The 1052 can be carried on a 3500 HD SRW truck safely and that's what Lance also recommends as a min. The COG is 48" and the heavy builtin items, 45 gallon FW tank, and about all storage areas inside the TC are forward of the DW COG point which is directly above the truck's rear wheels and that's an excellent design. That means most loaded cargo/liquid will share it's weight on the truck's front axles also instead of so much being behind thhe rear axle adding so much on the rear axle/tires.
This allows the NEW porch/storage optional bumper's 149 lbs to have minimal effect on the COG of the 3400+ lb TC. Common sense needs to be used in loading weighty items in the NEW porch/storage bumper if carried on a 3500 SRW truck even if the NEW bumper is rated for 600 lbs carrying capacity. No problem if on a 3500 DRW truck though!
The Lance 1191 model is a large TC and allows access to everything needed to be used with a slide in but it requires a 3500 DRW truck min which many truck/TC owners do NOT want. Perhaps, unless their truck is dedicated for the TC on only use and is what we feel also and hear constantly from fellow TC'ers. DRW's can be a REAL PIA around town etc as we know having
This really requires a DRW vehicle. From the TCM article: "The 2014 Lance 1052 is a hard-side, dry bath, double-slide truck camper for long bed trucks. The interior floor length of the Lance 1052 is 10'11” and the interior height is 6'9". Lance is reporting the dry weight of the Lance 1052 at 3,420 pounds without options and 3,987 pounds with standard build features; Ultra Deck Plus bumper, air conditioner, generator, convenience package, awning package, four season package, and roof rack."
At 4,000 lb dry weight before adding batteries, water, propane and stuff pushes it pretty firmly into DRW territory. Technically, if you had one battery, 10 lbs of propane, no water and no stuff you might be able to make it on a SRW but that is not really using a truck camper as a truck camper.
I agree. Most people will buy this camper with most options. Fully loaded and wet it will pushing close to 5000 lbs. Nowhere near SRW territory. But Lance will probably recommend it for a 3/4 ton truck.
My test drive was dissapointing in that there was a significant lag between pushing the accelerator and the truck actually moving. Kind of like the turbo lag in the early turbo engines. Is this normal? Is it because the truck was empty? I know that there is lots of reserve power in the 6.2L but I drive an extended cargo van with a 4.8L gas engine carrying probably 2,000lbs of stuff that is lots zippier than this truck was. When I was on the freeway doinbg maybe 40MPG and punched it, it was scarry how slow it was to respond. Perhaps I should find another 6.2L to test drive?
Seems zippy enough driving it around empty, but there's no comparison with my Audi A4 that's my daily driver :-). There was some discussion about this on the Ford Enthusiast Forum. I know the auto transmission "learns" your driving style and responds accordingly. You can reset it and have it relearn apparently, although I never tried it. Also, the F250 and F350 have different HP/Torque numbers so they are obviously tuned differently.
They use the same identical engine. Horsepower and torque numbers are taken at a lower RPM for the one ton vs. 3/4 ton trucks.
We did the same thing. I bought the truck first then waited a year or so to buy our Lance. Could not afford to take a hit on both at the same time. It was a lonnnng year of waiting!
Thank you guys. We have 8 to 9 days to make this last stretch home. I would like to spend as much time as I can seeing Montana and Idaho as I don't know when we will ever get this far North again. We are saving Yellowstone for another time as I feel that is a destination spot and not a drive through and quick see. I like the idea of staying off the 15 and will do just that. Love scenic drives and small towns. Google maps has me going south on the West side of Glacier, is it better heading south on the east side?
Most direct route, 847km, is Hwy1 to Hope, Hwy 5 to Kamloops and then Hwy 1 all the way to Banff.
Vancouver to Hope is on 4 lane freeway, Vancouver suburbs, then rolling farmland past communities of Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, with views of Mt Baker, 10550' volcano right ahead of you. To your right will be views of rugged Coast Mountains.
At Abbotsford, land becomes flat and the road turns and enters narrower part of Fraser Valley with Coast Mountains to your left & Cascade Mountains to your right. Just before Chilliwack you will have Fraser River off to your left. Very scenic lakes near Chilliwack & lots of camping.
Valley getting narrower with Harrison Hot Springs a few miles to your left and Bridal Falls almost right on the highway to your right. Pass right beneath the summit of Mt. Cheam. Road is now slightly undulating with Fraser River very visible to your right.
