One of the great joys of my childhood was sharing good times with friends. With a sizable
living area, a well-appointed galley and a decent amount of storage space, the lightweight dual-slide Keystone Passport seems to be designed for just that purpose. Plus, the Passport can sleep up to eight people – which is always helpful for the unexpected overnight guests when those good times extend into the wee hours of the morning.
Entering the trailer, the master bedroom area is to the right, and it features a television/entertainment center in a floor-to-ceiling cabinet centered at the foot of the bed. The real highlight of this entertainment center is that it’s equipped with a 19-inch high-definition LCD flat-screen television that rotates to face either the bedroom or the main living quarters. And lest you think the kids might rebel when Mom and Dad decide to hit the sack and spin the television around for their viewing pleasure, the Passport comes pre-wired for an additional television back in the rear sleeping area. That way, the little ones can close off their own privacy curtain, flip on the tube and settle into the aft curbside slideout onto its roll-over sofa bed. There’s even additional bunk space overhead, rated to hold up to 150 pounds.
With a pair of television-viewing/entertaining areas, adults and children can be located on opposite ends of the trailer and left to entertain themselves. But even better, everyone can also gather in the main living area and play games around the spacious U-shaped dinette. The streetside slide in the living area contains most of the galley (the double-door refrigerator is curbside across the aisle) including a microwave, an oven with a three-burner stove top and a double-basin sink. The Passport also includes a standard slide-out curbside cook-center that is perfect for outdoor entertaining.
The 20,000-BTU furnace keeps RVers inside warm all night long; however, if summer fun finds the crew looking for some cool breezes, the 13,500-BTU ducted air conditioner cools things off nicely.
The rear bathroom includes a residential-style sink and a mirrored medicine cabinet, and the tub/shower has an adjustable showerhead. While the square footage of this streetside-corner lav is a little tight, there is plenty of legroom, and a skylight over the bath provides additional light and a feeling of openness.
Heavy packers need not worry; the Passport offers plenty of internal storage to swallow your gear. Overhead cabinets circle the interior, while underbed storage is accessible by lifting the queen mattress, or through the external doors.
Overall construction shows attention to strength, with a welded, aluminum frame and laminated walls. Cold-weather camping is encouraged with polystyrene block-foam insulation and an enclosed underbelly to help keep the floor warm.
With an msrp of $21,850, this looks to be a practical introduction to
family camping. Just don’t forget the marshmallows for the campfire.
Keystone RV Company,
(574) 535-2100, www.keystone-passport.com
ext length: 33′ 6″
ext width: 8′
ext height: 10′ 4″
int height: 7′ 4″
int width: 7′ 10″
freshwater cap: 30 gal
black/gray water cap: 30 gal/30 gal
lp-gas cap: 10 gal
hitch weight: 560 lb
gvwr: 6,695 lb