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September '20

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Half-Ton D230RKD highlights a rear-kitchen layout with a wardrobe slide-out in the bedroom, the D290RLT has opposing slides with theater seating and a 65-inch LED TV on the rear wall, as well as a wardrobe slide in the bedroom. The Durango D343MBQ is a popular mid-bunk model that offers queen-over-queen bunk beds (whereas a HAB sofa and twin bunk bed are the industry standard), while Durango Gold G383RLT now includes a dresser slide-out in the bedroom. A "modern, rustic design" that features white glazed kitchen cabinet is carried throughout the Durango Half-Ton, Durango, Durango Gold, Venom V-Series and Venom models, says Froman. Overall, woven vinyl flooring, comfort foam queen and king mattresses, soft close drawers, metal latches on baggage doors, TPMS system prep (standard on all fifth wheels), plug- and-play safety features and a lithium battery setup have been added across the KZ product lineup. Meanwhile, Venture RV (a division of KZ) is building upon the excitement of its award-winning Sonic X. "This model set the bar high. So much so, we decided to take solar a step further by offering an off-grid setup across our entire product lineup – customizable roof-mounted solar prep with the option of a 100-watt solar panel and controller," says Dave Boggs, general manager. "Now, a dealer can add the solar option from Sonic Lite through Touring, which is going to expand our market reach and bring a lot more buyers into the fold." Moreover, the Stratus travel trailer is transformed for 2021. In addition to striking exterior graphics, says Boggs, the Stratus highlights a modern farmhouse style with off-white, hand- glazed, two-tone cabinetry, a 10-cubic-foot refrigerator, a larger oven, barn doors, expanded storage and a front window. While a seemingly small improvement, Boggs says the addi- tion of a 2-inch receiver hitch on the Stratus "allows customers to make the most of their camping experience, swapping out for a bike rack or something similar if need be." As an ultra-light travel trailer, "West Coast dealers can double haul them, and they hit a perfect price point and towing capacity for customers with a mid-size SUV or truck," adds Boggs. 34 • RV PRO • September 2020 RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW For SportTrek Touring, the company's luxury travel trailer line, Venture RV expands the cargo capacity and exterior storage, plus adds two new floorplans. The couples' coach 272VRK features a king bed slide, window seat and fireplace in the bedroom, while a rear kitchen showcases a modern farmhouse design, expansive countertop and ample storage, like a large walk-in pantry, explains Boggs. Overall, Venture RV products now have a front window (allowing for new floorplan designs) and a 10-cubic-foot refrig- erator, except for the Sonic line, which will receive an 8-cubic- foot refrigerator instead – an uncommon upgrade in a trailer this size, according to Boggs. In total, Venture RV plans to launch 13 new floorplans in 2021. Notably, the Sonic Lite 160VBH has a non-slide bunk model with a twist, Boggs says. "We have replaced the dinette with a sectional sofa and removable table. Now you can sleep four, dine four, as well as seat and relax four on the sectional sofa," he adds. It is uncommon to have a front kitchen in an ultra-lite floorplan at this price point, but the Sonic 241VFK accomplishes just that, Boggs says. Add a countertop that expands the entire width of the unit, and he assures "this will be a big hit this year." Meanwhile, SportTrek has five new floorplans of its own, including 291VRK. Boggs says, from a TV situated across com- fortable theater-style seating and an outside kitchen under a 20-inch awning to a pantry, expansive countertops, expanded interior storage and a dresser in the bedroom, "this is a trailer that covers all customer needs." DUTCHMEN The "wow factor" is in full force with Dutchmen's new model year products, according to Matt Gipson, general manager of Coleman and Astoria at Dutchmen RV. "There are bigger fireplaces, bigger TVs, more powerful speakers, and things that make living areas more user-friendly," he says. He adds, "While you will see a lot of upgrades, we did a lot of refining and polishing floor plans versus wholesale change." Dutchmen also trained its focus on improving kitchens and bathrooms, which Gipson says are becoming more of a focal point. "We added gizmos and gadgets, LED lights, tricking these units out the best we can while also being price-conscious," he adds. The RV maker offers updated backsplashes, pendant lights, sink covers, and hardware. PREVIEW For 2021, KZ is introducing a number of new floorplans for its Durango half-ton fifth wheel product line, including the D29ORLT (pictured), which features theater seating and a 65-inch LED TV.

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