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Old 07-23-2011, 06:54 AM   #1
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Smile Are RV Faucets Unique?

The finish on our bathroom and kitchen faucets is starting to deteriorate. Is there anything unique about an RV faucet that would preclude replacing it with a normal home faucet of the same size and similar function?

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Old 07-23-2011, 07:08 AM   #2
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Nope,replaced ours when they were new. replace now or later. Youroo!!
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:19 AM   #3
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Thanks - thought that was the case, but just didn't want to arrive home with boxes of faucets to immediately return!
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Old 07-23-2011, 08:10 AM   #4
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This question comes up often.
Short answer is no.

Lots of us have gone to Home Depot or Lowes or any large dept store or
hardware store and bought replacement faucets.

In my case, our bathroom sink is very small and bath faucets spout length
varies so if you have a similar situation you might want to measure the spout
on your old one and get one of a similar dimension.
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Old 07-23-2011, 02:17 PM   #5
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It is the shower faucet that is a bear. First; sometimes they don't leave you any way to get access to the plumbing to disconnect it. Second; you have to have that strange little threader connector sticking off it for the shower hose.

I've been looking but so far I haven't found a good quality shower faucet. I want one with handles instead of knobs. So I can tell which (hot or cold) side is on or off at a glance.
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Old 07-23-2011, 05:59 PM   #6
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Faucets are the same fit. For the bathroon get a 4 inches hole fit and 8 inches for the kitchen,. Faucets for trailers are not to good quality. Just the look is nice. These trailers faucets are very light to save for the weight but I dont think a few more pounds for a delta or price fister faucet will make a big thing on your gass bill. Eventually I will replace mine also on my new 2011 trailer. I already replaced the spout O ring for a smaller size because it was almost impossible to turn it even by using plumber grease. And yes there is no leakage with the next smaller size of O ring.
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:16 PM   #7
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Right from the factory our Sierra 356RL had almost zero flow/pressure from the OEM faucets.
I showed the dealer a thread from this form where folks ran into the same problem & replaced the faucets with ones from Lowes or HD.
I went out & picked some midlevel faucets from Lowes & the dealer installed them & reimbursed me for the cost under warrenty.
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:40 PM   #8
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when i had a leak around the "garden tub" faucet that i couldn't stop, the dealer said there were two sizes and the factory had installed the smaller one. holes were drilled for a larger one.
bottom line they stopped the leak (between faucet and under part of shower.
i didn't see what he was talking abt but am happy with the repair.
when u replace, look for metal in the mixing area. on my kitchen faucet it was replaced once within a couple months of buying the trailer with same kind. last year, it split again. replaced with one from camping world (abt the same price) that is all metal underneath. i suspect that the faucet split because of me being a little to fast to get the air out of the system (sputter creates a hammer).
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:32 AM   #9
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jimh: Faucets should take the air in the system without breaking. If they breaks it is because they are of poor quality. In your house the faucets will takes a lot of hammering from air in the system without falling apart.
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it was the only explanation that i could come up with. didn't happen in any other faucet so thought it was due to compressed air hammer (was trying to relate it to a steam hammer). the faucet in the sink goes up abt a ft and thought that was causing a pressure build as the air was replaced by water.
i've never had it happen in my home but have not bled air out of the home system but once.
on the trailer, it cracked within the first 2 mos. replacement, i babied and it made it abt 6 yrs. there may have been other factors.
the faucets didn't fall apart; the mixing area cracked. it very well could have been very low quality faucets.
the faucets in the lavatory and shower also have plastic mixing areas and have not been a problem.
thought it was odd that i lost two of the same brand and design with cracks in that area.
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