How to Scrap a Camper Trailer (5 Easy Ways)

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There comes a time when your camper no longer becomes necessary or wanted anymore, for a variety of possible reasons. That raises the question of how to get rid of an old camper trailer?
Well, I have got 5 easy ways right here for you. No matter your reasonings, I’m sure you’ll find the right method in this article as there is enough variety regarding what can be done.

#1 Scrap Yard

The first junk camper removal method is the most obvious one.

If your camper is in such bad shape that it’s beyond fixing, this is your best option. Selling to a scrap yard is a very quick and easy way to get rid of your camper trailer. Don’t expect to make much of a profit though.

To find out where you can do this, try simply searching ‘junk camper removal near me’ on Google for locations close by. You will most likely be given two options, of either dropping it off yourself or having them come pick it up.

#2 DIY Enthusiasts

Perhaps you are into DIY or you know someone who is – if not, the internet is your friend. Nowadays, old campers have become very popular amongst DIY enthusiasts and it’s not uncommon for them to turn a trailer into a small mobile shop. Some others prefer to fix it up and make a cozy nook to travel in. Whatever the purpose is, it’s quite likely that somebody out there would love to transform or dismantle a trailer and make something with it. You know what they say; one man’s trash is another man’s treasure – and it really is true. Plus, you might be able to sell it for a decent price.

#3 Dump Station

Another way of how to get rid of an old motorhome is to dispose of it at a dump station.

Maybe you’ve already tried to make some money off your old camper and failed, or simply aren’t interested in trying, then it may be in your best interest to find a dump station in your area.

Keep in mind that you most likely will need to consult local authorities beforehand and, if you’re lucky, it may be a straightforward process but there is the chance of there being a fee.

Plus, if you need to tow the camper, this will cost you as well.

#4 Donation

For those who really aren’t bothered about making any cash out of their camper trailer, you could donate it to a non-profit organization. There could be a charity near you that would really benefit from either using your camper if the condition of it isn’t too bad.

They can even assist you with any required paperwork and might even offer to have it towed for you.

This is a very seamless option that also makes you a good Samaritan.

#5 Sell It

This last method on how to get rid of an old RV is another obvious and simple one. If none of the methods above appeal to or work for you, then just selling is the way to go.

You may want to sell it whole, or in parts – some mechanics might be particularly interested, in which case you probably wouldn’t have to dismantle it yourself. Spread the word using eBay, Facebook, Craigslist, and so on.

Frequently Asked Questions  

Do junkyards take campers?

Yes, junkyards do take campers. Some will even buy it from you and come pick it up themselves.

How do I get rid of an old camper trailer?

To get rid of an old camper trailer you can sell it to a scrap yard, dispose of it at a dump station, give it to a charity, or sell it online.

Can you scrap trailers?

Yes, you can scrap trailers at junkyards or dump stations.

What can I do with an old RV?

You could get creative and try to DIY something with your old RV or sell it to someone who would like to fix it up or dismantle it and reuse it for something.

How much can you get for scrapping a trailer?

Prices, on average, are $0.50 for aluminum, $2.75 for (clean) copper, and $0.10 for iron. For reference, a trailer has about $125-200 worth of aluminum, $200 in iron, and possibly about $75-100 in copper. If the trailer still has appliances in it, that’s around $0.09-$0.11 per pound.

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