2016 Lazy Daze 24-foot Twin King Motorhome RV

by Jim Langley

Click to zoomPurchasing a motorhome-style RV is quite the decision. For anyone in the market, here's a brief history of our campers over the years, how we settled on our 2016 Lazy Daze and a bunch of photos of it — in case a Lazy Daze RV is on your short list.

Beginnings
We actually started out as bicycle tourists carrying all our gear in bags and riding across the USA, so we have lots of experience with minimalist camping. In the 1980s we bought a 1970's Volkswagen Westfalia campervan, and then sold that and purchased a 1987 Westy in 1990. That's still working fine with over 200,000 miles on it.

It's a Vanagon Wolfsburg Weekender edition, which does not include a kitchen. The photo of it on the right was taken earlier this year while camping at California's largest state park in the Anza-Borrego Desert. A short drive from the campground are a number of spectacular metal sculptures like this serpent.

While Westys are wonderful vehicles, they do not include a bathroom and have limited-capacity appliances. We wanted our own bathroom with shower and a nice fridge. We also wished to step up to air conditioning and modern safety features like air bags, etc.

Our Roadtrek Agile SS
In 2013, after researching Mercedes Sprinter Class B RVs, we decided to get a "real" RV and purchased a new Roadtrek Agile SS 20-footer, which we put 30,000 miles on over the 3 years we owned it. That was an amazing vehicle to drive with its nimble size and Mercedes diesel turbo engine and 20 miles per gallon performance.

Its small footprint let us take it anywhere regular passenger vehicles can go, and park in the same spots, too. It had a wet bathroom, which means the toilet is inside the shower. It also had a college dormitory size refrigerator along with a granite kitchen countertop, propane stove, microwave, air conditioner, generator, and so on; all the RV amenties in a tidy, small package.

While we loved these features, we started to feel a little cramped living inside because of its narrowness. There are 2 of us and 3 dogs, which is too many bodies for the tight floorplan. Inside you either sit in the back or front (the front seats swivel to face the back). When you move around you get in each other's way. The bathroom is perfectly functional but so tight that the shower curtain rests on your body when showering.

Sitting inside, the sight lines through the vehicle are blocked by the large bathroom wall and door. That can make you feel a little claustrophobic. We much preferred sitting outside in our folding chairs under the great awning than staying inside.

Deciding to go bigger
You can make the van interior work and enjoy it ( the rear doors open fully for a view and ventilation), but we wanted great views out of larger windows, open sight lines through the vehicle, and windows that open fully rather than the Roadtrek's small louver windows (we were used to these things from the Westys).

We wanted to bring the outdoors in; more room to move around inside without bumping into each other; a full bathroom with separate toilet and shower; larger black, grey and fresh water tanks; plus more propane, etc. for longer boondocking (camping without hookups).

Click to zoomOther shortcomings included having to carry bicycles on a rear rack where they can be stolen or smashed, in even a small rear-ender. I usually removed the bikes at stops and put them in the cab, which was a nice way to protect them but a bit of a pain to have to go to the trouble to move them at every stop.

Also, with both the Westys and the Roadtrek, you enter and exit through a large sliding door. The door makes noise both opening and closing, which means waking up the other person if you need to head out early in the morning. You can instead leave via one of the front doors, yet that's a little trickier when the seats are turned around.

Plus, on the Westys the sliding door opens fully and the whole side of the van lets light and air in and a wonderful view. On the Roadtrek, the door opens fully but most of the air, light and view is blocked by the bathroom. The door opening itself on the Roadtrek is actually only shoulder width so it doesn't provide what the Westy doors do.

Lastly, there's not that much storage space in a Roadtrek Agile SS. Most is under the rear bench seat. You can get a lot under there. But, it doesn't match what you can get on a Westy with its behind-seat storage, plus over-cab tray on the roof that you can strap bicycles, coolers, etc. to.

In order to carry a lot of stuff like we do, including a screen tent, small propane fireplace, dog X-pens (freestanding metal surrounds for the dogs) and so on, we'd pack it inside where ever it would fit, like in the bathroom, on the floor, on the back seat. Arriving at the campsite the first job was taking everything out. Our friends in larger RVs didn't have to unload because their gear was stowed in storage compartments beneath.

Choosing a Lazy Daze Class C motorhome
For these reasons we started looking for something a little larger, something with a full size fridge and separate shower and toilet, something with outside easy-access storage, something with a fantastic floorplan and awesome windows. The maximum length that fits in our driveway is 24-feet, so we started looking at 24 footer RVs in class As (almost impossible to find), Bs and Cs.

Class Cs appealed to us. We could use the cab-over bed for safely carrying bicycles while traveling - since there's the option of sleeping in the rear bed. The class Cs aren't limited to the narrower Sprinter body because they're basically boxes built on top of a chassis. So, the makers can build wider than the van body.

You can get 24 foot Class B+ rigs with bump outs/slides that make these rigs significantly wider, and we looked at a few, however, we didn't find the floorplans appealing. Most had smaller windows and most of these windows didn't open much or at all. Sitting inside, we found the same blocked sight lines we didn't like in our Agile. While those with bump outs felt roomier, we weren't sure we wanted to deal with bump outs (something that might breakdown?).

As we broadened our search, we learned of Lazy Daze, the company that's said to have discovered the Class C motorhome around 1958 (the photo I took at the factory shows one circa 1966). Lazy Daze are known for their handbuilt coaches, exceptional quality and design. Each rig is built for its owners individually and they only do business factory-direct to the consumer. The more experienced RVers we talked to and the more we researched online, the more interested we became because everyone raves about their Lazy Daze or the ones they've camped next to.

