Often a reader but seldom a poster, I thought I would contribute to the community my remodel project of our NTU 1994 Palomino XL-SC or Thoroughbred as I believe it to be known. For those of you that enjoy a good read with excruciating detail and incoherent ramblings, you'll enjoy this. For those that don't, I'll be posting lots of pictures. We purchased her on last September of 2013, the 26th to be exact off Craigslist from what may have been the most unintelligible of those capable of thought. This was the first PUP we looked at, mainly because it was the first to offer what we considered required features at a price our budget considered feasible. Long story short, I knew from reading here what to look for but again, considering the price, I tempered my expectations and was willing to forego what was otherwise sage advice from those whom may be reading this. Tires shot, battery dead, empty propane tank and no shore power available to test any of the mechanicals. However, solid floor, operational lift system, acceptably clean inside and out, new looking furnace and water heater and a clean title... it was ours! Drug her home and immediately replace the tires and repaired a broken water line followed by a thorough cleaning inside and out while sanitizing the water tank, toilet, shower and sink. Happy... UP.... Inside with mattresses removed. Broken water line. While set up in Camp Driveway (although we didn't actually camp in it) all the mechanicals tested fine, much to my surprise. I hope I'm never surprised again after buying something like this to find things actually work! The roof vent was basically non-existent which I replaced with a Fan-tastic fan along with the trim seals on the roof which were cracked and possibly leaking water. Also the wiring that connected to the TV was a mess and I sorted it out with a flat-4 connector to be compliant with brake, signal and marker lights and nothing else. Stocked with our usual camping supplies, she was now fit for our maiden, 1-night voyage to our local Chatfield Reservoir on a crisp Colorado Fall Saturday afternoon in October- just a short 2 weeks after bringing her home. Followed by a 2-night trip 110 miles away to beautiful Pueblo Reservoir 2 weeks after that. But before I was going to let her whip our TV (2010 Toyota Highlander) around anymore, I decided to address the flat-four connector and replace it with a more substantial 7-pin connector and junction box I sourced from Amazon. With this I sorted out the wiring mess partly for the dead and removed Group 27 battery and the 100-yards of electrical tape the last shade-tree mechanic thought would suffice. Coupled with the Tekonsha P3 brake controller I found on Craigslist for $70, the brakes worked. I also managed to find a Thetford 12-gallon gray water tank used (it was just returned not actually used, for about 35% savings) on Amazon and my wife bought an electric heating blanket/pad thing for our king mattress. I also picked up some plastic wheel chocks and leveling blocks along with a new city water supply hose and water pressure regulator, both of which went unused this trip. Both nights dipped below 20 degrees Fahrenheit and I worried about the single 5lbs propane bottle emptying however, our 110v space heater did a nice job keeping the furnace from running constantly. Amazing sunset. With the single LPG bottle causing me much stress I opted to remedy that immediately with a new double tank mount and new dual tank switching regulator from Amazon. Installed... At this time, winter was bearing down so into the vacant 3rd bay of our garage she went all winterized. Through snowboarding and the holidays she called to me but many a sleepless night was spent thinking what opportunities exist for me with this camper. Needless to say, much too much time passed. It started with plans to remove the flaking vinyl stripes. I researched the best method and landed on an Eraser Wheel that attached to my drill. Again sourced from trusty Amazon for $13, I quickly removed the stirping from one side in about 40 minutes and the wheel worn down to the arbor. Before... After... As you can see, it took a bit more than just the vinyl strips. It's okay, all I needed was an excuse to paint the whole exterior of the camper but that will come later. While thinking about what I could do to the exterior, I also decided that it would be best to cover the fore and aft bulkheads with diamond plate for not only a bad-ass look but also to cover up some dents and dings caused over the years. Again, a project planned for warmer weather. We also planned during the winter months to make new curtains and valance and potentially install a new vinyl tile floor over the existing sheet vinyl in the spring as our improvements before the next camping season. This is where my sickness for perfection sets in. While watching a home improvement show I was impressed to see painted cabinets and how good they looked. Earlier during the winter, we refinished the wood base of one of our aquariums by sanding and painting the shoddy pine construction a solid black color with a foam roller and was very impressed with the results. I put one and two together and came to the conclusion that we would be painting the interior of our PUP in order to cover up some blemishes and bring the interior decor current! About 3 weeks ago, I pulled her out, raised her up, removed the bunks so she'd fit in the garage with the roof raised, shoved her back into the garage backwards (tongue first so that the door would open into the open bays) and started removing everything... well everything except the base cabinet that houses the furnace, fridge and water heater. The Stable Toward the front... and back.... I wish I had more before pictures of her but I don't so you'll have to take my word for it. Next to the door, this model had an ice chest that was in the void in the cabinet pictured to the left below. Besides the cooler's plastic construction succumbing to the test of time and breaking, it was just a bad idea in my opinion because to load it, one would have to raise the roof and fully extend the rear bunk to open the lid. We believed this space would be better served as a compartment accessible from the entry door. Also, between this cabinet and the aft dinette seat was a pitiful step that was broken and in the process destroyed the paneling. We also felt that extending the rear dinette seat all the way across would add more storage and seating and still provide the "lift" to enter and exit the rear bunk. All big pluses as far as I'm concerned. YMMV Ice Chest cabinet to the left, step scar in the middle. Frame for new seat/step. Ice Chest cabinet converted to 2-tier storage compartment. Since I had decided to go whole hog on this project, I just knew the cabinet doors would have to change. And they have! 14 beautiful new doors milled out of 1/2" MDF await warmer nights (tonight) for primer and paint. We scored this 16-yard, bolt of fabric off FabricGuru.com for $60 plus $5 shipping to ship the 25-pound beast! When I run those figures through my computing machine that is less than $4/yd which by my standards is dirt cheap for upholstery fabric. Also, my computing machine indicates this will conservatively be more than enough to make new covers for the dinette cushions, cushions for the extended area I made to the aft dinette seat and curtains to cover our bunk-ends. This however, we will not tackle this ourselves. Like baking, I don't sew but luckily, we have commissioned one of my wife's co-workers to do the sewing work for $100. In this semi-high wall design by Palomino to accommodate the fold-a-wall concept, there is a cover at the ends that you fold down to extract the bunks. These were edged with aluminum screwed in place but the screws would work themselves out. I was suspect of this and lo and behold, I found rot! I'm going to miss the playful, mid-century bubble font used for the branding... The rear piece was completely rotted (in the trash) while the front was relatively solid and in tact. I was thinking I would need to replace these anyway to accommodate the diamond plate in these end pieces. Well that's about it for now. I'll update my progress every few days.