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Family-Friendly RV: Lance 2185

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

With three bunks, a queen-size bed and a convertible dinette, the Lance 2185 is a stylish, lightweight bunkhouse for a family of up to eight

Families with three children have a perennial problem when looking for travel trailers. Do they squash three kids into two bunks, fold down a dinette bed every evening, look at pop-ups or hybrids, or buy a longer trailer with quad bunks? With three bunks and a queen-size bed, the Lance 2185 makes it possible for a family of five to have dedicated beds in a fully enclosed trailer, and it still comes in at less than 26 feet. If needed, the roomy convertible dinette adds sleeping space for up to three more little ones.

Exterior of white Lance trailer with awning extended.

The 2185 is a four-season trailer with a sleek fiberglass exterior. The one-piece crowned roof provides durable protection.

While some people think of Lance primarily as a manufacturer of truck campers, the company has brought its reputation for quality and innovation to the travel trailer realm. The 2185 is Lance’s only bunkhouse model, but it is a standout in terms of design and decor.

Triple Bunks and More

Closeup of three rear bunks with ladder and cupboards.

Beyond providing sleeping space, the triple bunks also supply adaptable storage, accessible from the interior and the exterior.

Sleeping space starts at the front of the trailer with a dedicated queen bed. A convertible sofa is an option, flipping easily into a bed, while providing ample seating and floor space during the day. A tinted picture window gracefully arcs overhead.

At the rear, the triple bunks are a standout feature. If only two are needed, the bottom mattress can be removed to utilize the space for storage. The middle bed flips up, creating a packing bay accessible from a rear door. Two cabinets add storage near the bunks, and a pair of wardrobe closets flank the master bed.

Master bed with light colored bedding and curved window above.

The Lance 2185 comes with a dedicated master bed. An optional sofa bed (not shown) adds seating and floor space.

Luxurious Styling

Available in three decor packages, the Lance 2185 exudes luxury, starting with the smooth, rounded European-inspired cabinetry, similar to that found in yachts. Embedded magazine racks, spice storage and key hooks add functionality. Day and night shades on each of the large windows provide various options for lighting and privacy.

The kitchen features attractive stainless-steel appliances, including a 7-cubic-foot refrigerator and a three-burner stove with a flip-top cover and striking metallic backsplash. A large undermount sink is topped by a pullout faucet. Included sink covers and a flip-top counter extender increase meal-prep space.

U-shaped dinette in and extended slideout

Windows on three sides surround the roomy U-shaped dinette, housed in a slideout. At night, the dinette transforms to sleeping space for two or more.

Quality Construction

The laminated bonded fiberglass exterior covers aluminum-framed walls. To add soundproofing and weather protection, the walls are filled with Azdel, a thermoplastic composite that is impervious to rot. While solidly constructed, the Lance 2185 still weighs in at just 6,000 pounds (GVWR) fully loaded.

With a base price of $40,208 and a two-year structural limited warranty, the Lance 2185 provides quality and functionality for a family of five — or more — in a stylish package.

Manufacturer’s Specifications

Lance 2185
Exterior Length: 25′ 8″
Exterior Width: 8′ 3/8″
Interior Height: 6′ 6″
Exterior Height: 10′ 2″ (with optional A/C)
Freshwater Cap.: 45 gal.
Black-Water Cap.: 45 gal.
Gray-Water Cap.: 45 gal.
LP-Gas Cap.: 10 gal.
UVW: 4,565 lbs.
Hitch Weight: 755 lbs.
Axle Weight: 3,810 lbs.
GVWR: 6,000 lbs.
MSRP, Base: $40,206

Floorplan illustration with slideout extended

Featuring triple bunks at the rear and a master bed up front, the Lance 2185 has dedicated beds for five.

Author, blogger and photographer Kerri Cox.With her small bunkhouse travel trailer in tow, Kerri Cox has traveled near and far with her husband and two teenage sons, documenting their adventures on her blog, Travels with Birdy. When not on the road, she spends her time teaching and writing. Her words and photographs can be found in print and digital publications, including Trailer Life and the Good Sam Club Blog.

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