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Charles Coushaine, Punta Gorda, Florida
RV Sink and Faucet Upgrades
2001 Ford F350
2012 Chalet DS116RB
Our 2012 Chalet camper is now eight years old. One improvement I wanted to make was to upgrade both faucets to new better ones, especially since the kitchen faucet was leaking. My second project was to upgrade the plastic bathroom sink to a nice stainless steel one.
Above: The original plastic sink bowl and original faucet in the bathroom
The first step was to remove the leaking kitchen faucet and replace it with a nice tall stainless steel one my wife picked out. Removing the old faucet was easy.
However, reinstalling it was much more difficult because the residential faucet came with fittings that were incompatible with my camper’s existing ones. So, I cut them all off and installed Sharkbite fittings with a shut-off valve. This solution worked perfectly.
In the bathroom, I replaced both the plastic sink and the low neck faucet. The hardest part of this changeover was access under the ridiculously cramped tiny cabinet. It almost looked like the manufacturer installed the sink and faucet into the cabinet before it was put into the camper. After great effort, the new stainless steel sink and the tall neck brushed nickel faucet were installed.
In the video above, I show all the plumbing hurdles I encounter trying to fit a residential faucet into an RV. Wow, what a transformation! Who would have believed that these modifications would make such a visual and practical difference to the inside of our camper?
The kitchen faucet is much taller than the old one and the pull-out sprayer much better. It really makes our kitchen look much more modern.
The stainless steel bathroom sink is spectacular! The visual difference is stunning and coupled with the higher neck faucet with handles instead of knobs to turn the water on and off makes it much easier to wash our hands.
This is one of those projects that takes a little bit of time and money but is well worth it. It’s highly recommended for anyone with an aging camper like ours.
It took me 10-hours to complete this modification and cost me $250. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.
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