Its been a while since I've been on here as I am currently deployed to Afghanistan. We currently have a beautiful Jayco Pinnacle 5th wheel which we are really enjoy and currently using in a semi-full timing capability for my family back home (there tied in at the in-laws while I'm deployed for a support network); however, we already miss our Lance TC terribly and once I return and get restablished in a home, we want to go back to a TC. I think I've settled on a Lance 1191, but am undecided about the rear tent option. As we still have kids at home (and will for sometime) with grandkids on the way, I think the tent option would be a good way to go for that extra room. On the other hand I'm concerned about the tent being a weak link in the camper (leaking, leeting in cold etc). So, my question for those that may have some experience with these is what have your experiences been with the tent option? I can imagine it would be a great out of the way, clean & safe play area for the kids, but does it let in a lot of cold if camping in cold weather? Does the campers heater adequately heat it? Does it leak in rain? Any additional thoughts would be appreciated.
2011 Ram 3500/2012 Jayco Pinnacle 36 REQS
I have been looking at a large camper again as well. I have narrowed it down to an Arctic Fox 1150 dry bath or the Lance 1191 with tent. I would not purchase an 1191 without the tent as the tent adds substantial room for storing stuff inside the camper but out of the way. The other feature of the Lance I like is the side door.
'05 Dodge Cummins 4x4 dually 3500 white quadcab auto long bed.
'09 299bhs Tango.
usmc, we have an 830 lance with the tent option. It is nice for the room. As you stated, it does let a lot of heat and cold in when deployed. We live in Fl. and took the grandkids with us last summer. It lets a lot of heat into the camper.
Have not had any problems with leaks as of yet. It is very easy to deploy and put back up. Really makes the camper seem a lot bigger when open. The grandkids enjoyed having their own room. We put a small fan in the opening to pull the cool air from a/c and it really helped to move the air.
we found the screen is very fragile. My grandson leaned his head against it and split the screen in a couple of places. Not found a way to fix as of yet. They have not gone again, so we have not put it out. Unless needed for room, adds weight to therear of the camper.
There was a thread a while back about a cover that went over the tent to insulate it. From the comments, it worked. That might be something to consider.
Trivial, but I sure do like having a window on that side of the camper. I carry a pop up tent, for those times I have kids as company. When my kids were small and backpacking they would tell me; "We love having our own place, all to ourselves."
I have an 1191 without the tent option. I didn't order it that way - this was a barely used and now new to me deal I couldn't refuse. It's just the two of us traveling. We carry a tent when there are others along. I didn't want any more breaks in the side walls that there already were.
John & Harriet on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland
2008 F450 4X4 Crew Cab
2008 Lance 1191
We bought a Lance 830 specifically for the tent. My kids sleep in it, it does allow more heat/cold in when deployed but when not needed we don't deploy it. I too worry about leaks but haven't had any from there yet.
We have a 2010 Lance 1191 with tent option and love it. We pump up an aero-bed and leave the factory mat under it it for added comfort and insulation. My two boys love their extra space and we can close it off with the curtain when their mess gets out of hand. My daughter sleeps in the bunk. As others have said, the tent does have an adverse effect on the interior camper temperatures when deployed. The other issue we've had is condensation in the tent. We purchased a tent cover and an interior solar liner from Popupgizmos.com a few months ago to help with these issues. So far, in compbination with a circulating fan, the covers have been the best purchase we made for the camper. It made a huge difference in the temperature in the tent and has definatly reduced the amount of condensation. We haven't used the covers in warm weather yet but, anything is better than the sun blazing down on an uncovered tent and we expect good results. It's slightly darker in the tent during the day and was a little tough to get intalled due to the camper height but, well worth the $100 investment. Never had a leak or other issues with the tent and we love the 1191's side entry. Thank you for your service!
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2004 Dodge Dually 4x4
2010 Lance 1191
The Wife, 2 Boys, a Girl, a dog named Buster and all their stuff!