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Old 05-02-2010, 08:09 PM   #1
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Pathfinder enough to pull a Roo?

Hello all,
I am new to this forum, and not yet an owner of a Roo. I just have one quick question: I own a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. It has a 4.0-liter V6. It produces 266 hp and 288 lb-ft of torque. The rated tow capacity is 6,000 lbs. I know that the dry weight and GVWR of the Rockwood Roo 19 is 3170 lbs and 4639 lbs respectively. I am just wondering if my Pathfinder has enough "umph" to realistically pull the Roo 19?


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Old 05-02-2010, 09:39 PM   #2
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In your situation, I would be concerned about wheel base more than weight. Since we don't know your location, are you towing flat terrain, or are mountains involved, long trips or highway? Somewhere on here the wheelbase chart has been posted numerous times. Your camper is fairly light, but how are loading the pathfinder? Wife, children, and the dog take away tow capacity. Hope others chime in with their opinion, and from all of them, you can make a decision. Also ask for "Test Tow", if possible.
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Old 05-02-2010, 11:26 PM   #3
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not knowing where you live, since hills and mountains will be a factor, makes it somewhat hard to say.

on paper, you should be o.k.
i had a 4.0 v-6 Explorer but i live in NorCal and i have three mountain ranges to get over. plus lots of hills.
i would never have used it to pull a full height TT, even a short one because of the strain pulling up grades would put on it.

but if i lived in Florida or Iowa, it wouldn't have been as big an issue.

i suggest not going for anything over 19'.
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:33 AM   #4
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I pull a Surveyor Sport 186 with my 2005 Jeep Liberty.3.7 V6 and max tow rating of 5000lbs. About #3500 pounds loaded. Just me and the wife in the car. The wheelbase is short but the hitch is very close to the rear axle. I use an Equalizer W/D with built in sway control. I also switched to light truck tires and got rid of the stock Wranglers. I Live in the Northeast and have gone form Maine to North Carolina without any problems. I have to tow with overdrive off but that is it. However every set up is different and if the dealer will let you do a tow test that is the best thing.
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Old 05-03-2010, 03:01 PM   #5
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Thank you guys for the response. I live in eastern Colorado (plains). I plan to do a fair amount of mountain driving, both locally and to Yellowstone NP. I will be traveling with my wife and 2 young daughters...and of course the dog. The wheelbase on my Pathfinder is 112 in. I am for sure not getting anything bigger than the Roo19. Hopes this sheds some light. Thanks again.
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Old 05-03-2010, 04:34 PM   #6
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Pulled a Rockwood 2607 with a 2001 Pathfinder with no problems. Just be sure to use dual cam or Equalizer weight dist hitch.
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:26 PM   #7
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2010 Roo 21SS towed with a 08 Chevy Colorado rated at 5500 lbs and it tows okay. You have the motor to do it (more than me) just expect to rev it. I run in 3rd gear @ 2500 rpm and go to 3000 - 3500 up hills.
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:56 PM   #8
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I have the exact same pathfinder as you, and my Roo is bigger, 23SS dry weight of around 4500lb. I am maxed out, but it has pulled just fine. It does dog a bit when entering the highway or driving up hills. I live in Michigan. A vehicle with a longer wheel base would be better and more towing capacity. I would say whatever you decide for a trailer and vehicle, you should keep a minimum of at least 2,000lb between your fully packed trailer and the tow capacity of the vehicle along with a decent wheel base...this will give you peace of mind. Ideally I should have another 1000lb tow capacity. I pull with a WDH and sway bar...get about 8-9mpg.

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