How to Fix the R-Pod Outdoor Hose Connection

We love our R-Pod 192 but now and then, there are some funny quirks we need to work out — one of which is the outdoor hose connection. At first we could not figure it out, and thought maybe we had the wrong hose.

Turns out, this a common issue for the 2020/2021 R-Pods with the outdoor kitchen and hose (the R-Pod 192, 193, 195, 196). And it happens often – after a few days of being disconnected. It seems that extra air gets stuck in the connection, and it makes the valve stick.

Thankfully, a fellow R-Pod 192 full-timer helped us with this issue — as she had an RV service repair person show her how to fix it. (Shout out to @Hope_And_Silver for telling us about this trick– go follow her on Instagram to see her R-Pod tips and tricks).

So, how do you fix it? Take a screwdriver (we prefer a Phillips head) and push it against the back of the valve, take your other hand to apply pressure and voilà — you have a hose that works! Here’s a video of us fixing it this morning:

Now, of course, we are just full-timers RV livers and not RV service professionals, so do this at your own risk. I can say, we’ve used this quick fix trick about 20 times and have not had an issue.

One more warning — if you’re plugged into water or your fresh tank is filled, you will get wet. Stand to the side and don’t put your face in front of the valve. And, if this is the first time you’re doing this… you will get splashed with antifreeze.

If you have another fix for the hose connection valve issue, we’d love to hear it! Let us know in the comments.


  1. Bill Hudson

    Turn off the water ( or water pump ) first, and relieve the pressure in the system at a faucet first. Also, put a light coat of plumber’s grease on the male connector once you get the valve unstuck, and it will lube the o-ring in the valve and help it stay unstuck

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