1985 Palomino Tent Trailer!

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  1. Lew&Nicole

    Lew&Nicole New Member

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    Hello,
    My husband and I are working on a 1985 Palomino Pony tent trailer. We are totally new to this and just plan on getting it done well enough to accommodate us and our three young boys. Currently it's stripped but we need to fix a few things. We will be looking for advice on this website for things ranging from the door flap that holds the door in place to sewing in new windows on the bunk ends.
    Thanks!
    Nicole
     
  2. JPBar

    JPBar Well-Known Member

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    Welcome from Texas, have fun on your project.
     
  3. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member

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    Welcome from NM. Our first popup was a 1984 Palomino Shetland - 6' box, one bunk end, tiny. We were the third owners, and eventually the canvas disintegrated, at which point it sat for a couple of years until we did a renovation on it. (If you look at the early pics I put on flickr, you'll see the renovation : https://www.flickr.com/photos/kitphantom/)
     
  4. Lew&Nicole

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    Awesome! We are so new to this that we are going to need all the inspiration, ideas, and help we can get. We only need to replace the four windows (where the bunk ends are) and the canvas on the outside is in really good shape. We know someone that has a commercial machine. He has agreed to sew them. I will post pictures when I can. Did your shetland have a door that swung down? Ours is designed that way, but the plastic is broke. We're not sure how to get that fixed so the door is easier to get in. Thanks for sharing the photos! What kind of paint did you use on the exterior and did you have someone sew your new canvas? We also need to put in the "galley" kitchen. The other owners removed the sink and stove so now we need to build the box on top that swings down. A lot of work! But we're excited and so are our boys!
     
  5. kitphantom

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    Ours had the door with a removable top section. We ordered new canvas from Canvas Replacements. (Our canvas was long gone, and they had the pattern; Bear Creek Canvas is the other main maker of new tenting, but they did not have the pattern.)
    We left the flip over top of our galley, installed a new stove, but removed the sink - it was so small that it was much less useful than the wash tubs and gray water pail we'd used for year. The counter and cupboard space freed up by not having the sink and water "tank" (5 gallon jug under the galley) more than made up for not having the sink.
    We used, IIRC, Rustoleum paints on the outside. The paint job on the sides worked well, the roof one not so much - it was good weather when I began to paint it (I'd cleaned and primed it previously). As I finished up the second coat, I looked up and could see black clouds approaching, and by an hour later it was pouring rain. It still looked OK first thing in the morning, by noon it was raising in sections and looked like white lace. I never bothered to fix it, it was sealed and protected from the weather.
     
  6. rich2

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    Welcome and good luck from Pennsylvania...
     
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  8. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Welcome to the Portal from N/W Fl. Panhandle and congrats on the NTU PUP. I know the boys can hardly wait to start camping. One good thing about having repairs to do, you will know every part of the unit and as you go you can "Make it your own. Good luck with the project and Happy Camping
     
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    Hello from western Colorado!
     
  10. Lew&Nicole

    Lew&Nicole New Member

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    Hello! It's been awhile, but we're about to get this pop up on the road. We are having issues with the door however. The plastic that attached it to the wall is gone and so the door is not attached. When we go to put the door in, it does not easily slip in - we have to really lift up the roof and slam it in. We've purchased the BAL leveler and we think it's level. Is there something we're missing? How can we make the door fit in more easily? Thank you if you have any suggestions or ideas!
    Nicole
     
  11. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    awelcome.jpg from the Connecticut shoreline.
     
  12. megcabra

    megcabra Well-Known Member

    Welcome and greetings from North Carolina to the exciting world of Pop-Up camping!
     
  13. DJS12354

    DJS12354 Well-Known Member

    Greetings from NEPA! Did you check level in both directions?
     
  14. TRACY GROMER

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    I have a 1982 Shetland and, although you may not see this post, I'm having the same issue with the door (will not fit -- it way too tall and I cannot raise the roof enough to get i in place). I'm wondering if you ever found a fix? I am planning on just cutting off the top of the metal sheet to make the door fit. Don't see any other option. Thanks!
     
  15. Fluper

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    Hi Lew and Nichole, we actually have the same issue with our 87 palomino and the plastic piece is hanging on by a thread. Were you able to find a fix? I saw someone suggest a flexible cutting mat (or several of them glued together and trimmed to size) I'm just not sure how that would hold up in the cold.
     
  16. TRACY GROMER

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    I was able to fix my door by fixing the structural problem that was the cause. But i think we have different doors. Mine was a two piece door and there was no plastic. Once I rebuilt the cooler box next to the door (someone had removed it), the trailer frame was able to hold its shape and the door went in. I posted a thread about it on this site. Whatever you do, don't remove the cooler box! Best of luck to you.
     
  17. Fluper

    Fluper New Member

    Haha guess what the PO did... they removed the cooler box to put an ac unit right there. I check out your thread about fixing the structural support and hopefully that'll fix our issue as well.
    Our door is a 2 pc as well, the plastic piece I was referring to was the at the top of the door that keeps the top of the door (frame) attached to the camper.
    Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it.
     
  18. TRACY GROMER

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    Interesting. I wonder if my door was just missing the plastic part? I was never able to find a photo of what the door was supposed to look like at the top or how it was attached/stored, etc. It was clearly modified at some point to make it fit -- probably the same person that removed the cooler box. It's not a hard fix if you're handy -- but make sure you get the cargo strap to hold the frame together while rebuilding the box. :)
     
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  19. TRACY GROMER

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    And here's the link to the post about fixing the door by rebuilding the cooler box. http://www.popupportal.com/threads/...land-to-fix-door-problem.119604/#post-1218327
     
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  20. Fluper

    Fluper New Member

    Thanks,
    I'll take some pictures of the door this weekend while we are winterizing it and post them so you can see what we have.
    My hubby is pretty handy so he may be able to handle it.
     
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