Hello to all,
We're about to pull the trigger on a '14 Keystone Passport 195RB.
Went to our local RV dealer, Garick RV in Jersey, a few days ago to look at a Jayco 23B hybrid to do a last comparison with what we had pretty much decided on, a used Roo 19. I liked the slide out roominess and greater storage in the 23B or the Rockwood 23SS hybrid.
But then we looked at the hard sided 195RB. It has fantastic storage and no slides or fold-outs to worry about leaking or malfunctioning. Quick set-up and take-down. And I like the glass shower enclosure...even while I'm concerned about it's life expectancy over the road. And a walk around queen bed for us grandparents.
For similar weight I feel like I'm giving up some square footage but gaining ease of use and dependability. So we put a deposit on it with a right of first refusal while we take care of some other business and I ruminate a bit.
I like the "lightness" of the 195RB a lot. We'd like to take a fair amount with us: Our dog and his stuff, 200# Hobie trimaran kayak on the roof and two bikes and their attendant crap in the truck, fishing stuff, generator, grill, chairs, add-a-room...you get the idea. It adds up.
Our TV is an '05 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab Short Bed 4WD V8 5.3L with factory tow package. Garick is going to install and set-up a Reese Pro WDH w/friction anti-sway and some sort of BC.
RVW is all over me to save about $1K to have the same rig and accessories delivered to me by them, (no hitch and BC install and set-up though,) and then enjoy all the benefits of their nationwide service network of dealers. Won't I get that same support from Keystone under warranty?
This is our first travel trailer so I'm WAY over analyzing this decision.
Anyhow, just waiting for a house refinance to get finished before I get the loan application moving on the 195RB. We'd like to get this done and a few shakedown weekends under our belt in preparation for a trip to Fort Lauderdale to visit our granddaughter, daughter and son-inlaw and his family for Thanksgiving. So we're pretty much moving ahead...
Wow, I am looooong winded.
I'll have tons of questions and love input!
Jeff, Carole and Ace the mini-poodle