When you purchase your RV you will probably be very excited to get out on the road and get your first started. After all, you probably just had to go through a long buying process that left you with little patience left. It is time to relax and unwind. However, before you can get your trip started you need to make sure everything with your RV is in order. One of the most important things to make sure is in check is your RV faucet. Many people will have the question, Are RV faucets the same as home faucets. Yes, they are, but you may need adapters to connect them to your RV plumbing system.
Making sure your RV faucets are in order is incredibly important. Plumbing is something that can get out of control if left unchecked in your RV. As a result, you need to make sure that everything is connected properly. This is especially true if you want to replace the faucet that comes with your RV with one that is more modern. Although most faucets are compatible with RVs, you might need to make some adjustments to get them to connect.
RV faucets and home faucets are the same, but they may connect to the plumbing system slightly different. As a result, you may need adapters to ensure that everything is working properly. It is very important that you purchase these adapters if required because otherwise you will not be able to connect your RV faucets at all.
What Is the Difference Between an RV Faucets and a Home Faucet?
As we mentioned above, RV faucets are nearly identical to home faucets. However, that is only in appearance on the surface level. There are differences in how they are designed to fit with the plumbing of your RV. When you look at an RV faucet, you will see that it can be connected to the flexible hoses that are in standard plumbing systems for RVs.
Conversely, home faucets have metal, threaded connectors that allow them to connect to threaded metal pipes and hoses with adapters. When you look at the connectors of the two types of faucets you will quickly notice that there are distinct differences. As a result, you will need to do a little extra work if you want to use a home faucet in an RV.
Can Residential Kitchen Sink Faucets be Used In an RV?
Yes, like with regular home faucets, residential kitchen sink faucets can be used in an RV. However, like with the home faucets, many of them will require adapters to connect to the RV. The plumbing systems used in RVs are different from those used in residential homes. As a result, adapters are required for them to connect. However, as long as you use those adapters you should not have any problems.
Can Shower Faucets for a Home be Used In an RV?
You can use shower faucets for a home in an RV. Although they have a slightly different design than regular sink faucets, they can be used in your RV shower. However, like with the faucets listed above, you will need adapters to ensure that they connect and work properly. Without a working adapter, you will be unable to connect your shower faucet, and your shower will not be functional.
What Is a Faucet Adapter?
So, we have mentioned several times already that you may need an adapter to use a faucet from your home in your RV. However, you might not know what a faucet adapter is. So, what is a faucet adapter anyway?
A faucet adapter is a small piece of equipment that will allow you to attach a faucet to plumbing systems that they are not compatible with. Without a faucet adapter, you will unable to attach a home faucet to the plumbing system of your RV.
How Do I Replace a RV Sink Faucet?
Here we will look at the steps you need to replace your RV faucets with faucets from your home. Although it is not an overly complicated process, it does have several steps. So, make sure you take the time to read through each step carefully. Otherwise, you might make a mistake which could cause issues for you going forward. You do not want that to happens, so take the extra time to learn now and you will have fewer issues in the future.
1. Turn off the fresh water supply of the RV
The first thing you need to do is make sure that you turn off the fresh water supply in the RV. You obviously need to do this so that water is not getting everywhere while you are working. There have many people that have ruined their RVs because they started messing around with their faucets before they turned off the water supply.
This is not a mistake you want to make right after you buy your RV. After you purchase your RV everything is clean, and it smells great. You want to keep things that way as long as possible. However, if you do not turn of your fresh water supply, your RV will get covered in water and your RV will never smell the same again.
2. Remove the old faucet’s input connections
The next thing you need to do is remove the old RV faucet’s input connections. To do this you need to look underneath your sink and look for the tubes that provide you with hot and cold water. Once you identify these tubes you will need to use two wrenches to gently loosen the connectors. Generally, it is best to have a washbasin or bucket below the pipes to catch any water that might spill out of the tubing. Even with your water turned off, there will be residual water left in the pipes. As a result, there is a good chance that some water could fall to the floor. So, it is better to be prepared for this inevitability.
3. Remove the old faucet from the sink
Now it is time to start one of the most important steps of this process. You need to remove the old faucet from the sink. You will need a large wrench to do this. Use the wrench to loosen the plastic nut underneath the faucet. Once you remove the plastic nut you can pull out the old faucet. Depending on your faucet, it might be double secured by silicone. If this is the case, you just need to apply a little more force and it should come off.
