TCM’s first impressions of the Lance 1062. The basement is taller. The windows are bigger. Does it really add up to something more than the 1052? Let’s find out.
This past summer, Lance Campers debuted the 2016 Lance 1062, a new truck camper model based heavily on the outgoing 1052. The 1052 itself was launched by Lance Campers about eighteen months earlier, making this something of a surprise change.
When we asked about this during the Lance 1062 announcement, they broke the changes into three categories; a taller basement and wider floor, larger thermal pane frameless windows and an added slide-out window, and a laundry list of small tweaks and enhancements stretching from one end to the other; new pull-out tray, new exterior service center, wider and taller entry door, new app-based stereo, magnetic exterior compartment door holders, and more.
While Lance’s sales and marketing team made an excellent case for the improvements, we had yet to see the 1062 for ourselves. Our big question was this; is the 1062 just a warmed-up 1052, or does the sum of the 1062 changes add up to a whole new – and significantly better – truck camper?
The Elkhart Open House in mid-September was our first crack at seeing the 1062 for ourselves. We were excited to see the new Lance, but half expected to be unable to tell it apart from the Lance 1052, at least at first blush. We knew the basement had been raised and the floor widened, but would we be able to tell from just walking in the unit?
Seriously, you could almost play lawn darts in this camper. Not the sharp metal population-control lawn darts we all threw straight up into the air as kids. Stick to Nerf, and it’s game on in the 1062.
The additional floor space was afforded by raising the basement height to 12-inches. This also lowered the steps into the dinette, and lowered the entry into the cabover bedroom. In person, the lower steps into the dinette and cabover bedroom are noticeable, but increased floor space is what steals the show.
After years of talking with our readers, I can state that anything that makes truck campers more mobility-friendly is a big deal. The lower step into the dinette is certainly welcome, but the lower climb into the cabover is really what folks are after. I realize this is low on the “wow” meter, but we’re talking about helping folks to keep-on truck camping. That’s a big wow in my book.
The 1062 cabover entry is not as low as a rail-height basement camper, but it’s better than it was, and doesn’t come with the increased weight and higher center of gravity disadvantages of a rail-height design. Everything has its trade offs.
The bright sun would not allow us to properly photograph the larger kitchen window, but it was certainly bigger than the 1052 kitchen window allowing for more light to enter the camper. You can almost see the bigger window behind the Venetian blinds. It’s there, I swear!
The thermal-pane frameless torque windows Lance Campers is using for 2016 look fantastic. Whether they provide adequate cross ventilation is something we need to verify down the road, but they certainly appeared to do the job.
Speaking of windows, the dinette slide now features a rear-facing window giving dinette slide passengers a more panoramic view of their surroundings.
Looking at the floor plan, one might wonder why Lance didn’t just put the refrigerator on the slide and extend the passenger’s side to a full wall slide. The reasons are three fold; weight, structural integrity, and noise.