Towing with an '05 Durango SLT, AWD/4WD, 4.7L V8 w/tow package
Hello all, first time posting here. I've done some reading and lurking, but that's it. I've owned my 2005 Durango SLT 4.7L V8 AWD/FWD with the towing package for four and a half years and love my beastie! One of the things I bought it for was to eventually pull a small camping trailer. I've been looking into buying one that is roughly 5500 GVW, up to 6500 GVW max at the outside. The information on the factory installed hitch receiver says that it can tow 6500 up to 7500 with a weight distributing hitch, but I'm not really wanting to go over 6500.
My questions are:
What kind of fuel economy you folks get with similar setups?
How does this particular setup do heading up grades?
If possible, I'd really like to hear about some personal experiences of others before I invest in a trailer, only to find out there's not enough power under the hood to get the job done or that I could get better fuel economy with a motor home and dolly my Durango behind it as my towed car until I can get a Jeep Patriot or Liberty.