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Vtxkid
04-07-2013, 02:19 PM
Curious if anyone has tried the "Pocket Hose" that expands out to 50 foot length for washing your truck or RV. Seems like a great idea since it shrinks down to fit in yours hands which would be great for storage!

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Invizatu
04-07-2013, 02:40 PM
Seen the commercials, but have not tried them. Looks pretty good, but look out for the price. If you watch the disclaimers closely, it comes out to about $1 per foot! Let us know how it works out!!!

marvmarcy
04-07-2013, 02:57 PM
It looks as if it should be used on a clean surface. Many camp sites are dirt or gravel, and the hose might pick up all sorts of debris when shrinking. However, I've not tried one and don't intend to do so.

Vtxkid
04-07-2013, 03:06 PM
[QUOTE=Invizatu; Looks pretty good, but look out for the price. If you watch the disclaimers closely, it comes out to about $1 per foot! Let us know how it works out!!![/QUOTE
Priced at 19.88 for a 50 foot length at Wally world...



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Invizatu
04-07-2013, 03:41 PM
That sounds pretty good at that price. Certainly is inviting when it comes to space and weight!

cookie
04-07-2013, 04:54 PM
My bro has one of those. Neat idea for saving space and weight.
Don't know about the durability.
His only complaint is the el-cheapo fittings.
But what do you want for $20.

Peace
Dave

2psnapod2
04-07-2013, 06:33 PM
I would think that it would have issues holding up in direct sunlight for any actual time. Just think what the sun does to a cheap water hose over time.

Lynn1130
04-07-2013, 07:21 PM
I researched these and about every writeup complained about the cheap plastic fittings that broke with very little use. I passed on it.

Tigersden
04-07-2013, 09:01 PM
They're not for everyone - BUT - for the price, the negligible weight, the ease of handling/storing when not in use, these hoses work great for for me. If you are a heavy duty hose user, you would probably be happier with the conventional brass fitted hose for the long haul.

I like my pocket hose.

Vtxkid
04-08-2013, 05:09 AM
They're not for everyone - BUT - for the price, the negligible weight, the ease of handling/storing when not in use, these hoses work great for for me. If you are a heavy duty hose user, you would probably be happier with the conventional brass fitted hose for the long haul.

I like my pocket hose.

Thanks for the first hand info Tigersden...

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Hastey
04-08-2013, 06:26 AM
It looks as if it should be used on a clean surface. Many camp sites are dirt or gravel, and the hose might pick up all sorts of debris when shrinking. However, I've not tried one and don't intend to do so.

I use one and it actually doesn't attract dirt like you would think. I was surprised. I have a gate valve on the non regulated side of my filters and it just collapses down in the milk crate that holds the filters. Overall I'm happy with it but x2 on the cheap fittings

ILH
04-08-2013, 06:24 PM
I have several friends who tried this hose - they experienced problems with bursts in the hose at points other than at the fittings.

Bob&Patty
04-08-2013, 07:01 PM
Well RATS, I was going to get the 75' one for washing the Horn at home. Tired of pulling heavy hoses all over.

ILH
04-08-2013, 07:59 PM
Well RATS, I was going to get the 75' one for washing the Horn at home. Tired of pulling heavy hoses all over.

I use one of those fabric hoses that winds flat - takes up a fraction of the space. I have a short 10' hose and a 25' section. The only drawback is that it kinks easily - so you have to lay it out. But its not a big deal - or at least hasn't been for the last couple of years.

Ray LeTourneau
04-09-2013, 07:11 AM
Times 2 for the roll up hose. I've been using the same one for over 10 years. In fact we're using it now to reach our neighbors water. Our pipe has a problem underground.

jmgratz
04-09-2013, 08:13 AM
There is a video on the daily RV Newsletter which basicly says these hoses are okay for use but Do NOT use them for drinking water as they contain harmful chemicals in their makeup. In other words they are okay for washing the RV, car etc but not for the city water hookup.

