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LANCE CAMPER - 2005 LANCE CAMPER Problems & Complaints

 
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There are 2 complaints filed for the 2005 LANCE CAMPER

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2005 LANCE CAMPER. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2005 LANCE CAMPER, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES

11/4/2010 - AFTON, TN
COMPLAINT IS ABOUT THE DOMETIC SKYLIGHT HEIKI II DELUXE MODEL WHICH IS A SKYLIGHT LOCATED ON TOP OF A 2005 LANCE TRUCK CAMPER MODEL 1181. THE SKYLIGHT IS FOR VENTILATION AND EMERGENCY EGRESS. THE PLASTIC LATCHES USED TO KEEP THE SKYLIGHT CLOSED WHEN TRAVELING DETERIORATE AND BREAK ALLOWING THE SKYLIGHT TO OPEN WHEN TRAVELING DOWN THE HIGHWAY. THIS COULD MAKE THE SKYLIGHT (WHICH IS ABOUT 2FEET BY 3 FEET) FLY OFF THE CAMPER OR STRIKE AN OVERPASS AND RESULT IN HITTING A CAR OR TRUCK FOLLOWING THE CAMPER. THE MFG OF THE CAMPER LANCE CAMPER (43014 EXCHANGE PLACE, LANCASTER, CA 93535) IS UNWILLING TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM OR OFFER ANY SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM. THE MFG OF THE SKYLIGHT, DOMETIC (2524 INDUSTRIAL PARKWAY, ELKHART, INDIANA 46516) IS ALSO UNWILLING AND INDIFFERENT IN CORRECTING THE PROBLEM OR OFFERING ANY HELP OR SOLUTION TO CORRECT THIS HAZARDOUS AND DANGEROUS PRODUCT. THIS PRODUCT NEEDS A RETROFIT OR AN ADDITIONAL LATCH SYSTEM TO PREVENT THE SKYLIGHT FROM OPENING DURING TRAVELING AND STRIKING A FOLLOWING VEHICLE. I WOULD ALSO REQUEST THAT ONE OF THESE COMPANIES CORRECT THIS PROBLEM ON MY CAMPER. I HAVE THE BROKEN PARTS. THE MODEL OF MY UNIT IS 1181 AND SERIAL NO IS 156864.

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STRUCTURE: FRAME AND MEMBERS

11/4/2010 - AFTON, TN
COMPLAINT IS ABOUT THE DOMETIC SKYLIGHT HEIKI II DELUXE MODEL WHICH IS A SKYLIGHT LOCATED ON TOP OF A 2005 LANCE TRUCK CAMPER MODEL 1181. THE SKYLIGHT IS FOR VENTILATION AND EMERGENCY EGRESS. THE PLASTIC LATCHES USED TO KEEP THE SKYLIGHT CLOSED WHEN TRAVELING DETERIORATE AND BREAK ALLOWING THE SKYLIGHT TO OPEN WHEN TRAVELING DOWN THE HIGHWAY. THIS COULD MAKE THE SKYLIGHT (WHICH IS ABOUT 2FEET BY 3 FEET) FLY OFF THE CAMPER OR STRIKE AN OVERPASS AND RESULT IN HITTING A CAR OR TRUCK FOLLOWING THE CAMPER. THE MFG OF THE CAMPER LANCE CAMPER (43014 EXCHANGE PLACE, LANCASTER, CA 93535) IS UNWILLING TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM OR OFFER ANY SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM. THE MFG OF THE SKYLIGHT, DOMETIC (2524 INDUSTRIAL PARKWAY, ELKHART, INDIANA 46516) IS ALSO UNWILLING AND INDIFFERENT IN CORRECTING THE PROBLEM OR OFFERING ANY HELP OR SOLUTION TO CORRECT THIS HAZARDOUS AND DANGEROUS PRODUCT. THIS PRODUCT NEEDS A RETROFIT OR AN ADDITIONAL LATCH SYSTEM TO PREVENT THE SKYLIGHT FROM OPENING DURING TRAVELING AND STRIKING A FOLLOWING VEHICLE. I WOULD ALSO REQUEST THAT ONE OF THESE COMPANIES CORRECT THIS PROBLEM ON MY CAMPER. I HAVE THE BROKEN PARTS. THE MODEL OF MY UNIT IS 1181 AND SERIAL NO IS 156864.

