What is The Most Efficient Heated Water Hose For Your RV?
Adventuring up in the north in the beautiful snowy states of Idaho, Maine, or North Dakota is a fun and unique experience. You can wake up to lofty snow-covered mountains and ski all day long. RV owners often skip these states in winters because they get extremely cold and water in their motorhome becomes very cold to use. There is a simple and slightly expensive solution that can solve (at least) the water problems. Install a heated water hose and start driving to the mountains.
Buying the right size
If you have ever rented an RV, you know that there is a lot of distance between the campground water source and your RV. Usually, the openings are too narrow for your RV to fit in and that’s when a water hose comes into use. They are available in a variety of sizes, but the most common ones are six, 12, 25, and 50’ hoses. While getting the longest one is the right thing to do, it is always suggested to keep a small hose to connect to it if the distance is too long. However, both need their different power source.
You must know that heated water hoses don’t heat the water but keep it flowing in sub-zero temperatures. They keep water unfrozen at minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you don’t curl up the hose when you aren’t using it because it tends to kink up. Some hoses come with a bag in which you can curl up and store without worrying about any kinking.
If the water source is nearby and you won’t be using its entire length, you still have to stretch it out completely to ensure smooth water flow.
Taking care of your RV heated water house
Every RV has a couple types of hoses including sewer hose, water hose, exterior shower hose, and flushing hose. While all have their fixed location, sewer and water hose are subjective to movement. For your safety and that of others living with you, ensure that they are far apart from each other.
Your heated water hose is the most important of all, so consider it as your top priority. Have a designated storage area for it in your RV and avoid keeping anything else with it. You can fit a water filter at the hose’s connection to your potable water tank. Interestingly, they offer various flow ratios, which alter water pressure and speed according to your preferences.
Plug in the hose and let it heat up while you get other chores done. Fill water in the tank and disconnect it from the frost-free hydrant afterward. If you are using a spray nozzle or any other attachment, take it off as well. Flush out all the water from the hose because it will save you a lot of time when you have to use it again. It will take less time to unfreeze.
If you continuously use the heated water hose, ensure that the water delivery end and the water source is covered with a frost protector at all times. The thermostat, which is located at the male end, should be left uncovered. Detach it from the connection to clean it once a week.
How to clean the heated water hose?
Water continuously flows through a heated water hose, so there is going to be mold growth, which you have to stop from happening. Clean it out once a week if you want to avoid water poisoning.
- Make soapy water using dish soap and lukewarm water. Pour it in one end and let it flow out of the other one.
- Make sure the water doesn’t touch the electrical fittings. Mix 500 ml water with two teaspoons of lime juice and pour it through the house.
- Heat up some water and keep pouring until you don’t get any foam coming out of the other end.
- Use a soft and dry cotton cloth to clean off the moisture thoroughly. Use a paper towel to immediately dry out the electrical parts in case it gets wet.
Avoid using strong cleaning agents like vinegar because it leaves a pungent smell. It isn’t harmful or toxic, but the water you drink will smell the same for the next few days.
How much power does it consume?
The amount of power the hose uses depends on its length and brand. However, on an average, a 50’ hose consumes 360 watts, while a 25’ one with use 180 watts of power. If are currently living in a place that has a temperature below 10 degrees Fahrenheit, keep the hose on power all day long to avoid water getting frozen inside. Doing so will use up more power but at least save you from freezing cold water.
Camco Heated Drinking Water Hose
- Ideal for water line freeze protection down to -20 degree F (-28 degree C) with an energy saving thermostat
- Made with NSF-61 certified drinking water safe hose
- Includes female-to-male adapter to allow connection to the water supply on either end of hose; depending on the location of the electrical outlet
- Durable exterior jacket protects water hose and electrical components from damage or exposure
Camco 22912 Heated Drinking Water Hose is a highly recommended product that is available in two levels of freeze protection — minus 20 and minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. It is BPA, phthalate and lead-free. You can purchase in three sizes including 12, 25, and 50’. It comes fitted with an energy-saving thermostat, which uses minimal power to read the surrounding temperature. The hose package includes a cover and a female-to-male adapter to connect either end of the product, depending on the type of electrical connection in your motorhome.
A durable exterior jacket protects the heated water hose from water damage or exposure. It also covers its electrical components. It has received NSF-61 certification for potable water safe hose and operates on 120VAC. It also complies with all state and federal laws regarding low lead levels. The hose uses gasoline as fuel to power it up. The 50’ long user-friendly product weighs 14 lbs and comes with a 30 days money back policy. Unfortunately, you don’t get any warranty on the product.
- NSF-61 certified and complied with all lead-related federal laws
- Comes in two freeze protection level and three lengths
- BPA, phthalate and lead-free
- No warranty
- Takes longer time to unfreeze from the inside
Pirit Heated Water Hose
Pirit is one of the leading heated hose brands and known for their prompt customer service. Manufactured in China, the PWL-03-50 50-Feet Heated Hose has an interior construction of food-grade PVC, which is approved by the US FDA. All fittings are made using brass plated with nickel. It keeps water flowing even at temperatures as low as minus 42 degrees Fahrenheit. You need to connect it directly to heater wires for continuous water flow and uniform heating. Other than that, it weighs 13.5 lbs and has a six feet long power cord.
