Actually, it’s a product test.
I’m always looking for a better mousetrap, or a new product that will work great and be easy to use. I’ve seen the ads on TV for this product and it seemed a little too good to be true. The Pocket Hose.
But it did seem to have some good points. I looked at one at Walmart, and decided to try it. Twenty bucks (plus tax) and I had a fifty foot hose in my hands.
I primarily bought the hose due to its light weight and fifty foot length. I intend to use it when washing our Journey. So today was the “acid test”
The hose is tucked tightly in plastic container. (Sorry for the bad picture, don’t know why it is so foggy).
This is the hose removed from its container.
First the warning notice, including “Not for drinking”.
It expanded just like it was shown on TV. It has a shut off ball valve at the end where you can put it into a nozzle. The valve worked fine, but the fitting leaked where it screwed in to the nozzle. I changed out the rubber washer in my nozzle, but it still leaked a little. It wasn’t too bad because the leaking water kept me cool on a very hot day.
The hose is very light and easy to handle. In fact, I was able to coil it up when I didn’t need the entire fifty foot length and it stayed nice and neat.
When I drained the hose, it did shrink back to a smaller size, but not quite the size they showed on TV.
I was able to gather it up and get it back in the original container. That’s impressive, even if it didn’t look quite as neat as when I first opened the container.
I used the hose on the Journey, starting with the roof. It’s been over a year since I washed the roof and it really needed attention. I used to wash the roof at least two to three times a year when we had our house. Since most campgrounds don’t allow washing RVs, the roof had to be postponed. Fortunately, the campground here requires you to wash your rig twice a year, they have many long term RVs here. Who am I not to take advantage of this requirement?
Up on the roof, I used Spic and Span. It works really good on the little black spots and dirt that covers the roof. (My roof is fiberglass).
For the real tough spots, I hit it with a little Awesome cleaner, available at most Dollar Stores for, what else? A dollar.
The roof was really dirty.
You can see the difference with a little scrubbing.
An hour later the roof was…Spic and Span!
After lunch, I washed the rest of the Journey, now it’s looking good and I’m happy.
The Pocket Hose worked pretty good. I liked that it was very light and easy to use. It didn’t kink like many hoses do. The inside diameter looks like it’s 3/8”, narrow. Because of that, it didn’t have much volume, but it worked just fine for vehicle washing.
All in all, I’m pretty happy with it. It works as advertised and is lightweight, doesn’t kink and does shrink down to a small size for easy storage. Aside from the leak at the one connecter, I didn’t find any serious downsides with it. I think the leaking connector is probably just on my hose. Again, it wasn’t a huge leak, so I’m not complaining.
As to how long it will last, if I get a year out if it, I’ll be happy. The bigger question: Would I buy it again? For what I’ll use this hose for, the answer is YES.
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