Originally Posted by calegrant
Someone else chime in here please because this dudes ignorance is going to cause a lot of headache or worse.
If a vehicle is rated for 3000 pounds, that's max...no exception. It's also likely that that figure was determined with a small load in the vehicle already, which you likely won't have if you're going to the lake. So factor in hundreds of pounds of gear in the van with several hundred more in the boat with coolers/fuel. You're now well over your limit, but you for some reason think your corpse carrier is a hauling vehicle....no, **** no.
If you already KNOW you'll encounter 6 different types of trailers you'll be hauling for gods sake man get a proper vehicle, that is a lot of variety which most people don't have and even they justify a truck for what they want to tow. The honda may be adaquate for the once a year tent trailer trip, but you're trying to avoid the fact that your lifestyle necessitates a gas guzzling truck or suv. Those loads repeatedly being behind your van is going to tear the ever loving shit out of your drivetrain, or potentially put your and your family in a situation where you wish you didn't have several thousand pounds pushing you into harms way.
WOW... that's utterly uncalled for. First of all, no need to be such a shit about it. Second, it's only North America who feels you need a truck to tow a trailer. Our pickups have more power than many actual trucks in the rest of the world. You can tow 5000 lbs with a sedan no problem, just need to know what you're doing. Third, the ratings are definitely NOT any kind of hard cutoff. They're based on many things, and the biggest one being the type of hitch. Another thing can be the weight of the tow vehicle itself but his minivan weighs as much as many trucks and has more power than many others. What he plans to do is perfectly safe and reasonable.