If you’d like to know what equipment you’ll need to hookup your RV to a water source, then check out my list below. Note, please refer to your RV dealership and your RV’s manual for required equipment and steps to properly level your RV. Note, I have a travel trailer, so I’ll be discussing equipment I use for my travel trailer.
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I use two water hoses, one for drinking water and the other for the black tank flush or for washing down my gear. The drinking water hose is what I use to connect water spigot to the trailer. It provides water to the trailer for drinking, sinks and showers. Note, you’ll want to confirm with the campground you’re staying at that the water is safe to drink.
I purchased the Teknor Apex Zero-G 1/2″ X 25′ water hose because it advertises the hose is “drinking water safe.” I haven’t had any leaks or issues with the hose after a year of use. I bought three 25 foot hoses. Why, because I sometimes join them together when the water spigot is located far away from my campsite. Some campgrounds don’t have a water spigot at every campsite, but they have shared spigots throughout the campground. Below is a link to the Teknor water hose.
Teknor Apex Zero-G 1/2″ X 25′ – https://amzn.to/37Gau1o
We use the hose below for our garden hose to wash down camping gear and such. I like it because it shrinks in length when you disconnect it from the water spigot. I also like the brass fittings, shut off lever on the brass fitting and the spray nozzle. Also in the picture below is a lantern stand that we also use to hold the hose and sprayer.
NGreen Flexible and Expandable Garden Hose – https://amzn.to/37FClPd
Coleman Multi-Purpose Lantern Stand – https://amzn.to/2P1F5jf
Water Pressure Regulator
Before I purchased my RV, I read that it is a good idea to buy a water pressure regulator to protect your RV’s plumbing from high pressure water spigots. I purchased one and used it initially, but I had not encountered any high pressure water spigots at the campgrounds we visited. I usually encountered low pressure spigots and the water pressure regulator lowered the water pressure even more. So, I haven’t used the water pressure regulator much, but I have it in case we need it.
Camco Brass Water Pressure Regulator with Gauge – https://amzn.to/3aKK2oX
Some campsites share one spigot or sometimes a group of RVs share a spigot, so if you prefer to keep your water line connected to the spigot, a spigot splitter is a must. You can also use a spigot splitter if you want to connect your drinking water line and your garden hose line (for washing off equipment) to the same spigot. See picture below.
Morvat Heavy Duty Brass Garden Hose Connector Tap Splitter – https://amzn.to/2NB1lQL
I use a water purifier on my drinking water hose for extra protection. I’ve used the Camco 40043 TastePure RV/Marine Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector for over a year and haven’t had any issues.
Camco 40043 TastePure RV/Marine Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector – https://amzn.to/3uoow17
I connect the water filter’s flexible hose protector to a Camco (22505) 90 Degree Hose Elbow. I believe it helps reduce stress on my plastic RV fittings.
Camco (22505) 90 Degree Hose Elbow – https://amzn.to/3kgVH1U
I’ve noticed at many campgrounds that the water spigots don’t connect well to my hose and/or splitter, so there can be a constant leak. I prefer to conserve water and I also notice a water leaks attract wasps and other critters, so I wrap the spigot hose bibb with plumbers tape to prevent water leaks.
Dixon Valve TTB75 PTFE Industrial Sealant Tape – https://amzn.to/3r0vVS4