thanks for good words Nancy. I've been somewhat astonished at the women who have said lovely things to me about my driving and towing but don't drive and/or tow themselves. I first towed with a teardrop trailer and saw how the PT Cruiser would behave. My Compact II isn't much heavier but is bigger. As shown by the turtle post, I have a lot to learn; I'm such an amateur at this.
As far as being a woman and doing this - if I didn't, I wouldn't get to travel as much with my dogs. My wanting the dog and then dogs along started all this. Being on the open road feels good to me and I'm a person willing to try something - if it doesn't work after a real effort, I stop doing it. The camping thing has worked and I really enjoy seeing the country, going to places such as Great Ape Trust and so many other great spots in the U.S. AND having my dog with me. I like this much better than just driving, driving, and then checking into hotel.
Yes, I know I'm pushing it with towing the Compact II with PT Cruiser even with the stick shift. With the stick, I do okay on hills even if not very fast. Yes, could have given it gas even going 50 on the flat road. I have the car checked regularly and make sure everything is working correctly. I can even occasionally back up the trailer to where I want it to go. Sometimes not. Being short is an advantage with the small camping trailers - I fit in them just fine even without using poptop section. Gina also is somewhat height challenged and she manages a very full life including driving and towing just fine; wish I did as well.
Nancy, enjoy your PT Cruiser - I sure do and have for 8 years.