A well-maintained RV can take you to so many places with comfort, ease and make the camping trip special. These are the ways to obtain the much-coveted parts without leaving the comfort of your home.
There’s nothing like the freedom an RV gives you. You can hop in and go all over the country, without ever leaving behind the comforts of home.
There are campgrounds all across the US that are specifically intended for RVs, and for many RV owners it isn’t just a vehicle, it’s a lifestyle. Some people love it so much that they have turned it into a full-time endeavor, and are happily living their dream.
There are RVs of every imaginable size, with some of them bigger than a small ranch house, with every possible amenity, including a balcony.
Go to an RV show and you will see some truly spectacular examples of luxury RVs. Garages, built on sun decks, there is no limit to what RV’s can be equipped with.
If you are living the RV lifestyle, or just have one for occasional use, the time will come where you will need parts. Or you may have purchased an RV that has seen some use and could use some refurbishing.
You could buy parts new, but that can get expensive, and if you are on a budget, might not be possible. Fortunately, there is a solution, used parts.
Buying your parts used is ecological as well as economical. You are keeping waste out of a landfill, and reducing the energy and resources that go into manufacturing new parts.
The internet is full of shops selling new parts, but it can be tricky to find a retailer that has the part you need. It also takes some getting used to to make the shift from shopping in person to shopping online.
Buying parts based only on a picture can be a slightly nerve-wracking task so we’ve made it easy for you. We have compiled a list of reputable online shops where you can purchase used RV parts.
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How To Shop For Used RV Parts Online
Shopping online can be tricky, especially when it comes to vehicle parts. Take careful measurements before you order anything. If you have questions don’t be afraid to call the salvage yard to ask.
Find out if the items are tested to make sure they work before they are sold. Ask about any guarantees, and if they have an online return policy. Most salvage yards sell items as is, but there may be exceptions.
If their shipping policies are not clearly stated on the website, find out what they are. Especially on large items that will cost a lot in shipping, find out if they offer free shipping on items over a certain dollar amount.
Do your due diligence and research any online sellers prior to placing an order. Try to find reviews from customers to get a picture of the level of customer service you receive. You want to make sure you are giving your money to a reputable business.
Where To Buy Used RV Parts Online
Most of your options when searching online for used RV parts will be salvage yards. Salvage yards hold a certain appeal. They come across parts that are hard to find new, and parts for older models. Since most salvage yards are locally owned, shopping there gives you an opportunity to support a local business.
Many salvage yards do not have websites and some that do only serve their area. We have only listed the websites that will ship. Many of them ship to Canada as well as other international destinations.
Arizona RV Salvage
Located in Pasadena, Glendale Arizona, Arizona RV salvage specializes in hard to find parts for RVs and toy haulers, as well as lower-cost parts. They have a large selection of interior and exterior items listed on their website.
They carry everything from electronics to doors, and if they do not have what you are looking for, you can contact them through email. Send them the make and model of your RV, along with a picture of the part you are looking for and the dimensions, and they can try to locate the part. They ship nationwide. Browse their selection here.
This Kentucky based salvage yard has a vast quantity of salvaged parts, as well as used RV’s. If you are searching for a part and having difficulty finding it, send them the details of your RV, a picture of the part if possible, and detailed measurements, and they can assist you in finding the part you are looking for.
They do require their buyer to pay all shipping costs. Products are tested to ensure they are in working order, but parts are not warrantied and are sold as-is. See what they’re all about here
Young Farts RV Parts
This family-run business — with a hilarious name — was started by 2 brothers in Alberta Canada and ships RV parts anywhere in Canada and the US.
Young Farts RV Parts do their best to keep the prices on their used parts down to stay competitive because there can be a lot of mark-up on salvaged parts.
Shipping costs are calculated at checkout for used parts, and for parts that you would rather purchase new, they offer free shipping for orders over $200.
Their used products include exterior parts, electrical, and plumbing. They accept inquiries through both phone and email.
RV Parts San Diego
This surplus store doesn’t just sell used parts, they also buy, and trade. With thousands of parts, from dinettes to trailer hitches, there’s a good chance they have what you’re looking for.
If you are not in the San Diego area you can call or email them for information about the part you are looking for.
RV Parts San Diego carries parts for RVs and pop up campers of numerous brands. On their site, you can find windows, replacement siding, storage racks, air conditioners, awnings, and more. They are happy to ship nationwide, as well as internationally.
Vintage Trailer Supply
If you are lucky enough to be restoring a vintage airstream, you will want to give Vintage Trailer Supply a look.
Most of their stock are reproductions, but they do offer some true vintage salvaged pieces as they find them.
The one drawback is since these parts are rare, they tend to be very expensive. Salvaged vintage items will require some elbow grease since they are old and may need work. See what Vintage Trailer Supply is all about here.
Colaw RV Salvage
In the business since 1977, this family-owned salvage yard is the largest in the Midwest. Located in Carthage Missouri, they ship everywhere in the United States and Canada.
They carry parts from the majority of RV manufacturers so chances are if they don’t have what you need, they know someone who does. To see some of their salvaged items and for more information take a look at their website.
If you are fixing up a vintage RV and want original parts, or are looking for parts for a massive project then Vintage Campers is the supplier for you. They carry vintage and used appliances and parts, as well as salvaged vintage frames.
For the restoration enthusiast, they have a large section on their website about the restoration process and what it entails, as well as a selection of books and CD-ROMs which feature the original brochures for many of the well-known vintage trailer models.
Shipping is calculated at checkout, and items are shipped through UPS or USPS.
Affordable RV Parts
Affordable RV Parts is a family-owned parts super-store that carries items by every manufacturer. Affordable RV Parts is devoted purely to selling RV parts.
They are located in Las Vegas and offer repair services, but used parts are available to the DIYer through their website. Affordable RV Parts carries electronics, aftermarket items, and more. They offer to ship anywhere in the U.S.
Their website is currently being updated and some pages are under construction, so they are not available. You can still access their parts store, so if you are curious stop by and check them out here.
Northwest RV Supply
This is a family-owned business out of Eugene Oregon that specializes in parts for all RV’s but focuses on 3 models, specifically Monaco, Country Coach, and Safari. They have stock of over 12,000 parts, and on the website, they are labeled as new, used, or surplus.
Northwest RV Supply ships throughout the US and Canada. Web orders of $500 qualify for free ground shipping. They allow returns within 30 days of purchase when purchased online. Take a look at their online store to see what they have to offer.
One of the largest e-retailers on the internet, you can find almost anything on eBay including used RV parts. eBay is known mostly as an auction site, but you do have the ability to buy items outright.
eBay displays seller reviews so you can get an idea of if the person you are buying from is trustworthy. The condition of the item will be noted in the description and there should be accurate pictures as well. Shipping costs are determined by the seller.
There are several groups on Facebook devoted entirely to RV’s. They buy, sell, and trade parts. There are some private groups that you will have to join before you can see the content. Most sellers are willing to bargain or ask for an offer before stating a price, so don’t be afraid to haggle.
Handle Facebook transactions with care, if the seller offers to ship an item it may be a good idea to have a P.O box, just to keep strangers from knowing your address.
There is a huge market for RV parts, unfortunately, there are more avenues for finding new parts than used parts. Trying to find the particular piece you need, can be a bit of a scavenger hunt. However, with careful searching, you can find used parts, whether they’re for a vintage Airstream or a new Coachmen.
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