Did you know there are graveyards where old RVs go to die? And no, I’m not talking about the Slabs.
Being the frugal RVers that we are, we knew there had to be a cheap way to buy a new replacement arm rather than getting it new from Carefree.
We searched the Interwebs for “used RV parts” and found tons of ’90s-era HTML websites listing RV salvage yards in the U.S. (hey developers, there’s a need for a used RV parts mobile app!).
The best online resource directories for used RV parts salvage yards are:
- Gypsy Journal’s RV Surplus and Salvage Outlets
- RVers Corner RV Salvage, Used RV Parts Surplus RV Parts Suppliers
- RV.net Used RV Parts and Manuals
You don’t even have to visit the actual yard to get your part. Most fulfill requests to search for that special part you need, including Paramount Auto Body, which carries used RV parts from air conditioners to engines to furniture.
If you go to a RV graveyard, be prepared to get your hands dirty. Our search led us to a graveyard in Grand Junction, Colorado, where Jim and I found duct-taped RVs that would make any hillbilly proud. Digging around to find our awning part was successful but not without a sunburn and grease stains on our clothing.