KZRV LP has added an interesting bunk configuration to its double-door Spree lightweight travel trailer series. The Spree 29IK, one of three new Spree floorplans introduced for 2013, has an island kitchen and features a living room/double-bunk slideout with a pullout trundle bed beneath that provides three sleeping positions. A fourth bunk is positioned over the rear entertainment center. The front-bedroom 29IK, with radius cabinets and two large pantries, is among 16 floorplans running 24 to 36 feet in the fiberglass-and-aluminum Spree series from the Shipshewana, Ind., builder. Also for 2013, KZRV is offering an eye-catching ”Sandlewood Edition” with ”champagne-colored” sidewalls trimmed with black accents and an aerodynamic front cap with a $23,900 base MSRP.
Venture RV, founded in mid-July, has augmented its lightweight SportTrek travel trailer line with the addition of a 35-foot 6-inch triple-slide floorplan. With limited options, the Venture line features eight 26 to 35-foot 6-inch floorplans, including the SportTrek 320VIK that the company took less than three months to develop after dealers at the Elkhart Open House in September suggested they wanted Venture to create a larger coach with more living space. ”We are reacting to what our dealers were asking for and it shows that we can react to the market fairly quickly,” said Dave Boggs, director of marketing and sales for the Shipshewana, Ind.-based KZRV LP subsidiary. The 320VIK floorplan, with a dry weight of 7,200 pounds, features an island kitchen and opposing living room and kitchen slideouts. ”The island kitchen opens up the kitchen area where people can hang out along with the living area,” said Boggs, adding that MSRPs range from $22,000 to $31,000.
Shipshewana, Ind.-based Venture RV, an Indiana-based manufacturer of lightweight travel trailers, will be displaying its new SportTrek line at the National RV Trade Show, Nov. 27-29 in Louisville, Ky.
“The dealer reaction to the product has been phenomenal,” Dave Boggs, director of marketing and sales for the KZRV LP subsidiary, said in a press release. “Dealers in both the U.S. and Canada have already seen success with retail sales in just days after the product has landed. We will be introducing our eighth floorplan to the dealer base at this year’s RVIA show in Booth 1120 in the South Wing.”
The new 320VIK floorplan is an island kitchen model that comes with three sliderooms, 82-inch sofa, junior dinette, in/out pass-through bathroom and Campfire Café outdoor kitchen. The SportTrek line offers lengths ranging from 26- to 35-feet and are equipped with an enclosed underbelly and champagne colored front and back wall. The trailer can be towed by today’s small crossovers, SUVs and light duty trucks.
For more information is available online at www.venture-rv.com.
KZRV LP will be introducing its Spree Sandlewood lightweight travel trailer featuring a champagne full-body exterior during the upcoming National RV Trade Show, Nov. 27-29 in Louisville, Ky. According to a press release, KZ will be displaying product in Booth No. 1120 in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).
“We are excited to offer full-body color in the Spree line,” said Marlene Snyder, product manager. “We have seen great success with the Durango Sandlewood Edition and I’m sure the Spree full-body infused champagne color will see the same success.”
KZRV will be introducing three new Spree floorplans at this year’s show, including a unit sporting three sliderooms, an island kitchen, 48-inch shower and large bunkroom. The Sandlewood Edition is trimmed out with black accents and will have the newly redesigned Spree aerodynamic front cap.
The Spree Sandlewood models range from 24- to 36 feet in length, weigh 4,300 to 7,200 pounds and are available in over 17 floorplans. The Spree Sandlewood Edition, nicely equipped, has MSRP’s starting around $24,600.
In addition, Spree is covered by KZ’s 2-year limited warranty that protects against defects in materials and workmanship for two years from date of delivery. For more information on the warranty visit www.kz-rv.com.
For the ninth straight month, RV shipments were up, posting a 12.7% gain in September. And, according to a report in the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, that’s good news for RV workers in Elkhart County.
Terry Slabach, CFO of KZRV LP in Shipshewana, noted, “I think we feel like slow, steady growth is better than really quick, accelerated growth. And that’s what we have seen.We’re happy with where we’re at this year.”
The RV industry, including RV manufacturers and suppliers, employs more than 24,000 people in Elkhart County. Northern Indiana builds 82% of all recreational vehicles in the United States, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Both Slabach and Matt Bunner, vice president of operations for Robert Weed Plywood, an RV supplier, like the way 2013 looks, too.
“We see a fairly stable level of growth for this year into next year,” Bunner said. “About the same level, maybe a little bit higher for next year. Our customers are confident in the next year also. Unless something happens of a world-impact nature, we believe it’s going to be a good, solid year.”
Andy Baer, vice president of sales and marketing at KZRV, and Slabach do have some concerns with 2013, though.
“There are concerns out there with regard to the fiscal cliff … maybe less concern on the actual election process but what happens after the election process, and that affects the consumer psyche,” said Baer. “We’ve been fortunate as an industry. The consumer’s been extremely resilient and still showing an interest in RVing of any description.”
Shipshewana, Ind.-based Venture RV, a division of KZRV LP founded in July, will be displaying its new lightweight SportTrek travel trailer during next week’s Elkhart County RV Open House.
According to a press release, Venture RV will be showing product Sept. 17-20 at its display area just south of the intersection of County Road 6 and County Road 15 in Elkhart. The display will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. In addition, there will be product set up inside the Venture facility in Shipshewana.
