As far as I am concerned towing 5000 pounds is only half of the equation. We towed our Liberty deluxe with a Honda Ridgeline. Very capable of pulling the Casita anywhere we wanted to go. The problem for me was its ability to carry the weight that we have. We like to boondocks and that necessitates carrying extra water so add 35 gallons at 8 pounds per gallon plus all or our camping gear. Weight adds up quickly and add the 500 pounds of tongue weight and we were pushing the limits of the Ridgeline carrying capacity. Weigh the things you want to carry and consider that as well as the weight you want to tow.
I don't know about other trucks but our 2016 Silverado ride as good as any car that I have had including the Ridgeline and it gets better gas mileage.
Have to agree. While many small SUVs and mid size trucks have large towing ratings, the payload is usually much less than one would expect. Add the weight of a WDH, the tongue weight of a Casita (average is currently 418 pounds at my Trailer Weights in the Real World spreadsheet. I started the searchable by brand, etc a couple of years ago with Frederick's permission & have been adding to is when ever anyone supplies the info).
In any case, by the time you add you, a partner, and your stuff, you may find you are well over the payload rating of your vehicle. This will be hard on the ride & drivetrain, as well as brakes, etc.
In my case, I was OK with a 2016 Tacoma Off Road when towing an Escape 17B @ 360 pounds tongue weight, but when I switched to an Escape 21, I still had 2000 pounds of tow capacity left, but was over on payload by 150 - 175 pounds. A F 150 EcoBoost is now on order...
Edited by vermilye, 19 June 2018 - 10:45 AM.