Wed Aug 14, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
Lance Camper, manufacturer of truck campers and travel trailers, announces it earned Certified Green by TRA Certification for its full RV product line. Certification signifies the company passed a rigorous set of requirements in manufacturing, materials choices and efficiency.
“Lance is the first truck camper manufacturer to earn green certification,” TRA Certification President Mandy Leazenby says. “They are shown to be a forward-thinking company and being an RV manufacturer in California, they are faced with stricter requirements on product emissions, so Lance has always been ahead of the game.”
Lance also earned Emerald off-grid status for the solar units its sells as optional equipment, Leazenby says.
Lance is the latest RV manufacturer to earn Certified Green status from TRA Certification. It joins 11 other manufacturing companies and at least nine suppliers who are Certified Green.
To earn Certified Green by TRA Certification, Lance travel trailers and truck campers are evaluated in four categories: resource efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency and indoor air quality.
Leazenby travelled to the Lance manufacturing facility to audit the company’s application and says what she saw there “blew me away.”
As a manufacturer, the Lance team was “so knowledgeable about even the most minor components in its RVs,” Leazenby says. The manufacturing campus featured 420 solar panels, climate-controlled zoned heating and A/C, motion-controlled lighting mixed with natural lighting and extensive recycling, she says.
Headquartered in Lancaster, Calif., Lance is located in one of the pioneering solar energy regions in the country. The Lance manufacturing plant both consumes and produces solar energy for the local grid.
The Lance production operation recycles or reuses more than 90 percent of manufacturing waste, Leazenby says. Materials are pre-cut by Lance suppliers and many are shipped in reusable shipping containers. Lance uses very little wood in its RVs, and what it does use in cabinets is sourced from sustainably harvested poplar.
The TRA Certification audit showed Lance RVs “are well-insulated and incorporate LED lighting for efficiency. Among the features, the camper roof is Energy Star ® rated and A/C is ductless. Units are pre-wired for solar panels both on the roof and side, “so you can park in the shade and move a portable solar panel to a sunlit area,” she says.
Water efficiency comes from use of low-flow toilets, lavy faucets and shower heads while Lance travel trailers use either tankless water heaters or an energy efficient combination furnace and water heater units.
Many of the materials in Lance RV interiors are made from low-VOC compounds. This includes sealants, composite walls, carpet and hard flooring.
Lance company policy is for all its RVs to be mercury-free. This means for components such as electronics and mattresses, Lance chooses a supplier that offers certified mercury-free products, she says.
“Lance is setting the standard for green very high,” Leazenby says. “These products aren’t just built green; they’re built smarter.”
“At Lance, we build to conform to nature rather than the other way around,” Lance National Sales Manager Gary Conley says.
Certified Green from TRA Certification is available for all RVs and park models, Leazenby says. Earning certification “ensures a healthier and more efficient living space.”
Information about the certification program is available at the Certified Green website.