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Anyone ever find any gems at one?
I see folks post links to new products all the time, but cant recall ever seeing anyone post about any great salvaged parts they've repurposed.
I don't have any RV specific bone yards in my area, but there is a good sized yard about 30 min away and they advertise RV parts. Thinking I might take a look for the heck of it. See if I can score a window or 2 and who knows what else I might find.
 

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I visited one along Baseline in Phoenix and found nothing I would be willing to use in my conversion. I don’t remember what I was hoping to find but it was a few acres of junk covered with dirt and dust. Can’t remember the name either?
 

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Not really worth it unless you some part made out of unobtainable. Usually no deals and well used junk.
 

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We got 3 windows for our PM at one and were hoping to use a lot of reclaimed items in the build, but the yard was closed due to COVID during the time we were 'shopping' for other stuff. The windows took a lot of cleaning up, but it's nice to have some more unique windows.
 

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I went to a yard hoping to find a folding sofa bed. Everything they had was open to the weather and moldy and mildewed. I found a folding steel bed frame like what I wanted and figured I would make my own cushions for it. But they wanted way too much money for it. I told them they could keep it. I don't mind sweat equity projects, But they need to start off cheap if I am buying junk to fix up!
 

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Yeah, that's been my experience in the past. If they pull the parts, they want way too much money.
Haven't been to a U-pull-it place yet.
I think I'll call the place I found and ask over the phone if they have RV windows and what their prices are like before I waste a trip. I'm also looking to find an aluminum tank. But I might find that at any scrap yard.
 

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Thanks Phil.
You posted them a while back and I lost the link and forgot the name.
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My wife said I can have $200 cash and go play at the scrap yard tomorrow. Woohoo!!
 

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I visited Colaws (Carthage, MO 64836 ) a bunch of years ago, it was a huge detour off my travel path and just not worth the effort! - - The scheme they were were operating under was pull anything of value and warehouse//list it for the trades to purchase... at the time their yards did NOT match the photos they show now, many stripped husks taking up space with nothing worthwhile attached, something odd about that... like they had favorites to keep supplied with parts and were tuning up the tourist attraction side of the retail store, or were visited by the EPA and had to start over w/ better documentation... When I asked to walk-about the yard they had to send an escort with me claiming the rattlesnakes were so thick I'd likely be smothered with them or something. This was in summer of 2015 so they might be giving away complete Sprinter Vans nowadays for all I know...
 

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Turned out to be a very interesting experience. They closed at noon today and I didn't make it there until 11am. Pulled up, they said the RVs were out back, you can walk or drive, but if you get a flat, it's your problem.
I ran out back, found some windows that might work, took pics and measurements and ran back to ask about price. $30/window, $60 ea if he pulls them for me. Then I asked if he had any type of aluminum tanks, so we walked around and looked. Then I showed him the van, then we got to chatting. I figured he would be closing up the shop and heading out, but we ended up chatting for 2 hrs. Including another customer that showed up and joined in for about 20 min. Turned out, the guy owned the place and his house was above the shop! I thought I was holding him up from leaving and I coulda had those windows out 10 times already!
Oh well. It was a nice place for a scrapyard, interesting guy, friendly dog that I made friends with and only $30 for windows. I'll go back mon after work and grab them.
No aluminum tanks, but HF has a 7 gal for $60 I can use.
 

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Not sure if I can use the jackknife couch hardware, but it was in perfect condition. The window frames were white, but they can be painted. All the windows worked and had screens.
Some were crank out awning style and some sliders.
I just have to go over the measurements I took to see if they fit.
I came across a Chevy Astro window van with all the windows, but they were too tall and had a major curve to them. But they had tiny sliders at the bottom.
I like the awning style for over the bed
 

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Just figured it out and they will fit.
Now I'm really bummed that I didn't get them. I might have to call in "sick" on Monday and go get them first thing.
Now that I posted them on the internet, that place will be swarming with people trying to get my windows.
 

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I did buy a lot of my aluminum from the scrap yard. We don't have any RV junk yards near me.
 

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Those awning windows look exactly like the ones I used except mine were black. Made by Kinro
 

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Did yours have the little crank? Like a house window?
I'm really excited that they were all in good shape, functional and had the screens.
For $30 ea, I'm more than willing to paint them.
 

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Those couch hinges are $120 for a set from RB (new). Would love to get a set cheap for my build. We have them in our pop up camper and they work great, but that thing is still going strong.
 
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