2015 KZ Sportsmen Show Stopper S281RLSS Review

A budget-minded travel trailer

By Agata Gutkowska, Oct. 24, 2014, Photography by KZ RV
KZ designed its Sportsmen Show Stopper to have it all – good looks, great quality, and a fair price.

A whopping 14 floorplans are available to choose from and we’ve decided to explore the S281RLSS, perfect for bachelors and couples. It has an unloaded vehicle weight of 5,530 lbs, dry hitch weight of 630 lbs, dry axle weight of 4,900 lbs, net carrying capacity of 1,470 lbs and gross vehicle weight rating of 7,000 lbs. For measurements, the Show Stopper S281RLSS has an interior height of 78”, exterior height with A/C of 10’7”, exterior width of 96” and exterior length of 29’9”. For liquids, the water heater capacity is 6 gallons, fresh water capacity is 40 gallons, wastewater capacity is 32 gallons, and gray water capacity is 32 gallons.

2015 KZ Sportsmen Show Stopper Slideout

Backed by KZ’s one-year warranty, the Show Stopper is built to perform. The sidewall construction is composed of sheet metal and the body is made of wood. With 15” pass-thru storage and a power retractable slideout, the Show Stopper is bigger than it looks and manages space efficiently. When you’re setting up camp, use the manual levelling jacks to get the job done right. The Show Stopper is prewired with air conditioning, heating and cable. SuperFlex roofing material is found on the walk-on roof and the awning is equipped with a drip rail and spouts, guaranteed to keep you dry. Other exterior features include sewer hose storage in the rear bumper, large radius baggage doors and a radius entry door.

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2012 KZ Spree 321BHS

Walking through the radius entry door brings you to the living area, which provides ample seating space. You have the option of sprawling out on the sofa or kicking back in the comfy chairs. You can even sit at the dinette and enjoy a coffee, along with the view from your window. If the view consists of an empty parking lot, then shut the blinds and turn on tour TV. Show Stopper’s entertainment center features cable hook-up, AM/FM/CD Player and a TV antenna, equipped with a booster.

2015 KZ Sportsmen Show Stopper Living Area

Equipped with an oven and range hood, you can fry, boil and bake all you need in the Show Stopper kitchen. The range hood comes with a 12V light and an exhaust fan. If you’re a lazy chef, then throw frozen dinners in the microwave, which has a turntable. Store ingredients in the large overhead cabinets, equipped with solid wood framed Mortise and Tenon cabinet doors. To make life easier, the drawer guides feature roller ball bearings. Store leftovers in the six-cubic-foot refrigerator and wash dishes in the acrylic sink, which features a high-rise faucet. If you enjoy outdoor barbeques more than indoor dining, then request an outdoor kitchen.

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2015 Prime Time Manufacturing Lacrosse Luxury Lite 303 RKS

Although small in size, the bathroom has everything you need. Your grooming routine can be executed in front of the mirror, attached to the built-in medicine cabinet. The shower features tub surround, which will prevent spilling and splashing. Of course, the bathroom features a toilet and a power vent.

2015 KZ Sportsmen Show Stopper Bathroom

When you’re ready to recharge your batteries, retreat to your bedroom. With ample walking space and two windows, your bedroom will make you forget about your long journey on the road. The Queen bed comes with a reversible quilted comforter, providing you with the deep sleep necessary to take on long road trips.

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2014 Coachmen Apex Deep Slide Series 259BHSS

2015 KZ Sportsmen Show Stopper Bedroom

KZ understands that its customers have different needs and expectations. That’s why customers are given options. For an additional cost, you can request a lighted power tongue jack or a spare tire carrier. You can also request multi-directional lighted power awning.

2015 KZ Sportsmen Show Stopper Lighted Awning

The 2014 KZ Sportsmen Show Stopper S281RLSS sells for around $21,000. For more information visit: http://www.kz-rv.com/.


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