30′ Island Bed

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 the newsstand — then subscribe to MotorHome so you can
stay informed on the latest motorhome tests, previews, technical information, products,
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