Retrofitting a fiberglass cap on a 2001 Lance
In August of 2014, we decided to get back into RV's with a truck camper. I have owned a total of six TC's over the years, and decided that this will be our best option. We already own a Ford F 350 Crewcab Dually 4x4. We tow a 22 foot sport boat, or a 24 foot race car trailer hauling a couple of old muscle cars to shows. We did not want a new camper because we did not want the new price. We found a nice Lance 1010 with a generator, solar panel, satellite TV, and all of the goodies. The unit is wood framed with aluminum skin. It does not have a slide out. This is what we wanted. Many years ago I worked in the RV industry. I was there when rubber roofs and fiberglass skin were introduced. The newer technology has its merits, however I changed a lot of delaminated skin and a lot of torn rubber over the years. A wood framed coach with aluminum skin will show dents, however it is easily repairable. If a piece is damaged, it can be removed and replaced. Rotted wood from a leak can be replaced and the skin reattached to the coach. Our particular Lance has some minor water damage around the front window, where they all leak. Before purchase I planned to de-skin the front, make needed repairs, and replace the skin with new smooth aluminum. The front window will be eliminated. Then I will paint the coach with automotive grade paint in the original colors, and paint the graphics on with paint. My question is if anyone has installed a front fiberglass cap on an older Lance unit. Lance will sell me a cap, but won't or can't tell me if the dimensions are the same of not. I have replaced front and rear caps on class A's, so I know that I can handle the job. My next step will be to go to a Lance dealer and measure a new coach. Then I can compare the dimensions to my camper. Thanks in advance! CharlesS.