Originally Posted by JPBeck
That's true, that's part of the reason we moved up. That and the fact that you can't just pull over and "super night camp" (that's what we call it when you just pull off somewhere and catch some ZZZ's without checking into a campsite) with a hybrid. Can you? I don't know. It would surely make you look as if you were camping.
The 17 C dinette area turns into a full size bed, long enough for my six foot husband, so you don't have to open the tent ends if a couple like us wants to catch some ZZZ's. Since it is just the two of us, we bought it for that reason instead of the 17 Z which opens into two small beds --- just big enough for very short people or kids.
Our SUV rated for 5,000 pounds tows like a dream in our very hilly area and further upstate NY. We went up and down many very steep inclines and had no trouble at all even when some big trucks passed us by. I would not think, from what everyone says here, that anything less than a TV rating of 5,000 lbs could pull it well so I'm glad we took Joe's and the other's advice and kept our trailer weight well under the 5,000 lb. towing rate. We have the sway bar and weight dis. hitch.