Updated Durango for 2H Trailer? Other Trucks with "decent" gas mileage for towing?
After a breakdown saga a few weeks ago, and extensive diagnostic sessions at the mechanic with "intermittent short" as the culprit (which apparently is the worst, since you never know when it's going to blow again), I am giving up the ghost on my Suburban.
I'm on the hunt for
A new tow vehicle suitable to occasionally tow a 2H trailer with "reasonable" gas mileage for every day life.
Does such a beast exist? I only tow 1-3 times a month so I'd like to try to find something that isn't completely horrible on mileage for daily driving, BUT will be safe for towing when I do tow.
So far I like the "new" Dodge Durango (model year 2011 and now 2012. With the big engine it tows 7400lbs and gets 14/20 mpg.
The most I will tow is a 2H BP ~3000lb trailer, ~2500lbs of horse, ~250 lbs gear/water/etc, 300-600 lbs of people (estimating 150 lbs average on the weight of the people, assume 2-4 people). About 6200- 6500lbs of payload, plus the weight of the truck itself.
However I tow up and down fairly significant mountains.
Thoughts from the trailer experts on the Durango or other option for my intended use?