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RE: Keystone Passport vs. Bullet

A little late to the discussion but I just did a walk-through on both a Keystone Passport 3220BH and Bullet 308BHS, both of which are twin units. Both units were a 2016. The sales rep told me that the Passport has been around longer than the Bullet (only 4 years for the Bullet). My impression was this. The Bullet was a step up in terms of amenities. The aluminum rims, extra pantry space, extra overhead sofa cabinets, and solid sliding interior doors (vs curtains) for the Bullet gave it the edge. It was also priced about $500-600 more. The only thing that grabbed my attention on the Passport was that it came with a standard queen size mattress (60x80). The Bullet has the RV queen at 60x72. It's funny because there is definitely enough space in the front bedroom to accommodate the larger mattress. Just need to add longer support wood on the platform, one of the first things I will be modifying. I must have walked between the two units at least 5 times. Everything else was cosmetic differences. Quality of wood trim, fabrics, and craftsmanship was just about the same. If you're looking for a bunkhouse model that is light enough to tow with a 1/2 ton vehicle and won't dent the bank too much, take a gander at these two. That extra bunkhouse slide is was sealed the deal on this floor plan over the many 1 slide, quad bunk models on the market. You can fit 5 kids comfortably in the back, and even set up a full size pack-n-play in it. That sales rep was way off--2009 was the first model year for the Bullet. Bullet specs for previous model years
Andy F 02/08/16 04:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: What's the advantage of the frame design on our new TT?

Our TT was one of the last made by Keystone with the straight frame before they began offering flush floor super slides on the street/driver's side of the Bullet. While the larger flush floor slide is nice, I have never cared for having my dinette and most of my windows facing away from my campsite towards any neighbor's site. I have always wondered if the raised frame affects the TT's handling. I am assuming the center of gravity must be higher. A lower center of gravity for a better towing experience was promoted in the past by several of the light weight TT manufactures prior to them switching to the flush floor slides and a higher frame. After the switch, there was no mention of this.
Andy F 02/02/16 11:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a TT with a Toyota Sequoia or Tacoma?

2010 Sequoia SR5 with the 5.7L engine, 2WD and Tow Package. Pulling a Puma 23FB with a ProPride WDH. Just returned from my first trip. 16,000 miles total/12,000 miles towing. From Myrtle Beach, out through Yellowstone, up to Alaska and back. Towed great! Plenty of power. Averaged 10 mpg. I prefer the SUV to the Thundra because of the ride and inside storage. FWIW, I bought the Sequoia used. Had budgeted about $30k for a 2008 and found the 2010 with 88,000 miles for $22k. I used Cars.com and found the SUV in Columbia, SC. I drove to Columbia and being single, anticipated renting a U-Haul dolly to tow my auto back to MB. Dealer needed to pickup a vehicle in MB and had his driver deliver the Sequoia to me for no charge. Worked out for everyone. Same experience here--great SUV tow vehicle if you have proper WD and sway control. We bought our 2008 Limited used with 130,000 miles and it drives like it is brand new. Headed to Washington State, Oregon, and Glacier this summer with a few stops along the way.
Andy F 01/21/16 03:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wax or 303 on decals

Waxing by hand is too much work. I have used Camco's rv wash/wax with excellent results. I keep 303 continually on my front end and I put 303 on the sides and rear once a year. My TT looks like it's brand new. Check out my pics link. Also helps that my TT gets stored indoors all winter long, out of the sun and winter weather.
Andy F 01/20/16 01:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a TT with a Toyota Sequoia or Tacoma?

Sequoia owner here....have used it to tow our 28' TT since May of 2009. Loaded and ready for the road the trailer weighs 6,000 lbs. and the Sequoia handles it with ease, so I'm a bit mystified about the reply to your post saying you should have a TT weight of no more than 4,500 lbs. Maybe with the smaller engine, yes, but the 5.7 L has plenty of power; it not only delivers better overall performance than our old TV (5.9 L Dodge gas engine) we get better gas mileage as well. Weight distribution - wouldn't tow without it. Cost? I didn't pay anything NEAR $50,000 for it, new off the lot. They aren't too common on used car lots. Is payload a concern? Yes, and that is the "Achilles heel" for this platform but most of its service is as DW's daily driver. I've weighed our truck so I know an actual weight, and I use a scale to verify my tongue weight before we hit the road in order to ALWAYS stay within specs. ;)The 5.7 liter engine in the Sequoia is fantastic.
Andy F 01/19/16 06:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a TT with a Toyota Sequoia or Tacoma?

