Monthly Archives: October 2015


Smallest Slide On Camper from Lance Camper is coming…… the 650 model

A great write up on the wonderfully informative Truck Camper Magazine.

We are very excited about something Lance Campers did for the 2016 Lance 650, and it has nothing to do with the camper itself.  Yes, we are impressed with Lance’s new half-ton short bed truck camper, but that’s not what has us ready to stand on our truck and cheer.

“We payload matched this camper to a 2015 Ford F150.  The truck is here at Lance, and it’s a legitimate payload match,” explained Gary Conley, Lance Camper’s National Sales Manager.

What a concept!  Before launching their new camper, Lance Campers calculated the wet weight, bought a truck, and created a payload matched rig to show the public.

“Can you show us the GVWR sticker, tire and loading information sticker, and window sticker for the 2015 Ford F150?” we asked.  “We want to show our readers the exact configuration.”

“You bet.  We’ll send it over.”

Upon close inspection, all of the numbers lined up.  Even when we started with a standard build weight and used our TCM Buyers Guide wet weight calculation, it still lined up, with payload to spare.  Lance Campers has indeed built a half-ton short bed truck camper that’s a perfect match for a properly configured 2015 Ford F150.

Suddenly, the importance of this demonstration hit us.  What if every truck camper manufacturer properly matched their new models to a specific truck prior to launch?  And not just on paper, but with an actual truck including tie-downs, turnbuckles, and any necessary suspension equipment.

Showcasing a truck and camper match would not only legitimatize the new model, but simplify the pre-purchase research for the consumer.  Put another way, many folks who are interested in the new model will see the match, and buy the rig.  We know this because of how many folks bought a 2013 Lance 855-S and 2013 Chevy/GMC 3500 rig after our Payload Match Challenge series in late 2012.

Putting the F150 match aside, the other big story here is that Lance Campers is debuting an all-new model designed for the largest market in trucks; short bed half-tons.

Lance Campers believes they have the ultimate half-ton, short bed, hard side truck camper solution.  If they do, the 650 will quickly become the most significant and exciting Lance Camper to debut in a long time.

To get to the bottom of what’s up with the 2016 Lance 650, we talked to Gary Conley, National Sales Manager, and Randy Hunter, Product Development for Lance Campers.

2016 Lance 650 Specifications:

The 2016 Lance 650 is a hard-side, wet bath, non-slide truck camper for short bed trucks.  The interior floor length of the Lance 650 is 6’10” and the interior height is 6’9″.  Lance is reporting the dry weight of the Lance 650 at 1,640 pounds without options.  The Lance 650 is 1,800 pounds with standard build features; air conditioner, convenience package, awning package, microwave, 19″ LED TV, Fantastic Vent, electric jacks, rear awning, assist handle, and the four season package.

The tanks in the 2016 Lance 650 are 22 gallons fresh, 15 gallons grey, and 16 gallons black.  The camper accommodates one battery and one horizontal twenty-pound propane tank.Above: The 2016 Lance 650 mounted on an aluminum body 2015 Ford F150

All photography was supplied by Lance Campers.  Click to enlarge the photos throughout this article.

TCM: Lance already has two light-weight, non-slide, short bed truck campers; the 865 (1,815 pounds dry) and 825 (1,726 pounds dry).  Now Lance is announcing a third short-bed non-slide truck camper with the 2016 Lance 650 (1,640 pounds dry).  Why is Lance focused on the short-bed non-slide truck camper market?

Gary: The Lance 825 and 865 are designed to work on short bed trucks with 6-foot or 6-foot 6-inch beds.  Neither the 825 or the 865 fit a short bed less than 6-feet.

The all-new 2016 Lance 650 has been designed from the ground up to work on half-ton beds as short as 5-feet.  It even works with super crew cabs, and the 6-foot 8-inch Ford F150 short bed.  Essentially, the 650 fits any short bed truck, in any configuration; standard bed, regular bed, crew cab, you name it.

TCM: That’s certainly an important niche to pursue, but why not make a light-weight, non-slide, long bed truck camper?  Outside of the long bed Lance 850 (2,350 pounds dry) Lance does not offer a truck camper to that market.

Gary: Long bed half-tons represent less than one-percent of the truck market.  The majority of those trucks are sold to municipalities.  Looking at production statistics, the half-ton long bed truck for consumers almost doesn’t exist anymore.  I would basically call it extinct.  The short bed half-ton truck is the marketplace.

Over 50-percent of the trucks sold have a 5-foot 5-inch bed.  More trucks are built with that bed length than any other length making it the largest market in pickup trucks in the United States.  In fact, many customers buy a 5-foot 5-inch bed truck and don’t realize that it’s not a 6-foot bed

TCM: That’s a stunning statistic.  Does the 650 replace either the 825 or the 865?

