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Old 10-14-2015, 06:52 PM   #1
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Nissan Frontier and Microlight 23LB

Hi everyone, any info would be nice we are going to pick up are new Microlight 23LB. next friday We have a 2 wheel drive Nissan frontier rated to pull 6500LB I'm not worried about pulling this trailer with this Truck. But I ordered a new Equlizer 4point sway control hitch and we got the 1000lb TW and 10000LB I'm wondering now if that one maybe to big I'm wondering if I should have went with the 600 6000 but I though that would be cutting it to close on the Tongue weight any info would be great thanks.

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Old 10-14-2015, 09:43 PM   #2
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Should be just fine with the hitch set up. I have the same one for my mini lite and have been very pleased.


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Old 10-15-2015, 07:33 PM   #3
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Sidetrack, that hitch will be fine. It's better to have a little more hitch than needed IMO. I'm curious how well your Frontier pulls that size of trailer. Keep us updated after you make a trip or two. I pull a 2104S with a Frontier and am looking to move up to an F150 due to lack of power in the Nissan.
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Old 10-23-2015, 04:40 PM   #4
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I towed my Mini Lite 2306 with a 2wd Frontier, then upgraded to an F150. Frontier did just okay in my opinion, on level roads. Hills made me uneasy. I have no worries at any time in my F150. To me it was worth it, but only because I got a really nice deal on it. (Wife worked for the dealer.) I feel I can take my TT anywhere now. With the Frontier, I'd be more selective of the trips we'd make.
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:25 AM   #5
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We are towing a r-Pod 179 (about 3,300lbs ready to camp) with a 2015 Nissan Frontier SV V6 4x4. We towed over 7,000 miles this summer from Boston to Colorado, Wyoming and Montana I am not using a WD hitch or sway control and I feel this vehicle is a perfect match for the trailer. Enough power to climb the mountains west of Denver on I-70 and adequate engine braking for the descent. I even felt comfortable on 30 miles of dirt roads between Rifle and Steamboat Springs when I blindly followed the GPS. The power is not going to blow your mind but it is adequate. We had no sway problems even when being passed by large trucks in the interstate.
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:24 AM   #6
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First, welcome to the forum!

You'll be fine with the 1000/10000 Equalizer hitch. A good choice!

However, like the other posters, I think you may eventually want to upgrade your truck. I had a Roo 23SS that weighed 4300# dry and 5200# loaded with all our gear, food and clothes and ready to camp. My Toyota Tacoma TRD with a 4.0L V6 pulled it but just OK on flat ground. It struggled on a long grade. While towing capacity was within the truck's rating, the biggest problem was payload capacity. If more than my lightest son and I were in the cab, we'd be overweight. We had all 3 boys camping with us at that time so we ended up having to take a 2nd vehicle. By the end of that first year I had upgraded to my current F150.

I'm sure you will enjoy your new Micro Lite and let us know how you make out with the towing combination.
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Old 11-02-2015, 02:46 PM   #7
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I have a 2306 (same trailer) and started with a Toyota Tacoma w/ supposed 6400 tow capacity. I used a Eq 10k WDH. Was fine on flat ground but here in the summer AZ heat on hills it struggled and overheated the trans.
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:56 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by jhoppmann View Post
I have a 2306 (same trailer) and started with a Toyota Tacoma w/ supposed 6400 tow capacity. I used a Eq 10k WDH. Was fine on flat ground but here in the summer AZ heat on hills it struggled and overheated the trans.

Same here. 2006 double cab Tacoma, 4.0L V6. Bought the 2306 and towed it twice on local trips. After the second trip, I traded the Tacoma for a Tundra.

The Tacoma was fine on flat ground, but really struggled on the hills. And I found that I was always worried about towing, which put a real damper on any vacation....

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Old 11-04-2015, 04:41 PM   #9
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Weight is important.... but is not the problem when towing with a smaller pickup. When towing any trailer, the frontal area and all that air you're pushing out of the way is the problem. It's a real power hungry beast. I don't know about Nissan, but some manufacturers publish a maximum frontal area for trailer towing as well as a weight table. My son-in-law bought a small travel trailer and was really confident about towing it with a Tacoma. He upgraded to an F-150 almost immediately. His Tacoma V-6 was at or near redline often even on flat ground when the wind was up.
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Old 11-06-2015, 12:07 PM   #10
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screderman you are correct. I pull a 2503S with a Pathfinder. The manual says 60 sq ft of frontal area. Frontier's probably the same.

My plan is to upsize the truck by retirement (another 2-3 years) for long haul, maybe cross Canada trips. In the meantime we camp in several Ontario parks and get to them on secondary roads all the way, farthest being Algonquin about 4-1/2 hours. Flat or hilly the Pathfinder tows fine for me when speeds are 80 km / 50 mi per hour. But a couple of times we have jumped on the 401 and the drag at highway speed always makes me get off on the first available exit.

I am not a scientist but I do believe it's the flat back end of the 2503S that really makes the difference, much more than the weight at highway speed. I think R-Pods and other back end rounded units probably are a good choice if you're planning longer / faster trips. Of course with enough truck you're OK too.

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