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In 2015, we purchased a 1999 Palomino Stallion pop-up camper and a few cans of spray paint.

We're excited to share our journey of transforming our 1999 Palomino Stallion pop-up camper into a shining, clean, and updated home on wheels for less than $1000. Back in 2015, we took on this challenge and were successful in our efforts. With the knowledge and experience gained, we wanted to help others in their own DIY RV renovation journey. You can learn more about our renovation process and tips here. And if you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

We know that a pop-up camper can be a great budget-friendly option for camping, but over time they may need some updates and renovations to keep them in top shape. That's why we're excited to share our visual guide on how to complete a budget-friendly renovation on an older model pop-up camper. We never expected to purchase a camper that summer, but when it fell in our laps, we were more than happy to take on the renovation challenge. Join us as we share our journey and tips on how you can renovate your own pop-up camper.

This is the entire collection of blog posts from our pop-up camper renovation.

Please take a look around and if you have any questions we’ve created a FAQ of our most commonly asked questions just below or feel free to send us an email.


We’re featured on The Pop Up Princess

As pop-up camper owners, we are always looking for resources to help our little home on wheels, whether it’s cosmetic or the nitty-gritty of upkeep and repairs. One of the best resources we have found on the internet is The Pop Up Princess. Larissa and her husband have not only restored their own pop-ups beautifully, but they have also brought their readers along for amazing DIYs from roof repair to cabinet painting.

Making Over a 1999 Palomino Stallion Pop-Up Camper: A Budget-Friendly DIY Guide

Camping is a fantastic way to explore the great outdoors and spend quality time with loved ones, but finding a budget-friendly option can be a challenge. Pop-up campers offer a solution, but over time, they may start to show their age and need some updates and renovations. That's where Campfire Travelers comes in! Join us as we take you through our own DIY RV renovation of our 1999 Palomino Stallion pop-up camper and show you how you can breathe new life into your own pop-up camper without breaking the bank. Get ready to be inspired!

DIY RV Renovation: 5 Minute Pop-Up Camper Backsplash

Upgrade the look of your pop-up camper with this super simple and cheap modern backsplash project. We used brushed silver peel-and-stick tiles, which cost only $15 and took just 5 minutes to install. This backsplash not only adds a stylish touch, but also protects the wood from water damage. Check out our other pop-up camper renovation projects on Campfire Travelers.

We’re sharing our experience of replacing the yellowed, broken, and dirty vinyl trim on their pop-up camper with a fresh new one for only $20. The process was simple, cost-effective, and took just an hour and a half to complete. The new trim gave their camper a much fresher look and protected the screws from the elements. Get tips and recommendations for revamping your own pop-up camper's vinyl trim.

DIY RV Renovation: How We Installed a Nightlight Electrical Outlet in a Pop-Up Camper

Upgrade your RV's electrical outlets with a DIY project that not only improves its looks but also adds a convenient nightlight. Follow our journey as we replaced the electrical outlets in our 1999 Palomino pop-up camper and learn how you can do the same for your own RV.

DIY RV Renovation: Curtain Replacement in a Pop-Up Camper or Airstream

Learn how to update the curtains in your pop-up camper or Airstream with this DIY guide. Discover tips for labeling and preparing the curtains, fabric options, and a step-by-step process for creating new curtains. Upgrade your camper's look with a pop of color and improved functionality with this guide. Plus, tips on how to use Airstream Drape Carriers.

Step-by-Step Guide to Replacing Your RV Cushion Covers

Are you tired of your RV's outdated cushion covers? Look no further! In this DIY renovation project, we show you how to replace your cushion covers with a modern, stylish touch. Say goodbye to those 1999 paint-splatter covers and hello to a fresh, new look. With the help of a sharp seam ripper, some fabric, and a heavy-duty sewing machine, you too can create beautiful new cushion covers that fit like a glove. Whether you're a seasoned sewer or just starting out, this project is simple and straightforward, requiring only straight lines. So why wait? Transform your RV today with some new cushion covers!

Upgrading Your Pop-Up RV Sink and Faucet - The Perfect Solution

We transformed our 1999 Palomino pop-up camper into a comfortable home on wheels. In this blog, we share our experience upgrading the sink and faucet. We replaced the broken faucet with a drinking water faucet from Home Depot for $35 and moved the placement to the left to maximize counter space. The installation was easy, and we are thrilled with the results. The faucet works great and has made washing dishes a breeze. If you're curious about our other renovations, check out our website.

Revamp Your RV: How We Replaced Our Counters and Table for $45

Transform your tired and worn-out RV counters and table into a modern and updated space with this simple DIY renovation. In this blog post, we'll take you through the steps of replacing your counters and table with pressed MDF, staining it with a beautiful gray stain, and sealing it with polyurethane. The result is a stylish and durable addition to your home on wheels, all for under $50. Read on to find out how we did it.

Updating the Flooring in Our Pop-Up Camper: A DIY Guide

At Campfire Travelers, we share our journey of transforming our pop-up camper into a clean and updated home on wheels for under $1000. In this blog, we detail the process of updating the flooring in our camper using peel-and-stick vinyl tiles. We share tips and tricks for working with these tiles, including how to measure and cut for a non-square camper. Read on to learn about our experience and get inspired for your next DIY RV renovation project!

