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On a soap dispenser, make sure the quality is such that the pump never looses it's prime. Personally, I like "foaming" dispensers, and you can still use any type of soap by diluting the soap with water.

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A soap dispenser comes in three parts Whether foaming or not.
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The top section is the plastic pump and nozzle. The plastic pump simply slips through the collar.
But I have reservations which I have not explored:
The tiny air opifice may be a liability and may plug.
The low viscosity may lead more easily to a loss of prime.

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Here is the top view of a soap dispenser. This one was a stainless steel version designed for a stainless steel sink, not for an RV plastic sink. But it works just fine.

As far as I know, they don't make these things specifically for RVs. And this is one place that you have to have soap dispensers. Otherwise soap bottles turn over, spill, and strangely even leak if in an upright position. I am done with gooey messes. And I do not like camping.

Also, in an RV there is no room on any counter tops for extra bottles. Space is of a premium - At least space on top. But there is extra unused space UNDER the sink and counter tops. Perfect for soap dispensers.

Fortunately, soap dispensers are universal and very easy to install anywhere.

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Here is the bottom of the sink, looking up.

You do not have to use the included tube. You can run extended tubing to any reservor of your choosing, in any location.

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Or you can use the included tube and bottle. Slip the suction tube inside the bottle. The bottle simply screws onto the threads by hand. And you do not have to reach under the sink to unscrew the bottle if you want to refill. You can refill from the top too.

Make sure your reservor is mounted and can not tip over. Soap usually does not slosh much, but a reservor is still subject to tilt. Just to be safe, I would not fill to the top even with a good seal.

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Here is another soap dispenser installed on the kitchen sink. There can be one annoying drop that is stored in the nozzle, that can leak out and unto the sink cover. It takes a long time. Never overnight. But in a week; yes. But I like the long nozzle and I will forgo it. My wife and I, and the two Woofers have a very active life style when in the RV. Sense the sink is never left alone for very long, there is never a problem with any little itsy bitsy drop.

I had to modify the sink cover with slots and drain holes. When my hands are dirty I don't have time, and I don't have enough hands, to lift the sink cover. I sawed slots and holes in the cover to allow water to drain with the cover in place. There is some splatter at full blast, but I use water sparingly. And one has to remember to wipe before food preparation.
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Sink cover lifted up
When I bought the Keystone, there was no place for the garbage bag. We have tried several solutions, like the front and back of the dinette. Although they work, the bags are not hidden. This newest solution involves placing two clips on the underside of the sink cover. These are paper clips that I got from Office Depot. Surface was roughed, and the clips were siliconed. The garbage bag is suspended by clips one foot apart. A tall kitchen bag has a circumference of 4 feet. One foot on a side is the optimum opening area for a square.

We have never really used the sink. I do not believe in doing dishes. Pots are ceramic, and they are simply wiped out with a paper towel. No water. Linda insists that she washed a spoon once. Maybe she did. Now, I use only plastic. When I dish out the doggies food with a plastic knife, I immediately wipe it off. When the plastic knife gets too incrusted, due to neglect or whatever, I through it away. In this day and age there is no longer a use for this big stupid sink. The woofers are washed in the bath tub. If any cloths need a byhand washing, they are done in the bathroom sink. The smaller sink makes more efficient use of water for shirts or pants. The smaller sink also makes it possible to use the sink walls as a "washing board". I would not admit to knowing what that is. But it is a corrugated brass board.

I normally place the cutting board on top of the sink cover, and have a large continuous counter top. No way can I work down in the sink anyway. I wash and peal potatoes for example, right on top of the sink cover. The water immediatly goes away, and as a bonus is strained so as not to plug the drain. A problem is that the garbage bag gets wet. Another problem is that you disturb your work on top if you have to put some garbage away. But it has been "workable".

There is no perfect solution without a total redesign of the conventional sink.