Sunday, May 28, 2023


Gadgets help with hand strength, grip on sewer connections

When it comes to RVing, one of the challenges we all face is when it is time to install or remove your sewer connections. Having enough hand grip and strength to twist can become a challenge.

Having the leverage required to remove the sewer cap and the dump hose or stinky slinky can be difficult to remove or install at times. We all could use a drain helper, so here are two helpful tools that can make the job a little easier.

Two wrenches to help with your RV sewer connection

These wrenches are for the orange Rhino fittings and almost any connectors, caps or adapters. Using the two handles on the sewer fitting wrench, you grab the sewer hose where it comes together and use this product to lock it in place.

Camco Rhinoflex RV Sewer Fitting Wrench Set

  • Provides leverage for loosening and tightening swivel fittings
  • Fit Type: Universal Fit
  • Compatible with Rhino, Revolution, Easy Slip and many other bayonet and lug fittings
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Ergonomic design
  • Set of 2

Find it here.

WORKPRO 12″ Adjustable Pliers

If the wrenches do not fit your cap or your sewer hose, here is a different wrench that you can use:

Hope this information helps you, and please share if you found something better to use.

More from Dustin

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Dustin owns and operates California RV Specialists, an independent RV repair shop located in Lodi, CA. He thrives on sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm of RV repair and maintenance with his team, customers, and virtual friends.

Be sure to check out his YouTube channel where he shares what’s going on in the shop and the product offerings in the store. Dustin is also very active on Facebook. Join his group, RV Repairs and Tips – What’s in the shop!

Dustin proudly operates the business alongside his wife, Ashley; but the true pair that run the show are their Boston Terriers, Arvie and Hitch.


Dustin Simpson
Dustin Simpson
I have worn many hats in the RV industry through the years. From an RV Technician, Warranty Administrator, Parts Administrator, Parts Manager, Service Manager and now Business Owner. I have even been deemed an RV Expert by the California court system, working on behalf of the customers, dealers, and manufacturers. My repair facility has been servicing customers at the same location since 2003. What sets us apart from the dealerships is we are here to fix and maintain what you have, and not sell you a new one. Whether you own a million-dollar unit or an entry level, my message to you will be the same, it needs to be maintained.


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Neal Davis
1 month ago

Thank you, Justin!

1 month ago

For some reason, after decades of having no trouble with those connections, it seemed that they made them harder year after year. I bought a second oil filter wrench and pretend that my hands still work like they used to.

1 month ago

At my age, soon I will be needing one.

Don N
1 month ago

Ya! the Orange things must be bad. I have had mine for more than 10 years and use them all the time. No broken ones yet. They need to be used as designed, by putting them on the hose ends correctly.

Don H
1 month ago

Do yourself a favor – get the pliers. That purpose-made sewer-fitting wrench is next to useless. It WILL do the job, on some fittings, but even then it slips off at the tiniest incorrect movement. Two of those pliers will guarantee you can make or break ANY combination of sewer connections.

David Stansbury
1 month ago

Didn’t take me long to break that tool made for taking off the cap, so I went with a large pair of channel locks, similar to those adjustable ones in the pic. Leverage is your friend.

Susan Banks
1 month ago

I changed my whole system which makes it easier for me and my husband to dump. We went to Waste Management setup. I made the change myself. The scared part was sawing off the Rhino nubs forever. The second scary part was when I had to permanently glue the new cuff on and The first time I did it upside down. Good thing that glue was just a tad slow drying that day. I got the piece off. Waited for all to dry. Sanded glue off and did it correctly the second time. Love it. The sewer cover latches not twists, and same latches hold the hose on. Big help as my hand not as strong as it use to be. I always do the behind latch first. It works so easy that way. I do not take full credit, my brother made the change first.

1 month ago

I bought the pliers after I got home with half full black & grey tanks. I was able to dump at my son’s house (he got it open), but I immediately purchased it at his suggestion. They are great.

Jim&Sandy Farnsworth,
1 month ago

The orange thingies did not last long for me snapping off where the handle meets the fitting gripper part, yes maybe I was ham fisted but…. The oil filter wrench is best. I have two, one for oil filters and one for off label dump hose connections. My advice is skip the orange thingies and go straight to the win oil filter wrench. I got mine at harbor freight in the larger capacity (diameter) flavor.

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