DIY RV Renovation: Easily Transform Your RV Fridge into a Chalkboard

Bring personality to your old pop-up camper with this easy DIY project. In this article, we'll show you how to turn your boring RV fridge into a stylish chalkboard using Con-Tact paper and a few other materials. Say goodbye to a boring kitchen space and hello to a unique, personalized touch to your camper. Upgrade your RV kitchen with this simple and affordable project.

DIY Pop-Up Camper Renovation: Replacing a Seat Back with MDF Board

Transform your pop-up camper with this step-by-step guide to replacing a missing seat back. Learn how to measure, cut and paint a new MDF board to match your camper's cabinets, and install it with new hinges for a seamless finish. Upgrade your camper's dinette for a more comfortable and stylish experience on the road.

DIY RV Renovation: Updating the Furnace Cover with Spray Paint

In this post, Campfire Travelers shares how they transformed the bland, tan furnace cover in their pop-up camper with just a few coats of silver Rust-Oleum spray paint and clear gloss. The same technique used on the hardware was applied to the cover, resulting in a seamless, modern upgrade that matches the updated hardware. The makeover took only a few coats and is expected to withstand heavy use. Get inspired for your own DIY RV renovation with this simple and affordable upgrade.

DIY RV Renovation: Transforming Pop-Up Camper with Painted Hardware

We recently transformed our pop-up camper by painting the cabinet hardware, including the hinges, with silver Rust-Oleum spray paint and clear gloss. The result was a stunning, brand-new look that cost only a few dollars and took just a few coats. The hardware was easy to install and the final result was seamless, with no noticeable differences between the newly painted hardware and brand-new hardware.

Painting RV Cabinets: Our Experience with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint

Painting the cabinets in your RV can be a great way to give the space a fresh and updated look, but it can also be a costly project. However, there are ways to paint your RV cabinets on a budget, one of which is using spray paint. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to paint your RV cabinets using spray paint.

Finding the Perfect Decor for Your DIY RV Renovation: Our Journey to a Cohesive Design for Our Pop-Up Camper

Deciding on a theme for renovating your pop-up camper can be a challenge, especially when trying to balance personal style with practicality. In this post, we'll share our experience on how we navigated these conflicting desires and came up with a design that met both our needs. Whether you're trying to make your camper feel like home or just want to add a touch of personality, our story will give you inspiration and tips on how to choose the perfect theme for your pop-up camper renovation.

DIY RV Renovation: The BEST Way to Clean Your Pop-Up's Canvas

If mold and mildew have invaded your tent trailer or pop-up camper canvas you need to get it clean as soon as possible. The best cleaning solution for your RV is Bass Pro Shop Mildew Stain Remover. We can show you the best way to get your canvas white again.

Keep your pop-up camper looking like new with the Bass Pro Shops Mildew and Stain Remover. This powerful cleaner is effective in removing mold and mildew from the canvas, but be sure to waterproof the canvas afterward with a product like 303 Products. For tough stains, let the solution sit for a few minutes before scrubbing. Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly for best results. Star Brite Mold and Mildew Stain Remover is also recommended by our readers. If you are sensitive to strong odors, please wear a face mask while using the BPS cleaner. For other renovation ideas, check out our main page.

Introducing Our 1999 Pop-Up Camper Renovation Makeover Journey

Campfire Travelers shares their journey of transforming a 1999 pop-up camper into an updated and modern home on wheels for under $1000. In this post, they provide a before and after of the camper, showcasing the dated hardware and interior design elements that will be upgraded in the makeover process. Follow along as they share their DIY RV renovation tips and tricks, and join the conversation by reaching out with any questions.

Meet the newest member of the family!

In early June, we purchased a 1999 Palomino Stallion pop-up camper! All five of us are super excited. There is so much negative feedback about pop-ups these days, but we knew this little RV is just right for us. Over the past few weeks we have been completely upgrading and redoing our new little camper to get it ready for our big Black Hills/Mt. Rushmore camping trip that is just around the corner.

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Where did you purchase new RV parts?

Our RV specific replacement parts were purchased through a mix of local RV dealers and Amazon. However, nearly all of what we used can be purchased completely online now.

Everything else? Probably Lowe’s, Home Depot, or JoAnn Fabrics.

Can I have the pattern for your curtains?

Honestly, you probably don’t want it. While they work great and look great, I probably could have made them MUCH easier, but my sewing knowledge is quilt-based and I don’t own a serger.

How has everything held up?

For the most part, GREAT! The spray paint gets touched up about once a year. Otherwise everything is still going strong even up against three young boys.

Do I need to waterproof my canvas after cleaning with the the BPS Mildew Remover?

YES! Please make sure you re-waterproof the outside of your canvas after a strong cleaning. We recommend 303 Products. To make the job faster, utilize a garden sprayer.

How did you create/find a pattern for the cushion covers?

I kept the cushion covers as easy as possible, I copied what the manufacturer had already done. Using a seam ripper, I completely dismantled each cover then cut my new fabric to match 100%. I even used the same seam allowance. Doing this gave me a perfect fit for my new covers.

Where do you store your camper now?

In our garage! That is quite possibly the best part of having such a small camper, it can be kept in a garage and only takes up the same space as another car.

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The pop-up camper was a catalyst for adventure for our family. It gave us the opportunity to explore more, see more, and learn more about ourselves. We owe a lot of fun memories to this little tent on wheels.

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