How to Scrap a Camper Trailer the Right Way

Need to part ways with your camper trailer but don't know how to properly scrap it? In this article, we'll go over 6 different ways to scrap your old camper.

Is it time? Has it hit that time where your camper trailer has reached the point where it either needs to be repaired from top to bottom or just scrapped altogether?

Well, if that’s the case and you really don’t feel like expending any of your time or money to repair your camper, the next logical option would be to part ways with it.

However, doing so is not as trivial as recycling an old laptop or burning a table that’s a piece of junk. Scrapping a camper trailer is a bit more complicated than that, but here’s the good news.

There are many ways of going about doing it. Heck, you don’t even have to resort to the ideas we’ll present to you in this post.

We just wanted to give you several excellent methods is all. So, with that out of the way, how to scrap a camper trailer can be done successfully in the following ways.

6 good ways to scrap a camper trailer

While we’re going to break down and further explain each of these methods, for those of you who just want a quick rundown of some of the different ways to scrap a camper, here they are.

  1. Sell your camper to a salvage yard
  2. Sell your camper online
  3. Give it away to family or friends
  4. Take it to a local dump
  5. Call a professional RV removal service
  6. Donate your camper to charity

Alright, that’s all from us. Nah, we still have plenty of your time that we want to use up! Okay, so let’s break down these individual methods of how to scrap a camper trailer.

1. Sell your camper to a salvage yard

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It’s worth mentioning right away that if you go this route, don’t expect to make a ton of money. Anytime you go to scrap any type of equipment (unless the material you’re scrapping is rare and coveted) this is most likely going to be the case. With that being said, opting to sell your camper at an RV salvage yard is one of the better choices you can do.

Considering some options will require money to come out of your wallet, getting any extra dime you can for your old camper trailer should be considered a victory.

2. Sell your camper online

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In this day and age, you can virtually sell anything you want online. There seems to be a market for just about anything, and you better believe that there’s a market of buyers who are interested in purchasing old campers or old camper parts.

Better yet is the fact that there’s a multitude of websites that you can utilize to try and find the right buyer for your old camper. From eBay to Facebook Marketplace to Craigslist, the options are there if you opt to sell online.

This is also where things could get fun, depending on your perspective. We just alluded to the idea of selling individual camper parts from your rig. Even if it’s beaten up, you still may be able to find certain parts that are worth selling. Two good examples could be any doors or even the air conditioning unit.

Oh, and even if your camper isn’t safe to haul on the road anymore, online buyers may still be interested. Certain vintage trailer fans and DIYers will love to get their hands on old campers to work their magic with them.

3. Give your camper away

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We know what you’re thinking right now. Why just give your old camper away when you can try to make some money on it? Fair point, but this option is for anyone who knows a friend or family member that would want an old camper for whatever reason.

Sure, you could always charge them if the camper is actually in half-decent shape. Then again, you could also just make their day and give it away to them. Again, if your camper is actually not a piece of junk and is actually usable as is, it makes sense that you’d want to try to get at least a little money out of it. No matter, this is an option that’s still there.

4. Haul your camper to the dump

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A lot of people would consider this a last resort, and we pretty much echo those sentiments. It’s not necessarily a bad option or anything like that, it’s just the fact that you’ll more than likely have to pay a dumping fee to drop your camper off at a dump station.

Oh, and, also, if you haul your camper to the dump, no one is going to be able to get any use out of it. Not a poor choice overall, but definitely the last resort if all your other options have been exhausted.

5. Call a professional RV removal service

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Indeed, this is another way how to scrap a camper trailer that will take some money out of your pocket. If you live in a big enough city and have a professional RV removal service close to you, however, this may end up being the most convenient option for you.

After all, a professional removal service will, more than likely, do most if not all of the work for you to get rid of your old camper trailer. The fee may be more than you’re willing to pay, though, so be sure to get a quote before making a final decision.

6. Donate your camper to charity

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Besides taking your camper to a dump station, if all else fails, you can also simply donate it to charity. Yes, an item of this magnitude will be a little more complicated than your typical donated item. So, you’ll probably have to do some calling around to see what donation locations accept camper trailers.

As a bit of a bonus, you’ll get a receipt for the value of your camper, and this can then be used as a write-off when filing your taxes. In a way, then, this is also an option that can add some money into your bank account.

Final thoughts

Regarding how to scrap a camper trailer, as you now know, there are many ways to get the task done. As we alluded to earlier, these aren’t the only options at your disposal, either.

Then again, we feel that with the above six options, you won’t be left wondering what to do with your old camper trailer.

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Tyler Jones

Tyler is much like a swiss knife. Even though he has a degree in Computer Science, he knows almost everything there is to know about camping. He has been writing for HeadlessNomad since 2021 and has contributed with over 100 articles. If you have an outdoor-related question, then Tyler much likely knows the answer.