More truck camper news from the 2012 National RV Trade Show from Travel Lite, Lance, Rieco-Titan, and Roadmaster. Plus, the TCM Bowling Tournament winner!
For part two of our 2012 Louisville coverage, we check out the new Travel Lite 770 pop-up truck camper, finally see the 2013 Lance 1172 double slide for ourselves, try out a new accessory-ready remote by Rieco-Titan, get an update on the FuseMaster and InvisiBrake from Roadmaster, and continue the breath taking competitive drama that is the 2012 Truck Camper Magazine Bowling Tournament.
The big news at Travel Lite was the debut of the 2013 Travel Lite 770 pop-up truck camper. The 7’ 7” floor plan of the 770 pop-up is nearly identical to the popular Travel Lite 770 hard side which made it’s debut in 2011.
This floor plan manages to squeeze a lot of functionality into a small footprint by utilizing a European-style mid-camper dinette, an east-west overcab bedroom, and forgoing a traditional bathroom in favor of a porta-potty “room”.
Another stand out feature of the 2013 Travel Lite 770 pop-up is an electric lift system that automatically lifts and lowers the roof at the touch of a button. With this electric lift system, raising and lowering the roof is as easy as using a slide-out room.
Travel Lite also gave the 770 pop-up overhead cabinetry, something previous Travel Lite pop-up truck campers had lacked. Like all Travel Lite truck campers, the cabinetry is Amish made in-house at Travel Lite, with no gimp. To save weight, some of the cabinetry fronts are cargo netting and the table is removable.
Larry Johns, President of Travel Lite, explained that the 2013 Travel Lite 770 pop-up truck camper is designed for use off the truck standing on it’s four Rieco-Titan jacks. He also pointed out the new radius front nose of the 770 pop-up which features a refreshed Travel Lite logo. Inside Larry was sure that we noticed the one-piece fiberglass kitchen countertop. It’s a sharp looking camper.
The rest of Travel Lite’s line up has some nice 2013 updates including fresh fabrics, new wrap-around fiberglass nose caps on the larger hard-side models, and new slide-out bulb seals on the 2013 Travel Lite 900SBSL Ultra and 1000SLRX Ultra models.
2012 TCM Bowling Tournament: Travel Lite
Above: Dustin Johns, Vice President of Travel Lite, was a serious bowling contender
Representing Travel Lite for the 2012 TCM Bowling Tournament was Dustin Johns, Vice President, Lindsey Johns, Sales Administrator and Compliance Coordinator, Diane McManus, Sales Representative, and Ryan Spencer, Sales Representative. Here are their scores:
|Dustin Johns, Vice President||Total Score: 48|
|Diane McManus, Sales Representative||Total Score: 21|
|Ryan Spencer, Sales Representative||Total Score: 7|
|Lindsey Johns, Sales Administrator||Total Score: 35|
It’s not exactly breaking news anymore, but Louisville was the first time Angela and I had ever seen the all-new 2013 Lance 1172 double slide truck camper. After having seen the floor plan months earlier, and Princess Craft’s walk through video just two weeks ago, there were no surprises, but the camper didn’t disappoint. For anyone who’s been waiting and waiting for Lance to come out with a double slide model with a sofa slide, you’re going to love this new camper.
Compared to its direct competition, Lance took a much more conservative approach with some of the macro design elements of the 1172. For example, the basement floor of the camper is built to the wheel wells, not the much higher bed rails. The fresh tank is also more conservative compared to the competition at 42 gallons, but the grey and black tanks are slightly larger at 35 gallons and 35 gallons.
As a result of this more conservative approach, the inside floor space of the camper is not as wide as competing models with the same floor plan, but it’s a few inches longer and offers more ceiling height.
Of course the main advantage to Lance’s more conservative basement and holding tank approach is lighter weight. Lance is reporting the dry weight of the 2013 Lance 1172 at 3,690 pounds. To put that dry weight into perspective, the 2013 Lance 1172 is just 170 pounds more than the 2013 Lance 1181 single-slide dry weight and 185 pounds more than the 2013 Lance 1191 single-slide dry weight.