Skylark as delivered
August 29, 2006—Skylark showed up today! Mike and Luisa had kept this rig in absolutely pristine shape, so it's pretty much just the way it came from the Lazy Daze factory in 2003. Here are a few photos of the interior as it looks now, before I start in modifying stuff. First, to get you oriented, here's the floorplan of the 26.5' "Midbath" Lazy Daze:
Let's start with the overcab bed. It looks wider than Gertie's, though it probably isn't. The black thing at left is the ladder—the most uncomfortable I've ever seen, with rungs that are too narrow and are absolutely unpadded—just metal covered with hard plastic. Hard on bare feet! But most midbath owners tell me that they just climb into bed by way of the dinette seat.
The flat space at right is a wide, shallow storage cabinet, with a couple of spare dinette cushions lying on top of it. At far right you can see part of the cupboard over the dinette table.
Here's the cab. You probably can't tell from the photo, but it's much more spacious than Gertie's. Sticky plastic "faux leather" upholstery on the seats, though—I'll have to get cloth covers for those.
Another cab shot, which I hope shows how large the center aisle is. Room for a bigger litter pan for Marie! Notice those two cupholders—they are all the storage in the cab. No glovebox, no console with pockets and bins...the only other storage is a set of pockets at the bottom of each door that are actually below floor level, so they're useless while driving. I'll have to do something about that.
Here's the kitchen. The drawers are much bigger (and sturdier) than Gertie's tiny ones. I'll be replacing that small drop-leaf counter extension at left with a cutting board about half again as long. The oddball metal rack on the left wall is a holder for paper towels and two narrower rolls—presumably plastic wrap and aluminum foil. I'm not sure whether I'll keep it. It's mounted to the wall with enough 3M Dual Lock tape to hold up an elephant, so it may be hard to remove!
By the way, if you think it's easy to get good photos inside an RV, think again! Below is the original of that kitchen shot. I took it while standing on tiptoe outside the rig, shooting through the dinette window. Then I did a lot of Photoshop work to make it look the way I actually saw it (above) instead of the way the camera saw it (below).
Here's a better view of the kitchen counter. See that little corner that the sink cabinet overhangs? Perfect place for Marie's food and water dishes on the floor below there—they won't be underfoot. Or I could put them around the corner, in the recess below the drop-leaf.
Here's the pantry cupboard, or what passes for one. It's just inside the entry door (bright area at left) and is 20" wide x 27" high x 5" deep. Useful, but I want a bigger one! And I intend to add one.
And right across from the sink and stove, here's the dinette. The short seat pulls out to seat two instead of one—the extra cushions are up at the head of the bed in a previous photo. I doubt I'll ever do that, though. More important, there's copious storage under both seats. The short seat has a space accessible via the door you can see in its near end; the long seat has even bigger space accessible either by lifting the seat cushion or via an exterior compartment door.
It may not look it in these photos, but the bathroom is huge compared to Gertie's. And there's storage galore. I love it!
The lens I used makes the shower look very narrow, but actually it feels quite spacious. And hey, there's no sink in it!
Here's the rear lounge, which will become my office. The table is a removable one, and a bit wobbly because it only has one central leg. (On the floor next to the leg you can see the carpeted plug that fills the hole in the floor when the table is not in use. The table and leg store in the wardrobe.) I'll use this table as my temporary computer worksurface until I build my desk, then I'll get rid of it.
To do that, I'll remove the couch you see on the right—the smaller of the two, by the way—and replace it with a desktop extending 73" along that wall and wrapping around another 48" onto the back wall...enough room for any project!
Here's what it looks like with the couch pulled out to make a bed:
Oops, I just found out that's not quite right. I should have pulled it out another eight inches and then laid the back cushion flat. It's really a pretty big bed for one person. And of course if you pull both couches together, you have a more-than-king-sized bed. But I'm not going to be doing that, because I'll remove the street-side couch to make room for a desk.
Turning around, here's the couch/bed that will be removed. The main reason for this picture is to show the weird-looking TV cabinet, which I intend to rip out and replace with a cupboard or shelves. Also, see that angled wall with the clock on it? It's the perfect place for a floor-to-ceiling pantry closet just like Gertie's!
Finally, here's a view looking forward. The bathroom is on your left in the middle of the coach (that's why this model is called the Midbath), and the large double-doored wardrobe is opposite the bath, on your right. I tried photographing it, but its doors are entirely mirrored, so it doesn't look like much.
This coach feels very bright and spacious compared with Gertie. I know I'll be happy living here!