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Old 03-05-2013, 11:54 AM   #1
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Double vs Single sinks

Hello from Cape Cod...

I am puzzled about something regarding Airstream's choice of kitchen sinks. To me, a double sink is the way to go as I have washed a million dishes in my life and find that set-up very convenient. Now, as I spend my evenings reviewing Airstream floor plans, I see lots of round/oval sinks and not many doubles. Why is that? Am I so different? Most women I know like them -- wash/rinse. Maybe it is an age thing as I am in my early sixties. Your thoughts and comments on this would be helpful and appreciated.

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We removed the double sink in our 61 and replaced it with a single. Gained more counter space. Our single sink is rectangular and we set an ice cube storage bin in it which uses only about half the sink and wash dishes in that. Just put them in vertically and spin them a couple times.
This works quite well and saves gallons of water , which as boondockers is important to us. We use the storage bins in the bathroom sink as well.
These of course are the bins used to store ice cubes, not make them..
It probably is a different approach than most use but works well for us.

The Airstream round sink is pretty good size and I have wondered if you could put some kind of agitator on the bottom of a sink cover and wash clothes in it
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Now, as I spend my evenings reviewing Airstream floor plans, I see lots of round/oval sinks and not many doubles. Why is that?
In my Airstream Interstate, there is one oval sink, with a fold-down facuet and a hinged black glass cover. With facuet and cover folded down, it expands the otherwise scarce countertop space. And matches the fold-down black glass cover on the two-burner propane stove, too.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:32 PM   #4
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I think the single sinks are plenty enough, and encourage one to be conscious of how much water you are using.

Unless you are hooked up to fresh water and sewage all the time, you just can't use water in your RV like you would at home. It also depends on the kind and extent of camping/traveling you intend to do.

The single sink is less convenient, but gets the job done. We run a little water in the bottom of the dishpan, add some Dawn or use the dish wand, wash most everything in that water, rinse with clean and set aside to drain. Voila! Dishes are done.

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We just switched from the double to a round single in our International. The wife sure did complain about the switch but once we started camping, this weekend for the first time in the new trailer she did not say a word. The sink is large and very deep, I set a large bowl in the center and washed the dishes in the bowl and then rinsed them under the faucet and dried and then put away. The wife likes to use a dish drain pan, I dry as I go. It turned out to be a non issue.
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It's about making everything fit and usable. Two sinks can be fitted, but they are small. One big round sink is very usable for washing lots of things, its the rinsing that takes imagination. Those who have figured out their way of doing it love the big round sink. Those who can't or don't want to adapt, will not, and they won't like it. (We have had both in Airstreams, but prefer the big round sink.)

That's why they sell big Airstreams for some, and even bigger fifth wheels/motor homes for others. It must be balanced with how much camper you're willing to drag around the country, and how much tractor you need to move it.

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I have a double sink in the Argosy, but it's laughably shallow. I have 2 plastic things my granny would have called "dish tubs" that I use for several things... they fit nicely in the cabinet below the sink to hold items during travel, and they make it easier to wash dishes because they're larger and deeper than the sink bowls. Also, for my '70s trailer with tiny holding tanks, they allow me to decide where my wash water goes after the dishes are done if I don't have full hookups.
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Years ago we replaced the small, rectangular, single sink in our 2002 19' Bambi with a considerably larger, oval, single sink. Obviously not to save water, but to have something large enough for a plate to lie flat on the bottom of the sink. That brings me to the reason for not necessarily having a double sink in an Airstream. For most Airstreams, a double sink which would fit would probably have sink-bowls smaller than many owners would like.

As an aside, prior to buying our Airstream, we had lots of experience with small sinks -- we had two VW campers and those sinks were small!

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We have double sinks in both our Airstream and Cayo and like it that way. The Cayo being a smaller camper has extremely small sinks and is fine for two people. With the Airstream we travel with 5 and sometimes entertain beyond that so we need space to clean everything up.

With a single sink either you have to spray rinse, which uses more water, or have one or two tubs to divide the sink or make rinse space. Kinda defeats the simplicity and space advantages IMO since you then have to have room for the tubs.
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With a single sink either you have to spray rinse, which uses more water, or have one or two tubs to divide the sink or make rinse space. Kinda defeats the simplicity and space advantages IMO since you then have to have room for the tubs.
A collaspible washbasin that folds sort-of flat takes up little space in transit, and has so many uses besides just washing dishes. Such as carrying your toiletries when going to the public showers, just to name one. And when you eat dinner at the picnic table, it's just as easy to load the dishes right into the washbasin to carry them inside to the sink, so why not wash them in the basin, too, and just rinse in the sink?

I carry my washbasin, uncollapsed, inside the microwave while traveling, as it lets me store items in the microwave (inside the washbasin) that would otherwise damage the microwave if left to rattle around freely.
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With a large single sink you can soak, soap and scrub dishes, pots and pans. For rinsing I use a hand-held plant mister spray bottle at close range while holding the dish over the sink. It removes all soap residue from the dish and uses far less water than a sink based spray head that is part of the trailer's pressurized water system. Frugality with water is a camping virtue.
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What a great idea with the mister! And everything you said about the single sink makes sense...thank you. Sometimes it is hard thinking out of the box or out of the sink if you will. If you don't mind me asking,what was it about the 16 foot that got you to purchase it? I am in the research mode and want to end up making the right decision. K
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We also have had double sinks although they were so small that a plate wouldn't fit flat. Useless! On our current rehab project we have removed the double sinks and opted for a 15" round sink that is fairly deep. The sink has semi-circular removable cutting board insert to both extend counter space and use as a landing zone for hot stuff.
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With a single sink either you have to spray rinse, which uses more water, or have one or two tubs to divide the sink or make rinse space. Kinda defeats the simplicity and space advantages IMO since you then have to have room for the tubs.
Not true. You can spray rinse, but don't have to.

We have a round, deep sink and two round washbasins which nest inside and hold handsoap, the dish wand and an occasional cantaloupe in transit. The underneath basin is used for cleaning and the occasional sponge bath.

These are easily found in the outdoor goods section at Walmart in spring and summer, several colors. We have a deep red.


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