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Old 10-22-2019, 01:34 PM   #1
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Kitchen Sink Scratches

Greetings!

We really, really like our coach. We have a pretty good punch list of warranty items to be addressed here in a couple of week as we make our way back to the mothership.

One thing that we really don't like in our coach is the kitchen sink and faucet. The kitchen faucet is on the punch list as it is broken - it sticks in the sprayer mode. It has a cheap plastic head. I know a replacement is only going to last a short while.

The sink is the shiny metal type which scratches very easily - including during cleaning. I asked Newmar to look at it and see if we have any upgrade options. This would be a cost to me upgrade - which is fair.

We have replaced sink and faucets at my stick and bricks. My only hesitation is finding one to fit the RV and that is higher quality.

Do some of the higher end units have a better sink / faucet combination? Have anyone replaced theirs with a residential version that is higher quality?

I would prefer a single sink over the split sink that is there now.

Thanks for all useful suggestions in advance.
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Having recently done a kitchen renovation where every decision was researched in depth.... Grohe faucets have the best reviews and while nearly double or triple the cost of the ones you can find at HomeDepot are generally metal (ss or brass as appropriate) or at least a very good quality plastic. I can literally feel the quality difference. But pricey.

As for sinks, depends on what Newmar comes back with but the thicker the gauge steel (16 vs 18 or 20) the better/quieter it'll be.
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Kitchen Sink Scratches

Superman11, your comments about your sink issues have me concerned.

We have the two bowl composite sink in our 17 DS. We bought it off the lot so it wasnít a choice. Being composite, it has proven very solid and durable.

When reviewing options for the 2020 DS that we recently ordered, the list price on that composite sink option was about $830. Seemed high. We looked at the standard sink which is a double bowl stainless and we decided to go with that.

Now Iím second guessing our decision. Does anybody with the DS stainless sink have an opinion in this?
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I have the double stainless steel sink in our 2019 Dutchstar. It spots, it scratches. It is difficult to keep looking shiny. That said, both sides are deep, it is functional and the alternative composite sink had one small size and one bigger size. I keep the covers on it when not in use so it is not visible. I found a drainable dishpan for one side and a dish strainer for bottom of other side. It works for me and I no longer stress!

Now if I could just get towel bars wide enough to handle the towels!
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it's a sink, guys....it's gonna get scratched with use...you can't keep a high gloss polish on it, no matter the thickness....it's made to be used, and to wear the marks of use....and no matter what the material, it will show signs of use over time....if it was solid surface, less so, but even then wear will show...

only way to keep it shiny is to not use it....
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it's a sink, guys....it's gonna get scratched with use...you can't keep a high gloss polish on it, no matter the thickness....it's made to be used, and to wear the marks of use....and no matter what the material, it will show signs of use over time....if it was solid surface, less so, but even then wear will show...

only way to keep it shiny is to not use it....
I do not find your comments very useful. However, in my opinion, as we do use our sinks a lot - the thin, shiny design is not good for durability or aesthetics much past the showroom. A more plain stainless would be a better option IMO. My residential sink in our casita has scratches, but not like the one in our rig.

Getting back on topic, do the higher end rigs have a better sink? Is the composite sink a better option?
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We have the double stainless sink, which I agree is hard to keep looking new and shiny. However we find it very practical for RV living. I suppose a composite sink would look nicer.

Our rig came with a high end faucet. It actually malfunctioned the first year and Newmar replaced it. I'm sure Nappanee will be able to accommodate your desires for upgrading your sink and faucet while you are there, especially if you agree to pay a difference.
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I use wire mesh protectors that sit on the bottom.
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We used a dishpan for washing in one side and put a rubber mat on the bottom of the other side for rinsing. (We had a smaller side on one and a dishpan wouldn't fit.

When finished the dishpan was stored under the sink and that's where we put our dirty dishes used during the day until time to wash - out of sight made for a clutter-free kitchen. Worked for us and no scratches.
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I use wire mesh protectors that sit on the bottom.
We do the same - ours are plastic tho.......

We will need another faucet down the road too......!

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We do the same - ours are plastic tho.......

We will need another faucet down the road too......!

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Ours looks pretty bad after I tried to clean it vigorously one night. There might or might not have been alcohol involved.
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Plenty of perforated mats at home stores made to be used in sinks. Most are cut to fit.
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