7 Ways to Get Rid of an Old RV or Motorhome

So you’ve decided the time has come to get rid of your old RV or Motorhome. Whether you’ve decided to upgrade to a new model or you simply no longer need your vehicle, you’ll want to consider your options for the best ways to dispose of it. No one wants an unused RV or motorhome taking up space in their lives, so read on to learn the best ways to get rid of yours as soon as possible, and the steps to take to achieve this goal.

How do you get rid of an old RV, trailer, or motorhome? There are several options for selling your RV or motorhome if it is still usable. If it is not usable, donating, selling for parts, renovating it, or paying a removal service are also viable methods for getting rid of your RV. The condition of the vehicle and the amount of work you are willing to put in will help make your decision on the best way to go about it.

Read on to learn the options for getting rid of your RV or motorhome whether it has been sitting in the field for 20 years, or is in great usable condition. This information will help you make the best decision once you are ready to dispose of your old vehicle.

Sell It

A great way to get rid of your old RV, trailer, or motorhome is to sell it. Who wouldn’t want to make a bit of money when getting rid of their old vehicle? Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are both great platforms for selling larger items such as these. They make the process simple and expose your ad to many potential buyers for free.

To sell your RV or motorhome on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, you’ll need to set your price and clean and prepare your vehicle. You can check other online ads for similar vehicles to get an idea of prices, use an online price estimator such as NADA Guides, or even consult a professional for an estimate. Once you’ve prepared the vehicle, take some nice photographs to put on your ad. Finally, list your ad on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace in your city or the nearest city to you, giving and honest description and responding to inquiries promptly.

Donate It

If you are not as concerned about making money off of your old RV or motorhome, donating it is a great, eco-friendly option. This way, someone else may be able to benefit from your vehicle, and you can avoid having to dump it in a landfill.

Depending on your location, you may have an RV, trailer, or motorhome donation service near you. These services facilitate the process of donating your vehicle, and may even pick it up from your home. A donation of an RV or motorhome may be tax-deductible, and you will be happy knowing that your vehicle will live on to serve another individual or family. Search online to find the donation method that makes the most sense for you. They will have steps on their website to help you donate your RV or motorhome in a simple and hassle-free way.

Sell It to a Salvage Yard

We discussed selling your RV or motorhome online, but these aren’t the only methods for selling your vehicle. You can also sell your old trailer, RV, or motorhome to a salvage yard. A benefit of this method over the online platforms is that your vehicle does not have to be in good shape. In fact, salvage yards may even buy your RV or motorhome even if it is not running. This eliminates the need to clean and prepare your vehicle for sale, making it a great option for quick disposal.

To sell your RV or motorhome at a salvage yard, you should start by calling or searching local salvage yards near you. Let them know the specifics of your vehicle as well as its condition. Then, go to the salvage yard to complete the transaction, filling out any paperwork, and collecting your cash and receipt. Some salvage yards are classified as non-profits, in which case you may be able to get a tax credit for this transaction as well.

Part It Out

As far as profiting off of the disposal of your RV or motorhome goes, parting out the vehicle is another good option for making a bit of money. This process involves removing the valuable parts of the vehicle and selling them individually. This may take a bit more time than the other options, but depending on the condition of your vehicle and its parts, it may be a worthwhile effort for making a bit of money off of your old RV or motorhome.

To part out your RV or motorhome, you will need to remove individual valuable parts such as heaters, refrigerators, windows, generators, engines, and anything else that is in sellable condition. It is important to remove these items carefully. Either do this yourself or hire someone to help to ensure that the quality of each item is maintained and the process goes as smoothly as possible. After selling the valuable parts, you will need to dispose of any leftover materials. This process requires time and patience, but the financial gains may make it worth the effort in the end.

Pay Someone to Come and Get It

If you simply want your motorhome or RV out of your hair as quickly as possible, you can pay a company to remove the vehicle for you. If donating is not possible, this is another hassle-free way to get rid of your old vehicle and free up space in your driveway. There are a few options for different entities you can pay to pick up your vehicle. Here are a few of the most common options:

●     Trash Removal Company: Trash removal companies can pick up larger items such as RVs or motorhomes. Search for a trash removal company in your area and contact them to learn the process and fees associated with this transaction.

●     Junkyard: Junkyards also frequently offer a pick-up service. Search for the junkyard nearest to you and consult their website or give them a call to learn the fees and process associated with their pick up service.

●     Scrap Car Dealer: Scrap car dealers are another good option for paid pick up service. Search for scrap car dealers in your area and call or consult their website to find out the fees and processes associated with paying for the pick up of your old vehicle.

Take It to the Local Dump

If your RV is not running and you are unable to sell or donate, you can tow the old vehicle to the local dump to avoid any fees that may be associated with pick-up service. This option will most likely be your last resort, as donating or selling are more beneficial. However, there are certainly instances where this is the only viable option.

Scope out the local dump in your area and find out their requirements for dumping an RV or motorhome. This will vary depending on your location. Once you have figured out the process associated with dumping your RV or motorhome, you can take the vehicle and leave it there.

Renovate It and Sell It

If you don’t mind turning your old RV or motorhome into a DIY project, renovating it could be a great way to increase your profits when selling. This is a great idea for anyone who has an old, undesired RV or motorhome that is still in good condition. Refurbishing some of the more dated elements of your vehicle can make all the difference in your potential price point.

To renovate your vehicle, you’ll need to decide which parts need to be updated and how much you are willing to invest in this project. Come up with a plan and a timeline and get to work.

If you are experienced in these types of projects, you can tackle the updates yourself. However, it is advisable to consult a professional for any renovations you are unable to do yourself. Once you have completed the renovation project, you will be ready to sell your RV or motorhome!

Use one of the selling platforms previously mentioned in this article, and you’ll be sure to get a good profit out of your old vehicle.


There’s no doubt that your old RV or motorhome has countless valuable memories attached to it. You had many adventures and life experiences in the vehicle, so this decision takes careful thought.

Once you have finally decided to get rid of your old RV or motorhome, you have plenty of options to make sure the vehicle gets more use from another owner, if possible. You can sell or donate the vehicle to pass it along to a new family or individual, and make a bit of money for yourself.

If the vehicle is past the point of repair, you can still sell the usable parts, pay someone to pick it up, or leave it at the local dump. Weigh the condition of your vehicle alongside the effort you are willing to put in, and you’re sure to find the best solution for getting rid of your old RV or motorhome.

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