Do-it-yourself sewer hose carrierA bane, particularly for owners of older truck campers, is where to carry the sewer dump hose. Not all manufacturers have put a place for this necessary piece of equipment, and with space already at a premium, finding the right place is a major issue.
A bane, particularly for owners of older truck campers, is where to carry the sewer dump hose. Not all manufacturers have put a place for this necessary piece of equipment, and with space already at a premium, finding the right place is a major issue. Yes, you could bundle it up in some sort of container and carry it in the rig itself, but just the thought — much less the very-real smell — is enough to eschew even the idea.
There are commercially produced hose carriers on the market. We’ve found the drawbacks, aside from the cost, is that many are relatively short. A 26-inch long carrier tube won’t hold much in the length of dump hose, even when scrunched up on itself, much less with the addition of the unscrunchable fittings.
Here’s a suggestion from your local Lowes building store. The outfit sells 10-foot lengths of six-inch diameter PVC drain pipe. Why so big? The six inch easily allows for passing in the hose fittings, particularly those larger 45 degree angle fittings — the clear variety, that make it easy to see the progress you’re making on emptying your tanks.
In addition to the pipe itself, you’ll need to add on at least one coupler and a clean-out fitting that allows stowing the hose inside. Add a cap for the unused end, or add yet another coupler and clean-out if you want to make your storage tube accessible from both ends.
With your camper mounted on the truck bed, measure the space available along the side of the rig where the rig overhangs the truck. Measure how much space you have available, and be sure to allow enough room to be able get the cap off the end, and easily stuff the hose inside. It’s best to “dry fit” the tube in place if you can before cutting anything.
Once you’ve cut your pipe to the desired length, taking into account the additional space required by couplers and clean-outs, glue the mess together with PVC adhesive. Mounting up the unit to your rig becomes an individual call, depending on the construction of the camper and how the new unit fits up. One possible suggestion is to use plumber’s galvanized “hanger iron,” wrapped around the ends of the pipe, then popped onto the underside of the camper overhang with an appropriate screw. Or, you could conceivably run a lag screw through the pipe into the underside of the camper, through the pipe wall that butts to the camper. Of course, you’d have to put the screw in before gluing your fitments.
Don’t like the white color of the PVC pipe? Painting PVC can be a challenge, and most paints don’t like to adhere to PVC. Try this: Before mounting your new hose carrier, rough up the surface of the pipe and fittings with sandpaper. Then spray the pipe with your choice of Krylon Fusion brand spray paint.
Posted by Russ and Tiña De Maris Sept. 9.