2011 KZ Spree 323CSS
February 1, 2011
Filed under Trailer Reviews
Wide-open spaces are synonymous with RVing. Getting outdoors and going off the beaten path to your favorite camping spot — or even to a posh RV resort, to an extent — means appreciating your vast surroundings, without the sense that the walls are closing in.
It’s that feeling of freedom that KZRV has tried to duplicate with the floorplan of the Spree 323CSS.
The Spree features two streetside slides — one in the living area and one in the bedroom. It’s the slide in the living area that really opens things up, creating the feeling of an even larger floorplan than the lightweight Spree’s 32-plus-feet actually offers.
The rear door opens up to the living area, which begins with two comfy chairs separated by a small magazine table. This type of seating arrangement is generally reserved for larger fifth-wheels, and the picture window on the back wall further evokes the feeling of a fiver layout.
The slide contains a sofa bed (with air mattress, $690) and a dinette, offering comfortable sleeping for up to four guests. Entertainment for all is provided by a 26-inch LCD TV ($690), which could almost be considered a tad small due to the seemingly far-away seating in the rear chairs.
Of course, TV isn’t the only indoor game in town, and the Spree’s airy living area offers plenty of room for hosting a gathering, socializing, playing board games with the family or even an impromptu Twister match.
The L-shape countertop in the kitchen ensures the host has ample room for food prep; with the ability to comfortably accommodate several adults and children, you’re going to need it.
The requisite three-burner stove, microwave and refrigerator handle food duties. One interesting feature in the galley is the adjustable shelving in the pantry. The shelf supports are simple plastic arms at varying heights throughout the cabinet, so the shelves can easily be moved up or down depending on the size of your kitchen staples.
The bathroom is located amidships, with the “open” theme continuing in a non-cluttered area. Above the toilet is a doorless oval opening used as a clothes hamper, which is a neat space-saving idea so long as you don’t mind being that close to yesterday’s dirty socks. The shower is spacious around, but headroom is limited for taller RVers.
The second streetside slide actually begins in the bathroom area and contains a cavernous linen closet, as well as the bedroom dresser. A sliding door separates the lavy from the bedroom.
The bedroom features dual nightstands and storage cabinets, and is perhaps the only part of the trailer that isn’t completely wide open (the manufacturer had to give somewhere). A leather-type headboard is attached to the wall, an idea that works nicely. The queen bed itself is comfortable enough, and below is a large storage area that’s accessible via an exterior cabinet. The weather was SoCal cold (50-60˚ F) during our evaluation, but no drafts were apparent from beneath the bed, which is a testament to the trailer’s flex foil insulation ($455). The second entry door, which opens directly into the bedroom, likewise showed signs of good insulation.
The test Spree was equipped with the LX Package, which includes aesthetic enhancers such as aluminum wheels and a raised-panel reefer door, in addition to a fiberglass front cap (which helps justify the $1,885 price tag) and assist grab handle.
With the Spree, KZ has created a free-flowing, open floorplan by utilizing dual slides to open up the living area. Plus, the numerous windows throughout lend a bright and airy feel. And, with enough room to handle a campground Super Bowl party, it’s easy to envision all that wide-open space being filled by friends and family.
EXT LENGTH: 32′ 4″
EXT WIDTH: 8′
EXT HEIGHT: 10′ 10″
INT HEIGHT: 6′ 6″
FRESHWATER CAP: 40 gal
BLACK-/GRAY-WATER CAP: 32 gal / 32 gal
LP-GAS CAP: 15 gal
HITCH WEIGHT: 888 lb.
UVW: 6,515 lb.
GVWR: 7,900 lb.
MSRP: Starts at $28,965