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Hello Howard,

We have read many opinions and watched videos about sewer hoses.  We will take delivery on our 2014 Winnebago Via 25P at the end of January.  We'd like to make the best decision on the sewer hose.  It seems from our research that the Polychute, the Rhino, and the Sewer Solutions are the top three that people either love or hate.  Since you have experience with this we'd love to know what you recommend.  What hose do you love?  Connie



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I use the Rhino........quick , easy ,Replaceable......and not a big investment for something that is known to go bad......(I try not to Love sewer connections)

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Connie,

We've been using the Rhino-Flex for years.  I love the fact that it expands and contracts to just the length you need whether you are hooked up to sewer in your site or you are using it at the dump station.  You may not fully understand the significance of this feature until you start using it.  :)  Also, connecting two lengths together is no big deal if you need more hose.  I've seen negative reviews, but most seem to be from carelessness in making sure all connections are properly made and the locking rings are secured.

I haven't used the other two systems you mentioned.  I know Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor recommends the polychute, but it doesn't expand and contract like the Rhino-Flex.

I haven't seen the Sewer Solutions system, but I just checked it out on the website.  It takes a water connection to make it work properly.  It looks like it would work best if you have a sewer connection at your site, but it could be a problem using it at some dump stations (an extra water hook-up and it may or may not work with the water supply at the dump station).

So, I'm still a fan of the Rhino-Flex.  :)

 



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Connie:

FWIW concerning the Sewer Solutions – we have one.  I wouldn’t bother.  The reason we got it was to be able to more easily dump at a home cleanout connection.  But in a campground, IMO, way too much trouble.  The big 3” hose is much less trouble, IMO, and you don’t need gallons and gallons of water, which you can’t get from the rig, as it has to be under pressure to dump and force the waste through the hose.

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Thank you! The Rhino is the one Chuck thought we should purchase. (If it works, I think I might love it.)

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Lucky Mike wrote:

I use the Rhino........quick , easy ,Replaceable......and not a big investment for something that is known to go bad......(I try not to Love sewer connections)


What you talkin' about, Willis?   I'm just learning about these things. I haven taken delivery yet. I can already hear her... You aren't coming in my fifth wheel covered in poop. But dear, it's Mikes fault. He's the one that said the hoses fail and it's your fault because I didn't buy a spare. Honey, please unlock the door...honey, sweetheart?



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Haven't seen a failure of a sewer hose that left anyone covered in poop except on the movie "RV" and that truly was operator/assistant error. The only failure we ever had through several was that they would get a little hole and start to spurt/leak. You always want to have a 2nd hose and that can be just a cheap one to make do until you can replace it.

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Lets just say there's a reason for the sloping concrete around the dump station. Not that it happened to me "twice" though. I think one of my camping buddies is still laughing from 25 years ago. He said I could back up faster than a defensive end.

Cathy, I'm afraid you just haven't lived yet! LOL! And y'all thought those outside showers were for dogs. My wife did help...she handed me a towel out the window, for some reason the door was stuck.

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Our main hose is a Rhinoflex using Blueline clamped ends. This fits into the sewer hose storage in our Newmar, the big Rhinoflex ends do not. The rest of our sewer hoses are Blueline, connectors, etc. The orange Blueline competitors to Rhinoflex last only a few months, the Rhinoflex hoses last years. We have needed our large 25' Blueline with integrated support, basically two pieces of plastic gutter, in a couple places. Most places 10' of hose is enough, but we need 20 to 25' a couple times a year.

My mother-in-law has Thetford Smartdrain hoses, very nice and a bit pricey. They are much like the Polychute ones.

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We have been using the Rhinoflex for the last few years and have been happy with it. But we have not tried any others (other than one of those cheap hoses that normally come with the RV) so we have nothing to compare it to.
Our's (ya know that's one thing I could certainly get away with calling MINE because Diane wants nothing to do with it LOL!) is just not getting a dribble coming from the connection that hooks to the RV so I think it's probably the gasket. I just hold it up while dumping right now but I need to find a new gasket soon. Other than that it's been perfect as a sewer hose can be.

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Chuck,

I know you spoke of hoses, and my wife and I are "static" full-timers.  That means we stay in one place a long time instead of moving around.  As such and because of living in our fifth wheel year round, we bought a different system that is made up of PVC pieces.  It is called EZE-Kleen Sewer System and has worked well for us in "almost" all cases.  I have a blog entry where I reviewed the system after we bought it and installed it.

EZE-Kleen Sewer System

Now, since using the EZE-Kleen for a couple of years, I did make one other discovery.  If the line of the sewer pipe is going to be close to a 45-degree angle from the coach, it can cause a problem with the degree of descent because of the action of the multiple-elbow part of the system.  It also puts the plumbing in a bind at the outlet of the discharge, thus breaking the tabs that one's hose/sewer pipe clamps to.  This year, I purchased a couple of extension pieces for the discharge pipe that takes it out from the coach about another 2 feet.  That has helped relieve the pressure at the locking tabs and has also helped with the degree of descent for the discharge.

This system is not for everyone, and it is also not cheap, but it does seem to be long-lasting.

