FAQ

1. We are considering a truck camper but need to know if any model can sleep 2 adults and 4 children (ages 6 to 15)
Most campers have the ability to sleep 5 or possibly 6. You could sleep 3 people (two adults and possibly a small child) in the cab-over, two in the dinette bed and another in the dinette overhead bunk bed. We’ve even heard of some customers using the cab of the truck to sleep extra people if needed (they leave the pass through window into the cab of the truck open so some heat/air will get into the truck).

Some campers offer an optional awning which can provide significantly more room for enclosed outdoor dining or sleeping.

2. What is center of gravity and how is it measured on campers?
The center of gravity is the balance point of a camper, from front to rear with standard equipment, full water and propane tanks and no options.

The posted center of gravity of a camper is determined by measuring from where the camper contacts the rear of the truck bed (taillights) measuring forward.

3. How easy is it to load or unload a camper with the new jacks?
The standard four corner ball screw jacks are operated individually with an easy to operate hand crank. To remove the camper, remove the tie downs, disengage the safety latch on each jack and the jacks easily extend to the ground without cranking. A few turns of the crank and the camper is standing on the jacks, off the bed of the truck. Just drive out from under the camper and crank the camper down to the ground. The jacks are designed to hold the camper without any additional support. Loading is done by reversing the procedure. The two provided jack handles allows for two people to accomplish loading and unloading quicker.

The optional electric jacks are operated with a remote control similar to a TV controller.
Jacks can be raised or lowered individually or all at once with the push of a button. They
are quick, convenient and reliable.

4. Can I use a camper in wet winter weather and freezing cold?
Absolutely! Campers are widely recognized as the being well-constructed.They are well insulated, efficiently heated and can withstand severe environmental conditions. Ask us about All Weather Packages for added comfort.

5. Can you explain the difference between a frame mount and a bed mount method for securing the camper?
“Frame mounts” include bars bolted to the truck frame extending out past the truck bed. The camper is attached to this bar with a chain and turnbuckle. “Bed mount” anchors have a steel plate between the cab and the bed of the truck. The front turnbuckles are spring loaded for shock absorption. The rear mount attaches to the rear bumper of the truck with turnbuckles that mount to the eye bolts of the camper. This bed-mounted system is made by Happijac and is the only system we recommend.

6. Can people ride in the camper?
Laws vary from state to state on this issue, but regardless of legality, it is not recommended because there are no seat belts in the camper and in the case of an erratic move or impact, objects within the camper could cause injury.

7. Can the camper be used while it is off the truck?
Yes. It is important to lower the camper as much as possible. The camper can move in the heavy winds so the lower the better. Also make sure the ground is firm. If the ground is sandy, soft dirt or loose gravel you would want to use a plywood pad about 8″x8″x1/2″ under each jack for more stability. Raise the nose of the camper about 1/2″ to 1″ higher than the rear so the camper will not be nose heavy.

8. What provisions are there for security of a Lance truck camper set up at a remote campsite and left for few days?
Theft of a truck camper is rare; however, if someone wants something bad enough, they’re going to get it. We recommend that you insure your camper with your truck insurer. Never leave the camper unattended in the up position. Lower it to the ground and take the electric jack controller with you and/or the jack handles. Use the battery disconnect switch or remove the positive battery cable.

9. What are the advantages of an extended cab-over bed?

The difference is only 12″ between the extended cab and the regular cab. You gain more storage with the extended cab. It will help move the center of gravity forward   (approximately 3 inches), and you sleep front to rear. The standard cab is a little lighter weight but you sleep sideways with less storage. (Please note: standard cab-over is not available on all models).

10. Is downsizing from a motor home to a truck and camper practical?
Truck campers offer many of the features of a motor home in a compact package that is easy to handle, economical and can be used anytime, anywhere. You can drop the camper and use the truck to go anywhere. Most who try it, love it. In addition, you can park just about anywhere you can park a car, and the truck and camper is well within most length restricted requirements.

11. Truck campers seem higher priced than a comparably equipped travel trailer. Why?
Truck campers must be built stronger because they do not have a steel frame for support and are built to withstand off-road travel. Feature for feature, truck campers have more and usually better features and a roof strong enough to walk on. Truck campers are equipped with four corner jacks that add cost. The life span and resale value of a truck camper is much better than a travel trailer because of better construction.

12. Can I keep the bed liner in my truck?
Most bed liners pose no problems and do not have to be removed when installing your camper. If you use your truck for work or everyday chores, once it is set up for your camper, all you need to do to load up is remove the tailgate. A thin bed mat between the liner and the camper reduces squeaks and camper movement.

13. Will the camper jacks clear the wider dual rear wheel trucks?
Your camper will need to have jack extensions for the front jacks to clear the wider rear fenders.

14. Do I need a dual rear wheel pick-up to carry a camper?
This requires careful consideration by the purchaser. It depends on your truck and the weight of the camper with options and personal gear. All truck manufacturers state that you should not exceed the GVWR posted on the driver door sill, and we agree. Truck cargo capacities vary greatly depending on the configuration of the truck and what engine, transmission, drive system and options are in the vehicle.

15. I want to buy a new camper, but I need to purchase the truck first. I will be buying a 3/4 ton, single rear wheel, crew cab, but I am undecided about short bed versus long bed. Please tell me how bed size will impact the available camper choices.
If you decide to get the short bed truck, you will be limited to an 8`6″ camper. You will have 4 models to choose from for the short bed truck. If you get the long bed truck your choices are much greater, depending on the carrying capacity of the truck. It is not recommended to exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating on the truck.

16. What size tire do you recommend?
Replacement tires should match or exceed the weight carrying capacity of the original equipment tires that came with the truck. There are wider tires and wheels available that may improve handling and offer more weight carrying capacity. Consult your tire specialist.

17. What truck shock absorbers do you recommend?
We prefer the Rancho 9000 shocks. These shocks are adjustable to give you a firmer ride when the camper is on and a softer ride when the truck is empty. Ranchos are the shocks we use on all of our demo truck/camper packages and they have performed very well. An upgrade includes a cab control so you can adjust firmness to match the ride to highway and wind conditions while driving.

18. Do you recommend cab-over struts? Yes. Cab-over struts act as shock absorbers to damper the camper motion and improve the ride of the truck/camper package.

19. What tie down systems are available for my truck?
We recommend either Happijac tie downs, or Torklift tie downs.

20. Can I take my camper and tow my boat or horse trailer?
Absolutely! Lance and Reese have worked together to utilize the Reese Class V 2.5″ receiver and extension bar, making it possible to tow substantial loads with virtually any truck and camper package.

Please consult a Polar RV Sales Representative for more information about camper hitch systems.