“We will have eight units in Elkhart, including our newest floorplan innovation – a two bedroom unit with a queen- and king-size bed,” said Dave Boggs, director of marketing and sales for Venture RV. “It’s actually a versatile model and one of the bedrooms can be configured several ways to meet the consumer’s needs. This floorplan is less than 35-feet long and has several unique features. I’m sure it will be a big hit at the show.”
Boggs added, “It’s been a lot of fun creating the SportTrek. The Venture team has taken the stance on making good floorplans even better by adding user-friendly features to make camping even more enjoyable. Dealer reaction to the product has been phenomenal and has exceeded our expectations. Dealers in both U.S. and Canada have already seen success with retail sales in just a couple of days after the product has landed.”
The SportTrek travel trailer is available in seven floorplans ranging in lengths from 26 to 34 feet. It is equipped with up to two slideouts, enclosed underbelly and champagne-colored front and back wall. The affordable lightweight travel trailer can also be towed by today’s small crossovers, SUVs and light-duty trucks.
For more information visit www.venture-rv.com.
Shipshewana, Ind.-based towable builder KZRV LP has redefined its Stoneridge luxury fifth-wheel line with the introduction of new innovative features, interiors and exterior options.
According to a press release, the redesigned StoneRidge will make its debut during next week’s Elkhart County RV Open House at the company’s display at the corner of County Road 6 and County Road 15 in Elkhart.
The new StoneRidge fifth-wheel features a bold exterior that offers one standard exterior graphic package, two partial paint exteriors choices and two full-body paint options. Eight models range from 38 to 40 feet in length.
Nicely appointed with an MSRP around $61,295, StoneRidge fifth-wheels are also equipped with many standard features that other RV manufacturers offer only as options, including: true six-sided aluminum frame; fireplace; premium bedding package; 40- to 46-inch LCD TVs; ottoman; washer/dryer prep; 30-inch OTR microwave; 16-inch aluminum wheels; Corian counter tops and slam latch luggage doors.
Offering new floorplans and other industry-first features, the new StoneRidge has been “innovatively re-engineered to create a more home-like appearance,” according to KZ.
“‘As KZ’s luxury product, StoneRidge has always brought unmatched craftsmanship and functionality to their customers. Our team has created a high level of value to the new StoneRidge, designed for the experienced RVer that knows what they want from a luxury fifth-wheel,” said Product Manager Marlene Snyder .
The StoneRidge is covered by KZ RV’s two-year limited warranty. Also included is a one-year free membership in Coach-Net that provides 24/7 roadside assistance throughout the United States and Canada.
Shipshewana, Ind.-based KZRV LP has introduced the Durango Sandlewood Edition fifth-wheel, featuring an infused champagne full-body exterior. According to a press release, the new model is available in both the mid-profile Durango 1500 and full-profile Durango fifth-wheels.
The Sandlewood Edition is trimmed out with black accents and will have the newly redesigned Durango aerodynamic front cap. Available in over 20 floorplans, models range from 27 feet, 11 inches to 39 feet in length with weights running from 7,100 to 11,000 pounds. MSRP’s start around $37,900.
In addition, Durango fifth-wheels are covered by KZRV’s two-year warranty that protects against defects in materials and workmanship.
“We are excited to offer full-body color in the Durango line,” said Andy Baer, vice president of sales. “Durango has always brought unmatched craftsmanship and functionality to our customers. We will be introducing the Sandlewood Edition at the Elkhart County RV Open House.”
Baer added, “This year, KZ will be displaying product lines at two locations. Our primary location will be at County Road 6 and County Road 15 in Elkhart. As an added convenience, dealers are always welcome to view products at our corporate headquarters in Shipshewana.”
Dates for KZ’s fall open house are Sept. 17-20. For more information e-mail email@example.com.
Shipshewana, Ind.-based KZRV LP announced that it has approved TCF Inventory Finance Inc. (TCFIF) as a floorplan finance provider in the U.S. and Canada.
According to a press release, TCFIF’s financing program will provide KZRV dealers with competitive rates, a flexible curtailment structure and dedicated customer service.
TCFIF is an indirect subsidiary of TCF Financial Corp., a Wayzata, Minnesota-based national bank holding company offering a full range of inventory financing solutions to RV manufacturers, distributors and dealers throughout the United States and Canada. The company serves several other industries including marine, power sports, lawn and garden, and consumer electronics and appliances, while also conducting commercial leasing and equipment finance business in all 50 states.
For more information, visit www.tcfif.com or call the TCFIF sales center at (877) 872-8234, prompt 2 (in the U.S.), or at (877) 800-4430 (in Canada).
Venture RV, a division of Shipshewana, Ind.-based KZRV LP formed in July, has named Jim Weiss as regional sales manager.
According to a press release, Weiss joins Venture RV with 17 years of retail sales and management experience in the RV industry. In his new position, he will be responsible for sales of Venture’s line of lightweight travel trailers throughout the eastern United States.
“Jim is a key addition to the Venture RV team,” said Venture RV Director of Sales Dave Boggs. “His extensive experience in retail management along with his manufacturing sales experience will be beneficial to our dealers adds.”
Weiss noted, “I’m excited to be part of the Venture RV team. Venture RV offers customers a quality lightweight travel trailer with value added features at a great price point. It’s an awesome opportunity to be on the ground floor of an emerging new RV brand that’s bound to be a best seller.”
Weiss resides in Mooresville, N.C. and can be reached at (704)960-8178 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in July 2012, VENTURE RV builds light weight travel trailers focused on the active camping lifestyle. Venture RV is located in Shipshewana, Indiana and distributes its products through dealers across the United States and Canada. Venture RV is a division of KZ RV. More information is available online at www.venture-rv.com.