Removing Motorhome Sink?

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  1. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    I have a little problem with my tap in the motorhome kitchen.
    it's loose and I keep doing yoga and tightening it up a bit, but it really needs to come right out have the threads cleaned up and then replaced and tightened.

    Seeing as I am not a little child with bendy arms any more, it looks like the only real way of doing this is to remove the sink and create more space to access the tap. There are 3 or 4 screws on the sink and a rubber seal. Am I to assume it will also be sealed in with sealent?

    Has any one actually removed a sink before?

    TIA

    Haggers.

    will post photos of job as I do it tomorrow.
     
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    French and German taps never come loose!:Wink:
     
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    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Why not wait until Monday and give Glenn or Ian a call on 01-580-881288 and pick their brains.

    Peter
     
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    They are often only big drips
     
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    Autotrail

    My Autotrail tracker is only held in by the screws with the rubber seal to prevent water ingress.

    There was no sealant on my set up when I removed it.

    Came out and went back really easy. :thumb::thumb:
     
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    haganap Funster Life Member

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    Thanks Mike, I suspect it will be the same for mine too.

    Will be giving it a go tomorrow.

    Actually John, last German van I went in begining with a H,,, had a tap problem, owner ended up selling it, couldn't get the sink out and the drips had produced a damp and rotten floor. But you know what they say, those Hymers, are great..... :Wink:

    The swift group have an over ride protection on there's by making the taps come lose and requiring repair, it allows for continued assessment of the area under the sink...

    Genious me thinks :BigGrin:
     
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    And don't forget Quick Rot Floors so that if you ever have a big leak it drains automatically to protect you. No-one has ever drowned in a Swift.
     
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    :Rofl1::Rofl1:that's a good safety feature that is :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Hi Paul more than likely to be bedded on just the rubber seal :thumb: they are not like us DIYers and don't like cleaning up/off excess sealant :BigGrin:Always found if done with both you can see the sealant :Wink:
    terry
     
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    Yeah they do, I've just fitted a new tap on mine because I was sick of trying to repair it.

    Bloody hell what a nightmare ended up having to buy some new tools to do the job and bend like a bloody contortionist to fit it which is not easy at my size and age. No thought about replacing when it was built.:Eek!:
     
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    Ha ha... should of got yourself a little Chinese man to do it
     
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    grasscutter Funster Life Member

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    Could you not have got Jan to fix it.:Rofl1:
     
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    If it is a Smev?

    I fitted one to my self build. Basically hole in surface, rubber edging applied to rim of hob then screwed into place with plastic caps over screw holes.

    Only thing you need to be careful of is if it is a combined sink/hob like mine. The gas pipe will need to be disconnected to lift it out. If it is just a sink unit then it lifts straight out.
    Be careful not to stress the water pipes though.
     
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    Our kitchen tap kept working it's way loose. To access the base to tighten it, I had to remove the complete innards of the cupborad underneath, and (as you've already discovered Rory), had to contort myself into a position with a spanner in one hand, whilst holding a torch between my teeth, and using the other hand to hang on to the outside of the worktop edge, otherwise, I'd have never got back out from under there. :Rofl1:

    Good luck Paul. :Wink:

    Cheers,

    Jock.
     
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    i have had several sinks out on different motorhomes to access pipes. taps and wiring etc. with the ones that have screws on the top, that and the waste pipe are all that holds them in. others have screw clamps under the worktop. none of them come from the factory with sealant

    when reassembling the wonky tap, put a bit of threadlock on to prevent it vibrating loose. wont stop you removing the tap later if need be though
     
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  16. pappajohn

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    depends if its been out before Paul.

    Mine had, in the kontiki, and had been bedded on a none setting black mastic 'tape' seal.

    Still easy to remove....just get a corner to lift a little, maybe need a knife blade to start it, then pull slowly with even pressure and the none setting mastic will seperate.....or ease it all round with the knife..
     
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    Welcome to my world, and being 6 foot plus and 15 st+ and over 50 it doesn't get any easier! I've had to remove several kitchen sinks to fix/replace taps and I've never come across one fitted with anything other than the rubber seal. The difficult ones are those mounted to the underside of the worktop! Rigid waste pipework makes life a bit trickier than flexible too.

    D.
     
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    Stop moaning, if it was easy you'd be out of work.
     
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    dave newell lvs Trader-Vehicle Services

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    Not moaning, just commenting Brian:Wink:.

    D.
     
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