When looking at hoses for your RV, it can be tempting to purchase a garden hose rather than a hose specifically for water, simply because water hoses cost significantly more. And we all probably drank water from garden hoses in the summer heat as kids. But is there harm in using a garden hose for your RV water instead?
Yes! Garden hoses can harm you and your drinking water!
Garden hoses contain all kinds of nasty chemicals that you definitely don’t want to be drinking – and some of the side effects are nasty. Kidney or liver damage? Check. Hormonal imbalances, lowered IQ and behavioral problems in kids? Check.
A group called Healthy Stuff tested 21 different garden hoses purchased from major retailers in the US and most of them were made with polyvinyl chloride, which is a toxic plastic. Half contained antimony and 5% contained bromine.
Hoses that are safe to use for drinking will be labeled as drinking water safe.
Do you need a budget friendly option for a water hose? This Camco one is usually the best deal by far, and it comes in different lengths.