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Old 01-17-2015, 08:25 PM   #15
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As a former Lance owner I can tell you that I never had anyone come up to me in a campground and ask to see inside my Lance...
I also never had people walk up to me at the gas station as I was fueling my truck, put their hands on my Lance and tell me "I always wanted one of these"...

So if you want peace & solitude while camping, get the Lance...
If you want to be the guy everyone wants to be and the host of the party, well treat yourself and get the Airstream.
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:28 PM   #16
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I looked at the Lance website for sh*ts and giggles, and the interiors actually look less ugly than 80% of the SOB out there, good floor plans too.

Lots of space, weights look good looks like a fiberglass front cap, no idea about the construction quality, could be wood frame and crappy membrane.

Happy Trolling and buy what you like. I say you get 2 of the Lance.
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Old 01-17-2015, 10:42 PM   #17
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The Airstream 22' Sport was a dry weight of 3,634lbs., net carrying capacity of 866lbs., and a gross vehicle weight of 4,500lbs. The Lance 23' 1985 has dry weight of 3,600lbs., net carrying capacity of 2,040lbs., and a gross vehicle weight of 5,700lbs. Why the great disparity?
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:13 PM   #18
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Hi, I don't need to tell anyone what I think about Airstreams, but from what I've seen, Lance campers are pretty well built; Lance trailers on the other hand, not quite as nice. Less quality in build and materials, in my opinion.

On the Airstream forum this discussion is about Lance and Airstream.

On the SOB forum the discussion starts with Lance and Airstream and drifts off into several other SOB's for the OP to consider.


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Old 01-17-2015, 11:17 PM   #19
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What's with the snarky comments? Since when did we start walking above water?

There's some genuine poor form being exhibited by a few people in this thread. The Coastie is asking a legitimate question. At the very least, we could have the decency to tell him why we like our Airstreams. We could also relate our experiences with other brands. Failing that, silence is appropriate.

Eeltinge, I like mine for the ease of pulling, the style and the quality. There are some really old Airstream's that are still in top condition. It isn't perfect, but I like it. It's not a 4 season rig either. Aluminum is great conductor of heat/cold. There is also a great sense of family, although you've seen the elitist side, too.

I'm an old Jarhead (and a boater), and I greatly appreciate your service to our country and my other love, the boating community.
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:42 PM   #20
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As a former Lance owner I can tell you that I never had anyone come up to me in a campground and ask to see inside my Lance...
I also never had people walk up to me at the gas station as I was fueling my truck, put their hands on my Lance and tell me "I always wanted one of these"...

So if you want peace & solitude while camping, get the Lance...
If you want to be the guy everyone wants to be and the host of the party, well treat yourself and get the Airstream.
YES!!!! This statement sums it up!!!!


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Old 01-18-2015, 12:16 AM   #21
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Old 01-18-2015, 03:57 AM   #22
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I never heard of lance trailers , but I will educate myself! Then form my own opinion.

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Old 01-18-2015, 06:46 AM   #23
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The Lance camper was one coach we considered instead of an Airstream. In fact, when we were shopping late summer 2014, we were comparing an Airstream 25FB floorplan (tried to buy a 2008 consignment unit at the time) to the 1985, 2285, and 2295 Lance floorplans.

Why we considered the Lance - it seemed better built than most campers, it was well insulated, they used high-tec materials like azdel and lite-ply, had ducted air, power awning, dual-pane windows, an outdoor kitchen, etc. And of course, Lance's reputation with pickup campers is very good. What turned the tide was spending hours "living" in the units on a slow day at both dealers. The Lance has short queen beds, poor TV positions, weird bath door layouts, it felt cramped and dark inside, limited storage inside and out, and oh yeah, they leak and delaminate and yellow outside just like every other glue-lam walled camper. (look for used units online and really look at the pictures)

Of course, the deal on the 2008 25fb didn't work for us and we went in a new 27FB. That was it! We could live without the slide, dual pane windows, outdoor kitchen, and power awning. In fact when we spent an hour with the regional Airstream rep who was at the dealership that day discussing how Airstreams were built and the materials used and why 50+ year old coaches are still on the road, we were sold. Yes the Airstream is more money, but it is hand built, so light and open inside, has proper engineered storage inside and out, no partical board, no glue lam walls, no corners on the rubber roof that hold water and leak, and oh the sound of that bank-vault door.....

