Recently we became ambassadors for ABCO RV and they designed a custom water panel for our 5th wheel. Today we’re excited to share about our new ABCO RV water panel and the benefits it has!
Let’s start by telling you more about who ABCO RV is and what they do.
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What/who is ABCO RV?
Anderson Brass Company (or ABCO for short) is a family owned business located in South Carolina. Their beginnings date back to 1931 which is pretty impressive!
All of their products are made, manufactured, assembled, and tested in the USA. They specialize in brass valves and fittings and they build their products to last.
Our custom ABCO water panel
Our panel was custom made for our 5th wheel RV.
All of the connections and valves are made with brass instead of plastic. This makes them much more durable and means they will last a lot longer than a typical plastic connection.
The following is a description of what our custom made water panel is comprised of.
Our Adventures With TuckNae logo
Our custom water panel includes our Adventures With TuckNae logo which I think is super awesome! The personalization during our design process with ABCO was great.
Black tank flush
The black tank flush is where you hook the hose up to flush your black tank with fresh water. This cleans the black tank out.
City water inlet
The city water inlet is where you hook your fresh water hose to the trailer for drinking water, sinks, showers, etc.
Shower valve with outlet
The shower valve is where you can attach your outdoor shower connection and have hot or cold water to wash a dog, clean mud off your shoes, etc.
It also has an on/off switch, pressure gauge, and connection for your air hose on the water panel board. The air compressor itself sits back behind the water panel in the basement compartment with all of the plumbing.
Water heater bypass valve
This allows for you to winterize your trailer (if you need to do so) without passing the antifreeze through your hot water heater.
Four function water fill valve
This is a four-way valve that you can turn to select the option that you need at any point in time. The four options and their functions are as follows.
You would use this option when you are hooked up to fresh water.
This is the option to use when you are boondocking and need to draw water from your fresh water tank.
This is what you use to fill your fresh water tank.
You would use this option when winterizing or sanitizing your trailer’s water lines.
Installing our custom water panel
The installation process was done by Tucker. It involved undoing all of the original plastic connections, removing the stock water panel that originally came on our trailer, cutting and painting a new piece of plywood to replace the old panel, and screwing the new ABCO panel to it.
Once he had the new panel in place he siliconed everything so that it was sealed. He had to redo all of the pex plumbing which required watching a few YouTube videos haha!
He trimmed some of the plumbing back, rerouted some of it, and then connected it all to the proper new brass connections on the ABCO RV water panel.
Our install was done in freezing temperatures during winter which we do not recommend haha! It made things take longer and we had to deal with some frozen pipes as well. The process probably would have gone a lot smoother had the weather been more cooperative.
The benefits of installing an ABCO RV water panel
All brass valves and connections
One of the main benefits of the ABCO RV water panel for us was that all of the connections and valves are made of brass instead of plastic.
Plastic wears down a lot easier and can crack resulting in water leaks which can cause a lot of issues. Having brass gives us better peace-of-mind knowing they are heavy duty and won’t crack.
Brass valves are also easier to use when connecting hoses and you don’t have to worry about the plastic stripping out.
It speaks for itself that ABCO RV is willing to warranty their water panels for 5 years!
You can find more information about their warranty on their website www.abcorv.com.
Condensed amount of knobs and switches
The new ABCO RV water panel has significantly less knobs and switches than our original water panel.
This simplifies things and makes it easier to change from city connection to dry camping when we are boondocking.
How to learn more about ABCO RV water panels
We hope you have enjoyed learning more about ABCO RV and our custom water panel installation and that you will check them out!