I still haven't got around to testing my Little Buddy Heater as a primary heat source for the Lance, the chilly weather at the Park would've been the perfect opportunity to test it, but I just used the Lances furnace instead because I was amazed at how quiet it was. I've never heard of a "quiet" RV furnace before, and I was shocked it didn't roar like all the other RV furnaces I've had; it kinda hummed. Of course, it put out a normal amount of heat, but I couldn't believe how quiet it was. Now that probably doesn't mean it won't use too much propane like most RV furnaces or too much electricity, so I'm not about to throw my Little Buddy Heater in the trash just yet, but overall I was impressed with the factory furnace.
The Lance has a factory linoleum floor which was okay until I got into a lot of rain and found out the linoleum, when wet, became very slippery. So as soon as I got back, I procured a "carpet runner" to put on the floor to make it more comfortable to walk on and not be so slippery when it gets a little water on it. Also, I like having a bit of carpet on the floor, it keeps the floor warmer when it's cold, and it's easier to drag it outside and shake it off rather than vacuum the floor.
Like I mentioned in a previous post, despite all the rain, the Lance remained bone dry inside, and that's despite all the holes I put in the roof, screwing down the five solar panels. I've put enough solar panels on RVs to know how to do it right, so I didn't expect any leaks, but there were times it was raining buckets, so I was somewhat surprised it didn't have any leaking problems. But I was glad I wasn't living in a tent during this trip.
I slept comfortably and soundly on my El cheapo "American Furniture Warehouse" mattress and found I liked it better in the East-West position. So it's a good thing I bought a single-size mattress because the factory queen-size mattress was too big to turn to the East-West position; it was North-South only.
This is all of the observations I can remember about my last mini-vacation. There are probably some others about how the Lance and truck performed, and if I think of any, I will post them in a future blog.
But overall, I can say I was very happy with the Lance; it kept me warm, dry, and comfortable for the whole five-day trip despite living without hookups the entire time, which is pretty amazing when you consider I have one 12-volt lead acid battery, in the Lance and had rainy, cloudy, weather for three of the five days.