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RV Dishwasher Installation

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(Updated 9/25/20) We realized pretty quickly that we wanted to install an RV dishwasher into our rig. Back when we lived in our Koala Travel Trailer for 6 months we did all our dishes by hand and it wasn’t bad. But back then it was just the two of us. We could leisurely do dishes together while talking. Now that we have two kids it’s either one of us watching kids and the other doing dishes, or the evening is spent doing dishes after the kids go to sleep. We would rather have time together or get other things done. Knowing we want to make full-time living in our RV sustainable for us over the long term looking into the possibility of adding an RV dishwasher was the right choice for us.

Choosing an RV Dishwasher

When first starting to research our options, Kevin found three types of RV dishwashers: a Vesta model and a Furrion model that were the drawer kind and are the right size to replace your oven if you are one of the RVers that don’t use your ovens. We use our oven regularly and didn’t want to sacrifice it. Putting these models elsewhere in the RV wouldn’t have been practical.

Furrion makes another model that fits pretty well into the island of our 2018 Jayco Pinnacle 37MDQS by removing the 3 drawers at the far right side of the island. After planning out where we could put the things that currently resided in those drawers and thinking through the plumbing logistics, we decided to get this one and Kevin moved forward with the purchase and install.

We recently did a video tour of our RV which features our RV dishwasher during the tour of the kitchen. Click the link or picture below if you’d like to watch!

RV TOUR // Full Time Family of 4 // Living in a Jayco Pinnacle 37MDQS

Woman pointing at RV dishwasher in the kitchen

The Installation Process

The model we purchased was the Furrion 18″ Built-in Dishwasher. Kevin ordered the RV dishwasher directly through Furrion. On Furrion’s website it appears our exact model is no longer available, but it looks like the comparable option is the 18” Top Control Built-in Dishwasher.

In 2018 it cost us $536.95. The price has definitely gone up. We made some additional purchases from Amazon for the pipe assembly of $10.57 and from Home Depot for various plumbing components of $41.01. Our total was $588.53.

The general steps Kevin did for installation are as follows:

  1. Removing three drawers
  2. Unscrewing and removing crossbars between drawers
  3. Cutting out the bottom section where the wood cabinetry meets the floor
  4. Cutting out some extra wood left and right to ensure the perfect fit
  5. Ensuring the island charging tower is in the upright position (this will forever remain up after the install as there is no longer room for it to be recessed)
  6. Relocating the wiring for the charging tower inside the island further to the left.
  7. Installing a splitter on the wiring box to be able to plug in both the RV dishwasher and the charging tower
  8. Putting the RV dishwasher in
  9. Replacing all of the piping from the sinks to the P-trap using a set of drain pipes that would replace all of this and included the waste tee for the RV dishwasher drain
  10. Teeing off of the plastic hot water line with enough adapters to connect both the hot water for the sink and the hot water for the RV dishwasher
  11. Secure the RV dishwasher by screwing it into the cabinetry in the front
  12. Test running the RV dishwasher and correcting for any leaks by tightening down some connections

Post Install Verdict

The RV dishwasher has been wonderful so it was a great decision for us. We are not missing the drawer space at all. The convenience of using the dishwasher has freed up so much time for us. Our counters and sink are no longer cluttered with dishes waiting for us to get the chance to clean them.

Water usage hasn’t been a problem for us this far. Water usage varies depending on the wash settings. According to the manual heavy wash uses 4.41 gallons, normal and light use 3.54, and speed uses 2.7 gallons. We’ve run it on the speed load while hooked up to a 15 amp electrical connection and without sewer hookups. We still continue to wash some things by hand but this modification has been life changing!

Closed RV dishwasher
Open RV dishwasher

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  1. We just ordered a 2019 Pinnacle and is comes with dishwasher prep. Our dealer is checking to see if they will install one at the factory. How quiet is it. Thanks…………very good article!!

    1. That is exciting to hear about your Pinnacle. Even better that they may be able to install a dishwasher at the factory. Ours is pretty quiet. The loudest thing is when it beeps at the end. Congratulations and I wish you many happy adventures!

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