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ripsterco

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I've owned nothing but Lance for the last 20 years and was about to search for a new truck camper. I have no real restrictions on weight, etc. with a 1-ton dually.

I've done all kinds of searches using 3 different search engines in trying to find a non-biased web site that provides some ranking of truck campers based on construction, quality, support, etc. I can't find one.

Anyone know of such a site?

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Have you tried the truck campers of America website? Is it still active? There was also a truck camper online magazine.


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Purely curious here. Are you now unhappy with Lance?


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I don't know of any unbiased sites that rank the campers. I think you can get some pretty good advice from some of the longer term members here. There is quite a bit of knowledge and experience here that can guide you if you ask.


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There is no unbiased site that "ranks" campers. I don't even know of a biased site.

I don't know of any truly unbiased site that ranks ANYTHING out there.


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Oasisbob wrote:

Purely curious here. Are you now unhappy with Lance?


I'd like to see some changes - for example water storage is small pretty much across the line (new 1172 will hold 35 gal) and that means if you want to go for long without a city hookup that you either filter if you have a source or carry additional.

For the most part the Lance is pretty dark except for possibly the new 1172 with the rear slide and side windows.

No option for the 8cu ft fridge that means you can carry more fresh food.

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RV ratings and reviews don't tell you much. Folks have wildly different, lifestyles, budgets, and expectations. Every brand has it's fans and detractors. Do your own homework. Enjoy the process. Comparison shopping is work but also fun.


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IMHO, your time would probably be better spent looking at the different floor plans available and narrow down your choices to what you would be interested in. You can find a list of manufacturers in the More Truck Camper Info!!!! sticky at the top of the Truck Camper forum. After that, search the forum and ask for opinions.


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whizbang wrote:

RV ratings and reviews don't tell you much. Folks have wildly different, lifestyles, budgets, and expectations. Every brand has it's fans and detractors. Do your own homework. Enjoy the process. Comparison shopping is work but also fun.

You are so right...

Having never owned a TC until a few years ago I had NOTHING to go on. My approach:

Talk to a lot of folks ASKING what they like and what they do not like

ALWAYS think in terms of functionality not cost. Ask your family what they want then ask what they NEED.

At some point in time you will have a good idea what what you want and need in a TC. Now comes phase 2, finding models and costs to meet your requirements. Now pick you price point and drive it away...


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ripsterco....being here in Colorado (assuming front range corridor) you have a great ability to go up and down I-25 and see a shootload of makes and models. take an enitre day sometime and stop at all the places (start with Ketelsens and 5 Star RV) there are to look at them. That will help a lot.

Are you looking new only or also used? tank volumes vary a lot, even within Lance. My 1191 has a 45 gallon fresh (plus 6 in the HWH.) The similar Host has a 70 gallon fresh tank (or very close to it.)

You can add windows in some cases (we added them to the sides of our slide and one on the passenger side of the bed in front of the closet.) A rear bathroom side-entry camper is about as good as you can get for being open/airy and have plenty of windows. Last week we stayed at Estes Park KOA for a wedding nearby; the place was packed but as tall as we are we see over a lot of stuff. While sitting on the step to the bed, I could see out the kitchen window, side door window, rear window, 1 of the slide/side windows, and the dinette window (180 degrees in total) and not see a single RV...just mountains, trees etc. I was kicking myself I didn't take a photo through each from my seated position creating a panorama from inside the camper.


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