Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Travel Trailer Discussion
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-04-2013, 11:51 PM   #1
Junior Member
LostTrail's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 28
Back in Bid-ness! Lance 1885

Hi. I'm baaaack after a disappointing go-around with Winnebago, we just purchased a '13 Lance 1885, 4 season, etc. As usual, the form was great help and critical in the decision making process. Build quality, options, and not one Lance owner said "I wish I hadn't bought a Lance," carried the day. We will add some options like the magic bike rack and the "fantastic fan" vents when we return.

Our maiden voyage starts Wednesday to Yellowstone where will have full hookups so I have time to look for an answer to this: We didn't get the solar panel option and now need to decide between panels and a generator (a topic which gets beat to death regularly) but I'm concerned about the install of panels on the roof; I can't see how the panels are mounted and am loathe to poke holes in the roof. So, anybody who has done the install on a Lance, please chime in. Specifically, if this is something better left to pros to do.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	lance.jpg
Views:	56
Size:	54.2 KB
ID:	43589  

LostTrail is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-05-2013, 02:41 AM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
Bruce C's Avatar
Nor'easters Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: NH
Posts: 5,100
Nice looking unit. Enjoy your trip and the ones to come. I can't help on your solar but others will I'm sure. Safe trouble free travels.

Bruce & Nancy
FMCA F280542
2004 Bounder 35E
US Navy Vet.
Bruce C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2013, 05:12 AM   #3
Senior Member
lgarcia's Avatar
Pond Piggies Club
Appalachian Campers
Forest River Owners Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 519
Nice! Welcome back.
2016 Shasta Oasis 18BH, 2015 Ram1/2 ton Hemi
lgarcia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2013, 05:47 AM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 4,232
Poking holes in the roof is fine if you know how to do it correctly and neatly.
jesilvas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2013, 01:46 PM   #5
Senior Member
avid_dk's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: SW Oregon
Posts: 479

Wow, you ditched the Winnebago Vista. We also had a bad experience with our first motorhome also a Winnebago. Our's lasted about the same amount of time as yours. It was a costly error for us. Would never even think about a Winnebago product again. Did you keep your Jeep? I finally am getting around to preparing mine to tow. The bumper from LOD offroad showed up this week. Best of luck with your new trailer. Enjoy your trip to Yellowstone.

2015 Bay Star 3103, 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport S
Falcon 2 All terrain tow bar, RVi2 brake, Towmate TM3 wireless lights
avid_dk is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2013, 01:53 PM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
TXiceman's Avatar

Vintage RV Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Oklahoma Boomers Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Full Time, TX Home Base
Posts: 17,139
Blog Entries: 21
If you have full hook ups, you won't need solar cells or a generator.

Have fun.

Amateur Radio Operator (KE5DFR)|Full-Time! - 2012 6.7L Ford Crew Cab Dually -2013 HitchHiker Champagne 38RLRSB - Travel with one Standard Schnauzer and one small Timneh African Gray Parrot
TXiceman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2013, 03:03 PM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 1,501
I would opt for the gen. I carry a Honda 2000W. Another option is a 1000w, cheaper. You can't run the AC with the 2000, or with the Solar but it sounds like that's not an issue for you anyway. Nice thing about the gen is you always have 100% charging. It only takes an hr or two top them off if you don't run them down too much. I would def get two 12V's to start with. 6V's of course will last longer but no use throwing away a perfectly good 12v.
Cumminsfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2013, 03:34 PM   #8
Senior Member
avid_dk's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: SW Oregon
Posts: 479

Those portable generators are great. Some of the Tiffin Phaeton owner's are starting to carry them instead of running their 10k diesel gensets when their power requirements are low enough. The other great thing about those portable generators is how quiet they are. One can hardly hear them away from your campsite.


2015 Bay Star 3103, 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport S
Falcon 2 All terrain tow bar, RVi2 brake, Towmate TM3 wireless lights
avid_dk is online now   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:37 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.