As I continue my research on which travel trailer Tammy and I will ultimately buy one of the models that stands out is the Lance 1685. In this post, I will go over this model and tell you why it suitable for us and maybe for you.
The Lance 1685 is a lightweight travel trailer with a sleeping capacity of 5. It is not overly large, only 21-feet in length and 96-inches in width, which I think makes it perfect for towing with a full-size SUV.
The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is 5,500 lbs so you are going to need either a pick-up such as the Toyota Tundra or a full-size SUV like the Pathfinder Armada which will be our preferred vehicle.
The inside of the Lance 1685 appears to be roomy. The interior height is 78-inches and space looks very well-design. On some travel trailers, when the slide-out is in, the bathroom door will not open all the way. That is the not the case with the Lance 1685. Below is the floorplan.
The Lance 1685 floorplan is the perfect layout for us. Towards the front end of the camper, you will find a real queen-size bed. There is a headboard with room to place your phone or book at night. Above the bed is storage for pillows and blankets if needed.
The dinette is part of the slide-out on this travel trailer. When extended you gain floor space around the kitchen area which is a good thing. The dinette converts into a bed. This is one of the features I liked since we expect our two granddaughter to tag along once in a while.
One thing to note is that the dinette bed provides support for most folks, but can creak a bit for larger folks. Keep that in mind when contemplating this travel trailer.
Each seat of the dinette has a sliding storage drawer. I think it’s a nice feature to have and will let us store coloring books and other small things in there. I think the grandkids will sleep here just comfortably.
The interior of the Lance 1685 is available in 3 colors; Midnight, Passage and Roadster.
The galley on the Lance 1685 is one of my favorites so far. To the left you will find a 6 cubic-feet refrigerator with stainless steel doors. The range is a stainless steel 3-burner range with a range hood with light, fan and back splash. A microwave is optional on this model as well as a 3-burner high output range with oven.
The sink in the galley is large and has a pull-out spray faucet and a sink cover. Above the sink, you will find a single door cabinet and below the sink a double door cabinet. This provides some good storage space close to the galley.
The bathroom on the Lance 1685 is definitely one of the features we were most excited about. Most small travel trailer have what’s called a wet bath. A wet bath is basically a toilet and a shower head in one enclosed unit. The 1685 model has a dry bath. A dry bath has a toilet and a separate shower or a tub-shower combination.
Here is the difference between and travel trailer wet-bath and dry-bath.
Lance 1685 Features
The Lance 1685 travel trailer is loaded with many standard features that mimic what you’ll find in luxury travel trailers. that mimic what you’ll find in luxury travel trailers.. One of the more important features for us is that they use Azdel composite panels in their construction. They do use aluminum frame as opposed to Northwood who uses a steel frame (I will be looking at Northwood in another article).
Standard equipment in the Lance includes:
- Aluminium framed sidewall, floor, and ceiling
- Azdel composite panels
- Crowned walk-on roof
- USB charging port
- LED interior lighting, patio and hitch lights
- Power roof vent in bathroom
- Pre-wired for roof AC/Fantastic Vent and Park and/or SAT cable
- HD TV antenna
- Aluminium wheels
- Aerodynamic Front Section Profile W/Curved Window
- Laminated Fiberglass Bonded Exterior W/Azdel Substrate
- Furnace Forced Air 25,000 BTU
- Refrigerator (6 Cu Ft) 2-Way W/Stainless Door Panels
Those are just some of the standard equipment on the Lance 1685. To see the entire list of standard and optional equipment click here.
Lance 1685 Video Walk-through
Overall based on my research the Lance 1685 is great lightweight camper suitable for couples and/or a small family. I really liked the interior design and their choice if material. The galley is a nice size and the dry bath is definitely one of the things I really like and need in any camper we choose to buy.