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Old 03-10-2013, 04:59 PM   #1
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Kz spree escape 196s

Hi! My wife and I are thinking about buying the KZ SPREE ESCAPE. We are very new to RVing and we like the floor plan and think it will be a good fit for us but since we are so new to this we do not know about its durablity. I know that this model is fairly new and if anyone out there can please answer my questions.
1. Does KZ have good customer service?
2. Does anyone know about its durability?
3. Does anyone know about any other light weght trailers under 4000 lbs.?
4. What are the things we should look for when we are ready to buy our RV?
Thank you for any help. I appreciate it.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:59 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums...

Two things that really stand out to me is a 22' tt with only one axle. And it only has a 20 gallon fresh water tank....That is tiny....really tiny. We have had two Aerolite's, one a 24' (2005) with a 47 gallon fresh and our new one (2013) with a 52 gallon fresh water tank...

The Spree's are a very basic trailer, built to keep the price low. One giv-a-way is the use of household air conditioners and the very basic cabinets and decor.

Looking at some pics of the 196 I didn't see much storage space.

That much trailer with only a single axle is going to bounce around....in my opinion.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:29 AM   #3
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thank you

Thanks there are just so many choices, but to make things worse I have a small truck weight is a big deal, there has to be a good quality camper that I can buy, anyway I will keep looking
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If you want a quality, lightweight, small trailer you might want to look into the molded fiberglass units that are built like a boat. They cost more than most traditionally built trailers but hold their value. Most of them are quite small but if it's only you and your wife they might be what you're looking for.
Models range from 13' to about 21' and brands include Scamp, Casita, EggCamper, Escape, Lil Snoozy, and a few more that don't come to me right now.

If interested, here's a thread discussing the "real" weights of the various makes and models: Trailer Weights in the Real World - Fiberglass RV
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Have you ruled out hybrids?

The reason I ask is because you get the most bang / Square footage of usable space verses weight. We had a 2005 24' hybrid that was 3900 dry but also had a small couch slide that really opened up the floorplan. It had 26 inside cabinet doors or storage spaces. Our new 2013 hybrid is 25' and 4300 dry with the couch and kitchen in the slide.

I might sound like a broken record, but a unit with a slide really opens up the inside. Your going to have to hit a number if dealers or a RV shows to see what is out there.

After tent camping for 10+ years we decided to look for a used pop-up...didn't see used ones I thought were worth the price at the time (1999). So we bought a new Coleman back in 99'. Loved it so much decided to buy another new Coleman in 05', but once we popped our heads into a hybrid we were hooked. First here was a 19' foot one my DW liked...OOOOahah..then we saw a 22' one that was even better, then once we saw the 24' one with a slide and all the cabinet space and counter space...that was the one. At first we wouldn't think we would use the shower, but my wife soon found out it was nice to use your own shower and then get in her your PJ's. So that is why the Aerolites with their 52 gallon fresh water tanks are a must have for us.
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I have the Spree Escape 196 and absolytely LOVE IT!!! It tows great! It's just myself and my two kids and it is perfect for us. It has a slide out and makes it that much bigger inside. Although it doesn't seem to have much for storage space, there really is lots. And the seats in the dinette all have storage underneath.
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