If you’re a new travel trailer owner, below are some of the essential pieces of equipment I use for Travel Trailer Hookups Equipment: Water, Sewer and Electricity. I buy two of some pieces of important equipment just in case my equipment breaks on me while I’m camping. For example, I have at least two drinking water hoses, sewer hoses, etc. Please refer to your RV dealership and your trailer’s manual for required equipment and steps to properly connect your travel trailer to hookups.
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Water Hoses – 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 a shared hose bib that is far away. 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/3enJ6q4
We use a Brita water pitcher to further purify the water before drinking. See links below for Brita water pitchers.
Brita Water Pitcher (5 cup) – https://amzn.to/2YTpPWR
Brita Water Pitcher (10 cup) – https://amzn.to/3ekq0Rw
Drinking Water Line Attachments – In addition to using the Brita water pitcher, I also use a water purifier on my drinking water hose for extra protection. I use the Camco 40043 TastePure RV/Marine Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector and I haven’t had any issues.
Camco 40043 TastePure RV/Marine Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector – https://amzn.to/2V3LM4C
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 travel trailer fittings.
Camco (22505) 90 Degree Hose Elbow – https://amzn.to/2YX5tfH
I purchase and use a Camco Brass Water Pressure Regulator with Gauge to help protect my internal travel trailer plumbing from water pressure that is too high.
Camco Brass Water Pressure Regulator with Gauge – https://amzn.to/2CiZWrU
When I have a water spigot at my campsite dedicated to me, I install a water line splitter so I can connect both my drinking water line to my travel trailer and my garden hose that I use for black tank flush and washing down my equipment. I don’t remember where I purchased my silver colored splitter below, but below is a link to one that is highly rated on Amazon for your convenience.
Twinkle Star Garden Hose Splitter 2 Way – https://amzn.to/2BpxuUS
I received a 30 amp power cord from the dealership that sold me my travel trailer. Below are some additional items that I purchased to complete my electricity hookup.
I purchased a combo voltage monitor and surge protector to help protect my travel trailer’s electrical systems from faulty campground electrical panels. I was not able to find the exact model that I purchased on Amazon (Camco may have updated the product), but the link below is to a product that appears to be similar to mine. The manufacturer’s product advertising description states:
Camco 55301 30 Amp RV Power Defender Voltage Protector/Monitor with Integrated Surge Protection – https://amzn.to/2BoB2qA
I also purchased the adapter below in case the campground only has a 50 amp plug at my particular campsite.
Camco 50 Amp Male To 30 Amp Female – https://amzn.to/3dgOIRt
If you park your travel trailer at home, you may need an adapter for your 110 volt household outlet. Below is a highly rated adapter on Amazon:
TREK POWER RV Adapter 15 AMP Male To 30 AMP Female – https://amzn.to/37LjD7v
And the third and final category of my Travel Trailer Hookups Equipment: Water, Sewer and Electricity article, sewer hookups.
Sewer Hose – My travel trailer has one connection point for both gray and black tank tanks. Some trailers have 2 or more. I purchased a Camco RhinoEXTREME 20ft RV Sewer Hose Kit, Includes Swivel Fitting and Translucent Elbow. Why purchase a 20 foot sewer hose kit (includes two 10 feet sections), because you never know where the sewer access point will be located at a campsite or when one sewer hose may break.
I like the clear elbow at the end of the sewer hose so you can see how much the flow is so you know when the tank is empty. Note, I was told at the dealership that the hose can stored by inserting into the hollow bumper of the trailer, but my bumper is not large enough, so I keep it in a plastic bin with a lockable cover.
Camco RhinoEXTREME 20ft RV Sewer Hose Kit – https://amzn.to/37KAGqp
Sewer Hose Stand – I purchased a Camco 20ft (43051) Sidewinder RV Sewer Hose Support in case the terrain to the campground sewer connection is at an incline, as seen in the picture below. It can help with the downward flow of liquids so you are able to drain your tanks as much as possible.
Camco 20ft (43051) Sidewinder RV Sewer Hose Support – https://amzn.to/2zNN4Jw
Blank Tank Flush – I was told by the dealership that it is a good idea to flush my black tank periodically to help prevent build up on the tank’s sensors. For the blank tank flush hose, I purchased NGreen Garden Hose. It has brass fittings and comes with a shut off valve on one of the brass fittings. Also included is a spray nozzle to use when spraying down your equipment. The NGreen hose is expandable, so it shrinks down to a significantly smaller length when you disconnect it from hose bib. It feels very well made and I haven’t had any issues with it. Below is a link to the Ngreen Garden Hose.
NGreen Garden Hose – https://amzn.to/2V1L9IV
I was also told by the dealership that I’ll need to add chemicals to the black tank to help break down the toilet paper and solids and to help with odor management. So, I alternate use of both types of chemicals below for my black tank and have not had any issues.
Aqua-Kem RV holding tank treatment – https://amzn.to/3fF0y9R
Aqua-Kem Shotz – Micro Concentrated RV Holding Tank Treatment – https://amzn.to/2V2v2KO
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I hope you found my Travel Trailer Hookups Equipment: Water, Sewer and Electricity article helpful! Happy camping!