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Old 10-21-2021, 05:41 PM   #1
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Bounder parts or salvage

I've been looking for some basement door for my 2002 bounder. (and steroids, and trim, and mirror, and ...) I've only found 1 site online that has the parts and they are super expensive. $950 for a basement door plus shipping and they won't let you look at the parts before you buy and won't let you go into to vehicle to see what other parts are available. Any ideas on a good in for salvage parts? Hell, I'd buy a whole MH if the price was decent. Thanks
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I used one for my '02 and yep, it cost me $825 or so. First, I saw my exact RV on their web page that had just come in for salvage. Same color...so I ordered the basement door mentioning I wanted the door off of their p/n salvage rig they featured. Cost $125 shipping. When I got it, it was a totally different, very dark color where mine is rather light. They reminded me of those several greedy junk yards I've had the misfortune to use over the years.



So I had to buy a pint of custom paint for $104, then take the door across the border to Mexico for a $125 paint job, plus what I'd paid for the door. But it worked, and I'm happy for doing it because the deep scratch was driving me nuts. I hated seeing it every time I went outside and looked down my RV. Later, when in Mazatlan, I had the rest of the scratch painted on all the other doors. Beautiful job and so inexpensive I had other stuff done.

Anyway, here are many many salvage yards, just call around to all of them until you get a couple of them in a bidding war, if you can: RV Salvage...
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Old 10-25-2021, 01:51 AM   #3
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Great info!

Thanks for the info! I looked and looked and this never came up. Much appreciated!
Any chance you remember where you got the work done? I've been kicking around getting the whole RV painted and the quotes I'm getting are more than I paid for the RV!
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I got the door at Visone Salvage in Kentucky. I'm still unhappy with them. Grr.

I bought the paint in Yuma for the replacement door at Tom's Auto Paint I think? Recommended by Navarros in Los Algodones, Mexico (just across the border around 5 miles from Yuma), there's hundreds of RV parks there. What happened was Visone shipped the door, I found it was the wrong color, I stored it behind the couch until I got down to Yuma, than carried it in my car to the body shop in Algodones. You can cross in your car, don't need any pass or special insurance. Had them paint it, than installed it a few weeks later when I got back up to Pahrump where I often stay.

The next season, I headed down to Mazatlan and stayed at Las Jaibas RV Park. Had the owner/manager call the painter guy and he did a great job so I had him do several things.

I've used several painters down in Mexico over the years and there's one I hired while in San Felipe that did a great job at a very reasonable price...you have to stay at Kiki's Hotel and RV Park to hire him. If you go to a different park, you won't be able to hire him as they have 'zones'. Ask Kiki to call for you. His name is Tony (Antonio 686-118-1571). San Felipe has the advantage of only being 2 hours from the border, yet has the flavor of Mexico. I've stayed there many times over the years. I also stay at Campo San Felipe as it's more modern but the painter that comes by there is flaky so I wouldn't use him.

Here's a link to the painting I had done on my 1st RV, a '94 Bounder. Had work done in Mazatlan 3X and San Felipe 1X over the years 12 years I own that rig. Paint Jobs...

Here's a shot after the painting I had done in Mazatlan:



Sometimes they don't do the greatest job, like the plastic painting like for the big front bumper and wheel well surrounds wasn't preceded by any plastic primer like is supposed to be done, but...having the work done down there is so inexpensive, I didn't mind having to pay to get it done again. I sold that RV in '16 and it looked great, thanks to the painter in San Felipe.

And now into the modern era, in 2018, scratched my '02 Journey all down the passenger side, and ruined a door. Here's a look:



And here's a link to the story of the painting I had just across the border from Yuma, and more painting done in Mazatlan the next season by an excellent painter: Body Work...Painting & Repairs

It still looks this good...



Let me know if you want to caravan down there this winter. I love it there, been all over Mexico over the last 17 years of full time RV'ing.
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