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Old 08-13-2014, 10:31 AM   #1
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The Flood

During an extended trip over the last couple of weeks, first day, hooked up city water, demonstrated to our son for the first time how the kitchen sink faucet works. "up for hot water, down for cold." Forgot the most important part. My bad. You must push the faucet handle down to the cold water position and in the off position before lowering the cover. I forgot to explain to the lad that if you lower the cover over the sink, and the faucet lever is up (hot water) in the OFF position, the faucet will turn on -- and (the bad part) if there is any ambient noise you might not hear the faucet come on.

I knew the faucet lever was a design flaw and planned to deal with it later. Another bad. I lowered the cover and my son and I stepped outside to sit in the shade, pop a beer and relax. The shade was toward the rear of the AI and we were facing away from the van. When I got up to get something out of the AI 20 or so minutes later, water was pouring out from under the slider. I had left the lever off in the hot water position (up).

The faucet had come on hard enough when I lowered the cover to fill the gray water tank in our absence flooding the AI. Luckily the AI was parked slightly nose-down, so only the kitchen area flooded. Could have been disastrous. The water did not reach the rear of the coach. Mopped up the water, turned on a fan, and the 108 degree temp dried it out in no time. Thanks to the macerator I was able to pump out the gray water tank in a matter of minutes.

During the trip we ran into two other AIs, both 2014.5. Both owners had the exact same issue with the kitchen faucet lever and they paid close attention to the handle position when closing the cover (especially now, after I told them my story). Any quick remedies out there? Or is it file-down-the-lever handle time?
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During the trip we ran into two other AIs, both 2014.5. Both owners had the exact same issue with the kitchen faucet lever and they paid close attention to the handle position when closing the cover (especially now, after I told them my story). Any quick remedies out there? Or is it file-down-the-lever handle time?
It's like that one EVERY Interstate with a glass cover on the sink. I made that mistake once myself, but caught it before it overflowed. I didn't file down the lever handle, just made a mental note not to make that mistake again.

It may be easier to unscrew the lever handle altogether, and leave a hole that you can use to insert a small metal rod when you want to change the faucet setting. That would have the advantage of letting you use a longer handle when you need one, while having no handle at all to interfere with the glass cover. Of course then you've got to keep track of that rod that you'd use. In my opinion that would still be better than shortening the existing handle to where it might be harder to grip just so it doesn't hit the lid.
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:07 AM   #3
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As a reminder, I put a large label on the bottom of the cover/lid to be sure to put the handle in the Cold position before closing the lid. Happened to me once but caught it before the sink overflowed.
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I learned form this forum so the 1st thing I did was make a label for the bottom side of the lid.
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I learned form this forum so the 1st thing I did was make a label for the bottom side of the lid.
Good idea. Not sure if I like the notion that ALL AIs with this sink have the same issue. Couldn't Airstream demand that Dometic fix the problem rather than continue to install faulty sinks that forces owners to install reminder notes? BTW, don't remember the faucet issue discussion during dealer delivery.
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It's like that one EVERY Interstate with a glass cover on the sink. I made that mistake once myself, but caught it before it overflowed. I didn't file down the lever handle, just made a mental note not to make that mistake again.

It may be easier to unscrew the lever handle altogether, and leave a hole that you can use to insert a small metal rod when you want to change the faucet setting. That would have the advantage of letting you use a longer handle when you need one, while having no handle at all to interfere with the glass cover. Of course then you've got to keep track of that rod that you'd use. In my opinion that would still be better than shortening the existing handle to where it might be harder to grip just so it doesn't hit the lid.
Thanks. Nice catch. It looks like the small faucet lever is threaded inside. Could there possibly be a screw-in handle adapter out there that Dometic is hiding from us all? I'll dig into this further in my spare time.
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:30 PM   #7
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This happened to us too - while the AC was running, so we never heard it. But the resulting flood has etched this into our brains, so we now remember to check the faucet every time.
The dealer did point this out to us at handover, so it's surprising Airstream hasn't resolved the problem yet.
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This happened to us too - while the AC was running, so we never heard it. But the resulting flood has etched this into our brains, so we now remember to check the faucet every time.
The dealer did point this out to us at handover, so it's surprising Airstream hasn't resolved the problem yet.
Obviously, etched into my AI brain function as well. I agree though. Surprised AS hasn't dealt directly with Dometic about this as the waters continue to rise. Spent more $$ on this AI than on our second home. Didn't figure we would have to put post-it note reminders on anything.
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The more I think of this, the more I think a LONGER faucet lever is the simplest answer. The one that's on there is short enough that it's not in the way when you fold the faucet down to the right. But you don't HAVE to fold it down to the right; it can fold down to the left just as easily. With a longer lever, you'd have to fold the faucet down to the left all the time, but you wouldn't be able to close the lid at all unless the lever was down in the cold position, so at least you'd ALWAYS be reminded. And since a longer lever is easier to grip and use as well…
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Either a longer faucet lever or a hole in the glass cover to avoid the possibility all together.
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The more I think of this, the more I think a LONGER faucet lever is the simplest answer. The one that's on there is short enough that it's not in the way when you fold the faucet down to the right. But you don't HAVE to fold it down to the right; it can fold down to the left just as easily. With a longer lever, you'd have to fold the faucet down to the left all the time, but you wouldn't be able to close the lid at all unless the lever was down in the cold position, so at least you'd ALWAYS be reminded. And since a longer lever is easier to grip and use as well…
Considering the threads inside the small faucet handle, perhaps Dometic knows?
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Either a longer faucet lever or a hole in the glass cover to avoid the possibility all together.

I looked at mine and I don't think a longer faucet lever would work. It would just interfere with closing the glass lid no matter what position it was in. Maybe a shorter stub lever would allow the lid to close without turning on the water. I do agree this is a problem and I imagine every owner of the late model Interstates has accidentally had water running when closing the sink lid.


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