“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.”
Take a look at the kitchen and you will have to agree. Storage is plentiful, along with a beautiful updated kitchen design. From the white cabinets with faux glass front and sleek cabinet pulls, to the gray undertones in wall color and mixed woodwork featuring Alpine White and dark Mountain Walnut , the interior has a sleek contemporary appeal. The rear kitchen has an 8-cubic-foot refrigerator and double under-mount sink, a motion-lit walk-in pantry walk-in pantry and plentiful undermount cabinet lights, including undermount lights on the kitchen bench seat.
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.”
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.