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KZ to Show New Spree, Durango at Open House

Posted By RVBusiness On September 12, 2013 @ 12:12 pm In Breaking News | No Comments

Andy Baer, KZRV vice president of sales and marketing (right) with Product Manager Marlene Snyder and the new Gold Rush by Durango & the Spree Connect.

KZRV LP’s new Spree Connect, a mid-sized lightweight laminated fiberglass travel trailer, will be introduced during next week’s Elkhart County RV Open House along with the Shipshewana, Ind.-based builder’s new Durango Gold Rush fifth-wheel.

“One of the unique features of the Connect is an aerodynamic profile compared to what we normally do,” said Andy Baer, KZRV vice president of sales and marketing, told RVBUSINESS.com. “Three years ago, people would automatically go to the big end of the segment, but now there is a concern about towability.”

Available in 11 floorplans in 22- to 32-foot lengths with up to three slideouts, Spree Connect MSRP’s range from $23,000 to $26,000.

“We are offering the Spree Connect with a very limited number of options for an all-inclusive price,” Baer reported.

In fact, only six options are available — aluminum wheels, a TV, A/C upgrade, table and chairs instead of a booth dinette, a deluxe sleeper sofa and spare tire.

“Most dealers are going to get three of those, and that’s about it,” Baer said.

With a tan sandalwood exterior, the Spree Connect is equipped with a 6 cubic foot, double door refrigerator, stereo with DVD player, heated and enclosed underbelly, and night shades.

The Connect joins two other models in the Spree lineup — the traditional Spree and the smaller Spree Escape. ”Part of what we are doing involved the recognition factor,” Baer said. “The focus here is to build on the Spree brand name, rather than come out with a name that has no foundation.”

The “Gold Rush by Durango,” being released in late August, is an upscale fifth-wheel aimed at a very specific and popular niche in the market right now, according to Dave Boggs, director of marketing and sales.

“The Gold Rush by Durango adds value to a fifth-wheel market that’s very competitive, and it comes with a wide-body floorplan design,” said Boggs. “It’s full profile line with value-added features for the discerning camper. The Gold Rush Durango is mid-range priced for a full profile unit that has all the standard features loaded into it.”

In other words, this is no entry-level, bare bones lineup. “No, it’s loaded up,” added Boggs. “It has your landing leveling gear, stainless steel appliances, solid surface countertops, two wood tone colors on the inside and standard theater seating.”

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