Venture Stratus SR261VRK named RV News Best in Show

SHIPSHEWANA, INDIANA – Venture RV has won the RV News ‘Best in Show’ award for its Stratus SR261VRK ultra-lite travel trailer, its third such honor. “Inventive storage was a deciding factor,” said Jessica Machetta RV News editor. “Who doesn’t love secret compartments? There’s a hidden headboard niche, a bedroom shelf that opens to a shirt closet, a flip-top end table and removable dinette storage bins. An exterior pass-through runs under the bed, and the 250-pound capacity cargo rack upgrades to a double kayak carrier.”

Curb appeal also made an impression. “The bright colors stop traffic,” said Machetta. ”Manufacturers fixate on front cap design, whereas Stratus has such a striking side view, and that’s what owners see the most.” Dealer preference influenced exterior design according to Dave Boggs, Venture general manager. “We chose dealers’ favorite colors – Victory Red, Indigo Blue, Aztec Gray and Polar White,” said Boggs. “Gloss fiberglass is a staple of high-end RVs, so they’re thrilled to see it on affordable travel trailers.”

Machetta cited interior convenience as well. The walkthrough bath is common to fifth wheels, as is the roomy 34-inch shower and linen closet. There’s also a motion-lit walk-in pantry, U-shaped dinette across from the 64-inch sofa or optional theater seats, and an entertainment center with built-in fireplace. The rear kitchen has an 8-cubic-foot refrigerator and double under-mount sink. Mixed woodwork in Alpine White and dark Mountain Walnut complete the sleek contemporary appeal.

Boggs agreed. “Our employees camp, and a lot of their practical, user-friendly ideas went into the design. Teamwork and inspiration made Stratus a reality, and no one else offers anything like it.” Stratus fills the gap between Sonic and SportTrek, with dry weight for the SR261VRK of 5,850 pounds and an MSRP of $31,605, depending on options.

Venture RV, a division of KZ Recreational Vehicles, is headquartered in Shipshewana, Indiana. For more information concerning Venture RV and its lines of travel trailers, including Sonic, Stratus and SportTrek, please visit, or call (888) 829-6320.

SOURCE: Venture RV press release

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at

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