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Finally -- An RV Sewer Gadget that Works!

by George Bruzenak

Hose Buddy
George Bruzenal
Filled with water, the Hose Buddy weighs 16 pounds

Hose Buddy
George Bruzenal
Tidier and more secure than a big rock, the Hose Buddy is available in several colors

I'll confess that after five years of full-time RVing, I've collected sewer gadgets that fill two, five-gallon buckets. In fact, I've probably got at least one of every sewer connector ever invented. They're all supposed to serve the same purpose--make sure that black water goes from your rig into the park pipe without spilling on the ground. I'll also confess that every one of those many connectors has failed at least once, making me a pariah in a couple of RV parks.

The problem is one that every RVer has faced -- how do you make sure that the final connection to the sewer pipe in the park won't flip up and off once you open your black-water valve? Pile rocks on it to hold it down? Not a bad solution -- except where do you get those rocks, especially when you arrive at a park after dark? Stealing them from your neighbor might work until you notice that he's watching you and he has more tattoos than a Maori and a dog with a spiked collar. How about carrying rocks from one park to another? Right. Store them in the wife's linen closet. (Just as bad, or worse than that tattooed neighbor!)

Well folks, a solution has arrived. It's called Hose Buddy. It looks like a square one-gallon gas can with some strange-looking cutouts on the bottom. Before use, remove the cap and fill the inside with water or sand, plug your sewer connector over the park pipe. Then place the Hose Buddy on top, and presto! In my experience, the connection stays tight and firm and does not come apart. It's held down by the weight of the water (16 pounds) or sand. It won't separate and spill sewage on your shoes. The one I have is yellow -- they're also available in green and brown. The manufacturer suggests filling the Hose Buddy with sand or water. I prefer water, and I also shoot a couple of squirts of dishwashing detergent in before filling. Now the Hose Buddy serves two purposes: 1) when full, it prevents the sewer hose from flipping off, and 2) you can use the soapy water to wash your hands when you put it away. Refill at your next stop.

I've tested the device at several RV parks. Recently, I stayed at a park where the sewer pipe connection stuck seven inches out of the ground and was a slip-fit (no threads). The water-filled Hose Buddy held the connection securely -- not a drop was spilled.

I recommend the Hose Buddy. I no longer worry about carrying rocks or trying to find them after dark. In addition to forgetting about black-water leaks, I'm looking forward to throwing away those five-gallon buckets of sewer gadgets. One last recommendation -- if you decide to get one, make sure you write your name on it so that neighbor doesn't get any ideas!

George Bruzenak
2/5/07

George BruzenakGeorge Bruzenak, after a 35-year career in computer engineering and weekend camping, hit the road full-time in a fifth-wheel trailer in 2002. He has now been on the road for over four years, collecting gadgets and staying connected via satellite WiFi and HAM radio. His hobbies include fishing, hiking, photography, and amateur astronomy.




 

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