If you are an RV owner or have been an RV owner, then you can attest to the fact that maintaining an RV is like maintaining a home and a vehicle all in one. Whether you do the maintenance work yourself or have an authorized RV dealer work on your vehicle, it is very important to use quality RV replacement parts. Labor is a huge factor in maintaining any RV. Labor is very expensive whether you are purchasing it, or whether it is your own. So why waste valuable labor on parts that will not give you maximum performance?
If you use an authorized RV dealer or a certified RV mechanic to do your work for you, it is a very good idea for you to get as many references from their customers as you can before engaging in any relationship with them. Campgrounds are a very good source of information here, after all, that is where you find RV owners. And believe me, they are all too willing to steer you in the right direction away from poor service.
If you are that do-it-yourselfer kind of person, then finding quality RV repair parts is your only concern. There are many RV parts catalogs that feature RV parts and accessories. Perhaps you live near an RV supply store and can purchase replacement parts over the counter. A lot of parts such as RV plumbing parts can be purchased through any plumbing supply store. RV awning parts may be available in your local hardware store. If you own a particular brand name vehicle, then you can purchase Fleetwood RV parts from your Fleetwood dealership and install them yourself. It has been my experience to shy away from RV salvage parts. These may be fine if you are buying an RV trailer part, or a part for your RV door, but for RV water heater parts or RV gas stove parts, I wouldn’t consider anything but new.
I have had success in buying discount RV parts from flea market dealers or from an RV parts outlet store. But I did my homework first, and I knew exactly what I was purchasing.
The bottom line is, go with quality parts and service. Even though it cost more upfront, it is cheaper in the long run. And do your homework. You have a tremendous investment that you are responsible for. Be good to it and it will be good to you.