September '20

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RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW September 2020 • RV PRO • 33 KZ/ VENTURE RV For 2021, all travel trailers across the KZ and Venture RV product lines will receive a "com- plete makeover," with dozens of new or revised floorplans on the docket that emphasize a comfortable residential feel, according to Brent Froman, KZ general manager. Dealers can expect a number of upgrades from the Escape, such as an automotive front windshield, 78-inch interior ceiling height, a larger stainless-steel sink area and an outside kitchen (on select models). Additionally, an all-new off- grid/ off-road package is avail- able. The package features extra ground clearance, mud tires, a bike rack, a Furrion "Lit" Bluetooth speaker, a 100-watt roof-mounted solar panel, a 1,000-watt inverter and solar controller, as well as electric-controlled heated tanks. Of the two new floorplans for Escape, KZ Product Manager Nick Francis points to E17HATCH as an innovative option that "brings the outdoors in." At 21 feet, 10 inches, the removeable rear dinette is situated near a large hatch door, similar to a cargo door on struts. "It's just a really big, open feel and, with the screen, there's nice airflow just like tent camping," says Francis. Connect – set to debut a new luxury edition – will offer an upgraded stabilizer system, an accessory hitch, a fiberglass front cap with automotive front windshield, two-tone cabin- etry and wood accents, solid-surface counter- tops, live edge dinette tabletop, stainless-steel appliances with a 21-inch range, frameless windows, an 82-inch ceiling height, an electric fireplace and a Serta king mattress. In addition, Connect, Connect SE and Sportster feature OneControl from Lippert, which monitors and/or controls tank and bat- tery levels, slide-outs, awning(s), indoor/out- door lighting, and the leveling system. The KZ Classic now offers an 8-cubic-foot, 12-volt refrigerator as standard equipment – an option Francis says differentiates the brand. On the fifth wheel side, a washer-dryer hookup was added to the Durango Half-Ton. "That's an industry first in the half-ton price point and something we can't wait to kick out to our dealers," says Froman. The Durango Gold – built for full-time living – upgrades to a 24-inch four-burner range and on-demand tankless water heater, the latter of which is in the Venom and Venom V-Series, too. Froman says select fifth wheels will introduce an off-grid system powered by Xantrex, complete with two 110-watt solar panels, a 30-amp MPPT solar charge controller with a MPPT remote panel (designed to be 70 percent more efficient than a PWM controller), a 2,000-watt pure sine wave inverter and a patented 125AH hour battery featuring Bluetooth app controls with a safety shutdown at 10 percent. KZ is set to release many new floorplans across its product line. While the Durango Venture's Sonic X travel trailer is now offering an off-grid setup across its product line. Features include customizable roof-mounted solar prep with the option of a 100- watt solar panel and controller. The KZ/ Venture RV management team includes (left to right): Dave Boggs, Venture GM; Brent Froman, KZ GM; and Nick Francis, brand manager.

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