Brand spankin' new first time camper here. We're preparing for a 2800 mile trip from NY to AZ leaving Feb 1st. We came upon the Jayco feather light x17z which the website claims : "And thanks to its travel-friendly length, Jay Feather is towable by most SUVs, minivans and crossovers" The dealer also said our 2005 Pacifica AWD crossover would be able to tow it.
After reading a ton of info here and on other forums, it seems that the weight parameters might be too close for comfort. Our car with a class 3 hitch is rated for 3500 lbs, as are most minivans out there. We will be about 800 lbs in the car with the 4 of us and a German Shepherd. We'll be packing light in the trailer--about 300-400 lbs of clothes/stuff plus the Unloaded Vehicle Weight of 2,810 lbs= ~ 3200lbs
Am I correct in understanding that we should subtract our weights from towing capacity bringing it down to 2700 lbs and therefore being 500# overweight? I don't know if it makes any difference, but the car does have a transmission cooler.
Maybe the kids and dog could just jog cross country.
Thanks for any input you have!