2013 Lance Long Bed 1181 Review

Classic truck camper gets redesigned for 2013

By Agata Gutkowska, Mar. 04, 2013, Photography by Lance Camper
While truck campers seem retro cool on the surface, Lance Campers has been busy developing innovative features for the class you're sure to notice as soon as you step inside.

2013 Lance Long Bed 1181 Rear

Lance has 11 truck campers in its current lineup. We'll be looking at the classic long bed – the 1181. It’s a beloved truck camper with a great reputation and a large following. Fans are excited about the new and improved 2013 version, which features upgraded technology and a modern interior.

The 1181 has a floor length of 11’6” and an overall length of 20’1”. It has an exterior width of 96”, exterior height of 9’5”, and interior height of 80”, while its cabover height is 3’8”. Tipping the scales at with a dry weight of 3,520 lbs, the 1181 has 57” center of gravity. As for water, the 1181 has a fresh-tank capacity of 42 gallons, grey-tank capacity of 30 gallons and black-tank capacity of 35 gallons.

New for 2013 is the 1181’s aerodynamic nose cap. It is made from the same material as most car bumpers and is designed to make your camper easier to tow. The camper’s body consists of Azdel lightweight, eco-friendly substrates. Black foam 2013 Lance Long Bed 1181 Dining Areainsulation is installed throughout. Aluminum-framed walls, floors and ceiling create a strong and dependable unit. The one-piece TPO roof, which is also laminated, is equipped with a rack that can hold extra gear.

Drivers will stop and stare when they see your 1181 Long Bed cruising down the freeway. Its shape and body-paint make for a very cool tow. Radius torque tinted windows are scattered throughout, showering the interior with natural light. The radius entry door comes with a window and there’s a removable pass-through window as well. Radius cornered storage compartment doors are a gateway to a spacious storage space. The 1181 features an exterior wash station and a Heki skylight vent in the cabover.

2013 Lance Long Bed 1181 Kitchen

Lance paid plenty of attention to the interior of the 1181 as well, as it features glazed, hardwood cabinet doors. One set of cabinet doors is a framed flat panel and the other set is a raised panel. The Positive Catch cabinets come with full extension drawer slides. Dinette windows come with day and night shades, which allow you to look out at beautiful views while sharing meals with your family. In the bedroom, the window is equipped with a blackout shade so sleeping isn’t interrupted by bright moonlight or passing cars.

You'll be surprised by the roomy kitchen, which features a double sink with pullout faucet – a sink cover is available as an accessory. Prepare food on the molded galley top and store dishes, cutlery and condiments in the large pantry that conveniently features adjustable shelves. Silverware will no longer be thrown throughout the kitchen in various drawers and compartments because the 1181 comes with a silverware organizer. Cook food on the three-burner high output range or bake food in the oven and CVR. Store leftovers in the True three-way refrigerator and if you want, ask for refrigerator door panels.

2013 Lance Long Bed 1181 Bedroom

Though the bathroom is small, it is well designed and includes plenty of storage space and all the essentials – toilet, shower, sink and mirror. Hide toiletries and cleaning supplies in the bottom cabinet or cupboard and hang your towel to dry on the towel rack. The bathroom is equipped with a black tank flush and a ducted heat outlet.

When you need to recharge, escape to the bedroom. Collapse on the Queen Innerspring-Top Mattress and curl up under the blankets. If you love to read before going to sleep, turn on the LED reading lights and catch up on a few chapters. A privacy curtain in the bedroom ensures you won’t have to worry about family members walking about. Storage is addressed with a mirrored wardrobe cabinet. If have kids you might want to pay extra and get the extended cabover twin beds. You can also request a bed maid, an insulated bed pad and a folding privacy door.

For entertainment, the 2013 Lance Long Bed has an AM/FM/DVD/iPod Stereo with speakers and an antenna. An HDTV antenna comes standard and if you’re big on movies, request a 24 inch TV. You can also upgrade to an Auto Locating or Crank Up satellite dish.

The 2013 Lance Long Bed 1181 retails for about $30,000. For more information visit Lance’s website: http://www.lancecamper.com/.

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