Daryl Zook, president of KZRV LP, fielded questions Tuesday afternoon (May 18) from some of the 90 RV dealers attending the KZ Dealer Open House May 16-18 at the towable manufacturer’s headquarters in Shipshewana, Ind.
At the open house, KZ introduced the new, full-profile Durango 2500 fifth-wheel retailing for about $38,000 that is intended for towing behind 3/4-ton pickup trucks.
”We’ve done a complete revamp (of the Durango line) and brought the price down considerably,” Andy Baer, vice president of sales and marketing, told RVBUSINESS.com, adding that dealers at the open house are optimistic about the future.
”We see a market poised for some growth,” Baer said. ”We definitely see an uptick. Our business has been much improved over last year, but we’re also concerned about what’s going on in the business environment. We think growth is going to be pretty consistent. We just don’t want any of us to overshoot the mark. We don’t want to be in the same position we were in a year ago.”
He said KZ dealers have reported 10%-20% sales increases over 2009. ”And inventories are in line,” he added.
In addition to the new Durango 2500, KZ also introduced a hybrid version of the Sportsmen Classic travel trailer, available with either one or two tent-type extensions. KZ also manufactures Escalade, Stone Ridge, Spree, Sportsmen and Coyote towable RVs, plus Inferno SURVs.