Let's be honest, nobody wants to see your nasty sewer hose. Right? So I've come up with a secret hiding place to store your ugly sewer hose. You'll like this project idea, I promise. When complete, you won't see your sewer hose and it won't take up valuable space in your storage bin.
Dumping your black and gray tanks is perhaps the least glamourous task you'll complete as an RV owner. Ninety nine percent of the time, everything goes nice and smooth. Then there's that one percent. Yup, it happens.
If you've ever spilled a little on yourself while dumping, then you'll understand why some full-time RVers these days opt for one of those Nature's Head composting toilets. I've even helped a friend install one in her trailer and thought "hmmm...maybe I could use one someday". That day has yet to come, so I dump.
To make it worse, you have to carry around the unsightly and often smelly sewer hose.
RV Speak: Many RVers refer to the sewer hose as their "Stinky Slinky". Walk through an RV park around checkout time and you'll see many a grown man trying to master the stinky slinky? Give him a friendly nod, but don't shake his hand. I say "man" because in my experience that's who usually get's assigned this fun task. In fact, my wife can proudly say that she has never had to do it. If you're a woman who dumps...more power to you.
How To Hide Your Sewer Hose (a.k.a. the "Stinky Slinky")
Sewer hoses are awkward, bulky and sometimes smelly things that can take up valuable space in your storage compartments. What to do?
Storing your hose in your rear bumper is a popular option, but I don't recommended it. I've seen bumpers rust from the inside out over time. You can also buy a plastic storage tube that you can proudly attach to your RV, usually on the back, for other travelers to admire.
Here's a better option - Create a secret compartment
I came up with a better way to store my hoses (yes hoses - I keep at least two) keeping them completely out of site and out of the way. I call it the "Disappearing Sewer Hose." Here's the basic setup in case you want to do this on your RV.
- Find some free space under your RV near a storage compartment (preferably near your sewer dump)
- Pick up a hollow PVC fence post from your hardware store
- Also pick up some end caps and a couple small "L" brackets
- Cut a hole in the side of the storage compartment and slide the fence post in there until about one inch is visible inside (for the cap)
- Mount the "L" bracket below the fence post on the outside of the storage bin
- Secure the rest of the fence post the bottom of the RV somehow (I bolted mine to other compartments to hold it in place)
- Drill some holes on the bottom of the fence post for ventilation and to allow water to drip out
- Load your hose and sewer connectors inside and put the end cap on
- Optional: Paint your stinky slinky holder black to keep it camoflaged
Check out the video for more details and to see it in action. Here are some additional pictures to help you out.
|The new hose storage compartment is attached to the sewer bay|
|I purchased 8 foot vinyl fence posts from Home Depot for around $25 each|
|The 5x5 inch fence post is wide enough to store your hose attachments too|
|I put a little handle on the cap to make it easy to open|
|The edges of the hole are sealed up and an "L" bracket holds it in place|
|I drilled a screw to the top right to keep the cap from falling off while driving|
|I mounted a holder next to the other one for my spare hose extension|
Well what do you think? If you have limited storage space, this solution may work for you. It did for me. If you don't have a storage compartment to hook into, you can simply mount the fence posts underneath. Finally, you can always purchase a plastic storage tube and mount it under your RV. But please do us a favor and do NOT mount it to your bumper. Nobody wants to see it.