We've been towing with a Sequoia since 2008, first with our Roo HTT and then our 31 foot Bullet 281 TT since 2012. We've been out in the mountains to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons and then down to Florida this past fall. The Sequoia has been an awesome tow vehicle for us. We've had the 2nd generation Sequoia with the 5.7 liter since last spring and it has lots of power. We did upgrade our hitch to the ProPride for complete sway control. I'd highly recommend the Sequoia and suggest some skepticism towards cynics out there.
Andy F 01/19/16 06:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Purchasing new TT, what can I get them to throw in

Andy 2012 Keystone Bullet 281BHS 2008 Toyota Sequoia (previously a 2004 Sequoia) ProPride 3P - what a hitch! Nights camped in 2013=36 Nights camped in 2014=33 Nights camped in 2015=39 Our camping photos Nice looking Bullet! Think it is same size as ours except bunkhouse instead of our twin padded rockers in the rear. Only 2 of us now.. kids are off on their own! We have only had ours 1 year(Nov 2014) and used only 10 nights in 2015 due to work, but I am impressed that it has been flawless! Not 1 single issue in all the systems or quality, fit, and finish! I have only seen positive posts from other Bullet owners on this forum.. nothing negative.. hope that continues. You have had yours 3 seasons..any issues with it? How many miles have you put on it? Your experiences can help me watch out for certain things! Thank you--it has been a great TT for us. No issues for us other than some minor shake-out items (power tongue jack wired incorrectly) when we first took delivery. I haven't kept track of exact mileage but I can give you a rough idea by telling you its gone on two trips to Yellowstone from MN and then to Florida and back from MN this past fall besides all over MN. We camp 32+ nights a year, mostly in State Parks, so it gets used plenty.
Andy F 12/01/15 07:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Roofs-Fiberglass vs. Rubber/TPO

Thanks everyone for the insights. Very helpful.
Andy F 12/01/15 07:16am Class A Motorhomes
Roofs-Fiberglass vs. Rubber/TPO

We are starting our research into Class A's for my retirement 8 years away. We'll probably purchase in 5 years or so when our current TT is 7 years old. One of the items that has caught my eye with Class A's is the roofs. It appears that the lower end/base models have a rubber and/or TPO roof while other models, including all Tiffin models and Winnebago models we have looked at, have a molded fiberglass roof. Based on my travel trailer roof experience (I have sealed all my roof seams with Eternabond tape for longevity purposes), it seems like going with a fiberglass roof is a big deal if we plan on keeping whatever Class A we buy for 8-10 years or longer. But I'm assuming there are still roof seems to maintain on a fiberglass roof? Am I seeing this issue correctly?
Andy F 12/01/15 01:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Purchasing new TT, what can I get them to throw in

We bought during a slow time of the year and we got a Fantastic Fan exhaust fan installed along with all the high-quality shelving my wife wanted installed (wardrobes and kitchen cabinets). We also got a factory "bonus" package that included a black tank rinse, power tongue jack, motion patio light, folding plastic patio table, and a few other items. You should be able to get a number of things thrown in if your negotiating with a good dealer and sales person. We walked away from a young inexperienced sales person at another dealer on a previous HTT purchase. If the TT your looking at doesn't have these following items, I'd ask for them to be included: Power tongue jack Fantastic Fan Black tank rinse
Andy F 12/01/15 01:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Pacific coast SP camping in Oregon & WA

We just completed a 10 day run along the Pacific coast, only stayed in one state park, and that was Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA., the rest we stayed in campgrounds. No matter where you stay the coast is just plain outstanding. We pulled out of Minnesota two months ago. Envious!
Andy F 11/06/15 06:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pacific coast SP camping in Oregon & WA

Wow--so grateful for all the responses! Thank you everyone. I'll look through them all this coming weekend and next week. Planning on making our reservations next week.
Andy F 11/06/15 06:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pacific coast SP camping in Oregon & WA

Harris State Beach OR close to beach. Beachside State Park OR ON the beach Our personal favorite Pacific Beach State Park WA ON the beach. MAKE RESERVATIONS NOW!! Sent you PM with link to photos of our trip this year up the coast and then on to Glacier. Thanks!
Andy F 11/05/15 06:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pacific coast SP camping in Oregon & WA

