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Nathan Geving, Salt Lake City, Utah
EZ Collapsible Hose Storage
2007 Ford F-350
2022 Wolf Creek 950
Our Wolf Creek 850 came with a sewer hose storage under the overhang on the side. It also came with sewer hose storage in the bumper. The storage area in the bumper seemed better, so that’s where we put our sewer hose.
That left unused hose storage on the side of the camper. I almost removed it. Then I thought I could store a collapsible garden hose in it. Then I realized that I could get another identical storage container and store a 25-foot collapsible hose in each.
The hose carrier on the camper is a Valterra EZ hose carrier. I ordered an identical one in black and mounted it next to the factory-mounted one using two of the same screws and two new screws.
I put some silicon on the screw threads to prevent moisture from getting into the screw holes.
I store a 25-foot Evoflex 2 fresh water hose in the white one and a regular flexible hose (used for dump stations) in the black one. In the year we’ve owned our camper, we have not camped with full hookups and have not used the fresh water hose.
At home, I use a standard Camco fresh water hose. I use the regular collapsible hose frequently at dump stations.
People make sewer hose carriers out of PVC or vinyl fence posts, which would be cheaper than the EZ hose carrier. Since I already had an EZ hose carrier, I wanted the two to match.
This modification has worked out great. It’s a simple place to store hoses. I do need to be aware of the hose holder when I’m loading the camper. If the camper is off to one side, the black hose holder can hit the truck bed rail. If the camper is centered, it has plenty of clearance.
The only complaint I have is that the caps on the EZ hose carriers are a little difficult to line up and close. I should also switch them so the black one is on the outside making it more easily accessible; that is the hose I use more frequently.
The cost of the EZ Hose Carrier was about $45. The regular collapsible hose was $45. The Evoflex 2 drinking water hose was $60. All items were purchased on Amazon. I had the lag screws laying around the shop.
It took me less than an hour to complete this modification and cost me $150. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is easy.
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