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Using RV Salvage Yards and Graveyards for Discount Used/Vintage Parts

Broken, discontinued and rare RV parts and accessories like awnings, air conditioners and appliances can be expensive to replace, but before you pay top dollar for a new item consider checking out local and online RV salvage yards for a great deal on used and vintage RV parts.

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RV Salvage Yards and Graveyards

These RV salvage or graveyards are located in nearly every U.S. State and stocked with motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, pop-up tents and truck bed campers that have seen better days. Many of these RVs were severely damaged in road accidents that only resulted in extensive exterior damage while leaving the interiors relatively intact. Salvage yards often buy them from insurance companies that wrote off the RV as a total loss, then the yard sells the RV part-by-part or as a whole to do-it-yourselfers. Oftentimes you can save hundreds of dollars on a used part from these RV graveyards.

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rv-salvage-graveyard-3Your wallet will thank you but keep in mind that buying old parts from RV graveyards comes at a price – your time, and sometimes your physical effort. For example, before heading to a RV salvage yard you should call the location ahead of time to ensure they have the part you need. This extensive list of RV Surplus and Salvage Outlets contains contact information for locations around the U.S. but you can also search online using the phrase “RV salvage parts” to find dealers near you.

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Oftentimes you don’t even have to visit the yard; many RV salvage yards like Arizona RV Salvage, sell used parts online. If you need more than one part you can even purchase an entire RV from dealers like SalvageBid.com. Just be sure to double check your part number against the one the dealer claims he has and always verify return policies should they sell you the wrong part.

rv-salvage-graveyard-2Although it’s convenient to order the used part online, visiting the RV graveyard yourself is your best bet to ensure you’re getting the correct part. So grab a measuring tape, shop rags and put on your work clothes to prepare for a day-long, gritty excursion into a land of scary looking RVs that experienced fires, highway accidents and other catastrophic encounters.

If after digging around the RV salvage yard you strike gold and find the correct part, don’t be shy about asking the yard manager for a price break. RV salvage yards often have room to negotiate and you may walk out with a great deal on a used RV part that would have cost you much more when purchasing it new.

Been to a RV salvage yard or a RV graveyard? Please share your experience or tips in the comments below!




28 thoughts on “Using RV Salvage Yards and Graveyards for Discount Used/Vintage Parts”

  1. i am looking for parts for a 1990 nomad trailer i need a fan blade for ac unit
    and also i need awing to hold my awing if you have the fan blade the serial no is 306057 model
    eqk1100-f and the awing parts is at the bottem to hold theawing let me know the price and address to send payment to you thank you very much

  2. looking for compartment door storage locks (cylinder) for 1995 Fleetwood Coronado motorhome

  3. Hello all,
    I’m looking for a baggage door for my 2000 airstream xl 390 land yacht. It’s the passanger side 4th from the front. Airstream part #921190.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks

  4. Im looking for a entrance door for an older model Terry bumper pull RV. Not sure on the year. The door measures 26×72.

  5. I am restoring a 1985 Nuwa Hitchhiker 5th Wheel and was wondering if you might have any sheets of the beige colored siding for the exterior?

  6. Looking for a Throttle Cable and Cruse Control Cable for a 93 Itasca Motorhome. It is built on the Ford E350 frame with the 460 motor. The cable is about 73 inches long.

  7. Have a 2003 Gulf Stream Conquest class C. Looking for a monitor panel. Fits below the micro wave, in front of the range hood fan. Shows levels of black and grey water, fresh waster and condition of battery. Any help or suggestions? Thanks.

  8. Looking for bevel gears for a manual slide-out gearbox for a 2002 Jayco Eagle Cove or a complete manual slide-out gear box

  9. I am looking for a refrigerator to fit a 1977 Layton travel trailer size is about 20 inches by 40 inches
    One that I have is 3 way but I think that a 2 way would work fine.

  10. I am looking for a 65.5″ x 25″ Prowler rock guard for the front window of my TT.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

  11. Hi im looking for a ceptic tank for a 1979 chevy lindy motorholm,plus i need a realy nice frigeratorThat works propane n electricity, please get back at me

  12. sirs i see at the top of your page you have what apears to be a path find with front end fire damage can you confirm this for me i need a few parts thanks paul

  13. Looking for a sliding plastic cover for screen door that would fit an 1983 Avion by Fleetwood. Some of my front windows don’t fit either, wondering whether they are even the right size glass. Bought it second hand but have never had this kind of problem. If you could help me, I would appreciate it.

  14. I have a 2000 National Tradewinds motor home. I am looking for the rectangular fog/driving lights for the front end. Can you help? Thanks!

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