UPDATE: As of 10/6/2012 We have retired our first Cheddar Yeti, the 1988 Lazy Daze and have moved into a bigger, older, 1978 Wanderlodge Bluebird Bus.
Our First Home On Wheels; The Lazy Daze
As the fourth owners, we paid $13,000 in 2009, for our sweet 1988 Class C, Lazy Daze Motorhome, dubbed the “Cheddar Yeti.”
On a tip from a trusted friend and his buddy, an RV salesmen (whom, BTW, wasn’t selling Lazy Daze units), we only considered looking at the Lazy Daze brand Class C RV. The Lazy Daze’s quality workmanship is well-known throughout the industry and they have great resale value.
This unit was free of mold and any major water damage, which for a 22-year-old RV is great. The inside was very clean, and free of smoke and pet damage. Service records and manuals came with it and we knew we had a winner. Although, the true kicker was its rear lounge layout with the wrap around windows. Ahhhw, we can see the stars at night!
Come As You Are
On The Outside:
- 1988 Ford E 350 sporting a 460 Gas Engine with 92,000 (at time of purchase) miles
- Class C Lazy Daze
- 26.5′ Long x 8′ Wide x 9.5’ Tall
- 25′ 30 Amp Cord
- Holding Tanks (Fresh Water/Waste/Gray)
- Two 6 Volt Deep Cycle House Batteries
- 10 Gallon Propane tank
- Onan Generator with just under 300 hours on it
- Spare Tire
- Hydraulic Leveling Jacks
- T.V. Antenna
- Cable hook ups
- 25″x25″ Roof hatch
- Two 14″x14″ vents/Upgraded to FanTastic Fans
- TurboKool Water Evaporator 12volt cooling unit
- 11′ Wide Awning
- Window cover
- Tinted Windows
On The Inside:
- 18.08 Cubic Sq. Ft. Mirrored Wardrobe + Five Drawers
- Four Over the bed storage cabinets
- Two Rear Speakers
- Dometic Royale RM3601 3-way (120v/12v/LPG) Refrigerator
- Magic Chef Oven & Four-Burner Stove
- Four Kitchen Cupboards, Two Drawers, Two Dinette Overhead Compartments
- Double Stainless Sink & Extended Counter with Lip
- Full Size Rear Couch Bed & Two Club Charis (Lounge/Bedroom)
- Mini Liquor Cabinet/Side Table
- Full 6’3″ Tall Tub/Shower
- Toilet, Sink & Large Mirrored Vanity
- Thirty, yes, thirty, 12v Overhead Lights
- Six 110 Plugs
- Five 12v Plugs
- Duo-Therm Brisk Air A/C Roof Mount
- Suburban Solid State Ignition Propane Heater
- Wall to Wall Carpet/Replaced with felt backed vinyl flooring
- Under mount Coffee Pot/Removed
And We Added…
- 2 new FanTastic Fans in the bath and back bedroom
- A new china toilet with a slow closing lid
- Newly reupholstered captain/cab chairs in a vintage material
- Custom work desk and chest of drawers. The top slides in/out to create an adjustable work desk.
- A top of the line futon mattress that is rated for 365 use as a bed and still can fold up into a couch.
- Extra custom fit bathroom storage
- Cab bunk railing for storage safety
- An adjustable shower rod to make more space while showering.
- Led lights & fixtures
- Dinette table extension
- 5′ WiFi Repeater antenna and router
- 30 Amp Surge protector
- 6 new tires in 2012
Items That Didn’t Stand A Chance
It only takes a few days or one short trip to realize the stuff you don’t want or need. We found ourselves looking at every nook and appliance with an evil eye. The Microwave and its large cupboard; “Oh, we can stand up a box of cereal in there.” Space is like gold and the microwave didn’t stand a chance.
It was circa 1980’s model, a real radiation hot box! We never used one in our house anyway. Yup, we’ve gone and made it into another cabinet.
This was an easy decision after our first outing. It stunk and was pretty dingy, not to mention the previous owner used super pimp carpet cushion making it difficult to open low drawers or flush the toilet pedal. Removing it was the hardest and most difficult mod we’ve done. See Mod.
Can you say, “coffee snob?” We don’t drip. French Press is the only way.
TV Mount Arm
We’re a no T.V. kinda people. Anyway, we have the internet and each other… awwwwh.
Curtains & Valences
We removed these from the cab because we don’t intend on sleeping up there. Plus Mom made us a Velcro removable fleece divider. Less window treatments meant more light and the window tint is very good so privacy isn’t an issue.
2 Rear Bucket Chairs
Although they’re really nice and comfy, we needed the space.
Couch Bed Cushions
We traded the two separate and very uncomfortable couch cushions for a permanent bed mattress. You really can’t full-time on a temporary couch bed.
Over the Cab Bed Mattress
It was kind of a cool crib up there in the cab, but we opted to use it as storage. Bins with winter jackets, art supplies, and other random stuffs. The cat loves it up there too. I also put a garden near the window. See mod.
The Plastic Camp Toilet
We removed the old one and replaced it with a china bowl and slow closing lid. Golden!