Originally Posted by haha
It's been a while, so my memory might be faulty, but as I remember getting to Denver is a long steady but fairly easy pull from St. Louis. It's going anywhere once you get there that will be obviously beyond your minivan's abilities. One thing to remember is that not only are you dragging a big weight uphill, that puny engine is breathing thinner and thinner air, and just won't have the oomph it had before you hit Kansas. Think brakes and trans too, altitude and grades are a big deal.
I know. I suspect our camping trips will be relatively few this year as we'll be settling in a new to us house and I will be dealing with a new job with a certain amount of travel. The first couple trips will not be into the rockies. If the van is gasping or the brakes are an issue even on the high plains, we will do something about a tow vehicle. But until the dust settles on the move I do not want to make any major expenditures.
Longer term, I know I need a beefier tow vehicle. A full size pickup (F150, Silverado, Avalanche) or truck based SUV (Yukon, Pathfinder, etc.) with a V8 and 5000+ of curb weight will be on the list. Not sure if it will replace the Subaru or the van (like the former).