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One of the first things you’ll need for your RV is a sewer hose kit. Dumping your waste tanks is just part of RV life, I know it sounds gross but it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds. That said, the RV sewer connection is one area where you definitely want to have the right tools for the job.
After almost 10 years of full time RVing, we’ve seen just about every kind of RV sewer hookup out there. So here are our recommendations for a basic RV sewer kit, along with the best upgraded fittings, adapters and accessories. And of course, what each one is used for. Let’s take a look.
Want step by step instructions for hooking up your RV sewer connection and emptying your tanks?
Check out: How to Dump RV Waste Tanks: Easy (No Mess) Guide
BASIC RV Sewer Hose & Accessory Kit
(What you need to simply connect your RV sewer and empty your tanks.)
This is a good starter RV sewer hose kit that works well for dump stations and most RV campsites. It includes:
- A 20 foot sewer hose (two 10 foot sections) with a clear elbow, a 4 in 1 adapter and 4 storage caps.
- Black tank flush hose. Don’t use your fresh water hose.
- Hose supports to ensure your sewer run is angled downhill at a campground.
- Disposable gloves.
RV Sewer Hose Adapters, Fittings & Accessory Upgrades – For Easy Hookup in (Almost) Any Situation
Planning on full time RVing or doing a lot of camping? Or just want to be ready for anything? You’ll want to add some upgraded RV sewer fittings, adapters and accessories to your kit so you can easily hookup in every situation. For example, if the campground septic connection is far away or doesn’t have threads to screw into.
Let’s take a look at a few great RV sewer hose upgrades. We use every one of them on a regular basis!
Clear Extension for RV Tank Outlet
While this isn’t a necessary RV sewer fitting, it sure does make it easier to see what is going on when emptying and flushing your tanks.
Conveniently, you can just leave it attached to the add on gate valve and put the sewer cap right on the extension.
For full visibility at both ends of our sewer hose, we use both a clear extender and a clear elbow adapter.
Extension for Recessed Hookup
Some campground hookups are so recessed (almost like they sit at the bottom of a bowl) that it is nearly impossible to connect to them without an adapter.
With this handy extension tube, hooking up is easy – totally worth it to avoid mucking around with the connection for an extended length of time.
Portable RV Waste Tank (Aka Honey Wagon or Blue Boy)
Extend the time you can boondock or camp at a site without hookups!
A portable waste tank is another great RV sewer kit upgrade. Yes, you can empty your tanks when you don’t have a full hookup site. Basically, you dump your tanks into the blue boy and then drive it to the dump station.
Whether you want one, will depend entirely on your RVing style. They are extremely handy and available in a range of sizes. On the other hand, they are large to store and it can be a process to empty your tanks.
Check out our Best 3 Portable RV Waste Tank Picks (& how to choose the best one for you).
Which RV sewer fittings, adapters and accessories will you use?
Now that you have a good idea of all the different fittings and accessories you can add to your RV sewer hose kit, consider how often you will be RVing and what will work best for you. Finally, you can absolutely get by with the basic kit (in most situations). However, the upgraded fittings and adapters can save you a lot of time and effort hooking up your RV sewer connections.
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