My wife and I just purchased a Rockwood Miti-Lite 2306. We are first-time RV’ers and are looking forward to having many family memories in the years to come. I have always been a backcountry camper, preferring to 4x4 or backpack into remote locations. My wife is a bit more cautious and prefers campgrounds. We now have a 1-year old daughter so the wife actually brought up the idea of getting a travel trailer. I'm in support of anything that gets us outside, so I started doing research and we started looking at options.
My current truck is a 2010 Toyota Tacoma long bed. It says it is rated to tow 6400 but I know that is very optimistic. I wanted to get something we could tow with the Taco but still have it be big enough where we wouldn't be wanting to upgrade in the near future. We are planning on another kid in the next couple years. The 2306 seemed to be the best compromise of large size and light weight.
To prepare for towing I got a Tekonsha P2 brake controller and an Equal-i-zer WD hitch. I also got some fold out towing mirrors. A couple other things that I think will help are removing my camper shell when we tow (250lbs) and using my smaller (31" instead of 33", both E-rated) set of wheels.
We bought the trailer from a dealer in Prescott AZ which is about 1.5 hours north. We went up the following weekend to do the orientation/walk-through and take delivery. I was pretty nervous as I have not towed anything so large before, but was pleasantly surprised at how well it went. It was pretty windy but we did not have any problems with sway. I kept the speed at 60 on I-17 and chugged along. I could feel the weight on hills but it did not drag us down too much and I never had the pedal to the floor winding it out to keep the speed up. I am going to look into getting a bluetooth OBD and app that will monitor trans temp as that seems to be the weak link when towing with Tacos.
We have a bunch of trips planned for this summer to campground on the Rim. For those that don't know Arizona, the Mogollon Rim is an escarpment that rises to 8,000’ (Phoenix is at 1,100’). We will see how bad it is pulling it up the grades to the Rim. I know the Tacoma is not an ideal TV, but it was just paid off last month. If it is an absolute nightmare, the wife's lease on her Camry is up in Feb 2016 and we were planning on getting her a SUV. If it becomes the new TV we will look at Sequoias and Tahoes.