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Lance 1052 Double-Slide Review

What’s curious is how Lance used the Schwintek slide mechanisms for both slides in the 1172, including the 1172’s dinette and refrigerator slide.  The answer is probably in how the 1172 and 1052 dinette slides differ in length, width, height, depth, and weight.  Again in the 1052 announcement, Gary explained how Lance uses the right slide mechanism for each application.  As always, we invite Lance Campers to respond to this review to address this question.

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Moving to the rear of the 1052, the rear entrance door features a large assist handle, which is always a welcome addition.  We also appreciated the stainless steel open door latch (center bottom).  We have experienced way too many plastic entry door latches that always seem to break.  The metal latches used by Lance are a world better.

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The passenger’s side rear of the 1052 has a compartment designed for an optional built-in Cummins Onan RV QG 2500 propane generator.

With all LED lighting, two batteries, and an optional solar panel system (highly recommended), the need for a built-in generator comes down to two additional options; an air conditioner, and a microwave.  If you get the optional solar panel system, don’t intend to camp off-the-grid in hot weather, and can live without the use of a microwave when you are dry camping, you probably don’t need a generator.

We lived without a generator in our 2013 Lance 855-S and never missed it.  Even better, we used the generator compartment for exterior storage.

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On the driver’s side rear of the camper is the shore power connection for a detachable power cord.  Given how the location of shore power is anything but standardized at campgrounds, having the power connection on the rear of the 1052 makes sense.  As long as the outlet isn’t too far (which is always a possibility), you should be able to reach a shore power outlet on either side of the camper from this location.

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This was the first time we were able to really check-out the new Lance Ultra Deck Plus bumper by Torklift International.  Upon close inspection, the build quality and finish were exceptional.  The intricate aluminum structure is laser cut to produce the smooth curves and clean lines.  The LED tail lights and stainless steel lockable latches fit into the structure with precision, as does the ribbed grip material.  Even the interior wiring appeared well dressed.

If build quality is any indication, the Ultra Deck Plus is a product built to last.  It’s also a knock-out aesthetically.  Who would have ever thought a camper bumper could look so cool?

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It took us a couple minutes to get the knack of releasing the deck and rolling it into extended or retraced position.  Once released, the deck rolled smoothly on its sealed roller bearings and locked into position confidently with spring-loaded latches.  It took another couple minutes to get accustomed to the way the storage compartment lids open and close.  In essence, you need to pull the lids up and towards you to release them.  Once you get this down, they’re a cinch.

The one issue that concerns us about the Ultra Deck Plus is weight.  At 185 pounds empty, the weight of the Ultra Deck Plus is considerable, even before folks fill up the compartments with camping stuff.  Furthermore, that weight is about as far to the rear as possible, pushing the camper’s center of gravity back.

Our suggestion for anyone considering the Ultra Deck Plus option is to carefully consider your truck and camper match, and the intended use of the bumper.  If your truck has the excess payload capacity to handle the Ultra Deck Plus, and you either need the 7.5 cubic feet of exterior storage it provides, and/or the 43 inch wide by 30 inch deep roll-out deck it offers, go for it.  Otherwise, Lance’s standard bumper is also excellent and will save you weight and cost.

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Here’s a photograph of the Ultra Deck Plus bumper system from underneath the truck camper looking towards the rear.  The protruding portion is the deck tray that extends and retracts.  Even from this perspective, the clever design and stellar build quality of the Ultra Deck Plus is evident.

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There was a dizzying array of components on the 2015 Lance 1052 roof we reviewed including Fantastic Vents, opaque skylights, an air conditioner, refrigerator vent, radio antenna, television antenna, ladder roof handle, Maggie rack system, and a Heki skylight.  In all, there’s either fourteen or fifteen items, depending on how you count.

Fortunately, the roof seals all looked excellent and well applied at Lance Campers.  As with any truck camper, the future owner will need to be vigilant about these seals.  This is a simple matter of climbing on the roof and inspecting the seals carefully in the Fall (before winterizing) and Spring (during de-winterization).  To be sure, you could always take the camper to a dealership with a SealTech system once a year for a pressurized seal inspection.

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The weight sticker on the Lance 1052 says the camper is 3,880 pounds with standard equipment, 51 gallons of fresh water, 40 pounds of propane, and a six-cubic foot refrigerator.

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