We're back with another camper van conversion build video! This time, I'll show you how to install a kitchen sink in a camper van. That's right, The Singletrack Sampler finally has running water in his van life!
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Camper Van Kitchen Sink Build Process:
The first step in this camper van kitchen project was collecting all of the parts we needed to complete the plumbing system, which included a sink and faucet, freshwater and greywater tanks, foot pump, tubing, and fittings.
We started with cutting the hole for the sink. To start the cut, I first drilled a hole through the top and cut the hole with my jigsaw after drilling the starter hole.
Eventually, after a little more cutting with the jigsaw, we got the foot pump fit and then I attached it to the floor of the van with screws.
With the pump installed, we could move on to the van plumbing. I made sure to use teflon tape on all of the threaded fittings to prevent any leaks.
To permanently mount the sink in the van, we ran a bead of silicone around the perimeter of the flange and dropped the sink into place.
Next, I could get to work on closing the cabinet back up. I used some basic plywood and cut the pieces to size at the table saw and miter saw.
I needed to add some more security to keep the doors shut while Alex is on the road with the van. We found these window sash latches, which have the benefit of pulling the door tight when they’re closed.
Next, we could get to work on the upper cabinet, which is what makes up for the storage in the van that Alex lost in the tool chest. I kept the cabinet construction simple and just used screws and glue.
With the cabinet assembled, we could get the cabinet dry fit in the van. I notched out the areas around the ribs using a combination of my jigsaw, Japanese pull saw, and a chisel.
Next, we could get the cabinet attached to the van. I used Powerhead sheet metal screws, making sure to pre-drill the holes, and we drove the screws into the areas of the roof and walls where we knew there were ribs.
Once the cabinet was permanently installed, I could take some measurements for the faux subway tile backsplash.
To install the tiles, I scribed the first tile to fit the desk and sanded it to fit using my spindle sander. After getting the first row installed, I offset the second row by half a tile and continued getting the tiles installed. Finally, I could add some corner trim to cap off the ends of the tile backsplash.
And with that, this portion of the van project was a wrap. These little comforts are what makes van life more enjoyable and, most importantly, more fun.