Overall I’m very happy with Rover and all his amenities. We’ve been in our coach for a little over 2 months now and we’ve adjusted very well to living in an RV; however the kitchen faucet continued to drive me bonkers! The factory faucet is something out of the 80s, it’s short, close to the edge of the sink and has a separate sprayer. Trying to wash large pots without spilling water on the countertop is about impossible. Changing out the kitchen faucet has been on my RV upgrade list even while we were watching Rover being built. Since Lowes was having a July 4th sale, I decided to get a nice Delta pull-down kitchen faucet.
Once I brought the new faucet home, first thing was to turn off the water to the coach (and shut off the electric water heater just in case). We opened all the faucets to drain the water from the lines. Then I was able to unscrew the hot and cold water lines from the kitchen sink (tip: put a towel under the water lines in case you have some water drippage).
I hoped the fittings would be the same as the current kitchen faucet which would make installation a breeze. Alas, that was not to be. I opened up the new faucet and compared the ends to the ends of the water lines and realized they would not fit into each other. The PEX (tubing used in RVs for water lines) and the new kitchen faucet both have female ends. The old kitchen faucet has a male end which connected to the PEX fitting. This meant another trip to Lowes to find an adapter. There were two options available: 1) find a male-to-male fitting that would attach the water lines to the new faucet or 2) cut off the old PEX fitting and find a new fitting that would suit the new faucet. Since a new PEX fitting would require crimping tools, I figured a male to male fitting was my easiest solution.
To be sure I got the right fitting, I brought both the old and new faucets with me. That allowed me to find exact fittings without having to make multiple trips. The plumbing section has just about every adapter available, so after a bit of searching, I found the exact piece I needed, plus I bought some teflon tape (plumber’s tape).
Once I got back to Rover, I did a quick test of the adapter to make sure it fit both the water line and the new faucet. The fit was spot on! Taking both faucets really makes for accurate measurements the first time.
After that, the rest of the install was a breeze. I followed the directions to install the new kitchen faucet. When it was time to attach the faucet lines to the RV water lines, I used the adapter to connect the two lines. I wrapped both ends of the adapter with teflon tape before screwing it into place. I find teflon tape to be an important component in plumbing, it really helps to prevent leaks at all screw joints.
The new kitchen faucet water lines were extremely long, probably since most homeowners would need that much line to attach to the water pipes under the sink. There is very little flexibility in the PEX lines and I would have to cut the faucet lines accurately to make everything fit together, so I simply looped the water lines then attached it to the RV water lines.
The entire install probably took no more than 30 minutes, but that’s after finding the right fittings and reading through the instructions. The longest part was installing the soap dispenser. The hole provided by Tiffin (where the sprayer used to be) was just a bit too small so Mike had to do a bit of drilling to get the dispenser to fit properly.
We turned the water back on and checked all attachments for leaks. I also made sure to check all fittings two hours after the water was turned on and again the next morning. Everything stayed nice and dry so I’ll consider it a success!
Next to our sink we use a Collapsible Dish Rack to dry our dishes (Amazon link, right). It holds lots of dishes, drains into the sink, and collapses down fairly flat for storage. If you decide to purchase one (or anything else) through our Amazon affiliate link, we’ll get a small reward to use towards our fuel purchases. Or check out our list of other RV gear we recommend. Thanks for your support!