Since you are out West, you might look around for a Weiscraft Little Joe
. Mine, loaded ready to go, weighs in at 1760 lb, with a 175-180 tongue weight
. I pulls very well with my 2014 Outback 2.5i CVT.
We are retired and aren't in a hurry to get anywhere, so most of the time we travel on 2 lane roads at 55 to 60 mph. When necessary we tow on the interstate, but still we keep it in the 65 mph range. Either way, it tows like a dream.
Most of our trips are in the Eastern US, and we love to go the the Smokies, which would be the extent of our mountain driving thus far.
A couple of important notes though. That 2700 lb tow rating is with trailer brakes
, so whatever you get will have to have them or you will have to install them. Also, if you are towing with the CVT, Subaru recommends changing out the fluid every 28K miles.
I like the way the CVT handles, particularly on hills and in the mountains. On uphill grades you never get that abrupt kick you get with a regular automatic transmission, just a gradual increase in RPM. I find the CVT holds speed better, up and down grades, and only some times do I use the manual paddles to keep it in a lower range. This is usually on a very steep or long downhill grade.
I'm assuming that when you say you have an automatic you mean a regular automatic, not a CVT.
In answer to a couple of folks who have questioned the wisdom of towing with a CVT, I did quite a bit of research before I bought the Subaru, as it was bought as a tow vehicle and is also my wife's everyday driver.
The CVT transmission is used on heavy duty construction equipment these days. The drive on an automotive CVT is a steel V-B belt, running between two infinitely variable sheaves, the width of which are simultaneously adjusted via hydraulics, in response to computer sensed changes in load. There is virtually no slippage in the belts. Though you can't see it in this video, there are nozzles that constantly bathe the chain and pulleys in fluid.
I should think that any trailer that weighs in like mine, with brakes
, would suit you.
The Little Joe
, by the way, has a full 6 ft standing height and the side benches convert into a full queen size bed. If you have no more than two people, it's great.
Here is a link to the Weiscraft info on the Little Joe
Weis Craft Trailers - Little Joe Trailer Floor Plan and Specifications
You can also look at the Little Joe and most other trailers discussed on this site by going to the Gallery at the top of the page.
Good luck in your search.