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.
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.
Your 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.
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.
Although 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.
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