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We saw this heated hose on display at the RVIA show in Louisville this past December. Since we talk so much about using your RV in the winter, well, we just had to check it out. This product would be most useful for someone who intended to stay in place with full hookups during the winter. The company is Pirit – but they say it “Pirate”! Have a look:
I’ve seen plenty of heated hoses before. But usually, they’re something that looks like a heat tape stuck to a regular hose. Something like this:
The big problem with these kinds of hoses is “buckling” or “bubbling”. Since the hose is really two things stuck together – and those two things are at two different temperatures and they expand and contract at different rates. So the heat tape buckles up on the hose, and splits the casing, or whatever. It’s a very common problem with those types of hoses. If you’re like me, you wouldn’t buy a heated because you want an additional item to baby and take care of so it doesn’t buckle! No, you’d buy a heated hose because you want something to ensure water delivery in freezing temperatures.
That’s why I was excited about the Pirit hose. It doesn’t have this same construction. Instead, the heating elements are inside the material of the hose itself. You can see it in the video. It can’t buckle or delaminate (at least as far as I can tell). And it certainly seems to be quite a bit safer than some of the “home made” solutions I’ve seen. Maybe I’m crazy, but something about water and electricity makes me disinclined to experiment…
Anyway, as I said, this would be an ideal hose for someone who intended to have full hookups for their RV during a winter camping trip. The hose itself is bigger than our usual hose – but if we were going to be in a stay-put situation, we’d find the room for it (but we’d stick with the 25 foot model). They have plenty of dealers, but the easiest way to get them is likely to be on Amazon.com.
I’m kicking around the idea of picking one of these up for some sort of long-term performance (and taste) test. If I do, there’ll certainly be a video…