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Old 11-03-2019, 03:01 PM   #1
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Lance 1985

ive never owned or had much experience with travel trailers, but am considering an early retirement and have kind of fallen in love with the idea of full time living in a TT.

after numerous searches online i came across this particular brand and model and was impressed with the videos ive viewed.



the problem is the price. i would like to purchase new, and equipped the way i would order one would probably push the final price north of 40 grand, which is significantly higher than others with similar lengths and floorplans. im limited somewhat by the 6000 lb tow max of my truck, but it would just be me and this one would offer more than enough space. can anyone recommend another brand with features similar to the ones this TT has? or if anyone owns this TT, your opinion on its quality would be appreciated. thanks


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Quality, price, and weight: pick two. Lance is what you get when you pick quality and weight. ORV/Northwoods is what you get when you pick quality and price. And then there’s to other guys...
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:12 PM   #3
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I would get a slightly larger trailer. One with a couch or easy chairs and queen walk around perminent bed. That trailer is kind of sparse.

Where are you going to spend winters? South Arizona, South Texas, or Florida? It gets cold at night in all these winter spots. Cold is into the 30's at night

What is your tow vehicle?

S. Arizona has BLM land which is by far less expensive than Florida or Texas RV Parks. It is also not as nice. Lot and lots of sandy dirt and shades of browns. But even at that I thought about full time and Arizona is a great state because of elevation. Spend Sumner's in North Arizona and winters in South Arizona.

There are a lot of different trailers. I kinda like Flagstaff/Rockwood.
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:45 AM   #4
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Quality Travel Trailer Brands

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Old 11-05-2019, 10:17 AM   #5
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We have owned a Lance 1995 for over two years. No issues thus far after a good amount of use. Some of that on rough back roads.
They donít skimp on any of their materials, itís insulated with 100% rigid foam board, it has wood inserts in aluminum framing, 2 layers of Azdel in the walls. Everything is cut by CNC machine. PVC roof with 90% solar reflectivity. I could go on with the extra steps they take, like sealing the wall cavity before windows are put into place.
Yes they do cost more, but they also really hold their value.
You wonít find many owners on here as they have their own forum. Most owners on there report between 22% and 25% off MSRP.
The only thing is your tow vehicle, that 1985 has a GVWR of 5,700 lbs, and at least requires a full size truck or SUV. With you being at 6k that sounds like a mid size.
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I have friends who owned a 1985; they sold it. Their major complaint was there was no comfortable place to sit during rainy days. They are taller and put in a full queen mattress which blocked half the doorway. Maybe the sofa-bed would be a good option and address those issues. They looked into replacing the dinette with better seating but it was on a raised platform due to the wheels.

They towed theirs with a mid-sized truck with a V6 and had no complaints. They liked the large bathroom for such a small trailer. It was easy to sell and fetched a good price.

The largest Lance with the front couch and king bed is pretty nice.

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The 1985 has used a full size 60X80 queen mattress as far back as I can remember. Itís also very tongue heavy with weights around 850 plus lbs. You can help that somewhat with strategic loading, but no way would I tow it with a V6 mid size.
Starting with 2017.5 models they have heavier BAL frames with a squared bumper. With many other changes that really pushed up the weight.
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Selecting a Tow Vehicle (TV)

Selecting a Tow Vehicle (TV)
I am not sure you are interested in this issue. I am responding to your reference to 6000 # max tow weight. Weather you are selecting a tow vehicle for a TT or are selecting a TT for a tow vehicle the issues are the same.
A vehicle manufacturer may specify a max tow weight. In your case 6000#. It is indeed a max, but it is only valid under certain conditions. You are not likely to meet those conditions. For ever 100# you put in your truck, you decrease towing capacity by 1000# to 1500#. See the following links for how to calculate towing capacity.
http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-trailer-weight-tt.shtml
http://www.irv2.com/forums/f50/new-to-rving-need-advice-please-459774.html#post4939624
http://www.irv2.com/forums/f50/question-i-am-new-to-this-rving-462519.html#post4968977
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We have owned a Lance 1995 for over two years. No issues thus far after a good amount of use. Some of that on rough back roads.
They donít skimp on any of their materials, itís insulated with 100% rigid foam board, it has wood inserts in aluminum framing, 2 layers of Azdel in the walls. Everything is cut by CNC machine. PVC roof with 90% solar reflectivity. I could go on with the extra steps they take, like sealing the wall cavity before windows are put into place.
Yes they do cost more, but they also really hold their value.
You wonít find many owners on here as they have their own forum. Most owners on there report between 22% and 25% off MSRP.
The only thing is your tow vehicle, that 1985 has a GVWR of 5,700 lbs, and at least requires a full size truck or SUV. With you being at 6k that sounds like a mid size.
its a 2013 ford raptor supercab. the raptors have less towing capacity due to their soft suspension. i believe the crewcab is a bit higher at 8k. yes, mine is a full sized truck
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