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Finding a Metal Faucet for Sprinter Galleys

| Updated Jan 25, 2019

OK, I admit it. I am just too rough on these plastic faucets that come with the SMEV/Dometic sinks in some Sprinter galleys. I've just broken my third one in four and a half years of fulltiming in my 2014 CS Adventurous. The last plastic one I put in came courtesy of Amazon since I didn't want to make an appointment and schlep to an RV dealership and sit around in the waiting room while they took all day to do a 30 minute job, and that was ten months ago. It's still usable, but a crack at the base of the spout has started, and it's only a matter of time before it starts leaking. I know from experience.

Finding a Metal Faucet for Sprinter Galleys 1Having nothing to do all day, I started Googling around for RV faucets, zeroing in on the fold-down, one-hole, hot and cold mixer specifics of these Sprinter faucets, and stumbled upon this supplier in China who had a faucet which looked like it would fit – and it was chromed brass! Maybe this one would stand up to my robust approach to dish-washing. Nobody is importing these, so you have to order them from the Chinese supplier. I know many of you are somewhat leery of giving your credit card number to someone in Shanghai, but we have had very good luck with ordering things from China, thanks to Sharon's exotic tastes in clothing and jewelry.

Finding a Metal Faucet for Sprinter Galleys 2One thing I have noticed about the current trade in goods is the resourcefulness and marketing skill of the Chinese manufacturers. They spot niche products which they can produce cheaply and make them available through websites like Aliexpress. A few years ago, my sister's large propane barbecue cooker was shot – it needed new burners. They're just cast iron but the grill company wanted so much for them that you might as well buy a new cooker. However, someone in China was making them and they were online for $40 a set. Problem solved. It's just a chunk of cast iron with minimal drilling for the gas jets – very low tech, and something you can produce without too much trouble. It's not worth anyone's time here to produce it. It is for the Chinese, bless them. Because of the lax regulatory environment in China, I'd be leery of foodstuffs, but how can you screw up a faucet?

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The brass things are the check valves.

Aliexpress had two faucets, both around the same price. One had a swiveling spout, but I opted for the plain one – fewer moving parts, and one less fragile attachment of the spout to the body. Shipping is 12-20 days, and expensive, but at $70ish for the faucet and shipping I'm still coming out under the $100 the plastic faucet costs.  Fifteen days after I order, here comes this exotic looking package with my new faucet. It was very reassuring to feel the heft of the metal construction when I unwrapped it. The hoses were a bit different (and longer) than the ones that came with the plastic faucet, but were better – there's a threaded fitting with o-rings where the hose attaches to the faucet, instead of the plastic barb and crimped hose connection I was used to. No way of telling which one was hot and which one was cold, so I guessed, and installed the new faucet.

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Here are the leftover female-to female connector parts which I will save, in case I ever switch back.

One thing that's different about the new faucet is that it's like one of those one-lever shower controls – the control only moves in one dimension, so it's off-cold-hot. You can't vary the hot-cold mix and the flow rate independently like you can with the plastic faucet.  My guess as to which hose was which left me with off-hot-cold, which is fine; I can trickle hot water to rinse dishes this way. The longer new hoses had a female connection at the end, not male, so I just left off the two female-to-female PEX line connectors that used to be between the plastic faucet's hoses and the brass check valves in each line. No leaks and no mess- the installation went smoothly.

I've been using this new faucet for a week or so and no complaints so far. We will see how it goes as my enthusiastic culinary activities test its durability. It's a little more peace of mind knowing I have a brass faucet just like in a sticks and bricks house, so I don't have to be so timid when I cook and clean up.

RV Lifestyle

Published on 2019-01-25

8 Responses to “Finding a Metal Faucet for Sprinter Galleys”

March 09, 2019at6:09 pm, Steven Jones said:

Hi Joe. How did you get the slotted nut loose on the original plastic faucet in order to remove the faucet. Of course the nut is under the sink with minimal access.

March 09, 2019at10:31 pm, campskunk said:

I can’t remember it being a problem, probably channel lock pliers or something like that. You can wiggle the faucet top with one hand and try to loosen the nut with the other. It isn’t on there very tight.

February 05, 2019at9:13 am, Nancy McIntyre said:

Campskunk, thanks for posting this! We are traveling now and ours broke so will try to find something now and then get a backup “good” one!

January 28, 2019at7:29 am, Mike said:

I don’t like the cheap plastic faucet in my travel trailer, Can’t I just replace it with something more locally available?

January 28, 2019at9:11 am, campskunk said:

sure. the only variables you have to watch out for are the hole pattern/spacing (most faucets have two holes in the counter/sink. some have one) and plumbing connections for the lines. the Roadtrek faucets fold down to fit under the glass sink cover – if yours doesn’t, then Home Depot and Lowe’s have many faucets that will fit your travel trailer.

January 26, 2019at2:51 pm, tiệc đứng ngoài trời said:

Phong cách tổ chức đầy phá cách
và sáng tạo.

January 26, 2019at10:30 pm, campskunk said:

Chúng tôi sử dụng công nghệ tốt nhất hiện có.

January 25, 2019at11:09 am, Mary Jane Curry said:

Great information reveal from Campskunk (Joe Campbell) on his DIY project! Always an enjoyable read with a touch a humor. I can attest to his culinary skills, as a group of us definitely enjoyed his gourmet Mac N Cheese prepared in his rig while on the boondocking experience using his Class B galley stovetop and convection oven. Campskunk and Sharon brought this tasty dish to the Potluck Gathering of fellow RV Leisure travelers just last summer! Mary Jane and Jeff Curry

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