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Do You Need a Sink in Your Custom Van Build?
Do You Need a Sink in Your Custom Van Build?

Do You Need a Sink in Your Custom Van Build?

JoVanna has taken us to many places and we have enjoyed every moment. However, while brushing our teeth on our first morning in Yellowstone, we were told “Don’t spit that out. It’s a bear attractant.” Since that very moment, we have been contemplating the need for a sink in our Custom Van Build.

Van Breakfast
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Van Breakfast

Is a Kitchen Sink Necessary in a Van?

While we love breakfast and dinner outside, it is not always possible to wake up somewhere beautiful. Sometimes that means breakfast and teeth brushing at a truck stop or parked on the side of the road. In situations like this, it would have been nice to have a sink for rinsing. Is a sink necessary? No. Would it be nice? Yes.

Van Work Table
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Previous Van Table

Adding a Sink to Your Van?

Since we already had this wonderful work table installed in our van, all we had to do was add the sink. We started by ordering the sink and water pump from Amazon. A round plastic sink fit in our existing table and wouldn’t rust over time. We chose a hand pump for the water because we didn’t want to add another piece of equipment to charge in the van. For a year, we had been using a hand pump on a 5-gallon bucket and that seemed to work well for us.

Installing the Van Sink!

Once we had the supplies we needed, all we had to do was get to work.

Step 1: was using the jigsaw to cut a hole in the top of our table.

Hole for Van Sink
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Kitchen Sink Hole

Step 2: Using a whole saw, we drilled a hole for the hand pump.

Hand Pump Hole for Kitchen Sink
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Hand Pump for Kitchen Sink Hole

Step 3: We had to re-glue the counter top to the table. The sawing broke the original glue loose.

Step 4: We decided to close in the table since it was now going to be used to store the fresh water and gray water tanks. We added a side, a back and a door.

Kitchen Sink Vanity
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Kitchen Sink Cabinet

Step 5: Connect the tubing from the hand pump to the 5-gallon fresh water tank and connect the tubing from the sink to the 3-gallon gray water tank. (We drink most of our fresh water, so we decided a smaller gray water tank would be sufficient for the sink.)

Kitchen Sink Plumbing
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Kitchen Sink Plumbing

Voila! You have a sink in your van! I was super hesitant to add a sink, but it was surprisingly easier than I anticipated. If you are on the fence about adding a sink, don’t be frightened off by the difficulty it is easier than you think.

Additionally, we added some shelving inside the cabinet to house soaps and sponges. On the exterior, we added shoe racks.

After adding a sink to our custom van build, we went ahead and added a shower too. Check out our three step process for adding an indoor shower in your van; Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3


  • Jigsaw
  • Holesaw
  • Handsaw
  • Drill (x2)


  • Sink
  • Hand pump
  • Wood glue
  • Hinges
  • Screws
  • Grey Water Tank (3 Gallon)
  • Fresh Water Tank (5 Gallon)
  • Hose clamps
  • 1/2″ Hose

How is your van build going? Do you have a sink? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks for reading. ~KiteBikeVan

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