As a long-time manufacturer of Class C coaches at its factory in
Montclair, California, Lazy Daze has been owned and operated by the
Newton family since 1956. There’s a lot to be said about such
uninterrupted continuity, and the company is celebrating its
half-century in the RV manufacturing business with the introduction of a
50th Anniversary Edition. Available on an order-only basis, the coach
upgrade is bound to appeal to many who appreciate solid construction —
and plenty of performance ability.
“Lazy Daze coaches usually attract people who want to
downsize from larger motorhomes, but don’t wish to give up the quality
and convenience that they have been used to in their larger vehicles,”
said Steve Newton, Lazy Daze co-owner (along with his father, Don). “The
inspiration for building our 50th Anniversary coach was to do something
a bit different and that we hadn’t done before. Though this model is
really nice and upscale, it hasn’t been saddled with a ridiculous price
tag … the anniversary package only adds $6,000 to the base price of
our regular floorplan.”
The anniversary edition we tested — a 30-foot Island Bed model
— has a clean, classic retro look, with an aerodynamic, 10-foot
roofline, rear wheel well skirts and a special maroon-and-gold paint
scheme (blue-and-gold is also offered). The floorplan contains a front
living room and mid-coach galley, followed by a walk-through bathroom
and rear bedroom.
The motorhome is available with a wide array of standard
features, including ultraleather-upholstered sofa, 8-cubic-foot
refrigerator with icemaker and china toilet. About the only thing you
won’t get with a Lazy Daze is a slideout — by not including room
extensions, the company believes its products are less weighty, better
balanced and more reliable.
As tested, the 30-foot Island Bed in anniversary trim retailed
at $88,500; that included a deluxe interior, hardwood dashboard inserts
in the cab and the distinctive exterior paint scheme. The only option
included in the test coach was a Bose home theater sound system ($1,700)
that boosted the msrp to $90,200.
For complete details and full test impressions on Lazy Daze’s
30′ Island Bed, pick up the August 2006 issue of MotorHome magazine on
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