Gary: No, the 650 model is an addition to our product line.  The 825 and 865 will be available alongside the 650.

Continue reading

So Why a Slide On Camper


So many people are experiencing the wonderful benefits that a slide on camper provides. The two most prominent benefits and reasons for switching to a slide on are the tow opportunities it provides and the detachability of the camper from the vehicle. Unlike motor homes a slide on does not tie up your vehicle for the other 46 weeks a year that you don’t use it. For some people having a $100K plus asset tied up in the back yard is just not viable. That is where slide ons allow full detachment from the vehicle allowing the vehicle to be used all year round. This detachability is also handy whilst away on trips, enabling the user to leave the camper behind at their campsite and travel the area in their vehicle unencumbered by towing or carrying anything.
To remove a Lance Slide On Camper from your vehicles takes less than 5 minutes. This process is almost fully automated thanks to the Atwood Electric Legs which lift and lower the camper into position. A handy remote control lets you stand back and raise your camper, before driving your vehicle out from underneath it. Stay tuned to the Truck Camper Sales You Tube Channel for over 40 brand new “How To” videos soon to be online, one of which is the “How to remove your slide on camper from your vehicle”
For the boating, horse, farming and motorsport industry, the enhanced towing opportunities that a slide on provide is the other main reason for switching from a conventional trailer or caravan set up. Having the slide on positioned above the ute tray of your vehicle exposes your tow bar enabling the towing of horse floats, boats, toy trailers or work trailers. At Truck Camper Sales we suggest the Torklift Super Hitch as a durable and reliable tow bar extension enabling the towing of pretty much anything you like behind your Lance Camper set up. The possibilities for boating and fishing enthusiasts are endless. Ever been frustrated when you have to choose between towing your caravan or your boat. Not a problem when you own a slide on camper.
Combining the towing and the detachability is especially helpful to those wanting to camp some distance from their animal trailers or motor sport trailers. Keeping a little distance from the sounds and smells of some of these trailers is a common thread in stories we are hearing from our customers. Having a slide on camper to tow your toys or animals to your destination, then being able to detach your camper a short distance from these trailers or floats gives a little more camping comfort and environmental seclusion.
Coming from a camping family we at Truck Camper Sales understand what makes your trip a relaxed and stress free one. Consider a discussion about a SLIDE ON for your future camper adventures. John and Ben Davis Truck Camper Sales 02 9652 2869 or


so why a slide on camper wanderer magazine

RV bbq rib recipe australia

RV recipe – Southern Grilled BBQ Ribs

When you’re out camping in your Lance RV this spring, test out this mouthwatering recipe for southern grilled barbecue ribs. We can almost guarantee that your guests are going to ask for seconds.

This recipe takes 20 minutes to prepare and 1.5 hours to cook, so you don’t have to miss out on all of the fun while dinner is on the grill.

Southern Grilled Barbecue Ribs

What you’ll need:

  • 4 pounds baby back pork ribs
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 additional cup water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the ribs in two roasting pans (10 by 15 inches each).
  3. In a bowl, combine the 2/3 cup water and red wine vinegar. Pour the vinegar mixture over the ribs and cover with foil.
  4. Bake ribs for 45 minutes and baste them with the juices in the pan after about 20 minutes.
  5. Mix the ketchup, cider vinegar, additional water, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, butter, hot pepper sauce, brown sugar and salt together in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat, cover the sauce mixture and allow to simmer for one hour.
  7. Preheat your grill to medium heat.
  8. Transfer the ribs from your RV oven to the grill. Discard the liquid.
  9. Grill for 15 minutes and turn the ribs once halfway through.
  10. Baste them heavily with barbecue sauce, then grill an additional eight minutes.
  11. Turn the ribs one more time and baste them again with the sauce. Grill for an additional eight minutes, then serve.

The Lance Camper lifestyle is all about spending time outside, and there’s no better way to cook outside than on the grill.

open road travel caravanning

Lance Truck Camper brochure 2016

Slide On Camper 2016 brochure nearly ready

The 2016 Lance Slide On Camper brochure is nearly available. If you want a copy once finalised let us know via Facebook message or via email

An exciting new product coming….that is going to suit Australia perfectly. Can’t wait!

Finally the smallest slide on camper Lance has ever built will be ready for our Australian customers. Exciting news just out of the Lance Factory. Stay tuned for more information very shortly.


Slide On Camper supplier manuals

Product Manuals and Supplier Manuals for campers are online

To view and download the latest Lance Camper Product Manuals and Brochures go to the Product manuals page of our website. This page is a wealth of information about the various accessories and items fitted to Lance Slide On Campers.

Remember that our Australian compliant appliances will not appear on the list. These manuals will be provided at the time of slide on camper hand over as these manuals are specific to the unit chosen for your camper.

Remember that the list of popular SUPPLIERS MANUALS are also viewable at the following link