Water Hoses

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 11:42
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Have recently purchased caravan and appropriate hoses etc.
We continually have a smell from the water hoses. Have used a new blue hose and a new white hose in 5 different camp sites. Water from tap supply ok but once hose connected a dreadful smell arises.
Any clues??
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Reply By: Duncanm - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 11:55

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 11:55
Has your tank had a clean reacently ?

Or is it a new tank ? which can smell as well sometimes.

Duncan
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Reply By: Sillydad (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:06

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:06
Is it an organic or chemical smell? Our new water hoses had a very strong plastic smell for a while - we used the to water the garden, etc for a month or so and they cleared up.
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Follow Up By: Notso - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:10

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:10
I am assuming that the hoses are "Food Grade"

The other thing you could look at is Algae Growth in you pipes. If the pipes under the van are clear plastic, as mine are they can grow algae inside because of the light. I put split black plastic piping over all of mine and no more problems with it.

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Follow Up By: graemebe - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:32

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:32
Hoses are all new "Food Grade" and water not from tank but from "mains" in caravan park.
More of an organic smell.
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Follow Up By: Notso - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:41

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:41
What about the pipes under the van from the inlet to the kitchen area, are they clear plastic. Check em for green algae growth if they are.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:49

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:49
I reckon I bought the same hose as you. (From Bunnings????) Pope with prefitted couplings on the ends.

My blue hose stunk too. The smell I had was more a chemical smell than organic. Almost a fiberglass/chlorine type smell.

I cured mine by making sure the hose was fully empty, then I coiled it up on the concrete and left it there in full sunlight for a few days.

Fine now and no more stinky bits.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 13:06

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 13:06
There are some bad blue water hose out there that leaves a horrible plastic taste. It is very glossy and made by Pope and is bought in the hardware stores.

If that is the hose you have, then ditch it and replace it with Neta or Nylex brand blue braided hose which leaves no taste at all. Bunnings stock the Neta brand water hose.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony S (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 23:19

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 23:19
Seconded!! They may be stiff but the only hose to buy is the hoses.Not sure, but think the Neeta hoses are made for them by Nylex.
Before I went East a couple of years ago bought two Pope so called fresh water hoses from that big hardware mob. Got to Broken Hill and just could not use them any more. The water from them when in the sun was putrid !! Bought two new 10mtr hoses from the caravan place in town, no more problems. These hoses were white in colour, the owner claimed that they were made in Australia specially for a group of caravan parts syndicates. To me the the braiding and construction looked to be Nylex.

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Follow Up By: Member - Tony S (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 23:23

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 23:23
Should read - Seconded !! The only hose to by is the Nylex fresh water hose.
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Reply By: jeep cherokee - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 13:19

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 13:19
Have you considered connecting an inline filter to your water supply.I have one under the sink that has the same filtering properties as the Pura Tap filters.No strange tastes yet.Cost around $100.00 for the filter and a few extar dollars for the hose clamps and hose fittings.
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