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Old 10-14-2020, 08:13 PM   #1
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Single Handle Shower Valve

Tired of the cold water backing up while the shower is in "dribble mode" while I lather up, I considered the standard fix, a check valve (back flow preventer) or two. But that required cutting PEX lines, then installing the valve and adapters in a very tight space. Instead, I figured a single handle shower valve would accomplish the same goal, shutting off the water and isolating the hot and cold water while it's off. Since I really prefer single handle shower valves, I figured, why not kill two birds with one stone.

So, I searched for single handled RV shower valves and found out these things are like hens teeth. And the few I found were very cheap plastic. I settled on the Dura Faucet DF-SA150 in Satin Nickel. There are some really nice options, including thermostatic and pressure balance valves if you are willing to get creative in your installation.


This job was plug and play with no modifications and only a philips or square drive screwdriver required. The removal and installation are pretty self explanatory, but here's the pics.

So, here's the factory two handle valve:


Here's the shiny new valve:


Out with the old:


In with the new:


Headed up to the mountains this weekend, so wife and I will get to test drive it. I didn't replace the silicone caulking yet, it's just acting like a gasket. I also had to put in slightly larger screws, as the old ones really didn't have much bite. I might install some kind of backing when I'm sure it works for me.
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Old 10-15-2020, 12:46 AM   #2
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Very cool; or should I say NOT cool but nice & warm? I hope it works well; especially in dribble mode. Thank you for the installation report, and looking forward to the performance report.
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Old 10-15-2020, 03:57 AM   #3
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Have you considered a push button shut off between the hose and shower head? We always have installed the push button shut off with good results. As the sizing for the hose and head are standard you can get the shut off at any big box plumbing dept.
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Have you considered a push button shut off between the hose and shower head?
The shower head already has a shutoff lever built in, but any shutoff after the mixing valve still allows back flow, and the sudden blast of cold water when you restore flow. If you are lucky enough to have an RV where cold and hot water are equal in pressure, then back flow is not a problem.
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:06 PM   #5
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Went camping over the weekend and was able to field test the new shower valve. Pulling out or pushing in on the lever adjusts water volume, while twisting left or right adjusts the hot/cold mix. Turning the water off for a couple minutes to lather, then turning back on to rinse maintains the same temp. No more blast of cold water, and much easier than fiddling with a button or lever on the shower head.
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:34 PM   #6
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Hi Old Navy,
Good report. Glad that you can keep the cold/hot balance while closing & opening the valve. It also looks more high-tech.
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Old 10-21-2020, 10:59 AM   #7
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This just went onto my wish list! I need to remember to get some photos back there to see how the plumbing is all routed when I have it all opened up. Thanks for the review!
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I just installed one also, but I turned handle 180 degrees so the hose was faced down. Works great.
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... I turned handle 180 degrees so the hose was faced down.
I still have to pull mine off to replace the silicone sealant, and might flip it myself. My valve is slightly different than pictured on the box and the one shown on Amazon. Note the missing knurled ring. Hopefully still the same mechanically, so flipping could be the same.
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I see the company has similar faucets for RV kitchen and bath sinks. Not that I'm looking for ways to throw away money, but I did buy an RV so I think that says it all!
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I see the company has similar faucets for RV kitchen and bath sinks. Not that I'm looking for ways to throw away money, but I did buy an RV so I think that says it all!
In for a penny, in for a pound.

I'm looking at the matching bathroom faucet. My complaint with the original faucet is that it doesn't extend far enough over the sink. I pretty much have to put my hands against the back of the sink to rinse them. An inch would make quite a difference.
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Old 10-21-2020, 09:37 PM   #12
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We too just recently replaced our shower faucet with the single lever Dura Faucet and shower head with an oxygenics. Although we are very pleased with this faucet, when we replaced both the kitchen & bathroom sink faucets, we went with regular house faucets. An American Standard in kitchen & a Moen in bath. Both installations were easy and no adaptions had to be made to fit . The quality & selections are so much better than RV options.
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In for a penny, in for a pound.

I'm looking at the matching bathroom faucet. My complaint with the original faucet is that it doesn't extend far enough over the sink. I pretty much have to put my hands against the back of the sink to rinse them. An inch would make quite a difference.

We had pretty much the same issue with our bathroom sink faucet. Last spring when I was roaming around in a Home Depot I came across a wing stack on the faucet aisle that had a two handle faucet, metal body, and a high arch spout (about 2" higher than the OEM). Since it was a special buy (not a regular stock item) and only $23, I grabbed one. I used to work at Home Depot and know that when a special buy is gone, its gone, and seldom is ever available again.

Anyway, I installed it and the Mrs was very happy!
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Amazon also has a BOTTOM exit single handle shower valve ($20 from HowPlumb), which works great IF you are very careful to screw in the cartridge retainer ring (the chrome-dome thing between the handle and the valve body) JUST ENOUGH to stop leaking...its a bad design as this is touchy, too loose, it leaks, too tight it will distort the plastic body and may even break the thing...$20 bucks though!
I love the idea of those thermostatic valves, but creativity is right, they are JUST an inch too big for my flat mounting area...
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