KZ Recreational Vehicles (KZ RV), a subsidiary of Thor Industries, which makes travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers, has launched its Sonic X concept prototype at The RV Experience (RVX), featuring forward-thinking design and environmentally-conscious features such as a weight-saving, carbonfibre body, and solar panels producing 1,000W of power.
KZ RV says the Sonic X concept prototype showcases how new designs and technologies are influencing modern RV development, and is the industry’s first self-sustainable, lightweight RV.
Power from the roof-mounted solar panels can be stored in its nine Lithium-ion batteries. Additionally, the Sonic X utilizes a Secondary Infinite Water System (S.I.W.S) with a heavy-duty water pump, 25-foot hose and water filtration, so it can be connected to fresh water sources such as a stream, river or lake, and can store up to 100 gallons of water.
The trailer is also equipped with deep-tinted frameless windows to provide an ultraviolet (UV) barrier from the exterior to the interior, Chroma coated roller shades to reduce heat penetration through the windows, interior and exterior LED lighting, 2- 900 CFMS power fans and 2-20# LP tanks with auto-changeover.
To build the frame of the trailer, KZ RV used a process called HUCK bolting, which is five times stronger than welding, further reinforcing the trailer’s durability.
The Sonic X RV has been chosen to be part of an exclusive Judges Choice showcase, highlighting the ‘best of the best RV’s’ at RVX, selected by a panel of industry leaders.
“We are committed to protecting the environment so we set out to develop a concept that reflected one of our core brand missions,” said Aram Koltookian, President of KZ RV.
“When developing the Sonic X, we wanted to build the ultimate, self-sustainable RV that is both durable on the outside and features a modern interior for today’s lifestyle. The design is made to be mindful of the environment by using lightweight materials and clean, renewable energy sources to operate the RV. I am pleased that five of the seven units KZ is bringing won Judges Choice in 4 different categories”
“We are thrilled with how this prototype turned out and are incredibly excited to see how Sonic X will be received by our dealers and retail customers” said Bob Martin, CEO of THOR Industries. “As the global RV leader, THOR has a responsibility to push the industry forward and this concept from KZ is a perfect example of the value we put on inventive projects to fulfill that duty.”
KZ Recreational Vehicles was founded in 1972 in Middlebury, Ind., on the principles of quality, fairness, courtesy and integrity. Today, the company manufactures a full line of towable RV’s in Shipshewana, Ind. KZ Recreational Vehicles has received the Quality Circle Award from RVDA for its Dealer Satisfaction Index survey more times than any other travel trailer manufacturer.