Mobile homes are excellent motor vehicles that often inspire adventures and outdoor experiences. However, these gas-guzzling machines can be a costly burden. If you are looking to move on from your mobile home, rather than going through the lengthy process of selling it, you can instead choose to scrap it. New Jersey-based Sgt. Scrap (serving New Jersey, Delaware, and parts of Pennsylvania and New York) specializes in mobile home scrap, providing customers with fair, competitive prices. Here, we discuss the steps to scrapping your mobile home and the scrap metal you can expect to find by doing so, along with its value.
Steps To Scrapping Your Mobile Home
Now that you have decided to scrap your mobile home, the following steps can help make the process as easy as possible to ensure you get the most out of the process:
Evaluate Your Motor Home
The first step to scrapping your mobile home is evaluating it. This can help you determine whether or not it is acceptable to drive on the road. If your mobile home is damaged and not road-ready, you must make transportation arrangements. In this case, you will most likely have to dismantle it entirely because the majority of mobile homes have wood and other products that scrap yards do not buy or want contaminating other materials that would be placed with it.
In this instance, it’s important to decide whether or not it would be worth it for you to dismantle a mobile home for scrap for the prices offered at your local scrap yard. Often, mobile homes consist of these materials: sheet aluminum, extruded aluminum, aluminum siding, ins #2 55%, cords with ends, light iron, and heavy iron. If you were to deconstruct it and just sell the scrap metal – with no impurities of the wood or tires – it would be worth it, depending on how much you value your time.
Contact Your Local Scrap Dealer
Next, you must contact your local scrap metal dealer to make sure they accept mobile homes. Sgt. Scrap, located in Haddon Township and Pennsauken Township, NJ, happily accepts mobile home scrap. We do buy mobile homes whole but with a large deduction of weight for the wood, trash, and other contaminants that would hinder our ability to sell our material to our buyers. If you are just trying to get rid of the mobile home, this would most likely be the option for you. Depending on the type, you may also need the home’s title.
Please note: We only accept mobile homes if they are not dismantled at our Pennsauken location. This is because we have a truck scale at this site.
Transport Your Mobile Home
The final step to scrapping your mobile home is transporting it to your preferred scrap metal dealer. If you can drive your mobile home yourself and drop it off, this step is no issue. However, if your mobile home doesn’t run or you don’t have the equipment to haul it yourself, that may not be an option for you. In cases like this, your preferred scrap metal dealer may offer services to pick up your scrap.
At Sgt. Scrap, we can pick up your mobile home, but it must be dismantled and cut into 4-ft lengths, or at least manageable lengths for our mobile trucks. It’s ultimately up to the discretion of our mobile driver to determine if they can safely haul the materials away.
Common Metals Found In Mobile Home Scrap
The specific metals and composites you can expect to see in your mobile home’s construction are dependent on its make, model, and year. Metals you are likely to encounter when you scrap your motor home include:
- Copper: This is one of the most valuable metals found in a mobile home. Copper has conductive abilities and antimicrobial properties, making it an excellent building material for mobile homes. You can find copper in the electrical system, wiring, pipes, and appliances.
- Aluminum: A mobile home’s siding needs to be lightweight and durable, which is why most mobile homes feature aluminum siding. The aluminum siding resists rust well and can handle the outdoor elements.
- Brass: Mostly used for smaller parts of your mobile home, you can find brass in door handles, locks, pipes, and valves.
- Steel: Durable and strong, you can search for steel in a mobile home’s chassis and support beams.
In order to get paid top dollar at Sgt. Scrap, all impurities need to be removed. This includes wood, glass, concrete, sheetrock, fiberglass, plastics, and anything else that is not metal.
Scrap Your Mobile Home With Us
As a premier scrap metal dealer, Sgt. Scrap accepts all sorts of scrap metals, including mobile home scrap. We serve customers in NJ, Delaware, and parts of Pennsylvania and New York, offering fair and competitive prices. The common metals found in mobile home scrap are all metals we buy. Customers can have their mobile homes scrapped through our convenient scrapping options:
- Drop off: Customers can drop off their mobile home at one of our locations during business hours. Once here, we assess your motor home, scrap valuable metals, and compensate you fairly.
- Pick up: Not every customer has access to the proper equipment needed to haul their mobile home scrap. Sgt. Scrap offers convenient pick-up services where a team member comes to your address and picks up your scrap metal at a time and date that works best for you (500 pounds minimum). It must be dismantled and cut into manageable pieces for us to pick it up.
- Roll-off dumpster: If customers acquire mobile home scrap over time, they can take advantage of our roll-off dumpsters. Our containers allow customers to store the scrap metal they’ve gathered safely. Once the bin is full, one of our team members will come and pick it up (5,000 pounds minimum). Please do not put trash, glass, or wood into these dumpsters. This will result in weight deductions for this service.