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Old 09-07-2012, 01:37 PM   #1
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Nissan Titan as a TV?

Does anyone have any experience with a Nissan Titan as a TV? We are considering the Prime Time LaCrosse 318BHS as our TT. Any feedback, positive or negative would be appreciated!
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:50 PM   #2
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Maximum Nissan Titan towing capacity: 9,500 (4x2 SV trim with Tow package)
7400 without tow package. I'll assume you have the 9,500 limit - wouldn't even consider this camper if you have the 7,400 model.

From PrimeTime website for the 318BH
Base weight 7,705
Tongue weight 807 lb
Cargo capacity 1,992 lb
So fully loaded, the camper would be around 9,700 lb.
Reasonably loaded around 8,700 lbs.

Considering the tow rating of the vehicle assumes only one 150 lb person in the vehicle... this camper is definately close to maxing out the Titan.

I have an expedition w/ tow capacity of 9200. My goal is never to tow more than 8,000 lbs as I have a family of 6 that is about 1000 lbs of people riding in the vehicle, that subtracts from the total towing capacity. We don't carry any cargo to speak of in the vehicle when we are camping, but still I wouldn't be comfortable going over 8K total weight in the camper, dry weight plus cargo.

We ended up getting a v-lite that dry weight around 6,400, so fully loaded with our stuff we are still under the 8,000, but still were able to find a camper that sleeps up to 10 reasonably comfortably.

Personally, I think that camper is a bit too heavy, especially since I'm assuming since you are looking at a bunkhouse floor plan you will be travelling with more than one/two people. I'd look a campers with a dry weight of less than 7,000.

YMMV... let's see what other chime in here!
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:10 PM   #3
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My friend has a 4x4 titan crew cab and has towed my Surveyor 261T loaded at about 6000lbs several times and it hardly feel like it's there.
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:18 PM   #4
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I had that exact setup for 1.5 years. It was decent. I had a 2008.5 Titan LE 4x4 swb with the big tow package. It handled the 318bhs pretty well. My tranny temp would spike a bit when towing long inclines. Had to lock it into 3rd. The Titan has a sweet 3rd gear that seems to love to run at 3500 rpms. This summer I moved up to a 2012 F150 xlt 4x4 Ecoboost 6.5 ft bed with max tow. I liked the way the Titan towed....I love the way this F150 Tows. Smoother, much lower rpms, tranny temp never moves.....You will be okay with the Titan if you have the Big Tow package (or whatever they call it now). You may hear otherwise but some people will not tow anything larger than a popup unless they have a one ton oil burner......
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they're good towing machines but get the worst gas mileage of any v-8 production truck.
the Titan is pretty infamous on RV forums for the poor mpg.

i have a friend with one and he is constantly complaining about how bad his mpg is, compared to other similar trucks.
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I have a 2005 titan. I tow a 26 foot toy hauler. And the normal tow weight is right around 6500 pounds. It tows it ok as long as the wind is not blowing which here in Wyoming is quite often. If there is a cross wind or a head wind it struggles to stay at 55. And hills can be tough at times. And I am overloading the gvw of the truck by about 600 pounds. Which the newer titans have a higher gvw and they really didn't change anything so I am sure I am fine. I don't tow hard but it's nice to stay at decent speed. The last time I went camping there was no wind and my truck did great I was very happy. My next truck will be a diesel. Nothing against my Titan I love the truck but a diesel would be so much easier on the truck and the towing.
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they're good towing machines but get the worst gas mileage of any v-8 production truck.
the Titan is pretty infamous on RV forums for the poor mpg.

i have a friend with one and he is constantly complaining about how bad his mpg is, compared to other similar trucks.
They get comparable mpg's towing.....but unloaded, I averaged 14.4mpg's with my Titan, my ecoboost has been much much better.....16 around town and 22 on the highway. Sticker on Titan said 12-17 town vs highway ..ecoboost sticker says 15-21 town vs highway. I may have gotten .5 to .75 mpg's better towing with the ecoboost but there is no comparison in stability and comfort while towing. Takes mountains much better...never gets to 3rd...while the Titan loved 3rd...
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