By Tony Barthel
A lot of folks are writing in with some great suggestions of RVs to look at. Roger wrote in and asked me to look at the Lance 2465 trailer. This isn’t a model that was on my radar at all, so I’m grateful for the suggestion.
Lance bills this as their ultra-light flagship. That says a lot from a company that builds high-end trailers and truck campers to start with. I’ve yet to meet a Lance I didn’t like – for a variety of reasons. I think the main thing I appreciate about them is that the features they incorporate seem to reflect a genuine understanding of what campers want as opposed to what just hits some specifications requirements.
Inside the Lance 2465
In our own trailer, my wife has modified our dinette to become a day bed but, if we had this Lance, she wouldn’t have had to go through the trouble. The first thing you’ll notice going in the front door of the Lance is the J-lounge. That lounge is right under the front windshield and has a window on either side, too. So there is a lot of light that comes in when the blinds are open.
I haven’t sat in the Lance 2465 yet (I have been trying to schedule a tour of Lance’s facilities but there’s some virus-thing going around). But, from the pictures, it doesn’t look like the “J” portion of the lounge has all that much space for your backside. I’d have to try it in person, perhaps for hours and hours – just to be sure of this, of course.
From there is the galley with a two-bowl under-mount sink and three-burner stove with 22” oven. Rounding out the meal prep area is a microwave and gas-electric RV refrigerator. Opposite that is a dinette that converts to a bed with two latching drawers, one under each bench seat.
I’m a huge fan of Lance’s interiors and how well they’re finished, along with the materials and colors chosen by the company. This is no exception – nor would you expect it to be in a rig they call their flagship.
The mid-bath is convenient
Something I’m seeing more and more of are mid-bath units – and this is one of those. I like this idea because it separates the bedroom and the main living space. If one camper is an early riser and gets up to write RV reviews at 5 a.m., it won’t disturb the other camper who isn’t an early riser… nor does she have to write RV reviews.
The mid-bath in this case is unusually done with the shower and toilet in a room on the road side of the rig and the sink, closet and drawers on the camp side. Sliding doors on both ends of this portion of the trailer keep the front from the back. This means someone can brush their teeth while another camper is using the toilet or shower.
The back of the Lance 2465 has an interesting configuration. In a road-side slide sits a king bed with windows on all three walls of the slide box. Opposite that is what I can only call a big desk with drawers – and then closets on either side. There’s certainly a lot of storage and I could see using this as a desk. Well, except for writing RV reviews at 5 in the morning because, well, you’d wake up someone else. At 5 in the morning.
If you want, there’s a 40” TV that can rise up like a phoenix out of this desk/makeup table arrangement. It’s directly opposite that big king-sized bed. This is definitely a trailer with lots of lounging opportunities!
Options galore in the Lance 2465
While some RV companies have just two options – take it or leave it – Lance gives you a lot of choices for tailoring your travel trailer the way you want it.
Among the things I really like are the availability of two lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries and enough solar infrastructure to keep these topped off. True, the 190-watt roof-mounted solar panel may not be sufficient in all cases, but you can also attach a portable solar panel to the side and finish the job. Our own 80-watt portable solar system certainly does a great job of keeping our batteries charged unless there’s just no sun whatsoever.
I also like that the battery compartment isn’t out on the tongue. Instead, it’s in a compartment in the body of the trailer itself and is lockable and also vented.
The television on a rising mount in the bedroom is another option, as is the television in the main living area. The fireplace below that, too, is an option. The list of things you can configure into this trailer is long and really allows for customization to an owner’s taste. There are even three interior colors available, and I think they’re all quite tasteful.
Two awnings are available: one over the main body of the trailer and a second one over the entry door. There are choices in steps, too.
It’s a Lance…
Lance has earned its solid reputation for building good quality trailers and truck campers. The build quality of these is high and the standard features include things like frameless dual-pane windows, heated underbelly with heated fresh water tank, day/night shades, a separate metal compartment for the power cable or other tools, and more. I also appreciate the use of Goodyear Endurance tires.
The combination of build quality and California labor and property means that Lance products aren’t cheap, but good things rarely are. While I’m a huge fan of the idea of that J-lounge at the front of the trailer, I’m not sold on the implementation. But, as mentioned, I haven’t sat on one yet and that’s part of the challenge of writing these in COVID times. I can use my experience to figure out most things but sometimes, instead of my gut instincts, I have to use my butt’s instincts.
It also seems that the J-lounge is rather distant from the (optional) television, if that’s a concern for you. Also, the part of that lounge that seems less comfortable is the part that’s best suited for watching that TV.
I like the trend of mid-bath travel trailers and think Lance has done a good job with this here. If this is a trailer you might be interested in, see if you can find one in the real world and let me know what you think of this implementation of the J-lounge yourself.
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