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Old 10-07-2017, 08:17 PM   #1
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Interstate Shower Head / Faucet / Mixing Valve

We just purchased a used 2010 Interstate. Upon closer inspection I see several drawbacks with the combination sink faucet / shower head. I'm wondering how other Interstate owners deal with the issues mentioned below.

1) The faucet is somewhat like a kitchen sink in that it has a rubber "button" that switches from a stream of water to a spray of water. The button doesn't remain in the spray setting - it has to be reset (button pushed) to spray every time the mixing valve is turned on.

2) Why am I turning the mixing valve on and off so often you might ask. Because I don't want to waste water between wetting down, lathering and rinsing cycles. So each time I turn off the spray the faucet returns to stream mode. So... why is there not a better way to temporarily turn off the water at the spray nozzle? An on/off valve would really make taking a Navy shower much more simple.

3) Are there any alternate brands/models of shower heads that also include the faucet and mixing valve? If anyone has upgraded or otherwise changed the fixture please let me know what you replaced the original with.

4) I am not going to use the shower house. Much of our "camping" is not in a campground so using the shower house is not an option and I don't like public showers for a number of reasons. We bought a self-contained RV for a variety of reasons and taking a shower in the RV is one of those reasons. We're simply looking for ideas on conserving fresh water as well as minimizing gray water accumulation.

Thanks.
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Old 10-07-2017, 08:32 PM   #2
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1) The faucet is somewhat like a kitchen sink in that it has a rubber "button" that switches from a stream of water to a spray of water. The button doesn't remain in the spray setting - it has to be reset (button pushed) to spray every time the mixing valve is turned on.
Mine stays in the setting I put it in on my 2012 Interstate. I leave it in spray mode almost all the time. I've never had the problem you describe.
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3) Are there any alternate brands/models of shower heads that also include the faucet and mixing valve? If anyone has upgraded or otherwise changed the fixture please let me know what you replaced the original with.
You said it yourself, it's like a kitchen faucet. I noticed the same thing myself only a few days ago. My goddaughter's family has a kitchen faucet that almost a twin of my Airstream Interstate's bathroom faucet/shower, except it's white. So a trip to Home Depot to look at kitchen faucets should solve your problem.
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Old 10-08-2017, 06:11 AM   #3
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I wondered what the button was supposed to do - mine does nothing. Mine is stuck in the spray mode - which sounds to be the better mode to have it stuck in.
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Old 10-08-2017, 07:29 AM   #4
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Yep, replacing the head sounds like the solution....my hand held in both the Interstate have levers which stop the flow of water, which I use when showering in the Interstate.

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Old 10-08-2017, 08:18 AM   #5
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I wondered what the button was supposed to do - mine does nothing. Mine is stuck in the spray mode - which sounds to be the better mode to have it stuck in.
Mine is also stuck in the spray mode, a good condition for conserving water taking showers.
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Old 10-08-2017, 11:08 AM   #6
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I have an older Airstream. My shower head has an on/off switch. I'm sure there are new ones on the market that you could purchase.
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Old 10-08-2017, 03:35 PM   #7
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I was able to find an online supplier who sells the combination bathroom sink faucet / shower fixture. It can probably be purchased from Airstream too. So for those of you who are "stuck" in spray or stream mode or for people like me whose wand always defaults to stream maybe this is the answer.
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Old 10-08-2017, 03:43 PM   #8
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On the Other Hand...

...maybe this Moen single-hole kitchen faucet is something to consider. Some of the dimension are similar to the original equipment found in the Interstate however, the Moen unit is overall taller than original.

But look at the 6th bullet point under features - the Moen product has a pause feature that permits the water flow to be turned off without the need to "turn off" the faucet. Sounds pretty promising and the MSRP is not significantly higher than the faucet provided by Airstream.
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Old 10-08-2017, 06:52 PM   #9
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We just got home from Camping World. They have options. After a couple years of searching for a piece to reconnect our shower hose in our 67 Caravel we gave up and are replacing the whole thing. Camping World has one that says it has a pause setting on the shower head and one that says it has an off position on the shower head. Also oxegeneting for less water usage.
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Hi L and D
I had the CW oxygenating sprayer but it does not shut off entirely. Changed to a gun/lever type spray head , only about 1 to 2 inches diameter that can also be used as a bidet sprayer; much like a bidet toilet seat. Say CLEAN in more ways than one.
Congratulations on joining the INTERSTATE group. It's a great looking machine and now a new home away from home.. Also suggest a teakwood pad for the floor of the head in case of any water dripping or leaks. AEW
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:42 AM   #11
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Found a solution for now...

Our first shower in the Interstate, with the factory shower/faucet head was less than satisfactory - difficult to control flow of water, temperature was erratic because of the need to turn the faucet on & off.

I removed the factory shower/faucet head and replaced it with the outdoor shower head. What an improvement! Now the faucet can be easily used to wash hands and brush teeth and it's great for showering too.

The lever on the head of the outdoor shower can be locked into the ON position for routine sink duties and put into the OFF position for showering. From the off position a partial push of the lever allows water to flow for wetting down and rinsing. In between the water turns off completely.

I'll put a few pictures in the next post.
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:47 AM   #12
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Push lever partially down for wetting and rinsing in shower.


I'll have to look at the Airstream parts list to see if the outdoor shower head can be purchased separately. Let me know if anyone has deatails on the head by itself.
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Old 10-19-2017, 09:03 AM   #13
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I'll have to look at the Airstream parts list to see if the outdoor shower head can be purchased separately. Let me know if anyone has details on the head by itself.
I didn't bother. Way back in 2014 I just got a shower-hose-to-garden-hose adapter (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1), and use an ordinary garden hose sprayer on the outdoor shower hose.
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Found a solution for now...

Our first shower in the Interstate, with the factory shower/faucet head was less than satisfactory - difficult to control flow of water, temperature was erratic because of the need to turn the faucet on & off.

I removed the factory shower/faucet head and replaced it with the outdoor shower head. What an improvement! Now the faucet can be easily used to wash hands and brush teeth and it's great for showering too.

The lever on the head of the outdoor shower can be locked into the ON position for routine sink duties and put into the OFF position for showering. From the off position a partial push of the lever allows water to flow for wetting down and rinsing. In between the water turns off completely.

I'll put a few pictures in the next post.


I like it a lot, is there a part number and if available in chrome?
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