This new floor plan in the Passport ultralight travel trailer line seeks to serve RVers who require room for extra occupants.
By Robbin Gould, Editor
Calling all kids! And NASCAR fans, golf buddies, fishing friends, and others who travel with a small army. Keystone RV Company has addressed the need for extra sleeping berths by introducing the Passport 3400QD bunkhouse travel trailer for 2020. In addition to a spacious interior and exclusive construction and design features, the 3400QD also includes four bunk beds.
This RV isn’t your average sleeper on wheels. Each bunk is a full-size bed that sleeps two children or one adult comfortably. That’s in addition to the queen-size master bed, the standard dinette sleeper, and the sofa bed. For RVers who have wondered how to accommodate extra passengers on overnight trips or longer excursions, this might answer the question.
The recently redesigned Passport is an ultralight towable offered in numerous configurations ranging from 21 to 38 feet in length. Floor plans include exterior kitchens, “mudroom” benches, oversized or bath-and-a-half layouts, super slides, work desks, and more. The 3400QD, with its private quad-bunkhouse room, is the largest floor plan, measuring 38 feet 4 inches and weighing 7,510 pounds.
A chassis is engineered specifically for each floor plan in the Passport line. Dexter E-Z axles are incorporated in a spread-axle design, said to help equalize the load. Technicians add a laminated aluminum-framed floor and welded aluminum-framed sidewalls. These structures are insulated with high-density block foam rated at R-11 and R-7, respectively. The waterproof composite flooring is made of nonorganic materials, which, according to company officials, won’t swell, rot, or produce mold or mildew.
Vaulted ceiling roof rafters are added to the 3400QD and topped with a one-piece, seamless Superflex roof from Alpha Systems. The roof is made of thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), which has a lighter weight than materials commonly used in RVs, and it is insulated with R-11 rolled fiberglass. The RV’s underbelly is enclosed, sealed, and heated.
Slideouts operate via an electric cable system. Keystone’s patented Tru-Fit slideout construction is said to make them more durable, to minimize stress placed on the motor and overall structure, and to prevent leakage.
The front cap is composed of automotive-grade fiberglass and features two-tone exterior paint. Technicians apply the company’s patented KeyGuard protective coating to the cap. This coating prevents damage from rocks and other materials that can fly up during travel. Upgraded graphics adorn the rest of the unit.
The Passport is outfitted with a heavy-duty electric tongue jack and four electric stabilizer jacks. It rides on 15-inch aluminum wheels and radial tires.
For tailgating and outdoor dining, the 3400QD includes a pull-out cooktop next to the front entry door; other Passport floor plans feature exterior kitchens with cooktops, refrigerators, and sinks. Shade is provided by a 21-foot, electric adjustable awning augmented by LED lights. Outdoor speakers provide the tunes. An exterior shower with hot and cold taps also is included.
Up front, a lighted exterior compartment provides pass-through storage accessible from both sides of the RV. The Passport’s radiused main entry door, equipped with a screen, is illuminated for coming and going after dark and has a fold-away exterior grab handle.
An exterior “convenience center” houses controls for the slideouts, lights, awning, and water system, along with a 120-volt receptacle.
The décor and interior furnishings reflect the Passport’s fresh, new look; this includes rounded, vaulted ceilings in the 3400QD and wood-panel doors. Light-colored flooring, wallcoverings, and seamless pressed countertops complement the midtone wood cabinetry and satin-nickel hardware. Residential vinyl flooring is used throughout, along with residential window treatments and valances.
The bunkhouse room is at the rear of the 3400QD, just past the full-size bathroom and adjacent linen closet. A street-side slideout holds two sets of bunks, each measuring 51 inches by 74 inches. For privacy, a wall separates the two pairs of beds. Sturdy ladders provide occupants access to the top berths. Space under the bottom beds makes a handy spot to stow a few pairs of shoes. Each bed has its own wall cubby equipped with a USB charging port. In fact, the Passport contains 10 USB ports overall.
If all four beds are not needed, one or both bottom bunks can be folded in half and secured vertically with latches. This creates a dedicated storage area or a spot to carry cargo while traveling.
Across the aisle, bunkhouse occupants have their own entertainment center, whose centerpiece is a 43-inch HDTV. The TV is flanked by wardrobes, with cabinets and open shelves providing more storage. To further make this room its own domain, a second full-size entry door is located on the rear wall.
At the opposite end of the 3400QD is the front master bedroom. Behind the 60-inch-by-80-inch bed, a rustic reclaimed wood-look feature wall adds a decorative touch. The room includes nightstands, wardrobes, and other cabinets, some with mirrored fronts, as well as recessed accent lighting. Other Passport floor plans come with a Murphy bed in the master bedroom; the bed flips up against the wall if additional daytime seating is desired. (Psst: A hidden storage area in the bedroom can conceal purses, documents, and other personal items.)
Meal prep and lounging take place in the middle of the unit. Galley chefs will appreciate the 3400QD’s propane oven, the three-burner high-output propane range and hood, the microwave oven with turntable, and the 8-cubic-foot three-way RV refrigerator. The stove has a glass cover that becomes a backsplash when it is flipped up for cooking. A high-arc, pull-down metal faucet is paired with the galley’s deep-seated stainless-steel sink, which comes with a matching countertop cover.
Across from the galley, in the front slideout, a U-shaped dinette provides seating for several, if not more. Directly adjacent is a tri-fold sofa sleeper, which comes standard in the 3400QD; optional theater seats may be selected instead. These pieces reflect another Keystone design: optional Pivot multifunction slideout furniture. When more seating is desired, the back of the dinette seat shifts, resulting in a roomy, L-shaped sofa. Storage is available beneath the seats.
A second entertainment area resides between the refrigerator and the front entry door. Here, as in the rear bunkhouse, occupants can make use of Keystone’s own KeyTV. This feature provides a single point of control for over-the-air, cable, and satellite feeds to help eliminate poor reception, guessing at channels, etc. By the way, all Passports are equipped with a Furrion antenna designed to integrate 4G LTE and Wi-Fi with standard VHF/UHF/AM/FM reception.
Behind this entertainment center, another storage area is revealed: a walk-in pantry.
The interior environment is controlled via a 13,500-Btu air-conditioning unit and a 30,000-Btu furnace with in-floor heating ducts. Options include a 15,000-Btu A/C unit and 50-amp electrical service instead of the standard 30-amp electric.
The Passport 3400QD has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 7,510 pounds and a carrying capacity of 2,115 pounds. Keystone literature notes it is towable with a full-sized SUV or half-ton pickup truck. (RVers, of course, should first verify that the loaded weight of the unit falls within proper limits.) Keystone officials also point to its three-year structural warranty and one-year limited base warranty as a company hallmark.
SPECS | KEYSTONE PASSPORT 3400QD
Keystone RV Company, 2425 Davis Drive, Goshen, IN 46526; (866) 425-4369; keystonerv.com
30 amps, standard; 50 amps, optional
38 feet 4 inches
10 feet 11 inches
6 feet 10 ½ inches
GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING (GVWR)
CARGO CARRYING CAPACITY
block foam — floor (R-11), sidewalls (R-7);
rolled fiberglass — roof (R-11)
FRESH WATER CAPACITY
HOLDING TANK CAPACITIES
gray water — 38 gallons;
black water — 38 gallons
(2) 20-pound cylinders with flip-top cover
6-gallon gas/electric, DSI
(1) 13,500-Btu, standard; (1) 15,000-Btu, optional
8 cubic feet three-way
1 year limited base;
3 years limited structural
BASE SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE