strangebrew, i've been responding on your other posts, on another RV forum.
didn't know you were in California. just remember, our Foothills would be considered mountains in a lot of the rest of the country.
even the Coastal Range would be considered mountains in most of the U.S.
since we often pull our Roo over the Sierras, Siskiyous and Cascades, having an adequate tow vehicle was a priority for us.
we made sure we had a tow vehicle that had a ton of extra towing capacity.
and since you live in Central Cali, just a warning about Best RV, which many Roo shoppers here visit.
suggest you do a search on them. they have a terrible reputation, especially after the sale.
we visited them one time when we were shopping and will NEVER buy anything from them. that was back in 2006 and from what i've read on other RV forums, nothing has changed.
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
'07 Roo 23SS pushing an '07 Chevy Avalanche
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC