Everything You Need to Know About Campervan Sinks

March 10, 2023 in Tips for Owners and Maintenance & appliances

A motorhome sink is an essential part of your vehicle’s kitchen, so it’s important to take the time to choose the right product. There are various factors to consider before purchasing a campervan sink, including size, weight, shape, volume, functionality, and refilling options. You may also find that you’d benefit from a sink/hob combo or a double sink that can make it easy to do some light laundry on your travels. 

This article will cover everything you need to know about DIY van and motorhome sinks, including getting to grips with what you want and need from your sink. We’ll also recommend options for the best campervan sinks available for different van sizes and uses. All without resorting to puns about ‘plugging products’ - oops, too late. 

Let’s begin… 

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Things to Consider Before You Buy

Size: The size of your sink will depend on the size of your campervan. It is essential to measure the available space before selecting a sink. You don't want a sink that takes up too much space and leaves no room for other things, after all.

Weight: Since campervans have a limited weight capacity, it's best to opt for a lightweight sink. You don't want to add too much weight to your vehicle as it can affect fuel consumption and handling.

Shape: Sinks come in various shapes, including round, oval, triangular (corner), rectangular, and square. The shape you choose will depend on your personal preference and the available space in your campervan.

Volume: The volume of your motorhome kitchen sink is an essential factor to consider, especially if you plan to do a lot of cooking and washing up. A larger sink is ideal if you have a big family or plan to host guests regularly.

Functionality: The functionality of your sink is another important factor to consider. Some sinks come with a built-in draining board, while others require an additional board. You should also consider the type of tap you want to install e.g a single handle or a double handle.

Refilling options: You should also consider how you will refill your sink with water. Some sinks come with a built-in water tank, while others require an external water source. You should also consider how you will drain the sink, and whether it's through a grey water tank or an external drain.

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Some of the best DIY campervan sinks

Jassferry Small Campervan Kitchen Sink 

With a bowl diameter of 380mm and depth of 145mm, this motorhome sink is ideal for smaller vehicles. It’s super easy to install and comes with a waste strainer, pipe kit and fixing clips. It’s made of top quality 304 Grade stainless steel which is hard-wearing and corrosion-resistant. The attractive satin finish makes it a pleasing inclusion to any campervan and is also great value, retailing at around £45.  

Find out more about the Jassferry Small Campervan Kitchen Sink.  

Thetford Argent stainless steel sink. 

The Thetford Argent stainless steel sink bowl is manufactured from high-quality materials and comes complete with a black glass lid, giving it a contemporary look. It has a capacity of 9.5 litres and measures 153mm x 360mm x 470mm. 

Find out more about the Thetford Argent stainless steel sink and check out a deal including an accessory kit and mixer tap. 

Thetford Series 33 triangular sink bowl

A triangular sink can be a great space saver and this Thetford product is good value, retailing at around £125. This DIY van or motorhome sink measures 140mm x 480 x 480 with worktop cutout dimensions of 460 x 460mm. The Series 33 weighs 2.9kg, comes complete with a rear-hinged black glass cover and is built to last.

Find out more about the Thetford Series 33 triangular sink bowl.

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Dometic Smev 945 double sink

If you have more room to spare or if you would like a sink for a range of uses, washing clothes, for instance, the Dometic Smev 945 is a great option. Retailing around £80 this motorhome sink is great value and comes with a syphon and rubber seal. Measuring 575 x 110 x 370 it’ll need to earn its place in your vehicle but if you often go away for long periods or travel in larger groups it will definitely come in handy. Plus, you can always store kettles and other items in the sinks when in transit. 

Find out more about the Dometic Smev 945 dual sink

The Dometic SMEV 9722 combination 2 burner gas hob and sink

If you are also in the market for a gas hob, it can be easier to get the two combined. Naturally, this option for a motorhome kitchen sink will cost you more but the deal we have featured here really does give you everything you need to get your kitchen sorted. For £253 you get a good-sized stainless steel sink (179mm x 325mm x 760mm), two gas burners, Piezo ignition, an 8mm gas connection, a Reich Samba cold tap with microswitch, 1m of LPG hose, compression nozzle, jubilee clips and two glass lids. 

This is a sturdy sink/cooker combo made of the highest-quality materials that looks great and is a delight to use. Now all you have to do is argue about who gets to cook and who gets to wash up :) 

Find out more about the Dometic SMEV 9722 combination 2 burner gas hob and sink.

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As you can see, there are various factors when choosing the perfect sink for your motorhome kitchen. Make sure you opt for one that meets the needs of you and your group, in the short and the long term, and that doesn’t take up too much space in your campervan. 

Whatever you decide, make sure you get out on the road and christen it at the earliest possible opportunity. You won’t miss those days of lugging leaking bottles of water across a muddy campsite and you will cherish the evenings you get to rinse off those BBQ plates quickly and easily with a full tummy and a happy heart. 

Of course, all these additions to our beloved motorhomes come with costs. If you want to offset some of yours, why not rent your vehicle to one of our trusted customers? Find out more about listing your motorhome today.  

Inspired to renovate the rest of your van? Check out our guide to campervan toilets, or consider setting up a motorhome shower!