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Old 06-19-2019, 11:42 PM   #1
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We're going to test drive a 2013 Nissan Xterra S tomorrow. We want to use it to tow our 2016 R-Pod 178. I want to hear from people that are towing small trailers with this particular year and trim if possible, but any advice is much appreciated!!
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-less than $15k
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-capable of towing 5000lbs
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Old 06-20-2019, 09:34 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. The potential issue I see is Cargo Payload capacity. Looking at the Xterra specs on Google it shows 974 to 1,061 pounds. I suspect that depending on model and options so look at the door sticker carefully and get the real capacity of the truck you're considering. Even at the best case of 1,061 pounds that is going to be really tight. The unloaded hitch weight of a 178 is 268 pounds, loaded that is probably closer to 350 pounds.

So 1,061 minus the estimated hitch weight of 350 pounds = 711 pounds. That isn't much capacity left over for five passengers unless they are really small kids. Or for anything stored in the back of the SUV. I think you are really close to overloading a Xterra. Depending on where you live it could be a real challenge driving in mountainous areas even with the 4.0L V-6.

I'd look for something with more cargo capacity, at least 1,500 pounds, based on the info you supplied.
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I almost bought a Xterra for a tow vehicle. But after doing a lot of research and looking at the specs, I quickly dropped it from contention. And I really love the Xterra but it has too many negatives for towing.
High center of gravity, short wheelbase and low payload capacity were the biggest negatives.
As a surfer and mtn biker, I get the attraction and it's a great choice for those kind of things.
But not for towing.
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Welcome to the forum. The potential issue I see is Cargo Payload capacity. Looking at the Xterra specs on Google it shows 974 to 1,061 pounds. I suspect that depending on model and options so look at the door sticker carefully and get the real capacity of the truck you're considering. Even at the best case of 1,061 pounds that is going to be really tight. The unloaded hitch weight of a 178 is 268 pounds, loaded that is probably closer to 350 pounds.

So 1,061 minus the estimated hitch weight of 350 pounds = 711 pounds. That isn't much capacity left over for five passengers unless they are really small kids. Or for anything stored in the back of the SUV. I think you are really close to overloading a Xterra. Depending on where you live it could be a real challenge driving in mountainous areas even with the 4.0L V-6.

I'd look for something with more cargo capacity, at least 1,500 pounds, based on the info you supplied.
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I almost bought a Xterra for a tow vehicle. But after doing a lot of research and looking at the specs, I quickly dropped it from contention. And I really love the Xterra but it has too many negatives for towing.
High center of gravity, short wheelbase and low payload capacity were the biggest negatives.
As a surfer and mtn biker, I get the attraction and it's a great choice for those kind of things.
But not for towing.
Thank you! Does anyone have any opinions on a 2011 GC Laredo? It has a higher GVWR at 6500lbs
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Thank you! Does anyone have any opinions on a 2011 GC Laredo? It has a higher GVWR at 6500lbs
Not without its specs. Engine size, 4x4 or not, factory tow package or not, rear axle ratio, payload sticker amount.
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Not without its specs. Engine size, 4x4 or not, factory tow package or not, rear axle ratio, payload sticker amount.


I think op is looking for someone that has these or towed with these vehicles. Vehicle probably not in their possession.
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I think op is looking for someone that has these or towed with these vehicles. Vehicle probably not in their possession.
I get that but they should be able to get some info, from the seller.
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Thank you for your help bikendan!


I took a picture of the sticker inside the drivers door but I do not see a curb weight. Where is this information? Google tells me it is 4660lbs empty. So 6500-4660-300(tongue)=1540 payload? Is that correct? It is 4x4, factory tow package, 3.6L VVT V6 flex-fuel engine, and 3.09 axle ratio.


https://www.midwestautostore.com/inv...rr4gg2bc717535
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Lots of Chevy, Dodge 1500's and F150's that can haul 5 and be bought for under 15k.
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