Used Popup Camper Parts Buying Tips
Popup camping is a great alternative to a RV worth around $20,000 or a tent amidst the wilderness. Nowadays a lot of campers use popup instead of a traditional muscular RV. However, as every good comes to an end, your popup or some of its parts too may need a repair or replacement. And when you have a used popup, or a popup which has long been vanished from the parking lots of manufacturers, it is problematic to have replacement parts. Moreover, the RV industry has gone and is still going through a long consolidation period, because of which many brand names vanished and a lot of models were discontinued and their owners were left with the secondary market of pop-up camper parts.
Unfortunately, the circumstances in RV sector are not similar with that in car sector, where “junkyards” can really be a good source of used parts. So also, RV industry is not well controlled (unlike car industry where there are strict safety rules and incredible emphasis on dependability and efficiency). RV industry was largely spared of these regulations and is more or less like being “in the woods”. Because of all this, owners of used popups for which no new parts can be found are stressed up a lot.
Follow these guidelines if you have a used popup and are in search of its parts.
For used parts, a local seller is always preferable. At a local shop, you can check the parts regarding dimensions, shape and degree of use, before paying for them. Even though you are not a automobile expert, you can see the part with your own eyes, touch it and thereby compare it with the part you want to replace. For bigger-sized items like microwave, refrigerator, furniture, etc you can take measurements to check whether it can fit into the place of the original item in the camper. This is a practical approach which can save your lot of time and also saves you from the frustration you might undergo later.
Craigslist and Local Newspapers
Craigslist and local newspapers are great for finding local sellers for you. Purchasing the part from the owner is the best strategy, and actually, many a times the “used popup camper parts” from the owners of tent campers are not only genuine but also brand new. Buying used parts online from a reliable source is also a good alternative.
Parts that Decide Safety
You should be careful while buying parts which decide safety of your popup. You won’t certainly wish to lose your sleep with a thought of a replaced part compromising with the camper’s vital functionality.
If You are Not an Expert…
If you are not an expert, don’t purchase used popup camper parts which are not in good condition. It will be sheer waste of money and also will be problematic later instead of a bargain.
After all the suggestions pointing towards pessimism, here is something optimistic.
Popups are not as difficult to undergo restoration as a rocket. Many of its parts like canopy, grills, doors, awnings, fridge, etc can be substituted with used ones – only thing you have to check is to ensure that they are in good shape.
Better than Getting a New one
Sometimes it is more convenient option to buy a used one is better than a new one which also has lower cost and it will definitely fit in place.
You therefore need to be armed with knowledge before buying used popup parts. Secondary market of used camper parts can thus resolve your problem in a cheaper way. So if you are getting the same quality, safety and efficiency, there is no reason for not buying used popup camper parts.