Construction details and features of Lance Camper Mfg. Corp.’s top-of-the-line, two-slideout travel trailer.
By Robbin Gould, Editor
Since 1965, RVers have taken to the road in a Lance truck camper or travel trailer. Over the years, the company has adapted and grown to keep up with technology and customer preferences. One example is the 2465, its flagship travel trailer. Measuring 29 feet 10 inches in length, this unit features a front living room and a rear bedroom, has a gross dry weight of 6,830 pounds, and offers a cargo carrying capacity of 2,070 pounds. This RV includes two slideouts, both on the street side, and sleeps five.
Lance builds its RVs in a 141,000-square-foot state-of-the-art production facility set on 22 acres in Lancaster, California. The company utilizes advanced 3D CAD engineering, which provides precise measurements for running computer numerical control (CNC) machinery. This process allows for precise, repeatable cutting of various materials, resulting in close-fitting pieces for assembly. Company literature states that Lance builds to a zero-tolerance allowance.
Lance trailers start with a tempered-steel I-beam chassis that is powder-coated to protect against dirt, water, corrosion, and road debris. Leaf spring and Road Armor-equipped suspension, with an available shock package, results in less road shock and fewer vibrations being transferred from the road to the trailer, producing a smoother ride. The trailer’s aluminum wheels are fitted with Goodyear radial tires.
Aluminum framing creates a sturdy, lightweight structure for the sidewalls, floor, and ceiling. The exterior sidewalls are covered in high-gloss fiberglass; they are laminated under intense pressure with heat-setting adhesives to create a secure seal. Stainless-steel fasteners are used through-out the unit.
Azdel, a lightweight composite material, is used in place of lauan in the interior walls; among its many qualities are mold and mildew protection and increased insulation properties. Rigid block-foam insulation, incorporated throughout the RV, provides a high insulation value as well and adds structural strength.
The roof, made of PVC, has integrated rain gutters and drip spouts to prevent runoff and the resultant streaks that can appear down an RV’s sides.
The 2465 features a tapered roof, which rounds out the front of the unit. One particularly striking feature in this front wall is its extra-large, panoramic “Sky View” window. The RV features radiused acrylic-tinted thermopane windows with combination screen and blackout shades.
Along the lower front of the unit, a “gravel guard” made of high-gloss TPO protects the area from road debris. Its jeweled LED lighting offers some extra illumination and pizzazz. This is also the location where the “Tri-Five” — three 5-gallon propane cylinders — ride inside a composite housing on the trailer tongue. Batteries are protected from the elements inside a dedicated locking compartment with a battery disconnect included. LED lighting is installed in the storage compartments and also to illuminate the 24-inch double entry step, the patio, and the hitch, among other spots.
The 2465 is prewired for solar and can be outfitted with one or two 190-watt solar panels if desired. Other accessories include a propane connection, a wash station, and the available Lance Load Roof Rack system for securing cargo of varying types and sizes. An electric tongue jack and electric stabilizer jacks, a power patio awning, and keyless entry are all standard equipment. Exterior mountain scene graphics are among other amenities offered as well.
For 2022, the 2465 is offered with three décor options: Grayson (gray), Bronzite (light beige), and Lapis (blue). The driftwood (gray) cabinetry features Euro-ply construction, a “green” formaldehyde-free alternative. Night shades with a slow-rise feature provide privacy and room darkening on the dinette and bedroom windows; the entry door has a pull-shade. A skylight in the galley/dinette area allows in natural light. LED lighting is installed in the ceilings, slideout ceilings, and elsewhere.
The entry door opens into the living area, where the long end of a residential-style J-couch extends across the front wall. The front slideout houses the street-side dinette and expands to form a cozy, comfortable space. The dinette has large, locking pull-out drawers beneath the seats and converts for sleeping.
Those relaxing on the sofa have a view of a 40-inch LED TV opposite them. It hangs on the wall that also accommodates the standard electric fireplace, which supplies radiant heat and atmosphere. The 2465 entertains with an AM/FM/DVD player/stereo, which features interior speakers (including a subwoofer) and a portable Bluetooth speaker.
Directly to the left of the entry door is the galley, which seems to make use of every square inch, from the angled countertop to the cooking area. The counter holds a large single-basin undermount sink, equipped with a pull-out faucet and a cover for extra workspace. Cooking appliances include a flush-mount stainless-steel three-burner range and a microwave. The 6-cubic-foot refrigerator operates on propane or electric. Several drawers and cabinets provide storage, including the Euro-look overhead cabinetry with accent lighting.
The roomy walk-through bath extends across the entire width of the RV. A pair of pocket doors close it off from the front living area and the rear bedroom. A porcelain marine toilet with foot-pedal flush sits adjacent to the residential-styled radius shower; the latter features a soft-door enclosure and an adjustable showerhead assembly. On the curb side is a vanity with a high-rise single-handle faucet. A medicine cabinet topped with LED lighting is installed above it. Additional cabinets in the bath make room for toiletries and other items.
The bedroom contains a king-size bed with a deluxe innerspring pillow-top mattress; the head of the bed sits in the rear slideout. This refuge contains LED reading lights and 12-volt USB charging ports. Opposite the bed, drawers and cabinets frame a long counter; an optional 40-inch LED TV can be installed here on a motorized lift that allows it to rise from the counter for viewing.
The 2465 is heated by a 35,000-Btu forced-air furnace and cooled by a standard 15,000-Btu air-conditioning unit. Other available features include a battery monitor, a backup camera, and dual lithium batteries. The water heater is a 6-gallon propane and electric, direct-spark-ignition unit.
As Lance’s flagship travel trailer, the 2465 should not disappoint RVers in terms of utility, livability, and durability when on the road or in camp.
SPECIFICATIONS | LANCE 2465
Lance Camper, 43120 Venture St., Lancaster, CA 93535; (661) 949-3322;
29 feet 10 inches
10 feet 7 inches (with standard 15,000-Btu A/C)
6 feet 6 inches
GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING (GVWR)
GROSS DRY WEIGHT
HITCH DRY WEIGHT
CARGO CARRYING CAPACITY (CCC)
FRESH WATER CAPACITY
HOLDING TANK CAPACITIES
gray water — 40 gallons; black water — 40 gallons
(3) 5-gallon cylinders
6-gallon propane-electric with direct-spark ignition
(1) 15,000-Btu, ducted
porcelain with foot-pedal flush
1 year, limited; 2 years structural, limited; 20 years roof, limited
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