We drove the 7 hours down to Montclair, California to see one in person. Their 'factory' took us by surprise because it's so old-world. No robots here. It looks like it hasn't changed very much since it opened back when Ike was in the White House. It reminded me of visiting the famous bicycle makers across the USA who build some of the finest two-wheelers in the world almost completely by hand.

Click to zoomTo order a Lazy Daze you call and get on their list. You wait months for your name to reach the top of the list. Lazy Daze then calls and asks if you would like to order one, which requires a deposit. Once ordered, you wait, and wait a little more. All told, it took us about 9 months to receive our 2016 Lazy Daze Twin King 24-foot Motorhome. It was hard to wait, but we trusted that the time was being well spent on carefully crafting our new home away from home.

Because we couldn't find a lot online showing the quality of a Lazy Daze when we were deciding which RV to buy, I provide many photos below with brief captions. Click the photos to zoom them in new browser windows. Feel free to email me with questions. Lazy Daze continually upgrades their coaches, so new ones will be slightly refined and you should contact the factory for specific questions if you're ordering yours. The folks we dealt with purchasing our Lazy Daze were wonderful.

To learn about some of the cool accessories we've purchased and recommend for camping and RVing, visit our Great RV Accessories page.

 
Some pics of our new Lazy Daze out in the wild. The third photo shows that this 24-footer is easily parked even in a smallish driveway (one of our biggest concerns was whether or not it would fit as we couldn't leave it in the street and didn't want to pay storage fees). Perhaps the most impressive feature of the Lazy Daze design is the many windows that bring the outside in, and especially the three giant rear windows.
Almost every window slides open for wonderful ventilation. Sliding screens are included. Amber LED porch light doesn't attract insects. Notice the quality Fiamma awning. Aircraft-style screwed aluminum construction. Even the roof is aluminum. 30-amp SmartPlug: the latest plug and cord technology. Far heavier duty than our previous one and it locks in place. Two solar panels easily keep the twin AMG 6-volt batteries charged. Michelin tires rather than some lesser brand. Every Lazy Daze is built for its owners. From our first call to them to delivery was about 9 months. Kwikee electric step opens and closes in a blink.
Backup camera can be turned on anytime you wish and includes an intercom so your backerupper can direct you.
Plenty of holders for all your refreshments and toys.
Plush Lazy Daze Ultra Leather seats.
Tidy microphone placement for cellphone.
Sony stereo runs off house batteries so you can listen anytime.
Small remote for controlling the music when you're camping.
On board Ford computer.
RV systems control panel works well and is nicely upholstered.
Twin King living room. The couches pull together giving the option of 2 twin beds or a California king.
Blackout and sun shades on the windows. Notice the nice upholstered panels that hold in the shades.
Right rear cabinet is huge.
Entry door, step, handle and fire extinguisher placement.
Left rear cabinet.
Table with leaf installed to seat up to 8 people (leaf stows in special holder in wardrobe).
Rear cabinet.
One of our favorite features: the 'hall' counter for placing cellphones, keys, groceries upon arrival, etc.
Entry LED light. There's also a yellow LED one beneath the coach that comes on when you open the door to light the Kwikee step for safety.
Accordion door allows dividing the LD into two rooms.
Quality Moen faucet with pull-out sprayer and ceramic cartridge.
Large fridge and freezer. Runs on propane or shore power.
Nice dividers and racks keep down rattles.
Fridge controls. Automatically switches to current power source.
Spacious kitchen with double sink. Kitchen countertop edge is rolled up to stop spills from escaping and running down into the drawers below.
Stovetop and oven. There is a hood with light and fan above.
Sturdy pull-out counter extension, handy drawers and LED night light. Temperature controls. Full mirror on BR door. Another mirror inside BR door and twin towel rods. Toilet area with medicine cabinet and moving wall panel for moving driver's seat back fully. Porcelain toilet, plastic lid. Toilet sprayer. There's a Fan-Tastic fan and window that slides open in the bathroom.
Attention to detail: there's room to stand at the bathroom sink with your toes beneath the shower pan. Shower head and LED light. The sink is a nice size. Quality Moen faucet with ceramic cartridge. The TP hides beneath the sink. No, it doesn't get wet when you're showering. Over-cab bed. Windows on both ends slide open. Fan-Tastic fan and LED lights. Bonus: there's a nice large wooden storage box at the foot of the bed perfect for keeping laptops and valuables out of sight. Ample closet/wardrobe. Nice shelf on top for shoes, etc. Quality 24-inch flat screen 12-volt Jenson TV.
Nice picture quality and channel reception from the roof-mounted Winegard antenna.
Heavy duty TV arm locks in place and swings out for viewing from throughout coach.
DVD player, DVD, remote, etc. fit in the storage cubbies behind the TV.
Labeled switches.
Lazy Daze includes this clock with atomic time and inside/outside temps. Yes, it was that hot.
Oversize, easy-to-operate labeled switches.
Handy overdoor storage.
Close-up of movable panel in BR wall. It springs shut when driver's seat is forward.
 
  There are outlets throughout the coach for power. Notice the shelf beneath the rear window - very handy when sleeping in the back (for your cellphone, glass of water, watch, etc.). One of our first upgrades was installing a swivel seat base. Under the kitchen sink there's a shelf for organized storage. Some Lazy Daze plaques from over their years of production. Fun sign I spotted on one of our Lazy Daze factory visits. The TV arm is carefully positioned to just clear the woodwork when swung to face front. Nice.