Ray LeTourneau
04-09-2013, 08:27 AM
There is a video on the daily RV Newsletter which basicly says these hoses are okay for use but Do NOT use them for drinking water as they contain harmful chemicals in their makeup. In other words they are okay for washing the RV, car etc but not for the city water hookup.
Jim, which hose? Roll up or expanding?

Hastey
04-15-2013, 06:57 AM
I stated earlier that I have had no problems with my hose. DW and I went to wal-mart during the rally this weekend and they had a as seen on TV pocket hose display. At this time I realized that there are different brands out there. I use the X-Hose not the pocket hose. The X-Hose is blue not green and I still stand by my no problems statement for it. It was the original that was advertised I bought them over a year ago. Click here for the website. (https://www.xhose.com/?s_kwcid=TC|6289|x-hose||S|e|20746631179&gclid=COfi7OLOzLYCFRRfnAodZUkA_Q)

Vtxkid
04-16-2013, 06:16 AM
Appreciate all the input guys... was out in the backyard yesterday with a fellow Heartlander and decided to try the "Pocket hose" out. Will say it was pretty cool to see it expand and contract as designed. Exterior seems to be fairly tough and suitable for what I'm thinking of using it for (RV & Truck washing). The only issue I had was the threaded connection between the hose and the spray head slightly leaked but wasn't sure if that was the hoses fault... I'll use it the summer and see how it holds up.

Northerner
04-16-2013, 05:28 PM
We just purchased one today and read the inside wrapper, When we read DO NOT drink from hose The water in the hose may become contaminated and cause serious health effects. Decided we do NOT want to use it and also it is Only for general outdoor use in applications under 80 PSI. Hope this tells us all something about using it on a camper!!!

sdrubrecht
04-17-2013, 08:01 AM
We got one at Home Depot two weeks ago for the backyard. It was very convient until it burst yesterday. I'll be taking it back today. I know we have only 60 psi because I installed the pressure reducer.

jmgratz
04-24-2013, 11:43 AM
Jim, which hose? Roll up or expanding?


We have the expanding, and have not used it yet.

Vtxkid
06-09-2013, 08:11 AM
Update: I have used my pocket hose twice for washing the vehicles and other than a minor dribble at the nozzle to hose joint, the hose worked great! When it appeared to get dirty in the process, I rinsed it off with the spray nozzle and any dirt rinsed right off. I like the hose for my needs as it stores easy. So far it's got my vote!

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jmgratz
06-09-2013, 09:38 AM
I recently bought a second pocket hose. I have a 25 ft and 50 ft ones. I have used both several times and they work great, as advertised. I have not noted any problems and they store easily and are light in weight. Not for drinking hoses though. Positive reviews from here.;)

JohnDar
06-09-2013, 09:51 AM
I bought two 50ft. lengths from the vendor (a 2 for 1 deal). Works great for washing the rig and other chores. Dragged it through sandy grass, yet it cleaned right off. Stores in a small tote.

The only hose you should use for drinking water is a white one specially made for that purpose. I got my 50ft supply hose from the RV Filter Store and use a hose stand to coil the excess next to the rig.

dave10a
06-09-2013, 11:18 AM
I am very disappointed to learn that the girl with the gorpy smile on the TV add showing us the five positions of the nozzle doesn't come with the hose:p I think will buy one anyhow to see how it works out. It is cheap enough to take a chance with.

gonecamping
06-28-2013, 03:22 PM
i bought a 50 and 25ft, used 50ft 6 times has small leak but not bad, keep 25ft hooked up in front bedroom in case of fire. we dont use washer hookup so hope this helps get out door in case of fire. this hose really neat idea'

MaxOwner
07-04-2013, 09:46 PM
i bought a 50 and 25ft, used 50ft 6 times has small leak but not bad, keep 25ft hooked up in front bedroom in case of fire. we dont use washer hookup so hope this helps get out door in case of fire. this hose really neat idea'

That is a really good idea. We have the X hose ( blue one.....) and found it needed a minimum amount of water pressure to make it work. One place I was filling from a sistern and the water pump pressure couldn't get water through the hose. Now I had about 150-175' of hoses together to reach the trailer. Switched X hose out with a regular one and had no problems.

