Saturday, December 3, 2022


This is a gadget every dumpin’ RVer needs


I am the designated holding tank flusher and I am constantly working at creating a nice gradual downhill slope for the sewer hose. As we all know, *beep* doesn’t run uphill.

We camp in a number of parks that do not have even ground between the RV and the sewer connection. Even with the standard plastic slinky I end up putting down jack blocks, boards, in an attempt to stretch the hose straight or prevent it from dropping down when dumping.

Enter my new favorite sewer hose support. I found it at a big box hardware store when looking for Grandpa Gus’ mouse repellent (different story) and decided it was worth a try.

Amazing! I just pulled out the aluminum accordion-style support to get to the correct level, pushing down to lower in some spots, leaving it higher in others. Laid the hose on top and woohoo – success! Straight, even, and no sagging. It even came with some tie-downs for the hose, but seeing we move around frequently I decided not to use them.

Photo Credit: Nanci Dixon

I am so happy my husband is going to buy me another one for when the 10’ one is too short. Wait, a gift of a sewer hose support from my husband? Something is very wrong with this picture…

Find your own here.


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1 year ago

Try plastic roof gutters cut in half, overlapping each other to fit your site. Lightweight, washable, cut so ends overlap. Tie at junction with whatever you have around.

1 year ago

I have had two of those for many years. I don’t even remember where I got them. They are the perfect support for your hose where ever you are. Sometimes I needed a longer hose so the reason for two!

1 year ago

Wait…your husband makes you dump the tanks? WTH?

1 year ago

We bought one the these aluminum drain hose holders in about 1990 for our first motorhome. Still using it! – Just spray the joints every year or two with silicone or a dry-lube to keep it flexible and reduce wear and tear on the joints.

Jim Soper
1 year ago

Nanci, my uncle gave me one of these in 2005 when we purchased our first travel trailer. We now have a fifth wheel and still use it. It originally belonged to my grandparents.

Paul S Goldberg
1 year ago

I’ve used this version for a while until it bent and twisted and became useless. These days I mostly use a macerator and don’t worry about the slope of the hose. If I am someplace that requires the hose be off the ground. I just leave my hose in the utility bay until I need to dump. It is trivial to pull the 1 inch flexible hose out to the sewer connection and pump the tanks. Of course I have spent a whole lot more on that system than the cost of the hose lifter, but I need it for places where I am more than 100 feet from a cleanout (our son’s farm)

patti panuccio
1 year ago

Not for nothing, but the original design was for office folders and it was made by a company in Richmond VA that also made “Sticky Fingers” for bank tellers and office workers, I used to sell it to dog handlers so their paws wouldn’t be slippery when they were shown. And I had one of their folder holders but I used it for folders.

Ron Seidl
1 year ago

I use a ten foot section of plastic rain gutter. Bungee it at the top and a rock at the bottom.

1 year ago

The aluminum looks nice but not sure how long it will last without getting bent and twisted. Appears to be thin metal. The plastic ones hold up very well.

1 year ago

Never use one. Don’t really get the point.

To each his (or her) own, I guess. Doesn’t bother me if others like to use them so don’t beat me too hard if you do like ’em!

I don’t leave the gates open and when I do, I am there to ‘supervise’ and flush the hose.

What do you do at a dump station? Get your slinky out? No you just pick up the pipe where needed and then flush.

I could go in to a lot more detail but the real clean comes from massive suction caused by temporary P Trap and siphon effect.

I have always had slinky steps {from previous owners}, and I carry them around because I hear rumors of some places requiring them. Probably long stay places. Don’t know, never run across that.

Last edited 1 year ago by TIM MCRAE
1 year ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

I agree. Never used them and never had the need. I’ll keep my $60+ in my pocket.

2 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Looked like $81.00 to me. A lot for a sewer slope.

1 year ago

We use the plastic one with 2′ long bi-sections of 4″ PVC laying on top of it. I used my circular saw to cut them down their length to get the two bi-sections and then sanded the sawn edges.

2 months ago
Reply to  volnavy007

Me 2

Joe Allen
1 year ago

I carry both of those, as at times, the aluminum one works better than the plastic one. One can never be too prepared for any surprises! Oh, I also carry all my sewer hoses and attachments in a plastic heavy duty box!

1 year ago

For half the cost, use the plastic one you show in your first picture. Works just as well.

Stephen Malochleb
1 year ago

Instead of the tie straps, use either the long velcro strips or the rubber coated twist ties. Both available at Harbor Freight and the rubber ones can be sanitized.

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