There is something magical about riding off here, there and just about anywhere, in a caravan. It’s an adventure and can give you a sense of freedom a lot of other holiday and travel options just can’t.
There are parts of the adventurous and magical nature of caravanning, you’d probably rather not think about. Things like the toilets and waste water pipes. If you have been caravanning for a while, it’s likely you may have had issues with your wastewater system and the pipes.
You are not alone.
Some of the most common issues related to wastewater pipes include:
- The pipes falling out constantly and not staying securely in place.
- The pipes not fitting properly
- The pipes are too short, so you don’t get the adequate length you require for the most hygienic water system possible
- The pipes are too long, so they need to be trimmed, meaning there is a lot of fiddling and fuss involved.
- Smelly awkward grey waste pipes are difficult and, if we are honest, disgusting to pack away.
- Then there’s the problem of where to store them once they are rolled up, because you don’t want them to mess anything else up.
If you’ve experienced any of the above, we wholeheartedly sympathise with you. Wastewater piping = a major pain in the neck.
At Caravan Helper, though, because we really want all caravanners to get the best experience with their tourer as possible, think we may have found a great solution. The solution comes in the form of the Colapz Flexi Waste Pipe Kit. We were so excited when we saw this and knew what a godsend for many caravanners out there, that we did an excited jump. Okay, so that might be an exaggeration, but hopefully you will see why, when we look at it a bit closer.
1. What is the Colapz Flexi Waste Pipe Kit?
Colapz, in their infinite wisdom and ingenuity may have solved the problem of the smelly and awkward, wet waste pipes with an effective and actually very simple system. The Flexi Waste Pipe Kit is very easy to use and adjust. In fact, it has been designed so that you can adjust the length of your caravan wastewater piping, as well as the angle too.
This is great, because it enables you to direct and guide the water to wherever you need it to go.
Sounds Good, right? The more you investigate it, though, the better it is.
What Do You Get in the Colapz Flexi Waste Pipe Kit?
There are two basic kits you can choose from:
- The Flexi Waste Pipe Kit with 4 Pipes
- The Flexi Waste Pipe Kit with 8 Pipes
In this article, we’re discussing the 8-pipe kit.
Each kit contains:
- 8 x Expandable Pipes (Expandable from 50cm to 1m)
- Cleaning brush
- 1m Pull-through chain
- Carry bag for storage
The kit, as outlined above, comes with 8 pipes, each measuring 50cm to begin with, that can easily expand to 1m. This is done just by stretching them. So rather than needing to cut your wastewater piping down to size or trying to connect several different pieces together tenuously, Colapz have made it really very simple.
Measure approximately how long you need your wastewater piping to be and then use the appropriate number of pipes, expanding them if necessary. Connecting them is easy and thanks to the rubber end they come equipped with, they can be quickly attached to the 2-way Y-style connector that’s a standard for most waste outlets. Either that of you can connect it into the 29.5mm waste outlets you often get.
Even if you have a much larger or smaller waste outlet diameter to deal with, you can still benefit from the greatness that is the Colapz Flexi Waste Pipe Kit, thanks to adaptor you can purchase that allows you to fit your Colapz piping to diameters of 19mm all the way up to 50mm.
Colapz Flexi Waste Pipe Kit Accessories
Colapz have really tried to cover all angles and account for all the needs of caravanners with the Flexi Pipe Kit by releasing a selection of excellent accessories too. These include:
Flexi Waste Pipe Adaptor
Designed to be fully-compatible with the Flexi Waste Pipe Kit, this is a rubberised adaptor that means you can cut the wastewater pipe for your caravan at the connecting point to the diameter you need and then connect it up to the flexible piping. It has been designed to accommodate diameters of 19mm to 50mm.
Separate Flexi Waste Pipes
Depending on your tourer setup, the up to 4 or 8m kits available may not actually be enough. Fortunately, Colapz retail additional Flexi pipes separately. So, you can bolster the kit you have with the precise amount of expandable piping you need, with absolutely no fuss.
Flexi Waste Pipe Metal Pegs
It really doesn’t matter what system you are using – whether it’s a traditional grey wastewater flexible piping system or more rigid pipework. It’s a challenge with either to get them positioned in the best possible position. Additionally, it’s recommended that you create a very slight slope that ensures the water will easily drain away and not sit in the pipework stagnating.
Enter another awesome product from Colapz, this great pack of 10 galvanised-metal pegs, suitable for caravan wastepipes. Each peg is 30cm in length with a diameter of 5mm. This means you can easily push a decent amount into the ground, while allowing them to still hold the piping high enough off the ground.
Furthermore, to help you achieve that slight slope necessary for efficient water drainage, you can adjust the position and height of the pegs.
Flexi Waste Pipe Cleaner
It’s one of the less appealing and one of the least enjoyable jobs related to caravanning. As unpleasant as it may be, to ensure your wastewater system is always functioning properly, you need to keep it clean.
Fortunately, alongside their Flexi Waste Pipe Kit and the many accessories we’ve already mentioned, Colapz have formulated a unique and fast-acting cleaner. It can be used to kill viruses and tackle grime, dirt, grease and even limescale. This contains organisms that produce enzymes that eat the short-chain molecules that are the main cause of the malodours that are produced when organic materials start to break down. Through this amazing enzymatic digestion process, the organic material is converted into harmless water and CO2.
The Flexi Waste Pipe Cleaner comes in a handy spray bottle and all that’s required is a spray of the formula into the flexi piping, let it stand for a few minutes and then rinse it out. The cleaning brush that’s included in the Flexi Waste Pipe kit can be used to help deal with harder to shift debris and build-ups.
For you eco-warriors or those of you, like the rest of us, who are just trying to lead greener lives, you’ll be happy to know the formula is 100% biodegradable and completely environmentally friendly.
So, rather than complaining about how hard or disgusting it is dealing with your caravan waste water pipes, invest in the Colapz Flexi Waste Pipe Kit instead!