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Old 11-03-2012, 09:17 AM   #11
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Biggest diff is wheelbase and overall length.

xterra wheelbase=106.3 pathfinder=112.2
overall=178.7 overall=192.3
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:58 AM   #12
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Also of note: the 2011 Surveyor 189 is only 84" wide, and starting in 2012 it went to 96" wide. Big diff in wind resistance.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:36 AM   #13
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About the table, we also first found it annoying, but I also found a solution.

The table will stand on end, on the wall which is between the end of the couch, and bathroom. You need a little hook to keep it in place, but it allows you have it handy, but out of the way until dinner time.

Maybe not pretty, but a workable solution. Just remember to lay it back down on the couch before closing the slide-out.

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Old 11-03-2012, 03:14 PM   #14
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plus the xterra's higher center of gravity over the pathfinder, also factors in the lower tow capacity.

the 189's actual weight, from the factory will be at least 3600lbs.
add the weights of water, propane, battery and cargo, plus subtracting anything other than a 150lb. driver in the xterra, will put you near the xterra's max.
most on rv forums, swear by the 80% rule. don't tow anything over 80% of the TV's max.
if you were only going to tow on flat terrain, then you can get by. but if you plan on mountains/hills, you'll be hating it.

i absolutely love the xterra, but when we were shopping for a new TV, it just had too many negatives to be a viable tow vehicle for a full height TT.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:41 PM   #15
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Good idea for the table. I don't like to take it because it is in the way in my opinion. However I wonder if the weather is bad, if we would miss having it to eat on.
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:29 PM   #16
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Small light weight tv trays that can fit in outside in outside storage area may be an option
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:51 PM   #17
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I'm looking at getting a used sp189 and thought about using the tv trays too.

BTW, I have a 2008 Pathfinder with a V6. How does it pull with yours? I see you now have a Coachman Apex, but had the Surveyor SP189 before that.
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Towed great. However we only towed in the flatlands of Florida and south Georgia. You probably will need to add a transmission cooler if you take it to major hill country. WDH with sway control a must.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:52 PM   #19
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Cannot tow with the Nissan xTerra--I would not even try as it could lead to potentially dangerous situation. Go down in weight or up in horsepower. And remember it's not just what the vehicle is rated to tow: You need to add up all the weight in trailer, vehicle, hitch, etc. And also factor in that you lose 2% of tow capacity for every 1000' of elevation. Hope this helps.
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