ParkIt
07-04-2013, 09:54 PM
Years ago I had both the expanding and the flat ones, they didn't hold up worth a hill of beans. They may have changed them by now so they hold up better, keeping track of this thread to see how they hold up for those that have either color hose.

JohnDar
07-04-2013, 10:06 PM
Years ago I had both the expanding and the flat ones, they didn't hold up worth a hill of beans. They may have changed them by now so they hold up better, keeping track of this thread to see how they hold up for those that have either color hose.

Used mine again (it's the green one) the other day to clean the front cap. I really like that hose. Delivers decent pressure and doesn't kink or weigh a ton when you're up on a ladder with it. Then I hand waxed and buffed the front cap. I gotta get a buffer.

boatto5er
07-05-2013, 07:05 AM
Used mine again (it's the green one) the other day to clean the front cap. I really like that hose. Delivers decent pressure and doesn't kink or weigh a ton when you're up on a ladder with it. Then I hand waxed and buffed the front cap. I gotta get a buffer.

I'm waiting on the "Pocket Buffer" to come out.

ParkIt
07-05-2013, 01:35 PM
I'm waiting on the "Pocket Buffer" to come out.
I consider my DA to be just that. The only issue is the 6" diameter head means more passes but I just don't like using the DeWalt on a ladder (aka: accident waiting to happen).

4ever
07-06-2013, 06:57 AM
Some have sated that the fittings on the pocket hose don't hold up. Can you replace the fittings with the ones used for standard garden hoses?

Vtxkid
07-06-2013, 08:59 AM
I have recently taken one of the ends apart to see if I could replace them if needed and with the way they are assembled, I don't see where its possible.

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Donhutch1800
01-20-2014, 09:37 PM
These hoses are great.we have two of them.just don't leave the water in the hose with pressure and let stand in the sun as it will bust the hose.

happyappy
01-21-2014, 03:08 PM
Am I the only one with a sophomoric sense of humor that laughs every time this topic "pops up"? :)

JohnDar
01-21-2014, 05:49 PM
Am I the only one with a sophomoric sense of humor that laughs every time this topic "pops up"? :)

The censors will beat you severely about the head and shoulders if you pursue this line of thought. Worse yet, they might smack your pocket hose ! :eek:

porthole
01-21-2014, 08:37 PM
Am I the only one with a sophomoric sense of humor that laughs every time this topic "pops up"? :)

Could have sworn I posted an answer to this already.........

I'm with ya on this one. I have been collecting "interesting" thread titles for awhile now.

azbigfoot
01-21-2014, 08:50 PM
I'd consider carrying one of these hoses. Basically I'd use it as a light weight, compact black tank flush hose. I use a flat hose on a reel for drinking water.

Wmnmy
01-21-2014, 09:41 PM
I purchased three of them don't bother with the green ones with the black fittings get the xhose or black one with brass fittings they crack and burst if u shut off one end with any kind of pressure ...

DW_Gray
01-21-2014, 11:29 PM
I've been using a green one with the black plastic fittings without any problem the last 7 months. I have seen the better ones with brass fittings lately. I'll get one of those when my current one fails. I only use it to flush the black tank and other general purposes and I do not leave it outside.

JohnDar
01-22-2014, 05:50 PM
Mine is also the green with black plastic fittings. I used it all last summer, dragging it up on the roof and around the rig while washing it. Shut it off at the pedestal, then the nozzle without a problem. Stores in a small tote box.

rarnold
01-22-2014, 06:51 PM
I got one of the plastic versions for Christmas. Going to take it back for the metal fittings style. I like your idea Dave, about having it dedicated to cleaning out the black tank.
Rod