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Friday, October 23, 2009

Where's the Junk?

Somewhere in the USA there has to be a junkyard for motorhomes that a person could buy used parts. Stuff like a leveling unit, electric steps, antennas, etc. I know my junkyard has one motorhome that is thirty years old. Ever heard of any?
Gary, (Salida, CO)

Gary, in many cases, even after a catastrophic fire that reduces a motorhome down to the frame rails, that chassis is eventually rebuilt by someone. Still RV junkyards do exist. Many dealers and aftermarket service centers, likewise, will salvage usable components and simply offer them for parts. This is especially true for those hard-to-find, orphan parts. There is a risk and certainly no warranty when purchasing used RV components, but when strapped for funds, it does prove to be an option. I’ve compiled a list from various sources, but I must caution you, I have not verified each location. But these were gleaned from the Internet and may be helpful to you. Here’s what I found:

ARIZONA RV SALVAGE - 2737 W. Lincoln, Phoenix, AZ 85009; (602) 272-0301.
BONTRAGER'S SURPLUS PARTS - 18719 E. US 12, White Pigeon, MI 49099; (616) 483-7017.
BRANDON AUTO SALVAGE - 3159 Highway 60 E., Balrico, FL 33594; (800) 282-7462.
CHEROKEE RV SALVAGE - 5050 Humboldt St., Denver, CO 80216; (303) 295-3433.
COLAW RV SALVAGE - Rt. 4 Box 515A, I-44 & 71A, Carthage, MO 64836; (417) 358-4640. COOPER RV SALVAGE, Elkhart, IN (219) 293-3027
ECONOMY RV PARTS 1678 W. Superstition, Apache Jct., AZ 85220; (800) 224-2601.
ELKHART SURPLUS SALVAGE - 28301 US 33 West, Elkhart, IN 46516; (219) 295-8903.
GUNDIE'S INC. - 1283 Mt. Baker Hwy., Bellingham, WA 98226; (800) 444-4344, (360) 733-5036. ICKE'S RV SURPLUS - 701 W. Huntington St., Montpelier, IN 47359; (317) 728-5668.
MATHER AUTO WRECKING - 4095 Happy Lane, Sacramento, CA 95827; (800) 822-6110.
MIDWEST SALVAGE - 1700 N. State Rd. 5, Shipshewana, IN 46565; (219) 825-9822.
NATIONAL RECOVERY SERVICE INC. - PO Box 310, Liberty, NC 27298; (800) 903-7285.
RV RECYCLERS - 3391 Fitzgerald #B, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742; (916) 635-9303.
RV SURPLUS & SALVAGE, INC. - 1400 West Bristol Street, Elkhart, IN 46514; 574-264-5575.
SHAW & CO. - 6374 State Rd. 303, Albuquerque, NM 87105; (505) 877-8949.
SINGLETON RV SALVAGE & SALES - 383 Nelson Rd., Rochester, WA 98579; (360) 273-9566. VANDERHAAG'S INC. - 3809 4th Ave. W., Spencer, IA 51301; (800) 831-5164. (712) 262-7000. WALT'S RV SURPLUS - 16616 Valley Blvd., Fontana, CA 92335; (909) 823-0563.
WELLER AUTO - 2525 Chicago Dr., Grand Rapids, MI 49509; (616) 538-5000.
WINNEBAGO SURPLUS - P.O. Box 152, Forest City, IA 50436-0152; (515) 582-6935.

I’m sure there are many more, but this should give you start. Use caution and remember it’s not wise to reuse any plumbing or LP gas fittings.


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