I am new to towing anything larger than my Harbor Freight 4x8 trailer. We recently purchased a 10 foot pop up camper. I use the Honda Odyssey as a tow vehicle. The Honda has the Honda OEM Class 2 hitch and ATF cooler installed by the Honda dealer, the claimed rating is 3500lbs (3350 with 3 passengers per the owners manual) for towing. The Camper is a 2004, very well maintained and purchased from the original owner, has a 250lb tongue weight with Load Range E 12" radial tires and freshly packed bearings. We took it out and it absolutely felt like an anchor behind my van. Last weekend we were at a farm of a family member they had a scale, my van with my family in it, half tank of fuel (approx. 10.5 gal) and suitcases was 4950lbs. A couple days later I decided to hook up the camper and go to a truck stop to get a weight on the CAT scale. My numbers are as follows: Front axle - 2500lbs (2610 max GAWR according to the door label) Rear axle - 2540lbs (3010 max GAWR) Trailer axle - 1584lbs (3500 max tow capacity) Total weight - 6624lbs When I weighed the van with the camper, the van had a little over half tank of gas, no luggage, empty 5 gallon fresh water tank in the camper and it was just me and my Son in the van. The camper does have stuff like sleeping bags and such in it so it wasn't completely empty. I figure by the time I add water, full tank of fuel, food and gear, probably looking another 200-300lbs max. I'm looking at the numbers and everything is well within manufacturer limits, I feel like the van should be able to pull the camper with ease but instead it feel like its straining to pull it. I realize my first problem is the fact I'm using a minivan, but I bought the van before we had any intention on getting a camper. Id rather just make this rig work versus spending 50 grand on larger SUV to pull it. Am I doing something wrong here? I've seen Odysseys like mine pulling stuff so I know they can do it. Any thoughts/advice would be greatly appreciated.