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Old 03-29-2010, 10:08 PM   #1
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Colaws RV Salvage trip 2010

Just visited Colaws RV Salvage down in Joplin, Missouri and here are a few pics for ya to check out.
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:08 PM   #2
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:10 PM   #3
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A few more Colaws pics

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Old 03-29-2010, 10:40 PM   #4
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Wow, hadn't heard of them... pretty cool! Do they have older, vintage stuff as well? We're trying to find a vintage fridge to put in our '58 when we restore it (something period), though it doesn't necessarily need to be in working condition now. Do they have older items like that?

Also, are you allowed to go back into the yard and remove things yourself, or are you limited to what they have on their shelves?

Cool pics... thanks for posting!
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:42 PM   #5
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They always seem to have a nice asortment
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:43 PM   #6
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It's actually Carthage, about 30 miles from Joplin. We visit occasionally, you can go thru any of the trailers, pick out stuff, they will take it off for you.
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Those pictures hurt to look at!
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:28 AM   #8
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Ouch! I am glad to see that someone is essentially recycling the misfortune of some for the benefit of others.
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:12 AM   #9
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Smile Colaws trip

Your right. I had just come down US 71 from Carthage and went east on 44 a few miles or so. Just came down from Des Moines that AM and was still tired. You can't miss the place, its huge!

I would call them to ask about a part you need or a fridge, or whatever. They had lots of that stuff. I didn't see a lot of really "old" campers in their yard. Here's the way its layed out:
1. They have units for sale in the front of the lot (maybe 10 acres or so).
2. Their building is divided up with a very large new parts area (bigger than most I expect) in the front half; and then the used stuff in the back room. They have an RV sales office off to one side. Its all very well lit and really pleasant to walk around in. Not like you'd expect from a salvage yard at all.
3. Then the back yard area has stuff stacked up behind the building (like doors and windows). Their shops were in the rear also for dissassembly.
4. As you walk out into the lot outside you start seeing rows and rows of trailers and motorhomes in various states of disrepair.
5. Airstreams were here and there, mostly 70's, and I figured there must be more; so I walked to the back NW corner and there they were! (See pics.)
6. Obviously, trailers that have had windows and vents taken out and are open to the weather start growing inside; like moss and stuff. Some trailers you wouldn't want to walk into, for sure.
7. They let you walk around anywhere, and if you need a part you tell them and they go and get it for you. I'm thinking of things I missed already.

8. Inside in the back (used stuff) they have every nut and bolt you can think of, hinges, doors, blinds, hardware, stoves, microwaves, toilets, doors, windows, lamps, lights, EVERYTHING! They obviously take out stuff pretty quickly; but some units still had lots inside the trailers, but were gettin' funky in there!

9. Units that have been on fire inside (some big $$ rigs) are very sad to look at; lots of trailers just torn open.

10. Oh yea, they have a pretty good side parts desk inside with really pleasant people to help you. But I don't think things are indexed like cars; i.e., I asked about the differences in doors of a couple of Airstreams and they said they don't have crossover lists like that. You'd have to measure and compare yourself, or rely on there personal knowledge. Their people are really good at what they do.

11. Things are not cheap though either. I got a stove knob for $5.00. A dinette I saw from a unit was $350.00. One of those oval overhead Airstream windows was $200.00.
Hope that helps a little. (I had been driving so long, I was anxious to look around as much as possible; but they closed at 5:00 pm and I didn't want to stay overnight for the heck of it. So I took somes pics, got a couple of things and headed back north!

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Made a trip down last weekend in hopes of finding a few things. Staff were friendly and helpful, but some of thier prices were a little too much. I won't go into great detail, but they wanted top dollar for some things that had set in the junk yard for quite awhile. We looked through all of the AS units. Came away with some screen door guards. I guess it wasn't a total loss.
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I used to go up & check them out from time to time.

I found you get a better deal by calling them.

I needed a mirror for SOB MH and they wanted $75. When I couldn't find a replacement anywhere else I called and they shipped same day $50.
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:49 PM   #12
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Colaws RV Salvage trip 2010

Just came back from a 2nd trip, took more pics again. Got most of my stuff from inside the buildings. After awhile, I sort of got tired of looking around anyway and decided not to return for a 2nd day. They really do have a lot inside, front and rear. I was interested in a door for a 93 Limited and it would have been $400 (1/2 price cause the inside was wrecked). Nice shape would have been around $800. I saw a unit where they had literallyl cut a bathroom tub assembly out from the outside with a sawzall. Heck, a rear triple taillight lens assemblyl was around $100. Got a nice, almost new Thetford toilet (ceramic) for $138.00. Suburban furnaces around $300+.
Lots of little drawer items inside were usually around 4-5.00/pkg. You can't go down there wantonly and just mosey on thru. You have to have a list and know what you want; or you'll just get dizzy. (I'm dizzy anyway!) Still one of the nicest RV stores I've ever been in. Long drive.
I went all the way to Little Rock from MN just to get my refrigerator guts replaced! 95 deg and humid! Yikes. Had some fun along the way.
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