We towed an Aliner Classic with a 2010 Rav 4 with tow package with no problems. However, I wouldn't recommend towing a TT with one. The wind drag puts undue stress on the vehicle. Glad you upgraded to a Tundra, but I see a bigger TT in your near future!
Without the 4WD and tow package, the Pilot can't really tow anything; with it, it can tow 4500 lb.. OP, is your Pilot 4WD? Don't forget the weight of your family and belongings in the vehicle and in the camper when determining whether or not you can tow a camper safely. I would definitely look at PUPs for a family; some do come with a restroom now. The wind drag of a TT big enough to hold your family would really stress your Pilot, IMO.
So sorry you had to sell. Your wife would be able to tow and set up an Aliner like we have herself, if you decide that you can't stand not to go camping. We have found its simplicity in set up and ability to tow with a smaller vehicle very liberating.
Glad you're getting her to slim down; she definitely needs it! It will definitely make a difference. As raindove mentioned, panting can also be an indicator of pain, stress, and/or heart issues.
Many years ago, we adopted a yellow lab from my niece who weighed 102 pounds when we got him. The vet said he should be 75-80 pounds. Between diet and exercise, w got him down to 80 pounds, but it was always a struggle.
A few years ago, I fostered my MIL's cockapoo, Rosie. She's was morbidly obese and panted just standing there. The vet weighed her at 28.2 lb. to start with, and she said Rosie should have weighed 14-15 pounds. Amazingly, she had no other health issues - sure didn't pay $1400 for the diagnosis of FAT!! It took 6-7 months of a restricted diet (I fed Wellness Core Reduced Fat - feed the amount for what the dog SHOULD weigh, not what she currently weighs, and even then, I fed less than what the directions said) and increasing exercise, but Rosie reached her goal, and I found her a very loving home.
Make sure you exercise your dog (leashed walks to start with; add games of fetch as she's able) at increasing levels and distances as she loses weight (Rosie started out barely able to walk around the block, but eventually worked up to walking 3 miles daily; she also learned to enjoy vigorous games of fetch). Cut out ALL high carb treats (dog biscuits/treats) and instead, substitute baby carrots and no-salt green beans - ignore pitiful looks. If your dog refuses these healthy treats, keep trying. It's amazing what hunger will do...
Thank you! My joy comes from rehabilitating these poor, thrown-away babies. Compared to my former teaching career, the results are much faster and easily seen. I'm blessed, because I can do basic grooming myself (but don't dare ask me to do a fancy cut...) I guess I'm weird; I get immense pleasure when my fosters find their new furever homes, and I see how happy the dogs and adoptive parents are together!
Pawz4me, Georgia's not far from you - hint, hint!! ;) Hallie will hopefully be ready to go in a couple of months; depending on the resolution of her health issues.
Here is my newest foster dog, Hallie. She's believed to be a shih-tsu, or at least a high mix. I was asked to pull her by the rescue I help out last Wednesday, August 19th, from an animal control in a neighboring county. She was absolutely pitiful - the worst shape I've seen in a long while. SHE was listed as a MALE by the shelter - that's how bad her matting was; they couldn't tell (a mammary tumor was mistaken for "boy parts") - so "Harvey" became Hallie! She cried and snapped at people when she moved or was handled, because the mats were so tight and hurt her terribly. The shelter worker carried her out to me wrapped in a towel. She was so nasty, the worker didn't want to touch her. She looked and smelled AWFUL!! I drove the hour home with all of the windows down... :E
Once home, I spent three hours cutting out the mats, shaving her down and giving her a medicated bath. I cut out the mats first, to salvage as much viable hair as possible (takes a lot longer, but it helps speed up the looking normal process). She has demodex mange, but thankfully, it's not contagious. I'm treating her with oral ivermectin, which is already helping after a week. She was also given a steroid shot to help with the itching, which has made her a lot more comfortable. I'll be keeping her longer than normal to take care of her physical issues and spaying before she's ready to adopt out.
Here are two photos of Hallie last Wednesday on her "Freedom Day", then a few photos of Hallie only a week later - amazing, isn't it? This morning, she discovered stuffed squeaky toys and quickly learned to squeak the toy, toss it in the air to play with it, and fetch (bringing it back to me is a work in progress - lol) by watching the other dogs do it for a few minutes - such a smart little girl! She's blossoming into a happy little dog who loves her new life!! :B
This is why I foster!
http://i.imgur.com/nTl8nmwl.jpg Hallie 8-19-15
http://i.imgur.com/gQLfj3Kl.jpg Hallie 8-19-15
http://i.imgur.com/a5LuURql.jpg Hallie 8-26-15
http://i.imgur.com/JUME07Ul.jpg Hallie 8-26-15
Hallie with Her Squeaky Toy 8-27-15
I'm sure your poodle will do fine - they're very adaptable dogs. I'd take the dog's brush, some dog shampoo, and a dog towel, just in case the dog gets into something stinky or messy. We take our 12 lb. maltese/westie mix and our 66 lb. boxer with us in our Aliner Ranger 15, and it works. The little dog sleeps on her bed on a dinette seat cushion, and the boxer sleeps on his bed under the dinette. Easy-peasy.
No - you need a 2500/250 to safely pull a trailer of this weight, IMO. I've pulled everything from a 2 horse trailer to a 34 foot 5th wheel and everything in-between. Don't skimp on your tow vehicle - your family's safety depends on it.
Our senior boxer, Jackson, is getting to the point of losing traction. He tries to run across our laminate floor, but ends up looking like a character in a cartoon running in place. It's time for me to put runners down for him from his bed to the back door. On carpet and in the yard, he's fine.
I think the topicals cause an intense burning sensation in many dogs. Mine always hated it when I applied it. I stopped using Frontline Plus when it failed to be effective in my area (GA). I also didn't like the oily residue.
I have found NexGard (a chewable) to be effective, although pricy, and I am now trying out the Sorresto flea/tick collar on my boxer. So far, so good. As with many of these medications, do not use if your dog is prone to seizures.
My husband and I camp frequently in north Florida. Do you require full hook ups? If so, go with Topsail Reserve State Park. It used to be a private park, but is now state owned. It's pricier than other state parks in the area, b/c of its many amenities and full hook ups. You can't drive to the beach there; instead, frequently running trams take you there, or you can ride your bikes. Grayton Beach does have one loop with full hook ups, but the sites are in full sun. The other loop, which we prefer, is more natural and has several shaded sites, but no sewer.
If you don't require sewer hook up, I'd recommend Henderson Beach SP. This park fills up FAST - make reservations 11 months in advance to make sure you get in.
If Panama City Beach, east of Destin, is okay, Saint Andrews SP is lovely; it's between St. Andrews Bay and the Gulf. Some sites are waterfront on the bay side. If you don't mind going further west of Destin, then Ft. Pickens is nice, but sites are not shaded after a hurricane took out most of the trees years ago.
If you like more remote campgrounds, look at St. George SP or St. Joseph Peninsula SP. They are in areas that aren't as built up as the other parks I mentioned.
Which ever one you decide on, be sure to reserve a site well in advance!