4. Prepare the new faucet
Now that your old RV faucet is removed, you need to prepare your new faucet. If the old faucet was held in place by silicone, take the time to remove any residual silicone that is left on the sink. Once this is done you can wrap a little bit of Teflon tape on the treads of the faucet’s connector. Doing this will help provide you with protection against leaks.
5. Connect the new faucet
Now that you have done everything to remove the old faucet and clean the area, it is time to install your new faucet. To do this, insert your new faucet into the holes in the sink. You do not need to worry about the size, generally the holes will be standard sized. However, before you screw the attachment nut into the sink, you should consider placing a small amount of silicone on the faucet to stop water from seeping underneath the sink. Once this is done you can secure the faucet using the attachment nuts underneath the sink.
You should connect the straight connectors to the input tubing first. You may need to use a little bit of Teflon tape to ensure that the joint is watertight, and you should use two wrenches to attach the connectors to the hot and cold input hoses. Be careful about overtightening here. This is also where you will apply your adapter if you need to. You should be able to tell fairly easily because the areas where they attach will be different shapes. If this is the case, simply attach the adapter and you can proceed with the above instructions.
6. Turn on the water and check for leaks
The final step in this process is to turn on your water and make sure everything is running properly. Check under the sink to make sure that your faucet is not leaking anywhere. If you do find a leak, turn off your faucet and tighten everything a little bit more. Most of the time leaks just come from not tightening your nuts enough. However, if there are still leaks after everything is tightened, you may need to apply more Teflon tape on the treads.
What Are the Best RV Kitchen Faucets?
Here we will look at a few of the best RV kitchen faucets available to you. There are plenty of options available, but these are a few options for you to choose from if you do not want to do any more research.
1. Moen 67315C Integra One-Handle Pullout Kitchen or Laundry Faucet
This is the kitchen faucet we use in our RV, so we can endorse this faucet personally a high quality option for you. The faucet has a chrome finish and is highly reflective. It is so shiny that it can act like a mirror if you want it to. It also uses power clean spray technology to provide 50 percent more spray power compared to other faucets that do not use this technology.
Additionally, the faucet has a flexible to design that is easily installed through 1 or 3 holes. It features a Duralock quick connect system to make installation even easier. Furthermore, the faucet pulldown hose offers flexible water delivery and the hose retracts with ease.
Finally, the faucet is backed by Moen’s limited lifetime warranty. So, if you have any issues you can have the faucet replaced.
2. WEWE Single Handle High Arc Brushed Nickel Pull Out Kitchen Faucet
If you are looking for a replacement for your RV kitchen sink faucet, this faucet from WEWE is a good option for you. It has a sleek design that is easy to match with any sink. Additionally, it has 3 way spray settings, stream, spray, and pause. Stream is for filling the sink with water, spray is for rinsing, and pause is for avoiding splashing when you are in multitask mode.
Additionally, the sink is easy to install. The pull down hose and water line hose are already preinstalled in the kitchen faucet to save you time on the installation process. You do not need a plumber to get things installed, you just need to spend 30 minutes getting it installed.
Furthermore, the sink is easy to operate and has single handle control over water temperature. It is also easy to maintain as it has a superior corrosion and rust resistant finish to stop dirt from sticking to the surface.
3. Peppermint Designer Brushed Nickel Pull Down Kitchen Sink Faucet
Finally, we will look at the RV kitchen faucet from Peppermint. The faucet uses a special patent giraffe model design with an extra long pull out hose. This is perfect for a modern kitchen or an RV. It is also easy to install. You will not need to call a plumber to get it installed. Instead, all you need to do is spend 30 minutes under your sink and you will be good to go.
The faucet is made of healthy and environmental lead-free stainless steel instead of the cheap plastic that is used in many faucets. The faucet also comes with a 10 year warranty and 90 day return policy.
Furthermore, the faucet uses nano-brushed technology to protect it from fingerprints or water spots that become problems with regular faucets. Finally, it has a pull out spout with a long flexible hose that will be able to reach every corner of your kitchen.
What Are the Best RV Shower Faucets?
