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Old 09-17-2018, 09:50 AM   #1
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RV salvage stores, revisited.

Got home yesterday from the annual GLCC salvage rally. It's an annual get together rally in Elkhart with the express purpose of prowling around the local RV salvage stores. My son and I visited some, I got a good deal on some roller shades for the windshield, and stocked up on a few things I keep on hand "just in case". I also bought some things I have no idea what I'm going to do with but, looked interesting. My son didn't find anything.

I thought I'd share what my thoughts are about the ones I visited. Bear in mind that both my son and I have our conversions well under way and don't really NEED a lot. Note that the ones with web sites or ebay stores have much much more that what is listed.

My map and list is here. RV Surplus stores I need to update it based on what I found this week.

Double D Salvage, now called Rainbow Variety Store Surplus & Country Store, was closed due to an Amish wedding. It's one of my favorites. No web site.

RV Parts Nation is closed, at least the brick and mortar store is. In my opinion it hasn't been any good since they moved "uptown", they sold a lot of inventory when they moved and organized it.

Factory RV Surplus, has moved everything into one huge building (same address) I used to think they were expensive but have gotten some really good deals the last two times I was there. Has a web site.

Johnsons and Bontragers, both in White Pigeon, MI are both worth the trip. Both have inventory organized with decent prices. Lots of door, windows, cabinet doors, fabric and furniture. Both, I think, have ebay stores.

Toms Borderline Bargains, is still open, he has some good deals, just nothing I have ever needed.

Bottom $ Salvage has closed the store in Bronson MI, I think there may be a web store coming, not sure.

Graber Industries in Constantine MI is an interesting place, it's a carryover from what a lot of the places used to be like. Lots and lots and lots of stuff. If you are just starting out and need everything, you can probably find it there at a good price. The trick is finding it. There are buildings and sheds and semi trailers full of stuff. If you are looking for tanks bring a tape measure with a pretty good idea about what you need or you will have to come back after you see what is available. They have RV doors and windows, as well as cabinet doors, plumbing, etc. They have power awnings like I have for $200, No web presence at all that I could find.
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Old 09-17-2018, 12:11 PM   #2
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are there any BUS junkyards up in that area at all? or mainly RV?
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Old 09-17-2018, 01:32 PM   #3
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Not that I'm aware of.
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Old 09-22-2018, 06:25 PM   #4
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Thanks! An awful lot of good usable information there.
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:51 PM   #5
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Big List of RV Surplus by State

https://www.rverscorner.com/RV_Salvage_by_state.html
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:49 AM   #6
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Thanks for that. Just took a look at the Indiana ones. Many are out of business I'll try to verify and update my lists.
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:52 PM   #7
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Interesting , I may have missed it because I've been off the site for awhile but maybe next year when you find out the dates make a posting about this event as soon as possible.
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