Hi Graham & Liz,
We have a compact that we only picked up in March this year. Before that we towed a 1 tonne 33 year old Millard Micro.
Yes the van is heavier and we have noticed a weight difference but our compact is easy to tow and we are getting used to it. It's first trip was a four week adventure north to Cooktown and via the Bloomfield track. Our 79 series cruiser towed it without a concern. We love our compact - we have the combined shower/ toilet model and have found that very workable, great kitchen and heaps of storage. We put bike racks on the front box and love that.
We would recommend the compact and we think you will love it also. Oh and no question is stupid as I think we asked heaps!!
Tony & Irene