My wife and I drive a 2001 CRV with 5 speed mt and are considering buying a small camper. I'm looking at installing a class III hitch rated at 3500 towing and 350 tongue weight. I've read a lot of differing opinions about towing capacities of CRVs, but most of those pertain to 2004 or newer. We are interested in people's actual experiences towing with a CRV like ours (not sure what year the CRV towing rating increased) in determining the size/weight of camper we can consider. Also, would I be wasting money installing the class III hitch that is rated considerably higher than our car's rating?