The largest truck camper in Lance’s lineup offers dual slideouts and real livability
All RVs come with some degree of compromise. That is a given. After all, there’s only so much space in which to pack furniture, appliances, sleeping accommodations, holding tanks and climate-control systems — but the slide-in truck camper takes this challenge to a whole new level. Unlike trailers or motorhomes, which simply grow in length when more space is required, campers have an 8-foot truck bed to work with. Period. So, when camper manufacturers want to offer their customers more room, compromise takes a back seat to creativity.
Lance Camper of Lancaster, California, has been in the truck-camper business since 1965 and in that time has earned a rightful reputation for quality and innovation. Its flagship dual-slideout 1172 model is perhaps the best example of what the company can do within the confines of a cargo bed, making use of every square inch to provide maximum livability.
One of the first things you’ll notice as you walk up to the 1172 is its side-entry door, necessitated by an interesting feature that increases floor length and seating accommodations: a rear slideout. It may come as somewhat of a surprise to find out that you can’t even enter the camper until it is deployed, but Lance makes the process easy through the use of a remote control stored just inside the doorway. Power it up, and the slideout clears in a matter of seconds. Next, change modes on the remote to deploy the large streetside slideout, which houses a fixed dinette and a 6-cubic-foot refrigerator. The same remote can also be used to operate the four Lippert power jacks.
Step inside, and it’s hard not to be impressed by how much room there is. The rear slideout houses a couch with footrests, and a small single-post table can be pushed into place for snacks and drinks. The convertible fixed dinette is large enough to seat four adults comfortably, and underneath each bench is a huge storage drawer that can easily swallow a comforter or extra pillows. Hiding just above the dinette in the test camper was another surprise: an optional bunk bed that quickly folds down from the ceiling. A mesh screen with zippered panels provides the child restraint, and combined with a partial view from the dinette window, prevents the area from feeling confined.
Directly across from the dinette is a small corner kitchen featuring a large composite single-bowl sink with covers, a faucet with a pullout sprayer, and a countertop extension. Overhead cabinets supply adequate space for plates and bowls, and the test camper featured the optional stainless-steel three-burner cooktop with a matching microwave located just beneath. A range with an oven is standard. Drawer space is limited to two small guys located near floor level, which may take some getting used to, but in fairness, there really isn’t another place to put them. There is, however, a large pullout spice rack located to the left of the entryway and a cabinet just underneath.
Ahead of the kitchen on the curb side is a dry bath that rivals most travel trailers. To the left of the entrance is the toilet and linen cabinet with a towel bar underneath, and the vanity provides generous counter space, a large mirror, a drawer and storage below. A fiberglass shower enclosure with a pan deep enough for bathing kids features a skylight for extra headroom.
Exterior Length 20′ 4″
Exterior Width 8′
Interior Height 6′ 8″
Cabover Height 3′ 8″
Exterior Height (with A/C) 9′
Freshwater Cap. 42 gal.
Black-Water Cap. 35 gal.
Gray-Water Cap. 35 gal.
LP-Gas Cap. 14 gal.
UVW 4,174 pounds
MSRP, Base $50,286
Up front, carpeted steps make it easy to climb onto the queen-size bed, which offers overhead storage, a small cabinet on either side, and a mirrored wardrobe for hanging clothes. A huge overhead skylight makes the area feel open and airy.
The exterior has numerous convenience features, including rear basement storage, a fully equipped utility center with an outdoor shower, and a generator-ready compartment for the available 2.5-kilowatt Cummins Onan LP-gas generator. On the curb side, the test camper was equipped with the available 14-foot power awning, outdoor speakers and an optional LP-gas connection. Compartments for the LP-gas cylinders and water pump make servicing easy.
Indeed, you can’t have it all, but if a truck camper is your RV of choice, the Lance 1172 requires little in the way of sacrifice.
Special thanks to Curtis Trailers in Portland, Oregon.
A frequent contributor to Trailer Life, Chris Hemer is the former technical editor of Trailer Life and MotorHome, and has been an RV and automotive journalist for more than 20 years. An outdoor enthusiast who now makes his home in Portland, Oregon, he enjoys camping, motorcycle riding, mountain biking and hiking.