I STRONGLY recommend going to a dealer/RV Show w/family of 5 & spending at least an hour inside the hybrid/etc. you want to buy before pulling the trigger... We were really set on buying a new $20K 5000 lb. Roo 233S, etc. & towing it with a 1/2 ton SUV. Then we went to a RV Show & all tried to fit inside of one...
We didn't like that there were no separate areas to change clothes, etc. and that there was no large pass-through storage, etc. DW especially didn't like that one of us would have to crawl over the other to get out of bed... At the same time several friends were trying to sell us their hybrids & we later learned that they did not like them for the above reasons... The Roo 233S also has 4 large openings that have to be inspected regularly for leaks...
So for the same $20K we bought a gently used 2-slide 6,500 lb. bunkhouse, only 1,500 lbs. more than the Roo 233S... The kids' roomy slide-out provides a privacy door & separate beds for each. They can turn the bottom bunk into a comfy couch. Our master BR also has doors so all 5 of us can get dressed at once vs. taking turns... We LOVE the outdoor kitchen, outdoor access to bathroom, and roomy pass-through storage - again - all in a package that is only 1,500 lbs. more than the Roo 233S...
At 6,500 empty our Tracer 3150 is "1/2 ton towable" but we bring a lot of stuff along: 5 mountain bikes mounted in the dinette area, 3 inflatable kayaks, 3 scooters, firewood, etc. Therefore I opted to tow it with a 3/4 gas PU.
Just before we bought the TT I found a 2 year-old Ram 2500 CC for $14K, less than most 1/2 tons... The Ram had E rated tires & a payload of 3,000. At the time I only had an Accord but if I had a 1/2 ton I would have traded-up so that I could have the TT that best fits the needs of our family.
IMO it is easier to sell a PU truck vs. a used hybrid. Two local dealers really low-balled our friends who were trying to trade-in their hybrids & the dealers also always seem to have a lot of unsold (used) hybrids on their lots... We also live in OH where hybrids are not a true 3 season option... Our TT is still toasty inside when it freezes at night...
2011 RAM 2500 ST Crew Cab 5.7 Hemi
2011 Primetime 3150BHD Touring Edition
Days camped in 2016-36
Days camped in 2015-37
; Days camped in 2014-31