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Old 04-21-2008, 12:18 PM   #1
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Replacing Sink and Faucet in Galley

I have been through the vast majority of threads in this particuar forum and I have one question remaining on sinks and faucets. Being a relative newbie I donít know if I can use any faucet I want or are there specific faucets necessary because it will be used in a travel trailer? Can the pressurized water system in my 1975 Argosy pretty much handle any faucet designed for home use?
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:22 PM   #2
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We replaced both the kitchen faucet and wash-basin faucet with standard plumbing products several years ago. There have been absolutely no problems. Household water supplies are pressurized (by the water company), so we never saw any reason to consider our Airstream system as distinctly different.
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:38 PM   #3
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Last Summer I replaced the faucets for both the kitchen and, the water locker. Aha...forgot, the shower's faucet also
No problems at all..Just be sure that you use the same hole spacing as the old..Took maybe 15 or 20 minutes on each? Took pictures of the work, so maybe that's why..lol
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:43 PM   #4
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Generally, a standard household faucet and apartment-sized sink will fit the bill.
In fact, I replaced the old and crusty cheap plastic faucet in our bathroom with a new household model yesterday. Simple out and in. Took all of 30 minutes, and a galley sink should take about the same.
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Old 04-21-2008, 04:14 PM   #5
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Replaced the kitchen faucet in my Argosy with a "bar" faucet to reach over the sink. There are several models now that will go there as well. Never was able to replace the faucet in the bathroom because you would have to completely remove the sink to get to the plumbing. Thought about it, but never was bothered by the one that came in it enough to go through that. I hope yours is not as difficult. We've never had any trouble with the kitchen replacement and the household faucets are much better quality than you can get at the RV supply places. Plastic is not that attractive.
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What a coincidence, I just put new washers in my galley sink today. can't seem to get the handles to stop leaking though, guess I'll have to put that on my list for the restoration rally this weekend .
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Old 04-21-2008, 04:32 PM   #7
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Thanks, Tim A. I had my suspicions but really wanted to hear that someone else had done it without repercussion.
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What a coincidence, I just put new washers in my galley sink today. can't seem to get the handles to stop leaking though, guess I'll have to put that on my list for the restoration rally this weekend .
Hi Jerry,

If you put something modern in, you can kiss washers goodbye. Has anyone hooked up a drain that operates via a handle on the faucet (in the bathroom)? That would be reason enough for me to replace, and I am considering it. Have already replaced the one in the galley.
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What a coincidence, I just put new washers in my galley sink today. can't seem to get the handles to stop leaking though, guess I'll have to put that on my list for the restoration rally this weekend .
If you only replaced the bottom bib washers it will still leak out of the handles unless you replace the o-ring or stem (bonnet) gasket. Another poster suggested a "modern" faucet with no washers. No such thing. All faucets have washers of different types. I was at a plumbing lecture a couple of years ago that discussed "washerless faucets". The lector stated that they were misnamed "less washers" faucets!

If your faucet is dripping out the spigot then either the bib washer or washer and spring on a washerless are gone. If it is a standard old type washer the seat may also be bad. If it is leaking out the stem then the o-ring or bonnet washer is bad or needs to be tightened.

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What a coincidence, I just put new washers in my galley sink today. can't seem to get the handles to stop leaking though, guess I'll have to put that on my list for the restoration rally this weekend .
If you only replaced the bottom bib washers it will still leak out of the handles unless you replace the o-ring or stem gasket. "If you put something modern in, you can kiss washers goodbye." No such thing. All faucets have washers of different types. I was at a plumbing lecture a couple of years ago that discussed "washerless faucets". The lector stated that they were misnamed "less washers" faucets!

If your faucet is dripping out the spigot then either the bib washer or washer and spring on a washerless are gone. If it is a standard old type washer the seat may also be bad. If it is leaking out the stem then the o-ring or bonnet washer is bad and needs to be replaced or tightened.

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Never was able to replace the faucet in the bathroom because you would have to completely remove the sink to get to the plumbing.
Our bath faucet is accessed through the rear hatch, open the hatch, move the cover out of the way,and you can reach up and unscrew the lines and nuts holding the faucet in place. I can take a couple of pictures of both the kitchen faucet underneath and bath faucet underneath if y'all would like.
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Argosys don't have a rear hatch. No way to get this sink faucet out except pull that whole thing out. Tried everything, RV man tried what he could. Just left it alone for now.
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Argosys don't have a rear hatch. No way to get this sink faucet out except pull that whole thing out. Tried everything, RV man tried what he could. Just left it alone for now.
I guess the time to upgrade would be if the old one tears up...
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Hi Jerry,

If you put something modern in, you can kiss washers goodbye. Has anyone hooked up a drain that operates via a handle on the faucet (in the bathroom)? That would be reason enough for me to replace, and I am considering it. Have already replaced the one in the galley.
Hello,
Please see my post on "Bathroom fit for a king" and you'll see the end product of a household basin and faucet replacement, complete with sink stopper and handle. Not a bad job. It can be done in approx 1.5 hours. The biggest part of the job is cutting the larger hole for the basin. I'm not sure if the normal sink drains will fit the old plastic basin. Have fun.....WWW
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