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Quick Tips on Replacing a Drippy RV Faucet

Drip. Drip. Drip. 

If the sound of a dripping RV faucet is keeping you up at night, worry no more! Replacing a faucet in your RV is quick and easy. And if you’ve never really liked the ho-hum faucet that came in your RV’s bathroom anyway, this is the perfect excuse to replace it! With a little elbow grease, some household tools, and about the same amount of time it takes to make a meatloaf, you can install a shiny new faucet that only drips water when it’s supposed to. Since all faucets and RVs vary in shape and size, we’ll leave the step-by-step installation details to the specific faucet you choose. But here are a few quick tips for replacing that drippy faucet that should make the install go smoother and easier, no matter which faucet you’re working with. So stop trying to muffle the dripping sound at night with a pillow on your head or cranking up the radio during dinner to cover up the incessant dripping noise. Out with the old and in with the new is what I always say! 

Faucet Shopping

Luckily, you don’t have to narrow your faucet search to ones that are RV specific. Any residential faucet should be able to work in your RV. Also, even if your original RV’s faucet was a two-hole or three-hole type, you can choose a new faucet that is just a one-hole type if desired (and vice versa). There’s no need to limit your faucet selection to the number of holes already in the countertop. The decorative plate that comes with your new faucet will cover the other existing holes in the countertop. 

Tool Time

While every faucet and install is different, here are some common tools you should have handy before you begin the installation: wrenches, screwdrivers, sockets, pliers, pipe sealant tape, plumber’s putty, and brass adapters. 

Water Works

This may sound like a no-brainer, but before you pick up a tool and zero in on something to unscrew or loosen, shut off the city water and turn off the RV’s water pump. You’ll also want to open a different faucet in the RV to relieve pressure in the lines before removing any pipes. If you skip this step, you may get very wet! 

Splash Pad

Before removing the U-shaped tubing called the P-trap, which stops sewer gasses from backing up and entering your bathroom, place a tub underneath for the standing water that may drip or flow out. Again, skipping this step could be regrettable. 

Are You Hot or Cold?

Pay close attention when connecting the hot and cold lines to ensure that you connect them correctly.

Tape It Up

When applying pipe sealant tape to the inside threads of your new faucet, wrap the tape in the direction of the threads. Doing so will keep the tape in place when you put the faucet back together.

It’s a Putty Party

Use more plumber’s putty than necessary when sealing the drain. Wrap a hefty amount on the underside of the rim of the drain. The excess will just be squished out when you push the drain into place and you can cleanly wipe it away.

Run It Clean

Before running any water through your new faucet, remove the aerator screen from where the water comes out of the faucet. Once removed, turn the water on so that any debris in the line will freely flow out and not gunk up the screen. Replace the screen once the hot and cold lines have been flushed with water.  Do you have any tips on installing a new RV faucet? Or do you have an installation story you want to share? Leave your comments below!

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