We recently had an opportunity to drive the new 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 – a full-size SUV with a new design that makes it one of the best people movers on the market. With true 7-passenger seating it also is a great tow vehicle. To highlight this aspect of its new personality we asked a local RV dealer to help us out and provide the right-sized travel trailer for our day-long test. What we settled on was the Keystone Bullet – 290BHS. This bunkhouse unit has a dry weight of just over 5,800 lb, a nice match for the Yukon. If you’d like to see the Yukon towing the Bullet and hear about the performance of this newest SUV from GM you can read a full review or watch my video review on my Truck King YouTube channel.
The Bullet comes in several sizes and floorplans – and, perhaps I was drawn to the bunkhouse unit because my third grandchild was recently born and my wife is constantly telling our kids that we will take everyone away with us. So, picture that, and you’ll get why I have these large family-friendly units on my mind.
The Bullet by Keystone falls into what I consider the mid-range content and price category. It’s nicely appointed and the base construction features things like an aluminum-framed side, front and rear walls. Aluminum is also used for slide-out frames and a material called Darco creates an in-wall moisture barrier. The main chassis and frame are steel. Also, of note, is the enclosed and heated underbelly making this a serious three-season camper.
So, what else on this Bullet is aimed at families? To start with – two entry doors; the rear one of which accesses the bathroom directly from the outside. This gives kids a straight shot to the toilet without tracking dirt and mud all through the trailer. An outdoor kitchen moves daytime activity outside where it belongs. This area also has a TV hookup pre-wired and a quick-connect LP gas nozzle nearby adds a barbeque to the mix. Over it all is an awning and outdoor speakers complete this entertainment space.
Inside the Bullet the first thing I noticed was the light-coloured décor. While the single large slide-out adds space, its this bright interior that adds to the sense of size. Bullet has a decent list of standard equipment at this price-point; however, you can add what works for you from a comprehensive list.
Some of the standard features are:
- 13.5 BTU A/C
- Bluetooth AM/FM stereo with AUX, USB, CD/DVD and iPod hookup
- Full extension drawer glides
- Stainless steel sink
- 6 cu. ft. stainless steel double door refrigerator
- 32” LED TV
- Flush-mount 3 burner range with glass cover
- Ultra-durable Whitewater™ continuous-edge kitchen countertops
- Dream Dinette™
The bathroom, I already mentioned, is large and comes with a power vent fan, solid wood medicine cabinet and the large shower (with a deep pan) has a tub surround with shelves. As a family unit, this Bullet provides ample sleeping space. The rear bunks are a nice example. These are almost the size of doubles – and a nice feature is the individual windows on the side and rear wall – two for each level of the bunks.
The front bedroom has a residential size queen bed, with good storage. One of the things I noted in this trailer (which is becoming a standard feature) is USB charging ports placed near beds. Another cute feature is the laundry chute beside the front bed. By placing a laundry hamper in the pass-through storage below you can drop all those dirty clothes through the chute and then you don’t have to lug the hamper through the trailer. Please be sure to watch the video walk-thru of this bunkhouse Bullet to see the features and layout I’ve described.
Specifications for the Bullet 290BHS
Dry Weight – 5,819 lb
Carrying Capacity – 1,781 lb
Length – 33’ 9”
Height – 10’ 8”
Fresh Water – 43 gal
Black Water – 30 gal
Grey Water – 60 gal
LPG – 40 lb
The trailer was provided for testing by Camping in Style, Whitby, ON. The model, as tested, has retails at $36,995 CAD.