DH and I both grew up camping in PUPs as kids. My parents had an early 70’s Bonair that my dad received as “payment” for a plumbing job he did for a friend, and my sister and I practically lived in that thing during the summer as kids. Naturally, I started thinking about getting one now that our DD and DS were at a good age for camping (7 and 4). I was pretty sure I knew exactly what to look for in a PUP and easily convinced DH to go look at one I found listed locally. It was all set up when we got there, lights worked, they cranked it up and down for us, floor was solid - SOLD! After a couple practice runs in the backyard, we embarked on our maiden voyage 2 weeks ago. After camping for 7 nights, we learned what we love and hate about our PUP: The good: no leaks, tows nicely The bad: need more storage, need an outdoor mat, crank was stiff and a bit jammy, hitch latch was rusty and way too stiff. First up was fixing the crank. Found out how to lube the arms by watching some YouTube videos and purchased some silicone spray - check! Smooth as butter now! Second, lubing the winch and hitch latch, that was easy. Check! Third: more storage. I decided to surf Pinterest for ideas. That lead to pop-up princess... Which led to this forum. One week ago I thought I pretty much knew it all. Then I started surfing this forum! Since then I’ve had a tire almost explode (I think I have that sorted), learned about bearings (I have to grease them?! Add that to the list!), and noticed a seam pulled apart that I really didn’t think was of any consequence (buying the stuff to fix that ASAP!!). I’ve also decided to have a go at the interior... The plan is to paint, lay new flooring, and make new countertops! I’m removing the sink and all plumbing (don’t use it anyway) to gain storage under the dinette, Changing the light fixtures to LED, removing the mostly-peeled-off exterior stripe decals, and building new countertops. Stay tuned!