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Old 08-15-2014, 12:02 PM   #1
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New tow vehicle!

I just picked up a 2014 Pathfinder to replace my 2012 Murano as a tow vehicle. The Murano actually did really well, but with a 350lb maximum tongue weight I wasn't able to put much on the BH's front deck. The pathfinder is 500lbs, so I can carry my bikes and maybe fill both propane tanks now.

I'm headed out boondocking next week and am looking forward to seeing how it handles!

Also for the first time I'll be trying out the fridge on LP, and using the water pump and water heater. I have a 100W solar setup that will hopefully keep me running!
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:03 PM   #2
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:43 PM   #4
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I would make sure everything works on propane before you go. Easier to fix in your driveway then boondocking. Have fun
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:37 PM   #5
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Always nice to get a new tow vehicle. Have a great trip.
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New is always nice.
The 100 W Solar should be more then you need, I think you will be happy with it.
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:02 AM   #7
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Good going,

and I would like to see an after-trip report.

Interested in the solar power meeting your needs,

and also wondering about the variable-speed auto transmission.
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I'll be sure to post an after trip report! This is an astronomy trip, so the solar will be used to charge both the camper battery and a separate battery for powering telescopes and equipment.

I previously towed the camper with my Murano, which also has the CVT, and it performed very well. No hunting for gears and plenty of power.

The Pathfinder has a newer version, and has a tow mode, though I'm told it's not really needed with a camper this light.

I'll be a bit of a Nissan cheerleader here... This Pathfinder is my 5th CVT-equipped Nissan, and the CVTs (and everything else) have always been trouble-free.
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I am going to consider the Pathfinder as well for next vehicle. I need something that will tow at least 5,000lbs. Just not sure if I want a car frame or a truck frame. Cost is also a factor. I would like to keep the cost around 30K for an SUV within a couple of years old. Not looking to spend $40K for a 6 year old SUV. Just do not want to part with the cash. Gotta draw a line somewhere.

How heavy is your unit? Let us know how it tows.

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Loaded up (but without water) my 122BH is 2300lbs and around 290 on the tongue.

I'll let you know how it tows, but I'm expecting it to be good! I've browsed the Pathfinder forums and people seem to have pretty good luck with it.
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