We are planning to go look at a Lance 1885 TT at the Spokane RV show next week. Our TV is a 2005 Ford F150, 4.6L, Supercab, short box, 4X4, 3.73 rear axle, factory tow package. GVWR for the TV is 6600 lbs. Is anyone else towing with this (or similar) vehicle?
Edited: GVWR is 6950, Max towing capacity is 6600
1/22/13 Edit: We are also considering the 2285 TT
Russ and Jane
When you are at the RV show, check the actual weight of the unit ( that is if you are going to buy off the floor ). Sometimes the advertised dry weight can be 2 or 3 hundred lbs. less than actual. Before you go to the show, do an inventory check of the weight of all goods and persons etc. you expect to carry ( in TV & TT ). Do you have a cartopper boat and motor etc.? Do you intend to travel with water tank full etc.? Bicycles? Try to come up with a realistic weight. When you add it all up you will know what you have to work with. Also, consider the type of terrain your trips would involve, because that also puts strain on the TV. All that being said, I believe there are Lance owners with vehicles similar to yours who can give you the real goods. Hope you have a nice time at the RV show. I like wandering in and out the various RV's.
2010 Lance 1685, 2 Trojan T-105 6 Volt Deep Cycle Batteries hopefully in series
2010 Nissan Titan, Crew Cab, 4x4, Tow Mode Shift, Transmission Temperature Gauge
Oh, I forgot, welcome to the forum. If you get a Lance, there is a wealth of information from very experienced Lance camper and travel trailer enthusiasts here.
Welcome! We traded a '99 F150 supercab with a 4.6L. We towed a large, fairly heavy popup with it. Loaded it weighed in at 3500 lbs and only had about 1/2 the frontal area. We traded it because we wanted more hp, especially for mountain driving. I believe your '05 has more power than the '99, and we didn't have 3.73 rear axle. I think we could have pulled an 1885 with the '99 4.6L, but it would have been quite slow going in the Rocky Mountains. We bought a 2010 F150 with 5.4L, and we actually increased our gas mileage by about 10% while towing. Now that we have a 2285, I'm glad we traded the TV. As Joel said, remember what you'll pile in the TV as well as the trailer. The weight adds up fast.
Russ and Jane,
We picked up our 1885 (which we really like) in Denver at the end of October. We've put about 180 miles on it in the short time we've owned it. We'll put about 1,200 miles on the 1885 when we take it to Yellowstone in May. Our 2012 F150 has a 3.55 rear axle, 360 HP/380 lb/ft torque, and a GVWR of 7,350. So far, no issues with pulling our 1885. We've been as high as 7,300 feet.
I'm sure your '05 F150 can pull the 1885; don't know how it would do cross-country or at higher elevations.
2013 Lance 1885 w/Four Seasons 2012 Ford F150 Supercab, 5L, V8, 4WD, Tow Package
Colorado Springs, CO
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I really like my 1885. Picked it up end of April 2012 and have well over 4000 miles pulling it so far. Going to head west next month and will add another 2700 miles on it. No problems to report. Did have to adjust the WDH once but that's all. I'm a happy camper.
Lance 2012 - 1885 GMC 1500SLE 4x4 extended cab
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