RV Review: Lazy Daze Class C Motorhomes

11

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. 

Learning your coach

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. 

Build quality

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. 

In summary

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. 

These RV reviews are written based on information provided by the manufacturers along with our writer’s own research. We receive no money or other financial benefits from these reviews. They are intended only as a brief overview of the vehicle, not a comprehensive critique, which would require a thorough inspection and/or test drive.

Got an RV we need to look at? Contact us today and let us know in the form below – thank you!

Subscribe
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

11 Comments
Newest
Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Michael
18 days ago

There are a few things to keep in mind if you’re thinking of becoming a LazyDaze owner. Be prepared for people approaching you to talk about “your really cool retro” rig. Be prepared, while driving, for drivers to pull along side and give you a thumbs up. Be prepared, at intersections, for other drivers or pedestrians to want to know about how old the rig is or ” did you do the restoration yourself? ” When parked at a campsite, parking lot, rest area etc, be prepared for people standing out side your window staring, not knowing there is someone inside staring back, because the windows are so darkly tinted. When at your campsite, be it a pay campground or a boondocking site, be prepared for (and this one is my favorite) your LazyDaze to stick out like a sore thumb amid a sea of beige RVs covered with identical swoops and swirls. I’m loving life in my red/white 24′ TK.

squeakytiki
25 days ago

If you join the Lazy Daze owners forum you will be able to read reviews from people with newer rigs and see photos. I love my little Lazy Daze, I have the 23.5′ TK.

Jim Langley
27 days ago

Thanks for the review! Since you asked, here’s my amateur video review of our 2016 Lazy Daze. We love it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qgrk71OuSbA&t=4s 

Jean
1 month ago

I’m a proud and very satisfied owner of a 2018 Lazy Daze midbath. It was definitely worth the wait. Not one single problem. Wouldn’t have anything else and wouldn’t go back and do it differently. The company sticks with what works and what has proven to be worry and problem free. If you’re looking for eye candy, bells and whistles, or modern flash it’s not your baby. If you dig around in their website you can find what you’re looking for. Just don’t confuse it with lazydays.

Ron Swartz
1 month ago

We now have our third Lazy Daze. The first, a 17′ 1972 on a Dodge chassis (Ford was also available). We had VW microbus conversions up ’till then. Our second was a 2000 26′ mid-bath (Ford 7.3 Diesel) which we traded in after several years on a 33′ Bounder class A. The bounder was back at the factory three times for repairs repairing poor workmanship. In 2009 Lazy Daze offered a 32′ “full-timers” version on a Chevy Kodiak chassis. They only built three (GM sold their medium truck factory and no more chassis were available). We found a low-mileage Kodiak in Texas and made a deal. Now our third LD.

The Lazy Daze factory purchase experience is a unique one but well worth the wait.

Charles Allen
1 month ago

We are the proud owners of a 2017 mid bath Lazy Daze. It did take 10 months on a wait list in 17 but was well worth the wait. We’ve been out camping on over thirty occasions usually for a week to two weeks at a time. The only problem that we have had was a broken cabinet latch. Haha we did our homework when making a choice and are very pleased with our rig. For all of the problems that we read about we would not even consider changing to a different brand.Thanks to Tony Barthel for his continuous reviews and keeping us updated on the newest in RV innovations.

Sally P.
1 month ago

How much do they run in cost?

Bob P
1 month ago

To bad it’s only built on the Ford chassis, the problems they’re having with ignition coils and wires on the 7.3L Godzilla scares me. If that engine is called the Godzilla I wonder what they would call their 7.5L they did make or Chevy’s 8.1L. Lol

Leslie K
1 month ago

We miss our Lazy Daze! We owned a 2019 for almost a year and never had a problem. The quality and overall customer experience was amazing. We were lucky as they had a cancelation and we took delivery within a month. Alas, we thought it was too small and wanted a washer/dryer, etc. Now we own a class A Newmar DP which is in the shop constantly.

Judy G
1 month ago

I downsized from a 5er to a Lazy Daze in 2014. Waiting time for me was about 6 months. The 27′ model worked out beautifully for me and my German shepherd. Plenty of storage, nice layout, no hitching/slides to deal with. Flew to Montclair and they provided a driver to transport me and the rig to AZ where a notary public met us to ‘witness’ the official purchase, hence avoiding high taxes in CA.

Pete Karczmarczyk
1 month ago
Reply to  Judy G

We had a 24′ one that was a 2000. We only wish we had it back instead of a larger class C that we bought. Another great RV that we’ve had was a 31′ Phoenix Cruiser. They’re both tops in our book.