Considering a jump to a hybrid
Thanks for adding me to the forum. We currently have a 2006 Fleetwood Wililamsburg popup camper and a 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan with a 3500 pound tow capacity. I've pulled the PUP from San Diego to Maine, including one cross-country move right at my max according to the scales.
We're considering a jump to a light weight hybrid. Maybe the X17Z or the 16XRB. I've looked at both, and the Grand Caravan is listed in the brochure as able to tow these hybrids. We are planning on upgrading our TV to a newer Grand Caravan (with factory tow package etc) next spring. The owner of the Jayco dealership here will talk to me about sway control etc, there are a variety of reasons why a pickup or SUV such as the Durango won't work for our family.
From a weight perspective I'm comfortable as long as the dry weight of the trailer gives me a reasonable amount of cargo carrying capacity. I can monitor the weight and ensure I'm not overloaded on the trailer, the tongue and the TV. When we had that cross country move, we were loaded with everything we didn't want the military to move for us, and I don't foresee our camping excursions ever getting that fully loaded again.
I'm concerned about the frontal area of the trailer. When I read the Grand Caravan owners manual I think it says anything above 40 sq ft frontal area will void your warranty. The two hybrids seem to have a much larger frontal area, although they are built at an angle so not sure how that impacts wind drag.
This question should probably be moved to either the Hybrid section or the Towing section, certainly open to suggestion. I'm getting to the point where the PUP is becoming too much for me to physically handle, the ease of the hybrid is something we are looking at.