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Old 10-10-2013, 12:27 PM   #1
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Passport Elite Ultra Lite 32FB

So, I've been kicking myself ever since I sold my last camper due to lack of use...but since things have changed in life now, I am back in the market.
I have fallen in live with the floorplan (4 bunks up front and queen slide in rear) of this model from Keystone.
I have searched high and low and have not come up with anything detrimental enough to discourage me from getting one of these if I can now find one.
Any feedback on Keystone or this line in particular is GREATLY appreciated!!
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Well, with 4 bunks and I assume a significant-other along, the holding tanks seem very small at 30g each. I'm also very skeptical of the weights listed on the keystone site. Expect hitch loaded weight of at least 1000lbs+ with the pass-through storage AND all the kids stuff up there. Not to mention propane and battery added.
We looked at this one too. Nice unit otherwise.
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I bought my Passport a year ago when Elite series was not available. Although my unit is very nice I wish i waited a little longer. Elite is better in many areas, countertops are much better looking and should not delaminate, more beautiful interior, etc. Otherwise there are very few nits to pick. I upgraded sleeping surfaces with memory foam and topper, upgraded to range hood with outside vent, replaced kitchen drawer sliders with heavy duty ones. In general, the trailer is quite solid, as good as heavier units, problems are the same as well.
Never had problems with 30 gal tanks.
It leaves to its promise to be ultralite and half ton towable. How much hitch weight you will have depends on loading. My unit is 5700 lb loaded, with 1/3 tank of fresh water. It contributes approximately 570 lb to TV gross weight with weight distribution engaged. Overall, I have 450 lb remaining up to GVWR when 3 of us are on board
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:21 AM   #4
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Hi,

Not much to add to the above comments. We bought a 2013 Passport Elite 23RB, and are very happy with it so far. We have had it about a month, and have used it twice. Seems to be very well-made. We too added a topper to the bed. Kitchen surfaces are great, tons of storage, the drawers and cabinets are solid and well-made.Much smaller than what you are looking at, but it tows like a dream behind our '99 Silverado 1/2 ton.

Good luck with your search.

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Old 10-11-2013, 07:13 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the feedback! It's just me and 2 kids. We had 30gal tans on our last RV (Jayco 28BHS) and had more "campers" at the time. They are a little small, but for the most part, we managed. Larger tanks come attached to heavier campers . The documentation IN the RV states more realistic "certified" weights for that unit with full LP Tanks. So, adding for the battery and gear, my truck will be close to max, but not over (so far). I figure if the hitch becomes too heavy, I'll add ballast to the rear bumber of the RV! (just kidding!)

I had a good teacher...(Hitchhiker) and have crunched all the "real" numbers on my truck and fully loaded for a typical trip I will have about 150lbs. from true max. Of course, the salesman here in town thinks I should be towing a 8800# UVW trailer with no issues! yeeeaaahhh...riiiiggght! Of course he based that solely on the fact I have a 5.7l Hemi! BWAHAHAHA!!!

Now all I have to do is find one within a reasonable distance from here. LazyDays in Tampa have 2 of them, but I really don't like their attitude everytime I have dealt with them. One local dealer sold the one they had already . But, I am really looking to wait until after Christmas.
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Old 10-11-2013, 08:01 AM   #6
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Just don't try that hitch weight with the class 3 or 4. Consider a class 5. I had a Hemi Ram. Read on the Ram forums to be sure/safe.
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Well now...we have experienced a change of events. I got tired of looking at weights for everything I liked and "settling" based on weights...
Bought a 2013 F250 crew cab 4x4 with 6.7l today...and found my floorplan in an awesome 2013 Jayco Eagle 31.5FHBS 5th wheel!! LOL!
They made me a great 1st round offer on the Jayco this afternoon ...decisions ...decisions ...
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