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bob11x

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We are looking at a KZ frontier with a rear queen slide. We like the 4 bunk setup (we have 3 young'ins), but want a short trailer (+ fairly lite). What are thoughts on the rear slide? KZ claims to have a patented system that is better than the rest, is that true?

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Of course its better than the rest!! Thats why we purchased our 2505!! Seriously, we love our 2004 Frontier 2505. The layout is just perfect for our family of four. The two kids have their own space in the front and we have ours in the back. The rear slide is very sturdy and does in my oppinion seem to be one of the strongest on the market. I've even been known to climb up the rear supports before I slide it in just to clear off the leaves. Not sure that you can do that with other brands. If you check out other postings on KZ you will find that most people are very happy with their purchases and customer service that KZ provides.

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KZ does have a patent on the queen glide. Thats why no other one will look like it. The man that designed it for KZ then went to work for Thor(outback) but had to do a different design. We were camped right on the Ocean when TS Tammy came by. No problem for the queen glide. In fact the only thing we did was put in the awning. We have camped in everything but snow. This trailer looks as good as the day we brought it home, inside and out. Besides all this KZ is a great company that still knows how to treat their customers.


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Posted: 11/08/05 08:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think the KZ slide may be more stable because it has a cantelevered mechanism and is self-supporting. It doesn't require brackets to be placed under it to support the slide like other models. All you do is pull it out like you'd pull out a huge drawer. When you see the size of the iron bars it slides on below and compare them to supports on some other rear slides, it gives you something to think about.


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We love our 05 2505. No problems with the rear slide. Seems very sturdy. As mentioned above, requires no additional exterior support. Bunkhouse works out well for the kids. Also you will find a ton of storage both in and under the bunkhouse. Two year bumper to hitch warranty on the KZ Frontier. Don't think you will go wrong with this choice. Good luck with your decision.


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The slide design has worked out well for us, too. We have stopped along the way and have slept on it several times while "in." A couple other brands that we looked at do not allow for any weight to be placed on the bed while slid in. Ours says it's rated for 500 lbs. IN and 1000 lbs. OUT. I think about mid-2005 they beefed up the inside ceiling rail attachments a bit.

I have also climbed up on the rear frame to clean off the top of the slide--like 3fan said, it's rock solid. A slight drawback to the design: You really can't do much as far as attaching stuff to the bumper (generator, bikes, etc). However, KZ does sell a bike rack that attaches to the spare tire.


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No complaints on ours here.





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We are the only ones I know that has had a problem with our rear queen slide. After about 500 road miles and a couple days after returning from a trip I went out to open the trailer to clean it. Upon releasing the turnbuckles the slide dropped down off it's inside rail. It turns out that the factory had mounted a CD/Radio high on the cabinet near the rear door side rail and road movement caused it and the bunk to bounce against each other. This loosened the doorside bracket which allowed the bed to drop. The other side could not hold the weight and gave way. Tightened the turnbuckles back and delivered it to the dealer. After a week or so got it back and appears as good as new. We will see. They relocated the CD down so nothing is contacting the bed now. Everyone said they had never heard of anything like this or any other problem with the rear queen slide - but that's what you would expect. One thing I should note is that the dealership and factory responded in an excellent manner compared to another dealership and manufacturer a couple of years ago.


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Thanks for all the input. I have a good dealer nearby, but his 2505 won't be in until december. It sounds like KZ is the way to go. Good to know that sleeping with the slide in is an option. A couple of other questions if I may...

It comes with only a 20,000 btu furnace. Most other brands list 30k as standard. Any problems with heating capacity due to the slide area?

Anyone go for tinted windows? Seems like they would help in the opposite climate from above. Is there a double pane available?

So far I plan on using a 1/2 ton chevy ext cab long box 5.3 to tow. I expect I'll be following the good advice here by getting a equilizer hitch. Truck is rated at 7700, less passengers, so should be room to spare in this trailer (7000 max)

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Hi,
We like the 2505 as well, but I'm wondering about the weight. We have 2003 F150 and was told that a "dry" weight of over 5000 lbs. was too much. I did notice a few of you have F150's as well. How well does it tow? And is there a lot of sway? Thanks for your help.

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