How to Replace an RV Shower Faucet
Does your RV shower faucet leave a lot to be desired?
We recently changed out our RV shower head and hose, and as soon as we were finished we went online and ordered a new RV shower faucet.
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How to Replace an RV Shower Faucet
While our RV shower faucet was in working condition, it was definitely time for an upgrade. It was a dingy off-white color and stood out like a sore thumb next to our new shower caddie, shower head, and hose.
Had we known we could get a great looking RV shower faucet for less than $30 and have it installed in less than 30 minutes, we would've changed it out a long time ago.
If you're looking to replace the RV shower faucet in your RV, the good news is it's an easy upgrade anyone can do.
Check out the video below where I walk through the process of replacing our RV shower faucet:
Tips for replacing your RV shower faucet:
If you watched the video above you can see exactly how we changed out our RV shower faucet, but I'll go over a few of the tips below.
Tip #1 – Every RV is Different
The first thing I noticed when doing research before changing out our faucet was that there are a million different access points to the back of the shower faucet. I've seen some behind false walls in the kitchen, some that can only be accessed with the slide out, and then some (like ours) where there is a specific compartment outside the rig that lets you access it.
So when you're starting your project be aware that it may not always be in the same place as what you find online. If you find yourself having a difficult time locating it I'd reach out to your manufacturer and see if they can guide you in the right direction. You may also find the answer in your owner's manual.
Tip #2 – Turn off the water supply
If you're doing projects in your RV I'd assume you're well aware that water can be one of your worst enemies. So when tackling a project that deals with water it's best to make sure your water supply is turned off.
As you disconnect from the back and front sides of the faucet you'll still get a little bit of water leakage but it won't be a full on flood.
We turned off the water supply then opened all the faucets and flushed the toilet until no more water came out. This in turn made sure we only had a small dribble of water that escaped onto the floor. So make sure to turn off your water supply.
Tip #3 – Pay attention to how you remove the old faucet
I've found when I am tackling a project that requires me to replace something it's always easier to get the job done right if I pay close attention to how I take the item apart. By doing this you'll be able to better understand how to put it back together with the new pieces.
In the instance of replacing your RV shower faucet pay close attention to how you detach the back of the faucet as well as to the rubber washers that are located between your hose and faucet.
Tip #4 – Flip the faucet
This tip was suggested to us by a few of our YouTube viewers, and I can't lie we absolutely love it. It's a simple change that transformed the way our shower hose hangs, and created a much more enjoyable shower experience.
Our old faucet was installed with the hose hook up on the top of the faucet. This in turn created kinking within the hose that lowered our overall water pressure. When we installed our new faucet we flipped it so that the hose connection was on the bottom instead. By doing this it takes a lot of stress off the hose while also eliminating the possibility of the hose kinking.
When we did this we noticed the hot and cold knobs were incorrect. In our situation we were able to easily switch our hot and cold labels on the handles of the faucet. Your faucet may not even have labels, but if it does and you're not able to switch the labels you should be able to switch the hot and cold connections on the back of the faucet in order to make sure your labels are correct.
If you're looking for an easy project to do, consider upgrading your RV shower faucet, it's an easy project that'll make a world of a difference!
Have you switched out your RV shower fixtures? Let us know your experience in the comments below!