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Old 03-22-2014, 10:14 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. I have enjoyed reading of the posts and information shared on here. I have a question, we just purchased a 2014 wildwood X-lite 29' long with a dry weight of 4380 lb. going to pull it with a 2011 Nissan Frontier 4x4 crew cab. 6100 tow capacity. Any successes or troubles to foresee with this combination? Grateful for any help.
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Old 03-22-2014, 11:54 PM   #2
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Congrats!
Don't know much about frontiers, but these trailers catch alot of wind and thats a little truck ( and a decent sized trailer).
Around town it will probably be fine, but maintaining speed on a highway might be a challenge, even on flats. I had a little truck once, handled weights fine, but any kind of wind resistance was a killer, just kept grabbing lower gears to " creep on going".
Hope it works ok for you!
Maybe they have bigger motors than i think in them, or a supercharger or sompthin!
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:10 AM   #3
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phew, that might be a bit of a struggle. Since you will easily be over 5000lbs loaded, plus family and gear in truck, you will probably find yourself needing more power. That small of a truck could sure put you in some white knuckle driving situations too.
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Before answering a question like this, I like to do a little research and compare it to what I am using, since I am one of the smaller rigs here.

1st, I looked at the truck. I am assuming that you have the 4.0 V6. That puts out 281 ft*lbs at 4000 RPM. Now, my engine with 335 ft*lbs at 2000 RPMs can maintain 60 on grades with my 4400 pound trailer.

2nd, 29 feet is a lot of trailer to catch the wind. Before buying my latest trailer (I owned when I was younger, but got away from it), I rented to see if the girlfriend and daughter would like it. That rental was 24 feet and with just a standard Weight Distribution Hitch, I was blown around by every bus and truck that passed. My trailer now is 22 feet with a high quality WDH, and now I can feel it, but I am in control.

One mistake you made is talking dry weight. You don't use an empty trailer. You will probably weigh in around 5500 lbs with 600 to 750 lbs of tongue weight.

I see you already made the purchase. All I can say now is hope you have a real high quality WDH, like the reese dual cam staitline or the equal-i-zer 4p because if you will be doing highway speeds (55 to 60 max!) you WILL need it. And, your tires will need to be upgraded to LT tires. P rated tires will make you feel like you're towing on marshmallows. I admit, I upgraded to P XL tires and it is way better than stock, I wish I upgraded to LT. I was just having issues finding LT in my wider than stock tire size that I wanted.

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Thanks everyone. I will try to upgrade tires and until I can upgrade truck, will stay at local (1-2hour ) trips. May even have the family take the minivan separate.
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Thanks everyone. I will try to upgrade tires and until I can upgrade truck, will stay at local (1-2hour ) trips. May even have the family take the minivan separate.
good plan. Remember, its all about safety, not just of you and your family, but of everyone around you on the road also. Putting the family and as much gear as possible in the minivan would sure help your situation.
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Thanks everyone. I will try to upgrade tires and until I can upgrade truck, will stay at local (1-2hour ) trips. May even have the family take the minivan separate.
This would be a good option as long as the van carries some of the load in the food or gear dept.
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Well, I made the 50 mile trip with the frontier. My family followed behind as my "spotters." The truck handled the hills ok, it worked like a champ. I would not do it again though. The wind had its way with me twice, but my truck kept on chugging. We have the trailer parked at a site for the next five weeks. I am looking to upgrade my tow vehicle. Any suggestions? It would have to be used. What would be a good fit for a family of 5, with a 29' travel trailer, approx. 4900#'s, tongue wt. 434lbs.? Thanks everyone.
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You'll get all sorts of opinions on tow rigs on here...I'll save that for others. What I do have is a 4-PT Equalizer WDH for sale. By your name, I'm assuming you're in PA as well? PM if interested, I can give you the details.
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Well, I made the 50 mile trip with the frontier. My family followed behind as my "spotters." The truck handled the hills ok, it worked like a champ. I would not do it again though. The wind had its way with me twice, but my truck kept on chugging. We have the trailer parked at a site for the next five weeks. I am looking to upgrade my tow vehicle. Any suggestions? It would have to be used. What would be a good fit for a family of 5, with a 29' travel trailer, approx. 4900#'s, tongue wt. 434lbs.? Thanks everyone.
No less than a half ton Crew Cab, largest motor it comes with and no higher than 3.73 gear ratio (4.10 would be better).

I had a 2001 Chevy 1500HD CC with a 6.0 gas motor and towed a 34' Lacrosse weighing in about 9,000 lbs for 2 1/2 years with no issues. Of course, my Reese Dual Cam WD/Sway control hitch was a major part of driving stability.
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