Because many people are keen on having their travel trailers look and feel like any traditional home, the need and urge to have a good looking, durable and easy to maintain kitchen sink is usually quite high and rightly so. To get the desired look and feel, many travel trailers owners are usually forced to remodel their kitchen and fit new travel trailer kitchen sinks that are not only functional but also complement the overall décor of the kitchen space.
It is therefore very important to choose the right sink. This is normally a time consuming and tedious exercise since there are a multitude of travel trailer sinks in the market, from RV stainless steel sinks, sink-stove combos, double sinks to a whole host of other available options. When choosing a unit, there are several factors one needs to take into consideration.
The first thing you need to consider is the kitchen sink size. You should first start by figuring the size of your new sink. In the event that you are replacing an existing sink, it is important to note that the new sink size has been already determined and you should work with the provided measurements. If you opt for a different size then you should be ready to change the counter as well. Any kitchen sink uses three primary dimensions, these are; front to back, depth and side to side.
Generally, the front to back dimension are available in one inch increments from 11 to 24 inches where most travel trailer sinks fall. However, there are also larger units which measure 26, 28 and 32 inches. Typical side to side widths are also sold in one inch increments from 11 to 40 inches and are also available in 42, 44 as well as 45 inch widths. For depths, they are less standardized and differ from one manufacturer to the other.
You should also take your time and consider how the sink is going to be seated and installed in the countertop. An under-mount or rimless sink does attach itself to the underside or the counter. Even though this installation is a tad tedious, it is easy to keep clean. On the other hand, a self rimming top mount sink is easy to install since the molded edge simple overhangs over the countertop, resting on it. Flush sinks are normally supported by metal strips.
After choosing the most appropriate bowl configuration, it is important to check the mounting holes. Most kitchen sinks tend to have four holes which can then be used for faucets and other accessories. In addition to the hole configuration, there are also several hole mounts which are available for a hot water dispenser, a faucet sprayer as well as the spout which can be used for a dedicated water filter, a liquid soap dispenser as well as an air gap for a dishwasher drain.
It is also important to choose the kitchen sink material wisely. There are several materials in the market, these include stainless steel, enameled cast iron, integral solid surface, composite acrylic and fiberglass, brass and copper as well as Vitreous China. Stainless steel sinks are the most popular; always go for a thick and firm unit. Keep in mind that the thickness of stainless steel sinks is usually measured by gauge; the higher the gauge the thinner the material. For the best unit, go for a unit with an 18 gauge or thicker measurement. You should also check on the insulation that’s been placed under the sink or bowl, this is meant to deaden or reduce the sound of running water.
Travel Trailer Kitchen Sinks – Recommendations
Here are some of the popular travel trailer kitchen sinks readily available in the market.
1) Product Name: Round Sink for Travel Trailers
Price: $ 168.07
Details: this round sleek design does complement just about any décor and is an easy drop in insulation. Made of high grade T-304 18 gauge stainless steel as well as a sound deadening super silencer rubber pad, the unit does have a polished ledge and a sink strainer.
2) Product Name: LaSalle Bristol Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
Price: $ 149.80
Details: the sink is 5 inches deep, made of stainless steel and will not stain, rust or stain even after extended use. The unit is easy to install and does require a 2” strainer.
3) Product Name: Dometic Stainless Steel Drop in Round Sink
Price: $ 399.99
Details: this drop in round sink does come with a folding faucet and a glass lid. The unit is a drop in installation and is made of stainless steel. It is beautiful, well made and very durable.