Runaway sewer hose

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jymbee

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More often than not it seems that the inlet to dump tanks at parks is well worn with no way to secure your sewer hose. This might require either a second person with a foot on the connection or if you're lucky, a convenient rock or two you can use. Thinking of carrying something like a plastic sandbag that could be used to anchor the hose and prevent-- well, a disaster no one would want to go through! :eek:

Anyone have their own invention for this purpose?

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NY_Dutch

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I carry a sealed Tyvek bag loosely filled with pea gravel for that purpose. It weighs about 8 lbs and easily forms to the hose fitting like a large bean bag to hold it in place.
 

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Today I dumped (first time ever). I expected to see a rock there but nothing. A short drain hose forced me to get close. I could pull the valve with one hand and brace the hose with the other. I will be getting a longer hose.
 

JayArr

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I simply leave those last attachments off my hose. With nothing on the brown accordian hose it slips into the hole, I dangle it down a foot and put a rock on it. Never had a problem.

I always figured that those screw connections were for when you are at a site for an extended period of time and were going to stay connected. Many drive through dump stations don't have any way of screwing or locking into them anyway.
 

Rob&Deryl

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Your hose may be one of the extending type. Good for you not trying to play with it during first dump.
When you get home, take it out of the bumper and see if it an expandable one. Most hoses seem to be 10’ (expanded). I carry two and have had 2 cases recently where I needed about 14’. Was glad for the second one. I am going to toss my 2nd hose and get another 10’ Rhino. I had trouble uncoupling the 2nd one from my Rhino, even with the orange wrench. The Rhinos are nice and you can get replacements and fittings at Walmart. I think I may add a band clamp to my kit.
 

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I carry a vinyl saddle bag style bag made out of reinforced vinyl banner type material filled with gravel for this that I bought at an RV rally a few years ago, I don't always need it, but it is handy when I do. Here is a link to the companies web site, a bit pricey for what it is, but it is well made and you only have to buy it once. https://thesewersaddlebag.com/
 

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I carry a vinyl saddle bag style bag made out of reinforced vinyl banner type material filled with gravel for this that I bought at an RV rally a few years ago, I don't always need it, but it is handy when I do. Here is a link to the companies web site, a bit pricey for what it is, but it is well made and you only have to buy it once. https://thesewersaddlebag.com/
I have a couple of similar weight bags for use in the photo studio for keeping light stands in place. I did think of using one of these for the sewer hose but even though I don't use them that often in the studio I was hesitant to "sacrifice" one for that purpose. Might have to rethink that.
 

Carbonation

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You'll only have one geyser.
After that you'll take ANY precaution needed to prevent the event from happening again.
OTOH, I still have the trophy for the highest rise of a poo toob at a dump station at 26 inches....

 

RVfixer

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I'm surprised that nobody mentioned the rubber "donut" cone that you can twist onto the sewer hose. They are not legal in some places however I have used one for 40 years and never had a problem and never had any one comment on it. The rubber "donut" fits tight in all the sewer connection and will not pop out. A little push on the side of the "donut" with your foot to loosen it and it comes right out. In 40 years I have never had a fitting on the end of my sewer hose and never had a problem. Maybe twice in 40 years I came across a sewer connection that was too small for the "donut" cone to fit into. I just slid the cone up the hose a ways and put maybe a foot of sewer hose into the tight fit connection.
 

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I made I own sewer pig out of piece of old tarp, a couple shovel full of sand, rolled it up and used some tape to secure it.

I leave my fittings on the slinky all the time and have had it pop out while at a campground, I don't trust my crap to a mickey mouse fitting lock system. You know the 1/16 inch tabs that twist into the sewer fitting. At a dump station I just get the 90° into the dump and toss my pig on the top.
 

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This is apparently a very individual thing. It is similar to how no two people will set up a filing system the same or carry the same tools/supplies or organize them the same. in addition to that everyone has their attitude, comfort level, with sewage contents and accessories.

Why wouldn’t every station have a rock? I don’t want to carry one more thing big enough to secure a hose when everyone needs it. Have one at the station. I also do not want to haul more things with me that contacts the sewer. For me, those things require reasonable special handling. I do not cut anything with a knife that I cut raw chicken with unless the knife is washed. I don’t want things set on any ground around a dump pad sliding around in a cargo bay where I store water hoses, tools that I routinely handle before I touch hoses, door handles etc. Every inch of that dump pad area is contaminated with fecal matter from hundreds of people. I left my own cup full of sewage on the ground yesterday.

To me this is just sound health with more common sense than many imposed mandates. For instance, I would happily clean up a spill bare-handed then wash my hands properly before I would haul reusable gloves that had contact with sewage - my individual preference.

As a part-timer I would rather carry a rock and leave it or use a rod or board I could put my on the noodle, put my foot on it then stow with the noodle. I could just put my foot on the hose and make a simple hook to pull the valve open. The hook would stow with the noodle.

The end of my short hose has no fitting. I am not even sure it is not a raw end. I will examine it tomorrow. I fit right down the opening. Seems ideal from my limited experience.
 

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This is apparently a very individual thing. It is similar to how no two people will set up a filing system the same or carry the same tools/supplies or organize them the same. in addition to that everyone has their attitude, comfort level, with sewage contents and accessories.

Why wouldn’t every station have a rock? I don’t want to carry one more thing big enough to secure a hose when everyone needs it. Have one at the station. I also do not want to haul more things with me that contacts the sewer. For me, those things require reasonable special handling. I do not cut anything with a knife that I cut raw chicken with unless the knife is washed. I don’t want things set on any ground around a dump pad sliding around in a cargo bay where I store water hoses, tools that I routinely handle before I touch hoses, door handles etc. Every inch of that dump pad area is contaminated with fecal matter from hundreds of people. I left my own cup full of sewage on the ground yesterday.

To me this is just sound health with more common sense than many imposed mandates. For instance, I would happily clean up a spill bare-handed then wash my hands properly before I would haul reusable gloves that had contact with sewage - my individual preference.

As a part-timer I would rather carry a rock and leave it or use a rod or board I could put my on the noodle, put my foot on it then stow with the noodle. I could just put my foot on the hose and make a simple hook to pull the valve open. The hook would stow with the noodle.

The end of my short hose has no fitting. I am not even sure it is not a raw end. I will examine it tomorrow. I fit right down the opening. Seems ideal from my limited experience.
Consider that dump stations typically do get a fair amount of natural ultraviolet sanitizing from sunlight...
 

John From Detroit

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made I own sewer pig out of piece of old tarp, a couple shovel full of sand, rolled it up and used some tape to secure it.
That is good. teh advantage of the water filled unit I used is it's 8 pounds lighter goign down the road than it is full of water on top of the hose. And I used that gallon to rinse stuff off a bit when packing up.
 
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