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Do you need a sink?

Postby david.misisco » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:52 pm

I'm new to Teardrops so forgive me for asking what might be a question well discussed elsewhere. What is the current thought on sinks. I see that some manufacturers include a sink and water source. Others leave it out. Teardrop trailers are kind of small. Is it that important to dedicate space to a sink and water tank? Not mention the gray water tank?
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Re: Do you need a sink?

Postby Oldragbaggers » Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:03 pm

Check out these two threads, both are recent and both address this question.

http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=55050

http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=54606

I'm sure there are others but these two came to mind.

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Re: Do you need a sink?

Postby david.misisco » Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:04 pm

Thanks Becky! I will check out your sources. Dave
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Re: Do you need a sink?

Postby Shadow Catcher » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:28 pm

Teardrops can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish. One of the goals with ours was to make meal prep and clean up as easy as possible so that Nancy has a vacation. With the water heater, sink and cook top it takes no more time than at home. When we camp we want to do other things.
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Re: Do you need a sink?

Postby slowcowboy » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:09 pm

I am like shadow catcher its really up to you the builder. some folks feel the need to wash dishes in camp or they travel on the road for a week or two and need to washes dishes in camp.

others are on quick weekend get ways or over nighters and dish washing can be a hassle so they opt to just pack the dirty dishes home to wash like I do a lot or use paper plates.

really its a option not a nessity.

it really is what suits your camping life stlye, when it boils down to it.

ask your self what your camping stlye will be then decided.

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Re: Do you need a sink?

Postby 48Rob » Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:44 am

I don't like washing dishes while camping, so I use paper plates, and disposable utensils, etc.
I keep having trouble trying to cook on my stove though with paper plates... :NC

I don't "need" a sink, but it makes washing pots and pans a lot easier for me. ;)

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Re: Do you need a sink?

Postby Bogo » Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:55 am

Currently I use three nesting dish pans, wash, rinse, and dry. Dry has a drying rack for it. Actually I have 4 dish pans I take camping, all Rubbermade and in 4 different colors. They all nest, then that stack fits in the pots and pans tote. I'm planning on hot and cold running water with gray and black water tanks for my TTT, but might not install it immediately. :thinking: I may even design in one of these (http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-pumps-water/portable-dishwasher.htm). ;) I'm no fan of doing dishes. Right now most of my cooking is done off the tailgate of my pickup or SUV. All food and dishes are stored there.
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Re: Do you need a sink?

Postby Vindi_andy » Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:14 am

You dont NEED a sink but as has been said its your choice.

I am fitting one partly for convenience (you never know when you will actually need a sink) and partly because the setup came from the caravan we demolished to give us the chassis.

There are a couple of options as I see it.
1. Dont put a sink in
2. Use a plastic bowl and a water jug
3. put in a basic sink and use a water jug and an under trailer waste (gray) water tank
4. put in a sink with manual pump faucet and use an external water tank and an under trailer waste (gray) water tank
5. as above but use an electric faucet and use an external water tank with a submersible pump and an under trailer waste (gray) water tank ( what Im doing)
6. put in a sink with electric faucet and use an in board water tank and an in board waste (gray) water tank
7. Go the whole hog and put in in board water tanks and a water heater and sink etc.

There are probably a few options in there that I have missed but as has been said before the options really are as varied as the builder to a point.

I am using what I feel gives me the best fit in terms of creature comforts (running cold water) and ease of build and least space used and weight Im carrying ( the water tanks will be carried empty so large voume little weight ) But I will probably make a hinged lid that drops down over the sink and drainer to give counter top when needed like in commercial caravans.

The choice, as they say, is yours.
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Re: Do you need a sink?

Postby david.misisco » Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:38 am

Great advice. I'm not planning on building my own TD so it is more a question of do I look for a manufactured trailer with or without? Is is a key feature I need that determines which trailers go to me short list? Can the space occupied by a sink and the associated holding tanks be better utilized for other items? I can see merit in having available a reservoir of water, but do I need it? I can see both sides. Might make for a good polling question.
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Re: Do you need a sink?

Postby bobhenry » Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:46 am

Don't let the sink affect your shopping !

It can always be added outboard and simply remove when traveling.

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Re: Do you need a sink?

Postby david.misisco » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:24 am

Great idea! I love the crutch. :lol:
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Re: Do you need a sink?

Postby asianflava » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:56 am

I originally wanted a sink, but the complexity and lack of real estate made me change the plan. I'm glad I did because I don't really need one. Like you, I use mostly disposable plates and silverware. For things that need to be cleaned, I either rinse them out and clean them when I get home, or I use a Coleman folding wash basin.

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Re: Do you need a sink?

Postby bobhenry » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:20 am

david.misisco wrote:Great idea! I love the crutch. :lol:



What crutch that is a terrain adjustable support leg :rofl2:
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Re: Do you need a sink?

Postby Corwin C » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:01 pm

Instead of a sink, I'm planning on a large stainless mixing bowl ... I can put it on the camp chef and keep the dishwater hot.
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Re: Do you need a sink?

Postby GuitarPhotog » Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:40 pm

I just wash up in my large (8qt) cook pot. I heat some water in it, add detergent and start in. I rinse in cold water in a plastic basin on the table. And I use a 4-gallon bucket for a "gray water" tank. I just carry it to where ever the campground want me to dispose of it.

A sink, especially one that could be covered, would be great, but it's way down on my list of projects/problems. I can't even figure out how to hang a side table off my teardrop. The place where a mounting track would have to go is behind the immovable, original ice box.

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