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Zippity Doo Dah

by | Sep 22, 2022 | Cool Gadgets, RVEXPERT

Controlling an unruly sewer hose on a support apparatus in order to keep it off the ground — and lined up properly — can be an exercise in futility. Securing the hose with silicone zip ties solves the problem.
Extending a sewer hose as part of the hook-up process in an RV park is just part of the deal. In fact, in some places (like Oregon), state law requires that your sewer hose be always off the ground. Then, of course, there are those sewer inlets in parks that simply defy physics by extending the hook-up point above the ground — making it necessary to manually lift the hose off the ground so that the contents run downhill.

To overcome these obstacles, RVers use some sort of a sewer support to position and contain the sewer hose. I carry a Valterra 25-foot Slunky Sewer Hose Support (valterra.com), but there are several others out there, including Thetford’s Titan Sewer Hose Support (thetford.com), Camco’s Sidewinder Sewer Hose Support (camco.net/home) and Lippert’s Waste Master Flow Down RV Drain Support (store.lci1.com). All can usually be found on Amazon and at RV supply stores.

The problem I have experienced — and others probably have, as well — is keeping the hose from falling off when the support traverses unlevel ground. In the case of the Slunky, the provided straps were difficult to handle.

Looking for a solution took some doing. I could always use cable ties, but they would have to be cut off each time to remove the hose; that seemed wasteful and hardly cost-effective. I tried hook-and-loop straps, but they were bulky to use and picked up dirt, which compromised the “stickiness” — and they came apart easily. Then I stumbled on silicone zip ties on Amazon. They worked amazingly well. Just search for “silicone zip ties 21-inch” on the Amazon site and you’ll find a package of 12 reusable ties for $16.

a hand holds a group of 21 inch neon green silicone zip ties
There are several listings for silicone zip ties on the Internet, but the ones that work for this purpose are 21 inches long. They are reusable and come in a 12-pack from Amazon for $16.
Previously, keeping the hose in place while wrestling with the neoprene straps that came with the Slunky was a comedy routine. Trying to keep the hose in place on the snake-like support was frustrating, because the slots built into the Slunky are so tight that working the straps into position causes the support to flop around and the unsecured portion of the hose to fall off. The silicone zip ties, on the other hand, require little effort to lock in place — and they will stretch to 26 inches, if need be. These silicone zip ties even civilized the sewer hose when doing the “wild thing” during dumping.
RV technician attempts to work with an original neoprene strap
RV technician wraps the hose with a neon green 21 inch silicone zip tie with ease
The original neoprene straps that came with the support were a pain to get into the slots cut in the plastic without the hose and support falling over. Wrapping a 21-inch silicone zip tie around the hose and support was amazingly simple, and the hose stayed put through the process of adding multiple zip ties. These ties can stretch to 26 inches.
the hose with the neon green silicone zip ties installed
In this case, the run for the sewer hose was not very long, so only four zip ties (three are shown) were needed for total support. You can use as many as you like.
a single silicone zip tie is used to keep the support parts grouped together while stored
As a bonus, one of the zip ties can be used to keep the support when collapsed and not in use. In the past a string was used, but that was not very effective — and the support tended to let loose and go wild in the storage compartment.
After receiving the silicone zip ties, I also found several other uses for them around the RV, including wrapping the water hose with foam plumbing insulation when in areas subject to sub-freezing temperatures. They are also great for organizing hoses and other cables like those for a portable satellite dish. You can even use these zip ties to wrap whole chickens for cooking in a barbecue; the food-grade silicone can withstand temperatures up to 400 degrees.

Of course, knowing that, my girlfriend immediately grabbed a few of them so that she could put them in the kitchen before they got dirty. Maybe you should buy two sets.

two neon green silicone zip ties secure insulation around a water hose
If you spend time in cold weather, it may be necessary to insulate the water hose that’s hooked up to the park water supply. The silicone zip ties are great for securing foam plumbing insulation around the hose, especially where there’s a curve in the routing. You’ll find plenty of other uses for these zip ties around the RV.
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