We've owned our Pete for 15 months now, and our only regret is that we had'nt bought an Airstream 10 years and 2 coaches ago. Yes, we've had to tweak some things, and yes, we've had things fail and be fixed or replaced under warranty. But, I can't imagine going back to a glue lam camper. I just know now why the Airstream is so far superior in construction, utilization of space, towing performance, livability, and durability.
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Old 01-18-2015, 08:09 AM   #24
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I would buy the Airstream. If you can easily afford it I think the $15000 would be well spent. Particulary since you will be towing at the limits of the 4 runner. The Airstream will handle and tow a lot better. You can use the Airstream for 30 years or so. I would look at the Reese straight line , the Blue Ox, and the Propride hitches. Airstreams tow well and have good liviability. The have a lot of windows and are light an airy inside. They hold up well. You might look hard for a fairly new used tdrailer in that size because people sometimes find them too small and upsize fairly soon after purchase.
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Old 01-18-2015, 08:13 AM   #25
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Airstream or Lance?

Hello fellow Streamers. I have an 88 25" Excella and an 08 model 1055 Lance Truck camper and I wouldn't part with either.
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Old 01-18-2015, 08:15 AM   #26
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Hi Eeltinge. Thanks for posting. I owned a 4-season Lance 1985 before trading it for my current 2011 FC 25FB twins Airstream. Before that, I had a Lance 1575.

Lance makes a very good trailer and I had some great, trouble free times in my 1985. I found that, as I got more exposure to Airstreams, I valued the many windows and overall aesthetic of the AS more than the Lance, which has fewer windows and a more traditional box design.

Two quick points of comparison, which will come as no surprise - the AS is buffeted far less on the road by wind and other factors, and the Lance's AC did a much better job of keeping up with the Florida heat.

When a small mechanical problem developed with my Lance slide, I used that as a springboard to trade for the AS, rather go through the hassle of a repair. I've never looked back.

Below are the two units side by side - for me, this tells the aesthetic story better than my words, but that may not be as important to you as some other more practical factors, one of which is cost.

Feel free to PM me if you'd like to discuss further. Joe
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Old 01-18-2015, 08:59 AM   #27
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I was just wondering why you'd ask about whether you'd buy an Airstream or something else on an Airstream forum... It's pretty obvious what the answer is going to be on here. The Airstream has its issues, isn't the best use of space, leaks, etc. etc. yet, we love them. I've seen so many troll questions on here, like what hitch should I use (which was the next question asked), is my truck too small, what tires should I run... I'll just back on out now. Sorry if I offended. My advice, buy the SOB until you know you want an Airstream. If you don't want one, any camper will do...

-Red, leaving it alone now...
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What's with the snarky comments? Since when did we start walking above water?

There's some genuine poor form being exhibited by a few people in this thread. The Coastie is asking a legitimate question. At the very least, we could have the decency to tell him why we like our Airstreams. We could also relate our experiences with other brands. Failing that, silence is appropriate.

Eeltinge, I like mine for the ease of pulling, the style and the quality. There are some really old Airstream's that are still in top condition. It isn't perfect, but I like it. It's not a 4 season rig either. Aluminum is great conductor of heat/cold. There is also a great sense of family, although you've seen the elitist side, too.

I'm an old Jarhead (and a boater), and I greatly appreciate your service to our country and my other love, the boating community.
Very well said. Thank you for your post.

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As a former Lance owner I can tell you that I never had anyone come up to me in a campground and ask to see inside my Lance...
I also never had people walk up to me at the gas station as I was fueling my truck, put their hands on my Lance and tell me "I always wanted one of these"...

So if you want peace & solitude while camping, get the Lance...
If you want to be the guy everyone wants to be and the host of the party, well treat yourself and get the Airstream.
Honestly, I think this should the last reason you'd pick an Airstream over Lance. You should buy what makes you happy, and nothing else matters. All the people in Airforums/LanceForums could agree/disagree with you, and it does not matter. I would pick an Airstream as I like the styling. I know a lot of folks who by SOBs for more interior room, more exterior/interior storage, more ground clearance, and much lower price. It all depends on your requirements.
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