zero-g freshwater hose

5 Reasons You Need To Get A Better Freshwater Hose

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An RV freshwater hose is a freshwater hose, right?

Not really.

You just need to stop wrestling with your stiff, coiled-up hose or grumbling about frustrating kinks in it. Just use that hose as a backup or get rid of it right now. Then make your RV life much easier by getting one item: the Zero-G freshwater hose.

Coiled Zero-G Hose

#1) Stop Fighting A Stiff Hose

So what is a Zero-G hose? It’s a collapsible hose that has a waterproof inner core, surrounded by a tough woven fiber jacket. If you are familiar with fire hoses, think of a very lightweight fire hose as an example. This means when water pressure is in it, it is open and firm. But when the water pressure is out of it, it is soft and flexible. Even when it’s cold it stays extremely flexible (manufacturer claims down to 35 degrees). This makes it much easier to coil up when you are ready to roll.

#2) Get More Hose In A Smaller Space

In an RV—whether a small van, trailer, a large fifth-wheel, or motorhome—you have limited space. This means you want a hose that coils tightly, even in cold weather. It also means, if you can fit 50 feet of hose in less space than a traditional 25-foot hose fits, that’s a huge bonus. For years we carried two 25′ hoses for those sites where we needed the extension. We used the extension maybe twice a year, but we had to carry it all the time.

Now we carry just one 50′ Zero-G freshwater hose and use it for all situations. Why? Because it stores so compactly, it is no big deal to do so. I know, you doubt the manufacturer’s photos, where they may have taken 30 minutes to carefully coil a brand-new hose, so let me show you some real-world photos. Below, you can see the footprint of a 25′ foot Camco Kink-resistant hose (a good hose) coiled on a warm day when it was easy to handle. On the right, is the 50′ Zero-G hose coiled in less than a minute. As you can see, even at twice the length, the space it takes up is much smaller.

This is partly due to it being so flexible and collapsible, but also because worrying about kinks is nearly irrelevant, as I discuss in reason #3.

#3) It is Legitimately Kink Resistant

Kinks are one of the biggest nuisances of any hose. Even hoses like the very nice Camco Kink-Resistant hoses, still get kinks. Manufacturers claim they can handle kinks, but they just don’t.

Kinked Freshwater Hose
Even the nice Camco “Kink-Resistant” hose gets weak points that kink constantly.

Well, the Zero-G is legitimately kink-resistant. When relaxed (no water pressure) the hose will happily kink up, which makes it extremely easy to store. But unlike other hoses, those kinks don’t create weak points in the hose that will continue to kink when you want to use it. So kinks are no worry.

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Can it kink? Yes, occasionally it will get folded over itself and need a quick adjustment. But there is no tendency to kink, no weak kink points created.

And due to its flexibility, the water pressure will straighten the hose out 99% of the time. When they say kink-resistant, they mean it.

#4) It’s Very Durable

So does that flexibility come at a cost of durability? It doesn’t seem so.

While no hose is invulnerable or can withstand vehicles repeatedly driving on it, if you treat the Zero-G well, it will last as long as any other RV freshwater hose, if not longer.

Frequently, we throw away hoses before they truly fail. Maybe it’s because it has UV damage or too many kinks to be useable, but the Zero-G holds up very well against both these issues. We’d argue that it seems to be more durable than other hoses.

#5) It Still Costs About the Same as a Good Traditional Hose

You are thinking fancy hose equals fancy price, right?

The Zero-G currently runs around $8 more than the equivalent, good-quality potable water hoses. So yes, a little more, but well worth the minor price difference.

Where can you get a Zero-G hose?

The Zero-G freshwater hose is available online from many RV sources, including Amazon. They have a model designated for Marine / RV, but we recently got direct confirmation that all the models are indeed drinking water safe. Here is the exact quote from the manufacturer.

“All of our Zero-G hoses are drinking water safe. The color and the diameter are the only differences between the Zero-G RV/Marine (blue, ½”) hose and the regular Zero-G (charcoal gray, 5/8”). We also make a Zero-G Pro that is bright green in color with a ¾” inner diameter.

All other aspects of these hoses are manufactured exactly the same way from the exact same all virgin materials.”

This matters right now because the RV version is often harder to find and so priced higher by retailers.

Click here for the link to Zero-G on Amazon.

If you can start eliminating those basic challenges of RVing like freshwater hoses, you can start focusing on bigger luxury gadgets of RVing to take your RV experience to the next level.

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