Motor Home Improvement – Part 1: RV Faucet Replacement

FaucetBeforeAfterThose of you that follow our blog know that Bruce and I purchased a ‘new to us’ Class A last fall.  Like any RV that has a few years under its belt, there were some things that were just not quite our style.  Over the winter we planned and dreamed of what we would do while we waited for the snow to melt.  However once spring arrived we discovered that we had other, more pressing issues.  Those of you who follow this blog may remember that we had some issues with our RV being left outside unwinterized when we left it at the dealership for service.  The dealership claimed that the only damage was to the faucet in the bathroom, but when we took the RV out for the first time this spring, we discovered that the kitchen and shower fixtures were also cracked and leaking.  The fun stuff would have to wait…

The first project we tackled was the kitchen faucet.  If you have ever replaced a kitchen faucet in your home, you will find that the process for replacing an RV kitchen faucet is a similar process.  I say similar, because while the steps are the same, the space under most RV kitchen sinks is extremely limited, which makes replacing an RV faucet a bit more of a challenge.  If you have a fear of small spaces, then replacing an RV faucet may not be for you.

The first thing that we had to do was to find a replacement faucet.  While doing some research, I found that for many RVs, a standard three hole kitchen faucet will do the trick.  That was good news to us.  While the faucets that are made for RVs tend to be lighter weight they are also mostly made of plastic and rather flimsy looking.  We set off to our local hardware store and found a good quality faucet with a pull out sprayer (bonus!) for less than the standard RV faucets we had seen online (double bonus!).

Once we arrived at home with our purchase, we had to take stock of the situation at hand.  The space under our sink was literally so tight, that I couldn’t even get my head in there to look.

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If you find yourself in the same situation, this is one of those times that a smartphone with a camera comes in really handy.  You can even see where the RV Antifreeze was leaking out of the fixture.  Luckily it wasn’t enough to cause any further damage.20130504_173349

With a better idea of what we were dealing with, we set to work.  Something that is worth a mention:  Make sure that you aren’t connected to city water, that your pump is turned off and that you open another faucet to relieve any pressure in the lines before you get started.  After following those steps, there wasn’t much of a mess when we disconnected the lines.  All we needed was a small towel under the connection to catch the little bit of water that was left in them.

We didn’t need many tools to remove the old faucet, just a couple of wrenches in different sizes and a whole lot of elbow grease.  The person who installed the original faucet must have been a body builder, because that thing didn’t want to budge!!  Installing the new faucet was a snap, just make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.  Our replacement faucet had fancy new ‘snap’ connectors that made things really easy.  All in all, the whole process took about an hour and forty-five minutes and here is the end result:20130504_191555

Not too shabby!  On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the hardest, I would give this one a 3, just because of the difficulty of working in such a tight space.  Next up… Motor Home Improvement – Part 2: RV Shower Replacement