By Tony Barthel
There I was, camping at the state park, and across from me was a man with a Lazy Daze Class C RV. Judging from the cab of the rig it was an older model. But judging from the condition of the whole thing it was very, very well-kept.
After a couple of days of camping, I asked him about his coach because it looked so nice for an older model. He immediately started bragging about the Lazy Daze brand. Lazy Daze has been building RVs in Montclair, California, since 1956.
All of the company’s motorhomes are sold factory-direct. The company typically invites prospects and customers to visit them during normal hours. Due to COVID, they have shut down their showroom until further notice. That’s unfortunate, as I was hoping to take the grand tour and was told no. Bummer.
For folks who grew up in Southern California during the 1950s and ’60s, a manufacturing company like this was not unusual. In fact, Southern California used to have lots of RV manufacturers that called the area home, but they disappeared over time. This means Lazy Daze stands out even more than they have in the past.
The typical RV dealer walk-through with a customer is usually about an hour, longer with some motorhomes. Yes, I realize there are exceptions to this. But when we wanted to do longer walk-throughs at the dealership I worked at, the customers screamed bloody murder.
I’m happy to read that the typical walk-through with a Lazy Daze coach at their factory upon pick up is half a day. To me, this seems like an excellent way to get to know the coach. Furthermore, the walk-through is going to be with someone from the factory and knows the latest information about the coach. There’s a lot to be said for this.
Several things are hallmarks about a Lazy Daze RV. These include all the exterior wall panels and even the roof (except for the Ford cab) are aluminum, not fiberglass or rubber. The Lazy Daze frame is backed by a lifetime warranty to the original owner. According to the company, it’s possible to replace a damaged panel of the exterior without it destroying the whole rig.
Insulating thermal pane windows are standard equipment on all Lazy Daze coaches. The floor, sidewalls and roof are insulated with 1 1/2”-thick block foam insulation. Even roof vents and skylights use double dome covers.
To keep things comfortable, each coach is equipped with a 15,000BTU air conditioner that also incorporates a heat pump, so you can use this to either cool or heat the coach. In addition to the electric heater, there is a propane furnace in the coach. There’s also a high-performance roof vent fan to top it all off.
A 4,000-watt 120-volt generator is standard on every model. To help maximize the 12-volt electrical system and minimize maintenance, two maintenance-free heavy-duty six-volt premium quality Lifeline brand AGM (absorbed glass mat) batteries are used.
There’s also a 100-watt solar panel as standard equipment.
This is how we do it
When I first started looking at the Lazy Daze website, I have to admit seeing the pink carpeting and throw-back fabrics of their rigs was rather surprising. With that in mind, I contacted them and they assured me that newer models don’t have carpeting and have updated fabrics. Unfortunately, nobody told their website – which also hails from long ago.
Do they have new photos? Nope. Do they have videos? Nope. But what they do have is a two-year waiting list to get a new Lazy Daze motorhome.
Things you won’t find in a Lazy Daze RV are slides. Ever. There are three lengths from which to choose: 24’, 27’ and 31’. Each length choice has two floor plans. In the longest, 31’ models, there is a bedroom in the back with either a single queen bed or two twin beds.
What’s inside the Lazy Daze Class C RV?
According to the company, their most popular floor plan is their 27’ mid-bath model, which features two facing couches at the rear that turn into a large bed. Over the road-side couch is the first of two 12-volt TVs.
In the center of the coach is the bathroom on the road side and a double wardrobe on the camp side. You enter in the middle of the rig and the first thing you might see is the galley, which features a double-bowl sink and three-burner RV range.
On the camp side in the main area is a dinette that slides open to seat four and can also fold down to sleep two.
The last sleeping spot is over the cab.
Usually, I try to see as much about these RVs as I can before I share them with you. I try to use my experience in the RV industry to create a fair review that highlights the things I think will be of value to you and the things that might be challenging over time.
There are actually times when I’ll spot some little detail that might be important down the line and spend quite a bit of time finding out the truth about something. I really do care about the information I share with you in the hopes that it’ll be useful.
Lazy Daze is a stealth company. The best reviews I could find are of models built years and years ago, which still look to be in great shape. Even owners aren’t posting photos and videos as much as with some other brands… which is odd.
So, the best I can tell you is that if you look for older Lazy Daze models, you’ll find they have held up very well. And, as the individual I spoke with on the phone said, “We’re busy building quality coaches, not updating websites.”
Considering that they’ve been using this same philosophy since the 1950s, I guess it works in their favor.
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