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We had Rhino Guard, had a few "issues" and then moved onto the Thetford Smartdrain. However, as a newer system, they do not seem to have readily available replacement parts, we needed a new gasket and they sent us a lot more than just that one gasket and then it turned out not to be the right fit. Grumble, but overall we've had less issues with it than the Rhino Guard. Or I should say, Dale has had less issues, like Hdrider mentioned above with Diane thinking it's his issue, I tend to leave that process to Dale to deal withsmile



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Happy New Year everybody-

Speaking ONLY for what works for me.  Stay away from the cheap stuff.  More problems than the few bucks you save.

I have a short length of Rhino Flex with Blueline clamped ends that I use at dump stations.  It's stored in a small compartment that's easy to get to and use.

The balance of the time I use a Sewer Solution.  I am VERY happy with the Sewer Solution.  The maceration function works as advertised.  Just requires a water source.  Storage and handling is a breeze.

Three or four times a year I'm at a location that requires me to use my "Blue Boy" and lug the output to a dump station.  For those times, I have an adapter that I "created" from a big-box store that attaches to the output of my Flojet Waste Pump and an extra Sewer Solution hose.  (I'm an engineer and can't help modifying things.)  That setup works well, too.

Hope this helps.  



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Im glad you mentioned a waste pump in this thread , most dont carry them but I have found a macerator pump one of the most handy tools onboard while boondocking or emergency dumping....the pump and a hose placed correctly in a clean out , toilet or waste drain makes for a good day....not to mention at a dump station where things are just not right!!!..........best 150 bucks ever spent!!!

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We use a Rhino as well. Easy to use, collapses down to a reasonable size, and easy to replace when the yard crew hits it with a weed eater! bleh



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Connie,
All kidding aside we have found the Camco at Walmart works good for us. We have 2 kits approx $30.00 ea.

About my two special events: Both times the sewer hose came off at the camper 3" connection. I attribute this to cheap hose ends and not being absolutely sure they were twisted clockwise all the way. The camcos' ears or flanges have indentations allowing them to snap in the locked position. The 1st event was in an old boxy Winnebago where the connection was underneath the rv. The drain area caught the waste, no problem.

The second was in a newer Winnebago where the connection was inside a compartment up high behind the operator panel out of "line of sight" of the operator. Probably like your new MH is going to be. You can store your sewer hose in the bottom of that compartment hooked up. When storing and removing the sewer hose there is a twisting effect happening and it can loosen the connection of the hose to the MH.....this is what caused my "I hope final" episode. While I didn't get doused with liquid we can just say it was messy.

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We use a Rhino but also carry a Sewer Solution. Only had to use the SS once this summer when we had to share a sewer hookup with another site. Long story but it works really well.
We do use the SS here at our winter site since it's over 50' to the septic tank and has no drop so a regular hose would just hold the yuck. The SS works great.

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+1 on Sewer Solution. I have been using it for 8 months without problem. For dump stations, I have a hose connection w/backflow preventer to the rig's outside spigot.

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We will add 1 more vote for the Rhino!



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Good to hear you guys like the Rhino. I just found my hose cracked so I'm looking for a new one. I've been considering the Rhino RV sewer hose kit at rvmusthaves.com/rv-sewer-hose-kit/ for $28 so I'm glad it's a good one. I'm asking around though if anyone knows of something better?

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MikeMikeMike wrote:

Good to hear you guys like the Rhino. I just found my hose cracked so I'm looking for a new one. I've been considering the Rhino RV sewer hose kit at rvmusthaves.com/rv-sewer-hose-kit/ for $28 so I'm glad it's a good one. I'm asking around though if anyone knows of something better?


 Michael,

Got the blue bar above the forum pages and use the "Search" link.  Type in "sewer hose" and you'll get a few threads regarding this topic.  I suspect that you'll still see good reviews for the Rhino, but there are other options as well, such as the EZE-Kleen Sewer System.  We stay in one place for quite a while and love our EZE-Kleen.  For those few occasions when we are moving around, I still have a sewer hose, primarily in case our sewer line needs to curve around some obstruction, such as a tree.

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01zeosix wrote:

Happy New Year everybody-

Speaking ONLY for what works for me.  Stay away from the cheap stuff.  More problems than the few bucks you save.

I have a short length of Rhino Flex with Blueline clamped ends that I use at dump stations.  It's stored in a small compartment that's easy to get to and use.

The balance of the time I use a Sewer Solution.  I am VERY happy with the Sewer Solution.  The maceration function works as advertised.  Just requires a water source.  Storage and handling is a breeze.

Three or four times a year I'm at a location that requires me to use my "Blue Boy" and lug the output to a dump station.  For those times, I have an adapter that I "created" from a big-box store that attaches to the output of my Flojet Waste Pump and an extra Sewer Solution hose.  (I'm an engineer and can't help modifying things.)  That setup works well, too.

Hope this helps.  


 I'm with 01zeosix on this one.  I use the Sewer Solution when at campgrounds with full hookups.  Easy connection, dumping and CLEANUP.  I also carry a full Rhino Flex setup for those occasions where the Sewer Solution won't work, for whatever reason.  But this is just what I prefer and respect that others have different views on this topic.  That is why I carry both systems ... I'm always able to hook up to whatever "arrangements" the campgrounds offer.



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