In 2006 we towed our 2400 lb popup on a 3 week trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons. That was me, mama, the 2 boys (they were only 6 foot tall then), maw maw and all her stuff! I was driving a 2003 Toyota Sienna van...another one of those totally unacceptable tow vehicles that the live axle folks complain about. To say I was at least at maximum weight goes without saying. No, we were not the fastest thing going up the Rockies, but with some patience and plenty of gas stops, we made it fine. Even the 50 mph spring cross wind gusts in the Badlands were not a problem. Would I want this rig for a 5 year tour of america? No. Do I want to drive a vehicle that gets 10 mpg when not towing? No. Most folks can not buy anything they want, so the secret is buy what you can and live within it. And dont pay too much attention to reviews and advice you read on forums...yeah, mine too.