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EQUIPMENT: MECHANICAL: JACKS

9/6/2005 - SPRINGFIELD, IL
I RECENTLY PURCHASED A 2005 LANCE TRUCK CAMPER WITH SLIDEOUT MODEL 1180. I HAD RECENTLY TAKEN THE CAMPER OFF THE TRUCK (AFTER FULLY LOADING THE 40 GAL WATER RESERVOIR WHICH IS LOCATED AT THE FRONT DRIVER SIDE.) THE CAMPER WAS AT A STATE PARK ON OLD BLACKTOP AND A FAIRLY LEVEL SURFACE. AFTER PULLING THE TRUCK OUT WITHOUT INCIDENT, WE WERE LOWERING THE REMOTE JACKS WHEN THE DRIVER SIDE JACK COLLAPSED OUTWARD. THIS CAUSED THE LEFT FRONT JACK TO TWIST AND SLIDE THE FRONT OF THE CAMPER ABOUT 9 INCHES TO THE LEFT. THIS FRONT JACK FAILURE RESULTED IN A NEAR COLLAPSE AND ROLLOVER OF THE UNIT. SINCE THE UNIT WAS 1/2 WAY DOWN IT WAS NO LONGER AN OPTION TO DRIVE THE TRUCK BACK UNDER IT. THE WATER WAS EMPTIED TO LIGHTEN THE LOAD AND THE TRUCK BUMPER WAS USED TO TAKE SOME OF THE WEIGHT OFF THE DRIVER'S SIDE JACK. THE LEG WAS THEN PULLED AND KICKED BACK INTO PLACE. ALTHOUGH BENT, IT DID RAISE ENOUGH TO ALLOW THE TRUCK BACK UNDER IT. THE WATER WAS EMPTIED TO LIGHTEN THE LOAD AND THE TRUCK BUMPER WAS USED TO TAKE SOME OF THE WEIGHT OFF THE DRIVER'S SIDE JACK. THE LEG WAS THEN PULLED AND KICKED BACK INTO PLACE. ALTHOUGH BENT, IT DID RAISE ENOUGH TO ALLOW THE TRUCK BACK UNDER IT. I RETURNED IMMEDIATELY TO THE DEALER WHO REPLACED THE JACKS AND SAID HE HADN'T HEARD ABOUT ANY JACK FAILURES. HE CALLED LANCE AND THEY SAY THEY HAVE NOT HEARD OF ANY FAILURES EITHER. THEY SUGGESTED WE CONTACT ATWOOD. I CONTACTED LANCE SINCE THIS IS A NEW MODEL AND THE LARGEST TRUCK CAMPER IN THE SERIES. THE JACKS ARE ATWOOD AND THEY SWING OUT AND OPERATE REMOTELY. I AM VERY CONCERNED THAT THIS JACK IS NOT ABLE TO BEAR THE 2 TON CAMPER WEIGHT. THE DEALER SAID AFTER INSPECTING THE JACKS WE WERE VERY LUCKY IT DIDN'T COMPLETELY ROLL OVER ON US. FUN TIME CAMPERS IN TERE HAUTE, INDIANA PROVIDED EXCELLENT AFTER SALE SERVICE AND COULDN'T HAVE BEEN NICER. THEY REPLACED BOTH FRONT JACKS, RETAINED THE DAMAGED JACKS AND WOULD BE WILLING TO HAVE THEM INSPECTED. LANCE THE MANUFACTURER, WASN'T AS CONCERNED.

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