Here we will look at a few of the best shower faucets available to you. Nothing is worse than having a shower faucet that makes your showers uncomfortable. So, here we will be looking at a few options that will provide you with a wonderful showering experience.
1. Oxygenics 26481 Brushed Nickel body Spa RV Shower Kit
This shower faucet and head kit from Oxygenics is a great option for anyone that wants a new shower faucet for their RV. The faucet uses patented Oxygenics technology to amplify existing water pressure and widen coverage while minimizing water use and extending the life of your water tanks.
It also uses a Smart Pause valve that helps preserve tank levels by quickly limiting water flow during soaping while keeping water temperatures consistent. It also helps reduce shower times with its special spray patterns. These spray patters make washing and rinsing faster, especially when you have long hair.
2. PIH High Pressure RV Handheld Shower Head Unit
This shower head from PIH is one we can personally endorse because we use it in our RV. This handheld showerhead is great for any RV motorhome. It uses upgraded 2XP Turbocharging and it has a powerful spray shooting with PAUSE setting. The high strength water pause impact will provide you with a fresh RV showering experience.
3. Dura Faucet RV Shower Head and Hose Kit
This shower faucet from Dura Faucet is another faucet we can endorse because we have used it in our RV. We decided to only use the shower faucet from Dura Faucet and pair it with the PIH shower head above.
The Dura Faucet shower head is a modern RV shower head that comes in several colors. So, you can have it match the rest of your bathroom easily.
Additionally, it is constructed with premium grade light wight synthetic resins. It also has a water saving trickle valve switch on the shower head that you can turn on and off. It uses a 60 inch synthetic hose with a mounting bracket.
The flow rate of this shower faucet is 2.2 gpm @ 60 psi, 8.3 L/min @ 414 kPa, UPC & CUPC certified.
What Are the Best RV Bathroom Sink Faucets?
When people start looking for replacements for RV faucets, they usually start by looking for a replacement for their bathroom sink faucet. Here we will look at a few options available to you in this area. Any of the options below are good options, but you do not need to choose either if they are not exactly what you are looking for. There are plenty of options out there, you just need to do the research to find them. This is the same for all the RV faucets we have looked at today.
1. Single Lever Faucet
This RV bathroom sink faucet from WOWOW is incredibly easy to install. It requires a three or four inch hole to install, but as long as you meet those specifications you should not have any issues. The faucet comes with a lift rod and pop up stopper. It is made of zinc alloy on the surface, but it is also brushed with nickel to help with corrosion resistance.
The faucet can control the water temperature with ease as it is easy to move up, down, and to the side. You can also install it easily without the need to call a plumber.
This faucet will provide you with excellent value for your money. It has a retro design that will look good in your RV, and it comes with a three year warranty. So, if you have any issues, you can always have it replaced.
2. Two Handle RV Faucet
Finally, we will look at a two handle RV bathroom sink faucet from Dura Faucet. If you prefer two handle RV faucets, this might be the best option for your bathroom sink. The faucet has a retro exterior, and it has classic lever operation so that you can quickly adjust the water temperature and pressure.
The faucet has a stylish design with a 6-inch spout that will provide a great look for you RV after you update your sink. Additionally, the faucet is made with premium grade lightweight synthetic waterways and a brass spout construction.
Furthermore, the faucet is durable and has an easy to turn design. So, you will never have any issues adjusting the temperature of your water or the water pressure.
Furthermore, if you were worried about installation, you do not need to be. Installation is incredibly easy and can be done on your own without the need to call a plumber.
Get Your Next Trip Started with Your New RV Faucets
After reading, we hope you have all the information you need about RV faucets. We know that there is a lot of information to absorb, but it should all be helpful. Without this information you might not know how to install an RV or faucet, or you might not know to use an adapter. These are both very important things to know before you get started.
Your RV faucets are a very important part of your RV. Without them, you will not be able to get fresh water, clean your dishes, or shower. So, it is important to know how to install them, and how to recognize when you need a replacement.
We hope that you decide to purchase one of the RV faucets listed above. However, that is not a necessity if you do not think any of them are a good fit for you. There are plenty of options out there, and you will be able to find the perfect fit. All you need to do is make sure that you do your research and you will find the perfect fit for you in no time.
Are you a new or experienced RV owner? Why do you need a replacement for your RV faucet? Which faucet needs to be replaced? Let us know in the comments!