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Our 4 Favorite RV Kitchen Upgrades Of All Time

For years, we washed dishes by hand in the RV kitchen sink setup. Our RV also came without a water filtration system. We didn’t fully appreciate the kitchen faucet’s daily role, the importance of water filtration, or UV water purification until we finally upgraded. Wow, what a difference!

In this article, we’re sharing our favorite RV kitchen upgrades we’ve done to improve the look and functionality of our campers. This includes adding a touch-free kitchen faucet and a full RV water filtration system. Let’s dive in!

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#1. RV Kitchen Faucet Replacement With Touch2O

Since the kitchen usually shares the same room space as the living area, the RV kitchen sink can literally be the centerpiece for your main RV living space. Because of this, an RV kitchen faucet should work well and look good. 

Many RV faucets are underwhelming, especially if you buy a used RV. For example:

  • Not modern
  • Made of cheaper materials
  • Poor-quality spray function
  • Leaks

There are several things to consider when replacing your RV kitchen faucet, especially with a residential one. Learn more about how to replace the faucet in your RV.

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Our New Faucet Solved RV Water Conservation Problems

We found an RV kitchen upgrade that looked great and made washing dishes much more pleasant. It also saves water, especially when you’re dry camping without hookups.

Conserving water is important to make your RV fresh water tank last longer and avoid filling your grey tank too quickly. This is especially true when you’re trying to dry camp for long stretches. When washing dishes, you constantly have to turn the water on and off. On and off. Plus, you have to refind that perfect temperature where it’s not too hot, but not too cold.

The Solution: a touch faucet!

We installed a Delta Touch2O faucet with touch sensing on/off capabilities. We chose the Essa model for our RV kitchen sink.

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Why Touch Faucets Are Great For RV Life

The Delta Touch2O faucet comes on at a single touch, and quickly shuts off at the next touch. This fast and easy activation saves water run time in three ways:

  1. As you are reaching to and from the faucet handle
  2. As you are adjusting water flow rate
  3. And as you adjust and wait for the proper temperature of water

The latter two reasons are big ones! The Touch2O allows you to set the desired flow rate and temperature so that it’s the same every time the faucet turns on. No more fighting with the faucet while doing the dishes! 

Additionally, touch faucets make it easier to turn the water on and off when your hands are full or messy. Just bump it with your forearm or the back of your hand, and voila! As for longevity, we installed one 8 years ago in a family member’s home, and besides needing a change of AA batteries, the faucet still works flawlessly. 

Q: Does it turn on when you’re driving? It hasn’t, but it’s a good idea to turn the faucet to the “off” position just to be safe. It’s also always a good practice to turn your water pump off whenever you travel.

Pro Tip: Check out our 6 Great RV Faucet Replacement Ideas (and How-To) post for more recommendations on faucet replacements.

Delta touch2O faucet installed rv kitchen sink

#2. Adding RV Water Filter Systems

For years, we bought RO water by the gallon from the store and schlepped it around. We were concerned about drinking out of our fresh water tank. On top of managing our water and holding tanks, we always had to track our drinking water. It was a complete and utter pain. 

We finally pulled the trigger on water filtration in 2019, and we can’t believe it took us so long.

There is a lot to know about RV water filter systems to make sure you have clean and safe water for use in your RV.

What Water Filter System Do You Need?

Our current preferred RV water filtration system is the Blu brand 3-stage .2 micron system. We currently are using the MR3 elite package from Mobile Must Have that includes a water softener. With the .2 micron, this system has far superior filtration to pretty much anything else out there and also looks great because its all stainless steel.

We used this system to drink the water in Mexico and never had a problem or got sick. The drawback, however, is that the .2 micron filter does not last long, particularly on poor water. We plugged up a filter in two weeks in Mexico. In the US, it has lasted up to 6 months.

The Mobile Must Have package also included nice stainless steel braided hoses. They look super nice, but they kink easily and are not necessary for the system. The quick connect they sell with them is very worth it, however, and has not leaked on us yet.

The Blu water softener works great. However, we find it needs recharging about once a month. This requires manually removing it from the system and filling it with salt to flush it out.

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#3 The Importance of UV Water Purification (+ Discount Code!)

RV water filters, while great, can grow bacteria inside them. Silver is often included to help prevent this, but many studies have shown that filters on faucets can actually increase bacteria growth in the lines after-filter and pre-faucet.

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This is the Acuva ArrowMax Water Purification system (product name changed from the Eco NX-Silver). Besides looking great, it has a set of UV lights installed in a box under the sink that sanitizes the water before it comes out of the faucet.

This box blasts all water passing through with UV LED lights. UV means ultraviolet, and UVC wavelengths will destroy DNA and proteins in viruses and bacteria living in the water. It also kills parasites.

A blue light turns on at the base, letting you know the unit is working and the water is sanitized. This last line of defense gives us a lot of confidence in our drinking water!

Acuva smart faucet
The Acuva Smart Faucet
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Blue light ring turns on when sanitizing and dispensing!

Installing the Acuva Water Purifier

When installing the unit, tap into the main cold water line. Run into the filter. Runs over to the Acuva brink. This needs a power source. This brink contains the UV LEDs and will glow blue when in use. You can choose whether to run the purifier off of 12V or 120 AC power.

Note: Installing any under-counter filter system will decrease the flow of water coming out of your drinking water. The Acuva in particular has a flow restrictor. The water needs to flow slow enough past the UVs so that it has time to interact with anything in the water and sterilize it.

Installing the Acuva was easy – just had to drill a new hole in our countertop for the Acuva drinking faucet. Depending on your sink and plumbing, accessing the underside of your RV’s kitchen sink. You can buy the Acuva without the faucet if you already have one or want a different one to match your kitchen theme.

#4. Updating the RV Kitchen Sink Drains

One of the easiest RV kitchen upgrades you can make is replacing the drain in your sink. Sinks come in many different shapes and sizes, and so do drains. You might need to replace yours with an RV-specific model. If it’s a standard sink, you can go to Home Depot, like we did, and quickly refresh the look of a used RV sink!

Want to Make These Upgrades To Your RV Kitchen Sink?

If you’d like to make these upgrades to your RV kitchen sink, you can find them here:

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DaveW

Thursday 21st of March 2024

Wondering if the Acuva UV-LED Water Purifiers could be installed behind the refrigerator. We get out drinking water from the door dispenser on the fridge. It’s been filtered twice - once by the whole house filter in the wet bay, and then by the filter inside the fridge, both of which are changed out semi-annually or as often as needed.

Tom and Caitlin Morton

Wednesday 27th of March 2024

Yes, Check out the tour of our motorhome and you will see a segment where i show exactly that setup. https://youtu.be/VRK9Y2XkdIg

John

Friday 22nd of January 2021

Would it be possible to mount a 266nm wavelength UV-C led light encased in a glass or plastic protective globe (much like those used in enclosed spaces, sealed with silicone or a rubber gasket and attached using stainless steel hardware) into the fresh water tank? While the water would still need to be filtered to remove particulate matter, it would sterilize it against pathogenic microorganisms.

Alice

Friday 20th of November 2020

Very thorough. Lots to think about. Thanks. Left long comment on video.

Mortons on the Move

Friday 20th of November 2020

Thank you! There's definitely a lot more possibilities with an RV kitchen sink than what meets the eye!