1979 Palomino Hard side Pop-up renovation

Discussion in 'Camper Restoration Projects' started by Rex, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. Rex

    Rex New Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    This is our second pop-up camper, we currently have a 32ft Travel trailer, but with the price of gas, it has become a small fortune to go anywhere. So we traded a drivable dodge intrepid for the 79 hardsided pop up. That requires a little TLC. The camper box is 14' on a tandem axel. Although upon first inspection the camper was open and seemed to be in fair condition, The roof was rotted around the vent opening, assuming that was all that is wrong it seemed fixable. The current owner and I closed up the camper with great difficulty but we managed. The current owner had the used camper delivered to his home, with intensions to purchasing a tow vehicle, which never happened. Hence the for sale sign. The current owner left it in his driveway for the last year. The deal was made and now I am a proud owner of a 79 Palomino Hard sided Pop-up. Now my troubles begin......

    Upon getting it home the wife and I proceeded to open the camper with great difficulty actually we never got it opened, the top was too heavy. It appears the Prior-prior owner replaced the lift springs with snowplow springs (they look exactly like the ones on my plow truck), reading other threads it appears that we need to count the # of coils to make sure that we order the right ones from Palomino. It appears that I do not have the OEM springs. Can anybody with the same camper help me in this with pictures or even a part number.

    The other things I found wrong was a missing shackle bolt on the rear axle leaf springs, Broken leaf spring and a little more wood rot on the rear panel behind the taillight. The unit is now under a tarp, until the weather changes.

    Other question I have, if somebody can help with is axel swap or Hydraulic to Electric brake retro fit.
  2. Rex

    Rex New Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Can anybody tell me how to insert pics on the forum subject?
  3. mtn_bikers

    mtn_bikers Northern NJ

    Jan 16, 2008
    Green Township, NJ
    Here's info on posting pictures
  4. Rex

    Rex New Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Great website, although I got no replies for my post I think I got all the information I need to get the repairs going on the lift system.
  5. Pescador

    Pescador New Member

    Dec 2, 2009
    Rex I also have a 1975 Hardside Pop up that I purchased for $200.00. I have it parked at my brothers house and I have been working on it off and on. Yesterday I found out that my brother heard a loud snapping noise and it turns out that one of the springs gave out and broke. Did you get new ones for yours through Palomino? How much do they run? I'm wondering if you need to buy a pair when one breaks because the new tension might even them out. I know the roof on the campers with the sides adds up and the weight needs to be distributed. [PU] [TV] [:)C]
  6. bud121156

    bud121156 Western North Carolina

    Apr 15, 2007
    North Carolina
    No advice on the Palomino ,but good luck with the repairs.
  7. Hamilton

    Hamilton New Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Pescador, I would DEFINITELY replace the pair on one end, probably do both ends as if one end is weak, the other likely is too.
    safety first ya know.

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