At Hope, take Hwy 5, the Coquihalla, and now you begin to climb, up through the canyons where the first Rambo movie was filmed. Impressive mountains near summit.
Begin long descent into Merrit, and you'll notice the trees getting smaller & the land drying out as you enter the grasslands.
At Merrit you can stay on HWY 5 and go back up into the mountains again or take the two lane Hwy 5A, (six miles longer) past some very pretty lakes, and historic settlements. Either way, there will bea big descent into Kamloops to rejoin Hwy 1.
After Kamloops, which is very dry and hot in the summer, You take Hwy One all the way to Banff.
A first alternative to this route is to take Hwy 3 at Hope and head for Osoyoos at the southern end of the Okanagan Valley. This route is mainly two, some four lanes, goes up & down a bit and is a bit twisty between the summit (Manning Park) and Princeton, but is very scenic all the way.
At Osoyoos, pronounced 'Oh soy eus', take Hwy 97 North up through the pretty but busy Okanagan Valley, with its bustling towns, vineyards orchards and resorts, passing by several lakes including the 75 mile long Okanagan Lake.You join Hwy one again at Sicamous. This route is about 100 miles longer.
A second alternative is to leave Vancouver to the north on Hwy 99 up through Whistler. This is about 50 miles longer than the direct route, but is very scenic. At first you drive along Howe Sound, which is actually a Fjord, but no one uses that term here.
Before you get to Squamish there is the huge rock mountain 'The Chief' and the beautiful Shannon Falls. After leaving Squamish, look off to your left for the stunning Tantalus Mountain Range. There are all kinds of spectacular places around this area, but I am not familiar how to get to them.
Whistler has all kinds of activities year round, or you could just take a walk around the village or go into one of the big fancy hotels for a drink or a meal.
Past Whistler and Pemberton, the road becomes 'interesting'! I have never taken my RV through here, but didn't notice anything too wild when I drove the car.
The last route, Hwy 1 all the way, is about 40 miles longer than the direct route and goes up through the Fraser & Thompson Canyons, is a mix of 2 & 4 lanes. Passes by Hell's Gate, where you can take a cable car across the wildest part of the River.
At Lytton you can see the very strange sight of the muddy Fraser & blue Thompson Rivers merging. This place is often Canada's hot spot with frequent 100+ temps. Ashcroft further along is BC's driest spot with a desert like 8" of rain per year.
Sorry to give you so many choices, good job I never mentioned all the alternate routes through the Kootenays! ;)
I like choices. Thank you!
The "Auto" setting prioritizes the operation of the fridge.
- Shore Power (if available)
- Propane (if available)
- 12 Volts (until the battery is dead)
This is not correct. On a Dometic fridge, the "Auto" setting prioritizes between AC and LPG only. The Auto setting cannot select DC operation.
I have upgraded the charge wiring between my truck and camper and always run on DC while underway. My Dometic fridge maintains the same temperature regardless of the power source. Of course this does mean that I have to remember to switch the fridge to Auto when I arrive at my destination… to date that has never been an issue. FWIW, the DC heating element in my fridge draws 18.9 A @ 14.7V.
When I am driving, my LPG bottles are OFF.
This is exactly what I do. I haven't forgot to switch off 12 volt setting yet. But it would be nice if somehow it could turn off the fridge when on 12 volts when you shut your truck off.
Not too many people run their fridge on 12v because it uses too many amps. You could use 12v while driving only if you alternator can keep up, and that's asking a lot. I am able to use 12v only while driving because my truck came with a heavy duty 200 amp alternator.
I just sold my 2012 850 to upgrade to a 1050S. My 850 was very solid for the short time I had it although I did have the same issues as you when I first got it. My entry door to the camper never shut right, in fact you had to slam it for it to close completely. I had to remove the striker plate and drill new mounting holes to get it to align properly. It closed perfectly after that. The cabinet door latch under the sink was not align right and you could hear the door rattling from inside the truck cab as you drove down the road. Fixed that. One of the trim edges came loose on a cabinet. Glued it back on. The wallpaper accent in the kitchen area would start peeling off when it was warm. But that's about it. Only minor problems, but they should not exist in a camper with the type of price they are asking. It was a great little camper and that is why I am buying another. Also I am close to the factory and my Lance dealer is really great to work with. There must be a high employee turn over rate in the RV industry because people get good and bad units from the same manufacturer. Possibly having to retrain factory workers over and over again?