Lance has rolled out its new 975 model, and from all appearances, are trying to shrink down the trade-off gap. A hard-sided unit, with a dry bath, and a full-wall slideout that promises storage, roominess, and the kicker – keeping the whole thing under 4,000 pounds. Sounds like a tall order.
There are other "different" sorts of features. You can option in two awnings, a long side-awning, and one over the rear entry door, if you like. Commented on as well, is the winterization compartment, accessed from outside. The compartment is heated to prevent cold weather damage, and you'll find the valves and goodies in one place to set up for winter storage. Similarly, the other service compartment contains dump valves, TV connections, and an outside shower, all in one place.
If you trot over to the Lance 975 page, you can "build your own" by clicking on whatever options you'd like to see in your brand new rig. We tried it, picking out the options we'd have in our dream (yeah, if we could afford it) camper, then compared the "standard equipped" weight to one with all our options. These included adding an LP generator, bumper package, microwave oven, TV set, a side-mounted awning, and some other relatively lightweight stuff. Our options stuck on an additional 613 pounds, but still kept the whole unit under the 4,000 pound promise. Yes, 3,943 pounds is close, but still under.
Part of the way Lance keeps the scales down is for us, as boondockers, a bit on the weird side. While you're still comfortable with 45 gallons of fresh water tankage, OK with 30 gallons of grey water, and a little tight with 26 gallons of black water room, the LP could be shy for some. Instead of twin, 7 gallon cylinders, Lance opts to save some weight by handing over only two 5 gallon cylinders.
Interior appointments could be addressed as comfortable. The oddest thing we saw were the drawers, which don't have flat fronts as you'd imagine most drawers to be. In keeping with the design elements of the galley, they're wider on the left side than the right. Sorry, my high school geometry fails me, but these drawers sure aren't rectangles!
Base price, a little less than $34,000. Check out the website here.
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Photos and floorplan: Lance Camper