OK - Embarrassing, but have to set the tone for towing capability question.
I am towing a 17', 3800 lb GVWR recreational Hybrid trailer (a full height RV with ends that fold out like a tent trailer for those that don't know) with a 2006 3.8L V6 Kia Sedona MINIVAN - Yes, you heard it here - MINIVAN
I have been pulling it this way for about 4 years, and it has actually been a good experience. No problems driving through the Rockies with some long Mountain passes (Rogers Pass in the Canadian BC Rockies). The max towing on the Van is 3500 lbs, so I keep the trailer under that weight and am very cautious with how much stuff I pack into the vehicle. Coming up to 5 years with this vehicle, and am getting VERY interested in the 2011 WK2 Overland - fully loaded with the off-road package. Most of my camping/fishing is in the Rockies Back Country, and how far off-road I can go is obviously very limited with my current setup. I have been towing trailers for 20+ years and my cureent Van/Hybrid combo tows as well on the Hi-way as my 2000 3/4 Ton Silverado 6L/ 8500 lb 28' 5th Wheel combo did (Judging on pulling up the same hills).
I doubt that I would ever have a trailer that would weigh more that 4500 lbs GVWR, so am thinking that the new V6 should be adequate for my purposes with the 5000 lb towing capacity. I have test driven one, and would say that it seems a bit more "Peppy" than my Van, but not a tremendous amount so. My concern comes from seeing some posts that seem to indicate that the V6 configuration is a bit generous in stating 5000 lbs, with some feeling it would be more accurate to be rated at 3000 lbs. So the bottom line is, do any current owners feel that the V6 configuration towing 4500 lbs and the vehicle filled with gear (not going over the specified GCVW) and passengers is an issue? I know the sure fix would be to get the V8, but I would rather not if possible, as 70% of my driving is in the city.
Does the load-levelling shock system mean you no longer require an equalizer setup on the trailer as I currently obviously require?
Thanks in advance for all that take the time to reply, and here's hoping I will soon be back in the truck world!