The thermostatically controlled product uses 360 watts of power and turns off automatically when temperatures fall below minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit to protects its electrical components. A few features offered by the hose that we liked include nickel plated brass female & male couplings, knit reinforcing, abrasion resistant cover, grounded power supply, and protective bend restrictors at both ends. The manufacturer offers one-year limited warranty against defect on the purchase. You are eligible for it only if a licensed electrician installs the hose.
- One year limited warranty
- Interior is made with food-grade PVC approved by US FDA
- Keeps water flowing even at minus 42 degrees Fahrenheit
- Requires professional installation
- Longer shipping period
Valterra Heated Fresh Water Hose
- Provides smooth flowing drinking water in sub-zero temperatures
- Self-regulating heat source supplies additional heat as the temperature drops
- Hoses operate at 120 VAC
A perfect choice for sub-zero temperature use, Valterra W01-5325 Heated Fresh Water Hose is available in three sizes including 15, 25, and 50’. It has a self-regulating heat source that maintains inside temperature especially when the surrounding temperature drops significantly. The hose comes with zippered installation cuffs at both ends that act as added protection from the cold weather. It operates at 120 VAC, and the largest size consumes 360 watts of power and weighs 13.35 lbs.
Very few heated hoses come with a warranty, and this product is one of them. You receive three years manufacturer’s warranty on it, which is its biggest advantage. Valterra is also known for its fast delivery and prompt customer service, so there’s no one it is going to disappoint you. It has an extension power cord of one foot. You can wrap it around styrofoam pipe insulation for additional free protection.
- Three years warranty from the manufacturer
- Friendly customer service and quick delivery
- Zippered installation cuffs at both ends for additional freeze protection
- Takes time to unfreeze
- Expensive compared to similar quality models
Camco Heated Drinking Water Hose
- Ideal for water line freeze protection; self-regulating heat source keeps water flowing without overheating and without the need for a thermostat...
- Made with NSF-61 certified hose and is drinking water safe
- Matching female hose fittings allowing hose to be used with power from RV or Campground power source
- Heavy-duty heat shrink provides strain relief on both ends of hose
- Operates on 120VAC / 2.27 AMPs
Camco 22922 Heated Drinking Water Hose is an NSF-61 certified hose that is reinforced for maximum kink resistance. It has matching female hose fittings that let you connect it either to your RV’s power source of the campground power source. It has a self-regulating heat source that keeps water flowing without getting overheated or requiring thermostat for checking the temperature. Heavy-duty heat shrink at both ends ensures that the hose doesn’t shrink when exposed to higher temperatures.
The 25’ hose weighs five lbs making it one of the lightest products on our list. Camco offers three years warranty on electrical components and one year warranty on defects and other components.
- Heavy-duty heat shrink protects the hose from higher temperatures
- Reinforced for maximum kink resistance
- Long delivery periods
- Takes time to unfreeze
HEATIT Pipe-Heating-Cable with Built-in Thermostat
- Use for water filled plastic (including PEX) or metal pipes. Not use for anything else, like empty water pipes, fuel lines, hoses, gutters, steam...
- Pre-assembled easy to install. Including grounded plug with light, built in thermostat, and instructions. Easy to install and use. 120 volt, 7...
- Both CSA and ETL approved. Industrial grade heat shrinkage tube for connection. Tough XLPE as inner insulation and weather resistant PVC...
- Maximum 1/2 in fiberglass insulation was used over the heating cable for lower temperature protection. Pipes must be at least 3 feet and at least...
- Testing the cable before the installation. Uncoil the cable, plug in the heating cable and then put the thermostat part of the cable into an ice...
Available in a variety of lengths from three to 80’, HEATIT HISD Pipe Heating Cable with Built-in Thermostat can be used with water-filled metal or plastic pipes. They should be at least three feet in length. It comes with an in-built grounded plug with light and a thermostat. The cable is CSA and ETL approved and is fitted with an industrial grade heat shrinkage tube for better functionality.
It uses XLPE as insulation for the interiors and weather resistant PVC for exterior protection. It works consistently well at temperatures below minus 37 degrees Fahrenheit as the thermostat powers up the cable.
So if you are married to your current hose, or only find yourself in low-temps once a year – adding a heater around your current one might be your best option. Here’s a quick video on how to DIY it:
- Pre-assembled; makes it easy to install
- Approved by CSA and ETL
- Comes in a variety of sizes
- Can’t coil it when it is plugged into an electric source
- It consumes seven watts of power per foot
Our pick from the five hose is this Heated Fresh Water Hose. It comes in three sizes, which include 12, 25, and 50’. One of its best features is the self-regulating heat source, which prevents the hose from freezing at very low temperatures. You get three years warranty on electrical components and one year warranty on defect and other parts.