The Rhinoflex is available in a variety of lengths and configurations and is constructed of durable, steel-wire reinforced polyolefin for durability. The swivel ‘bayonet’ style connection makes it easy to connect it to your RV, and the sewer outlet adapter is designed to fit a variety of sewer outlets securely.
We recommend that you purchase the Rhinoflex Sewer Hose the same day you buy your RV – you won’t regret it!
Hi, and welcome to our review of the Camco Rhinoflex Sewer Hose Kit.
When you buy an RV from a dealership, they usually give you a ‘starter’ package that’s supposed to include everything you need to begin RVing. One of the items we received was a rather short and flimsy blue sewer hose that had a connector for the RV but no connector for the sewer side.
On our very first trip it was immediately clear that this ‘starter’ sewer hose was insufficient to the point of being almost useless. As it couldn’t anchor on the sewer side I had to manually extend it and hold it in the sewer outlet to dump the tanks, and as it didn’t seal . . well, you get the idea.
That very day I began researching RV Sewer Hose Kits, and ultimately I purchased the Camco Rhinoflex based on reviews and feedback. I’ve been very happy with this product ever since, and this review will explain why.
#1 – The Rhinoflex is Incredibly Durable
We’ve been using the Camco Rhinoflex sewer hose almost since the day we bought our RV. As we are full-time RVers, that means we use our sewer hose 24/7/365! After nearly 3 years of continuous use, our original hose is still going strong.
I’d estimate that our sewer hose is connected to our RV and a sewer outlet about 90% of the time, so this unit also gets plenty of Sun. I’ve stepped on it once and it still ‘flexed’ back into shape and still doesn’t leak.
Speaking of which, our sewer hose has never leaked, and I’ve never needed to replace any of the fittings or connections. That’s incredible!
#2 – The Camco Rhinoflex is easy to store
If you’ve never used the Rhinoflex it’s a little tough to explain how it collapses. Remember those straws you got as a kid that had a section that ‘popped’ out so the upper part of the straw could bend? Remember how you could extend or retract the straw, and how it would stay both up and down? The Rhinoflex does exactly the same thing.
This is incredibly useful, specifically because most sewer hoses don’t do this. Most sewer hoses expand and flop around, and as a result are more likely to get damaged (pinholes).
The Rhinoflex collapses into a very small space – the 15-foot hose collapses to 56-inches – and stays there. This makes it easy to store, and also keeps it from leaking all over the place if there’s some residual water in the hose. (There’s always residual water in all sewer hoses)
The Rhinoflex also has caps for both ends of the hose. These caps snap very securely onto the hose and are practically air tight – It’s tough to collapse the hose when the caps are in place. That also means that with the caps in place your sewer hose won’t leak all over a storage bay or out of your bumper.
#3 The Camco Rhinoflex is easy to setup
Just as the Rhinoflex is easy to collapse and store, it’s also easy to extend and setup. The swivel bayonet fitting means that you can twist the hose in place on your RV outlet with one hand. The sewer end also swivels, so no matter how your hose is oriented, both connections are always turned the ‘right’ way.
The beauty of the Rhinoflex is that you only need to extend the length that you need. The rest of the hose can stay collapsed.
Most sewer hoses don’t do this, and as a result when you walk around campgrounds you’ll see sewer hoses that are sprawled on the ground like snakes. All that sewer hose bulk has no-where to go, so it just flops all over the place. Yuck!
This also makes the Rhinoflex an ideal candidate for a hose support, like the Camco Sidewinder Sewer Hose Support that was designed to go with this hose. If you’re setup close to the sewer outlet, you can setup your hose in a ‘U’ shape, and using the support will keep your hose from getting scraped up on the ground. The support also helps keep gravity working in your favor, as the support is taller at the top and gets gradually shorter.
#4 – The Rhinoflex includes everything you need
While many people like to use crystal clear elbows or extenders like this one, the Rhinoflex does have a semi-transparent elbow down where it connects to the sewer. In my experience this elbow shows enough that I can tell when the water is clean, although your mileage may vary.
The sewer adapter has fit every sewer connection I’ve encountered. It has several threaded diameter sections, so it will seal with 3-inch, 3.5-inch, and 4-inch sewer outlets. It also fits well into unthreaded outlets – although you may need to use a rock or a weight to hold it in place.
#5 – The Rhinoflex has Options
The Rhinoflex is available in the standard 15-foot Kit, a longer 20-foot kit that uses two 10-foot sections (one of the sections can be used by itself if you’re really close to the sewer hookup), and there are also 5-foot & 10-foot sections that are sold separately.
In addition you can use the Camco Sidewinder Hose Support to keep your hose off the ground and to create a slope so your tanks drain easily. Note – many RV Parks require that you keep your sewer hose off the ground due to state or county laws, and in those cases a sewer hose support is required equipment.
- Durable and Long Lasting
- Easy to Setup and Use
- Easy to Collapse and Store
- Includes Everything you Need
- You still have to empty your tanks 🙂
Emptying your holding tanks is probably the least enjoyable part of RVing, and it’s the #1 concern that most people have when they’re new to RVing. The Camco Rhinoflex makes this task as easy as possible, in a durable and easy-to-store package without breaking the bank. We think everyone should use this sewer hose, and recommend that you buy one the day you buy your RV – or even before. You won’t regret it!