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Old 07-20-2012, 02:47 PM   #1
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Pathfinder and 21SS or 233S

Hello to everyone here.

We're just starting our TT shopping and we quickly narrowed our choices down to the 21SS or 233S.

We have a 2010 Pathfinder SE V6.

I'd like to hear of any first hand experiences with towing these two TTs. I've read a lot of negative OPINIONS with very convincing reasoning, but I'd like to hear from someone who's actually done it.

Of course, I'd go down the WDH with anti-sway (reese or equalizer), most likely with a Prodigy P3 and the Airlift 1000 bags...

So, tell me, have you pulled with a Pathfinder and if so, how'd it go?

Thanks!!!
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:57 PM   #2
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:00 PM   #3
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I have no issues pulling my 233S it's like it's not even there most of the time. However, I drive an F250 so it's not quite the same. I sure somebody else will be able to help you here.
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:24 PM   #4
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We have a 2009 v6 pathfinder and a 2010 roo 21rs we live in calgary at altitude, the pathfinder pulls the trailer and we are under all our weights ( I posted these all recently) BUT not a happy experience towing espically in the mountains and cross winds were a little white knuckle so we now tow with a 2011 Ecoboost f150

Not sure how your perspective trailer compare but if you look up the relative numbers this should give you an idea

Happy to give you more into but it will have to wait until Monday as we are camping !!!!!!
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:32 PM   #5
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i won't answer your question, since you only want answers from those with a Pathfinder.
but it would help if you posted where you live or plan to camp. if you live in Florida, it would be different than if you lived in Colorado.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:40 PM   #6
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i won't answer your question, since you only want answers from those with a Pathfinder.
but it would help if you posted where you live or plan to camp. if you live in Florida, it would be different than if you lived in Colorado.
X2! And also how FAR do you expect to tow? 150 miles is a lot different than 3,000 miles.
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:42 AM   #7
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Ok, so I live in Ontario, near Toronto. 99% of my towing will be done in the local vicinity (6hrs driving max), however, we may well take longer trips once and a while (every few years). PEI has been discussed, as has Calgary. Obviously, if we do those, we'll be looking at spreading the travel over many days.

While there are some "hills" in Ontario, we're not talking the Rockies or Appalachians here!!! I think I'm more concerned with highways and the artics (lorries, big rigs, semis whatever you want to call them - I grew up in the UK so my vocabulary is sometimes muddled).

I certainly can't afford to change my truck, so until we replace my wife's car (2015/16) we're stuck with the Pathfinder as a TV. I just don't want to make the classic newbie mistake of buying too much TT for my TV! Nonetheless, we need something of a decent size, particularly floor space.

Thanks!
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:50 AM   #8
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We have a 2007 Pathfinder and tow a 2011 Surveyor Sport 189. We're at least 1000 lbs(loaded) under the tow rate of 6000 for the Pathfinder. Tows great and we get 10-12 mpg. Most of our towing has been in the flatlands of Florida, and small hills of Georgia.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:34 AM   #9
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OP was thinking about our reasons for changing to a truck to try to give you some more data

1. I fitted a trans fan to the factory cooler and gauge, this did keep the temps somewhat under control, if you go this route then I strongly recommend this mod
2. Trip from Calgary to Edmonton do pretty flat was at max power pretty much the whole way to maintain 90 to 100 km/hr
3. Trip from Calgary to brooks so again flat, wind was an issue even with a Reese Dual cam WDH
4. Pathfinder hitch weight was always an issue at 650lb if my memory serves correct with propane and batteries we were always super close to this and then of course to the rear weight rating on the. Rear axle even with the wdh

I cannot compare your perspective trailers to our but if you pull up the specs for a 21rs it will give you an idea.

We towing for a season and a half with the pathy and it does tow just personally wasn't comfortable , now with the truck we can take so much more now the kids are growing we need so much more !!!! Bikes, trikes, our bikes the list just grows and grows !!!!

Best of luck, certainly the memories we have gained are worth every cent we spent.

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Old 07-23-2012, 10:06 PM   #10
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Thanks guys... willing to hear more from anyone with first hand experience.

It'll be a struggle with anything smaller... but I might have to consider it... sounds like a hairy experience...
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