Originally Posted by bikendan
I wouldn't go over 3000 lbs dry weight.
You'll end up around 4000 lbs loaded for camping, which will be at the limits of your Nissan, when you factor in the air resistance of the trailer's frontal area.
I totally agree with bikendan.
4000# would be the max weight.
We have a Nissan Frontier and we pull a Vibe 6501 that has a dry weight of 2900# with a load capacity of 900# (give or take) I've only taken a test run of about 30 miles but am confident that it can handle the load. I'll know better after we pull it through the Smoky Mountains.
However, the Vibe is only 6 1.2' wide and has a V front end. Thus, less wind resistance than an 8' wide unit.
A couple things to consider; IMHO
Considering my Nissan Frontier, I prefer a single axle unit. The less tires that contact the road, the less resistance it creates when towing. However, a WDH with sway control is a must
for a single axle trailer (in my opinion - any trailer that weighs 3000#-4000# should have one). We have an Equalizer Hitch and I love it. Although our hitch is rated for a slightly larger 10K unit (just in case we up-size in the future). An Electric Trailer Brake Controller is also a must.
Prior to the Vibe, we had an R-Pod. (sorry R-Pod lovers) I felt that the Pod Design of the R-Pod caused it to tow like a Log Wagon. It seemed to me that the faster I tried to go, the harder it was to pull. I believe that the air flow over the Pod caused a downward force on the unit thus making it harder to pull at highway speeds. We traveled West thru Nebraska where we experienced a 45 mph head wind and my F-150 with a 4.6 liter V8 couldn't get above 60 mph. Granted, the 4.6 was short on torque.
And last but not least; consider the floor plan. Our Vibe is great for us except that it's awkward to get in & out of the bed. There are units that have a Murphy Bed that folds down over the couch that I might like better. (never had one so I can't speak from experience).
It's a sizable investment so it's good that you are asking questions before you make the plunge. You can take a big $$ hit if you buy something that you don't like and try to sell/trade it in later.