Less than a year after buying our brand new RV fifth wheel, we found ourselves wanting a kitchen faucet that was more functional and more stylish. Dan aimed for quality and manufacturer while I focused on purpose, design and finish.
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Our Fifth Wheel Kitchen Faucet Upgrade and Installation Guide
One of the features that sold us on our Landmark luxury fifth wheel was the beautiful, large, fully-functional RV kitchen. The island creates a more ample food prep surface. And that big single farmer’s sink allows for cleaning large pots and pans.
However, one little issue just grated on me that needed upgrading; our kitchen faucet.
Our RV kitchen faucet installed by the factory wasn’t a bad or cheap faucet. However, they installed a chrome faucet in our kitchen where all of the cabinet hardware and kitchen appliances were brushed nickel or stainless steel. Being I’m particular about interior design features, we had to upgrade.
Our kitchen faucet requirements were three-fold:
- We wanted a pull-out sprayer for easier washing and rinsing.
- It needed to have a gooseneck design to accommodate tall pots.
- Must have a brushed nickel finish to coordinate with our RV kitchen hardware and appliances.
Once we found one, we were within days of using our new kitchen faucet.
Before I go on, I wanted to share one cool manufacturing feature in our kitchen that Heartland configured in their Landmarks. They created a pass-through under the sink so we could access the plumbing on both sides of the island.
In otherwords, there are doors on both sides of the island. This was a genius design because, who wants to be installing or repairing any plumbing fixtures in contortionistic positions? It also makes it easier to check for under-sink leaks as well; from both sides.
Now, let’s get into the actual kitchen faucet installation.
Dan opened and inspected the new faucet; making certain all of the parts were present. Most importantly, he read the instructions.
We emptied the cabinet interior under the sink to make access easier. Dan turned off the water throughout the coach. He also inspected all plumbing joints and pipes for any cracks or leaks.
Tools Needed for Kitchen Faucet Installation
Dan set out all of his tools to avoid going back and forth to his RV tool bag. For better lighting, he donned his trusty headlamp so I didn’t have to sit and hold the flashlight.
Kitchen Faucet Installation
Dan disconnected the original faucet from the waterlines. He also unscrewed the faucet fixture from underneath the counter.
Once everything was disconnected, he pulled the faucet connections up through the holes in the counter. He screwed all of the washers and nuts to the old faucet so we didn’t mix them up with the new faucet. Dan cleaned up the countertop area where the old faucet was installed.
Dan unscrewed all of the nuts and washers from the new faucet and inserted the hose connectors through the hole in the counter.
Wait, did I say previously that my job was done? Well, I lied.
I was summoned to hold the new faucet onto the counter while he screwed on the washers and nuts on the underside. Once that was done, I was released to take photos again while he connected all of the hoses and crimps.
Once installation was complete, Dan turned the water back on for the entire coach. I checked to monitor any leaks from the new connections, water hoses and our new kitchen faucet. The installation of our RV kitchen faucet went without a hitch or hiccup. It works perfectly.
That’s a Wrap!
Though we love our new faucet, I now understand the reason for the initial design of the original faucet.
The original kitchen faucet had a lower profile unlike our new gooseneck design kitchen faucet. Because our sink is a little shallow, the gooseneck design creates more splash outside of the sink when using the spray feature.
Keep this in mind should you want to replace your RV kitchen faucet. While it’s a handsome, state-of-the-art faucet, the gooseneck design with its spray feature is designed more for deeper sinks.
But, we’re not complaining. I still love it because of it’s updated features and gives that more refined appearance.
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