a camper. However, you can usually only fit one hose in the bumper. And, upgraded hoses have larger fittings on them that don’t always fit in the bumper. On some hose models, these fittings cannot be removed. Keep in mind, these hoses are for dumping waste – they aren’t something you would likely want to store where they could potentially drip waste or where you might be exposed to unpleasant smells. When you need to bring more than one sewer hose, an RV sewer hose storage tube might be a better alternative to storing the hoses in the camper storage compartment.
Here are the RV sewer hose storage components I found and tested in our RV. Note that I’ve added Amazon links for your convenience. These are affiliate links. If you choose to purchase from them there is no additional cost to you, but we earn a commission that helps enable us to continue sharing helpful information.
Valterra Sewer Hose Carriers
I searched for a solution and found something that I thought would work; an RV sewer hose carrier from Valterra. This is an RV sewer hose storage tube that mounts under your camper. In the description, it indicated that it should hold a larger fitting hose. Since I needed to carry more than one hose, I ordered two. You can get them on Amazon or from Camping World.
Installing the RV Sewer Hose Carriers
The sewer hose storage carrier comes with a mounting bracket and screws. However, when I test fit it under my camper, I ran into a problem. There is a gas line that runs the length of the camper on one side. If I mounted the carrier as is, I would not be able to open the door on one side. Due to the placement of the gas line, the bracket was also not in a position where it could be mounted to the camper frame.
A search online led to a potential solution. One person had mounted the hose carrier using vent pipe hangers. I purchased two Speedi Products BV-PH 5 inch vent pipe hangers for each storage tube. The person who used the vent pipe hanger method also indicated he used rubber pipe insulation as the hangers are somewhat larger than the carrier. I noticed that the screws that came with the Valterra product were not self tapping screws. So, I also purchased some 3/4 inch #10 stainless steel self tapping screws. Be sure to check the area where the screws will go to ensure they won’t contact or damage anything such as a water tank or wiring.
Using Gorilla Glue, I secured the pipe insulation to the hangers. However, a test fit indicated that the pipe insulation was too thick and that the hangers would not be able to close around the storage tubes.
So, I tried an alternative; auto and marine weatherseal. This proved to be the perfect thickness. I secured a strip to each edge of the pipe hangers. I then mounted the pipe hangers to the frame of the camper.
Completed RV Sewer Hose Storage Project
For our camper sewer hose storage, I was able to install two RV sewer hose storage tubes. The Valterra sewer hose storage tubes are the perfect size and my new Thetford Titan hoses fit great.
However, while the ten foot Thetford hoses are accordion style and should be easily compacted, they don’t get short enough to fit two into a tube. The RhinoFlex hose I used to use would compact much more easily. Ideally, a camper with multiple tank drains would have three tubes for easy storage of all of the hoses needed.
If you want to see how we connect camper sewer hoses to two gray tanks, check out our post RV Sewer Hose Setup For Two Connections. For our list of must-have camping items, check out our post RV Essentials for Outfitting A Camper.
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RV Sewer Hose Storage Project Parts
Here are the items we used to complete the RV sewer hose storage tube project. These are affiliate links. If you choose to purchase from them there is no additional cost to you, but we earn a commission that helps enable us to continue sharing helpful information.
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