The 2019 Venture Sonic 231VRK matches contemporary looks and features with light weight and a reasonable price
Balancing light weight with the room and features today’s RV buyers expect has always been a challenge for manufacturers. At a time when many consumers would prefer to tow a trailer with the vehicle that’s already in their driveway, a trailer that’s too heavy can lose market share to a lighter, similarly sized unit.
Venture RV, a division of K-Z, has always managed to produce lightweight trailers that have the right combination of contemporary looks and modern conveniences, and its latest model is the 231VRK, a rear-kitchen, single-slideout floorplan that fits the bill for family vacations. Built on a rugged, U.S.-made BAL NXG frame, the Sonic looks to have the right stuff from the get-go, including a full-length power awning with integrated LED lighting, Lippert SolidStep entry step, a lighted power A-frame jack, large pass-through storage and polished aluminum wheels.
On the street side of the trailer, there are black and gray dump valves ahead of the slideout, and behind it are an outdoor shower, freshwater connection and a separate gray-water dump valve — which means either using a Y connection for sewer hookup or moving the dump hose from one valve to the other. This gives flexibility in floorplans without having long runs of black pipe going through cabinets and living space, plus it takes weight and balance into consideration. On the street-side rear corner are the cable, satellite and solar-charging ports.
Step through the entry door and you’ll find yourself in a light, bright kitchen with an expansive, one-piece simulated marble countertop, double-bowl sink with matching cover, and a two-burner Suburban stove with glass cover and decorative backsplash. Instead of an overhead microwave, the manufacturer chose a vent hood and additional cabinetry with white plastic panels that mimic frosted glass. A stainless-steel convection oven (a $311 option) is located directly below the stove. Combined with the dark walnut cabinetry, the touches of stainless steel and light-colored simulated-plank vinyl flooring lend a modern appearance.
There were some disappointments, however. The decorative kick panel beneath the 7-cubic-foot refrigerator looked rough-hewn, and the vinyl applique around one side of the slideout was bubbling. To be fair, these could be due to a hurriedly assembled early production unit.
The aforementioned fridge shares the street-side slideout with a 48-by-65-inch dinette that looks big enough for four but upon closer inspection can really seat only three adults comfortably. This is because the seatbacks aren’t as long as the seat cushions, and the table isn’t big enough to accommodate four plates plus drinks, serving dishes and the like. You might want to keep a couple of TV trays on hand. At bedtime, the dinette can be converted to a bed, as can the opposing 64-inch jiffy sofa, which is adjacent to a roomy pantry with shelves. A Furrion LED HD television is located on the forward wall, next
to a Furrion DVD player and head unit, and is connected to two interior speakers, and a pair of marine-grade outdoor speakers.
Exterior Length 26′ 9″
Exterior Width 7′ 6″
Interior Height 6′ 10″
Exterior Height 10′ 3″
Freshwater Cap. 38 gal.
Black-Water Cap. 30 gal.
Gray-Water Cap. 60 gal.
LP-Gas Cap. 40 lbs.
UVW 4,340 lbs.
Hitch Weight 310 lbs.
GVWR 5,200 lbs.
MSRP, Base $26,890
The midship bath is separated from the living area and front bedroom by solid sliding doors, which we appreciate. Nothing fancy here, but the use of space is well-conceived with a roomy countertop, floor-to-ceiling linen closet, a cubbie and shelf above the sink, and a mirrored medicine cabinet. A porcelain toilet with a foot flush was a nice surprise, as was the shower with a 36-inch tub for bathing the smaller members of the family.
Speaking of the bedroom, there is a firm 60-by-75-inch bed with wardrobes and shelves on either side, plus underbed storage. The platform does not have struts to support it when open, and the mattress is not bisected, so retrieving items will be a two-person job. We would like to see a 120-volt AC outlet on both sides of the bed and more USB ports throughout.
The Venture Sonic 231VRK is a nice floorplan that could be ideal for modern families on the go.
Special thanks to Curtis Trailers in Portland, Oregon, which is celebrating its 71st year in business. Curtis is a family-owned dealer with a wide range of products, professional staff, and a well-stocked parts and accessories department.