Ah, yes, the one thing that all RV campers around the world love to do. You know what we’re talking about here. What else besides dealing with the maintenance and storage of the sewer hose? That’s like the main reason why people enjoy going camping in RVs anyway.
Yep, it’s time to cut the crap (no pun intended), dealing with RV sewer hose storage isn’t exactly on the bucket list for too many people. However, if you plan on using an RV that has an integrated plumbing system, dealing with the sewer hose will need to be accounted for.
Most of you are probably already aware of that fact, though, and are probably just primed and ready to learn about some RV sewer hose storage solutions. Don’t worry, we’re going to provide the goods here in a second. Before we dive headfirst into that, however, we want to make mention of the fact that when you go to store your sewer hose, it’s going to be a little dirty.
After all, RV sewer hoses are used to empty black and gray water tanks in RVs. Black water tanks will hold the wastewater from the toilet, and gray water tanks will hold the wastewater from sink and shower drains. Using a sewer hose can allow these tanks to be drained, but that means the nasty wastewater will be traveling through the hose.
In other words, before you even think about storing the hose, it’s best to ensure it’s cleaned, cared for, and dried. Can you imagine storing one that hasn’t been cleaned and smelling the results on your next camping trip? That would be so awful. Okay, with that out of the way, let’s get to why you came here today!
The 5 best RV sewer hose storage solutions
Let’s face it. Figuring out where to store your sewer hose is quite a pain in the neck. Luckily, we’ve listed 5 pretty intuitive ways to do it below.
1. Storing it in the bumper of your RV
This is arguably the easiest and most convenient storage solution out there, but it does depend on the specific design of your RV. Some designers will add caps to the ends of their RV bumpers to allow the user to simply store the RV sewer hose right inside of them. Could this be a better solution? Wow, we just realized that sounded like Chandler from Friends.
Isn’t it the truth, though? For the most part, yes, but there are people who will avoid doing this due to the fear of their bumper rusting out. Most RV bumpers are made out of steel…and steel will rust. The concern is that the moisture from the sewer hose, when stored inside the bumper, will cause the bumper to start rusting. Another problem could be that the sewer connections won’t fit inside the bumper.
However, addressing the issue of rusting, as long as the hose has caps on it, the moisture will remain inside of the hose to avoid the issue altogether.
2. Using storage bins and buckets
If you can’t or don’t want to store your RV sewer hose inside the bumper of your RV, you can always opt for another extremely popular option. That is to use a storage bin or bucket to get the job done. The good news about this RV sewer hose storage option is the fact that bins and buckets of this nature aren’t too hard to find.
Depending on the size of the bin you use, you could even store some additional sewer accessories inside to save some storage space. If you have a local RV store, it’s almost guaranteed that they will sell gallon-sized buckets and bins for storage purposes.
3. Mounting it inside your storage bay
Some people really love to get creative with storage solutions (in general), and, needless to say, this option is pretty darn creative. All you need to do is buy a PVC pipe long and large enough to fit your sewer hose and suspend it inside your storage bay.
Yes, this option requires a bit more work, but it also creates a situation where you can store the hose up and out of the way from everything else. As far as how to secure the PVC pipe, metal straps, bungee cords, or brackets are all feasible options. Those gifted in the DIY area will probably have no issues finding a way to make this work.
4. Using the built-in sewer hose carrier
As with the RV bumper solution, this is another option that does require a specific RV. Some RV models will actually be designed with a built-in storage compartment specifically for the sewer hose. Clearly, if your RV does support this option, it wouldn’t be a bad way to go about storing the hose.
5. Store it inside of a toolbox
No, this option isn’t going to be for everyone, but we wanted to include some rather creative options on this list. We imagine not too many would associate toolboxes with RV sewer hose storage solutions, but they actually can work pretty well for this.
Yes, you’d have to have a toolbox that’s large enough, but this will make for a very versatile option simply due to the dynamic nature of toolbox storage.
BONUS round – here are a couple more ideas
We guess you could consider the next couple of ideas as honorable mentions. With that said, it’s not like the following options are inferior to the others (except maybe the last one).
DIY your very own storage tube
Sure, this one’s kind of vague, but many RV owners simply like to get creative and think of their own storage options for their sewer hoses. A popular one is by using a hollow plastic fence post. Many people on the internet have shared how they’ve managed to make this work, and it’s honestly a really cool idea. The basis is mounting a hollow plastic fence post to your RV and using end caps to secure the hose inside.
Resort to a garbage bag
It just seems fitting to have this be the final option, as it could be seen as a last resort type of deal. A heavy-duty garbage bag isn’t a terrible RV sewer hose storage solution, but it’s also not going to be as tidy and effective as most other options. If you’re in a pinch, though, and just need to store it somewhere safe for the time being, you can go with a garbage bag.
The options are versatile
As you’ve learned, you’ve got several different ways to go about storing your RV sewer hose. One solution (not including the garbage bag option) isn’t exactly better than any of the others. It really comes down to your personal preferences and what your RV allows for. Have some fun with it!