Portland north? Sadly tour going to miss probably 90% of the best scenery on the coast. Besides going the wrong way. The pacific coast is best seen north to south. But since you asked, Ft Stevens State Park west of Astoria. We are a bit limited on this trip on where we go because of our other stops along the way and because of where family lives that we are stopping to visit in Washington. We'll go south along the coast next time. We plan to full-time RV when retirement comes in 9 years. We'll be back!
Andy F 11/05/15 05:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pacific coast SP camping in Oregon & WA

We use THIS. Woodall's camping directory is also a big help. Thanks. I was kind of hoping for personal recommendations from those who live or have camped out there.
Andy F 11/05/15 05:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Pacific coast SP camping in Oregon & WA

We are planning our next big trip next year out to the west coast. I am looking for suggestions and recommendations for state park camping along the Pacific Ocean west of Portland, OR, and then north to the Olympic National Park. We'll be coming west from Yellowstone and Spokane and Kennewick, and wanting to end up in Seattle before heading back east with a Glacier stop on the way home to MN. We loved our trip to FL last month where we camped at a state park right off the Gulf beach. Looking for something similar out west.
Andy F 11/05/15 04:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Love my Keystone Bullet 285RLS TT

I was told the same thing about Bullet roofs not being walk-able by corporate staff at Keystone. I contacted them to get a "solid" answer after we purchased ours and I got different answers from different sources. While it makes it somewhat interesting to access roof vents and do maintenance on the roof, I'm guessing it adds to the low weight and tow-ability we enjoy. Some folks we met in Florida had a comparable Forest River Coachmen Liberty Express trailer and they had an empty weight that was almost 1,000 pounds heavier than ours which is 5100 pounds. At this stage in our RV'ing life, I prefer lighter over heavier.
Andy F 11/03/15 01:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Love my Keystone Bullet 285RLS TT

Andy-- Great pics you have posted of all your camping adventures with your Bullet! Great looking rig! Ours is same size except has 2 rocker recliners in rear in place of bunks. Our kids are on their own and we have 4 Grandkids! Glad to hear you have had 3 seasons with over 100 nights with no big problems! We have only used our 2014 for 10 nights so far but look forward to a lot more in 2016! It has operated perfectly and is easy to tow with our E2 equalizer and vintage 97 Ford Expedition. We too want to go out West with ours! Have never been to those great sites1 Hope we can follow in your tracks! Have a great 2016! Maybe we will cross paths! Tim & Ramona & Scruffy You motivated me to get some of our more recent photos finally uploaded!
Andy F 10/30/15 07:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Love my Keystone Bullet 285RLS TT

Purchased a new 2014 Keystone Bullet Ultralite 285RLS TT last Nov, used it only twice this year due to job. Total 10 nights camping. Love it! Not a single malfunction of any system so far! Was surprised no punchlist with all the complicated mechanical, electrical systems! Only weighs 5540 lbs so no problem for my 97 Expedition to pull. Love the d├ęcor and 2 big rocker recliners! Highly recommend a Bullet! We love our Bullet too. We just wrapped up a 3500 mile-15 night trip from MN to FL and it towed beautifully in combination with our SUV and our ProPride hitch. We too have had very few issues with it. Most surprising to us is how much we like the 2nd exterior door in the rear from the bathroom on our floorplan. It makes dumping the black tank easier among other benefits (including having the door open in those private sites when using the bathroom). I can stand outside the door at dump stations and flush several bowlfuls of water if needed and add my tank treatment at the end without ever entering the TT. Add a Fantastic Fan to the bathroom vent. Our top mod from the very start, by the dealer, before we took delivery as part of our purchase price. Dealer also through in high quality shelving in our wardrobes and other cabinets. Two trips to Yellowstone, one trip to FL, and now a trip planned to Oregon, Washington, and Glacier next summer. Great camper for us!
Andy F 10/29/15 05:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Thru Atlanta from Orlando

If you are going thru Atlanta make sure that you have a gun with you. I would suggest getting off I-75 in Tifton go to Albany then Columbus, then I-185 from Columbus to LaGrange and then US-27 North to Rome and Ga. 53 to I-75 again. A very pleasant drive. 4 lane all the way, mostly 65 mph. I live close to Atlanta and I have trouble every time I go thru there, especaly on the southside in Henry County. If you go thru there with no problems then you are very lucky. If you are going north to south then reverse the above directions. LOL--I had my .40 cal Glock strapped on my side during our whole trip from MN to FL and back (I'm a cop/Detective).
Andy F 10/24/15 07:31pm Roads and Routes
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