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Old 04-22-2011, 10:51 PM   #51
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In 2005 I bought an 26' Ultralight TT (gross vehicle weight of 6k). At that time I had a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 (5.7liter) with GTWR of 9k. I bought this TT in Ft Worth and pulled it back to Colorado. I was well below the GCWR of 14k (as the trailer was completely empty)and never thought there would be an issue. A few hills and a slight head wind and an engine revving to about 6k rpm, I decided to trade the vehicle on a diesel. Best move I ever made. I know own a 30' Rockwood 8286WS fifth wheel and couldn't be happier with my Dodge Cummins.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:07 PM   #52
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We basically did the same thing with regard to the tow vehicle. We also have a Dodge Cummins and have never looked back. Well, I look in my mirrors and see a few gas tow vehicles struggling, lol. Now we have no problems with the passes around here. In fact, we just purchased a larger 5th wheel (Sabre 32 BHTS) for more space and a lot more confidence with our tow vehicle.

When we had our TT, I knew I was in trouble with my Chevy 1500 HD, 6.0L, trying to limp up Berthoud Pass on our way to Granby and Grand Lake. That diesel makes a world of difference.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:30 PM   #53
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Congrats on your new fifth wheel. I am impressed with the Sabre line. I was debating on whether to get the Sabre 32BHOK or the Rockwood 8286WS as they both have the outdoor kitchen. I decided to buy the Rockwood and have no regrets.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:42 PM   #54
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Thanks! We looked at the BHOK but settled on the BHTS. Either way, this is a nice upgrade from our Laredo 26BH. We're itchin to pick it up and Wednesday can't come soon enough. First trip will be just a few days later...Arkansas River between Canyon City and Salida!
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:03 AM   #55
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I hear the area is excellent for fishing. I have never camped there. Usually go to Jackson, North Sterling and Jumbo in northeast Co. I will be going to Green Mtn. Resevoir and Williams Fork this summer as well. Enjoy your trip!
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Old 04-23-2011, 03:02 AM   #56
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It's pretty obvious that we all agree that the setup is truly a mismatch, there should not be any argument trying to beef up the tow vehicle to meet the requirements needed by the trailer, plain fact is the trailer is too long regardless of any upgrades to the tow vehicle. It's too bad the OP did not join the forum prior to purchasing the trailer. Until they can afford to change either the tow vehicle or the trailer there is no sense in spending a lot of cash trying to fix the inevitable.

Trying to match up this Pathfinder and a 31' trailer is like trying to upgrade an old 486 PC processor to handle the needs of today's computer programs and internet - it will never complete the task at hand.
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:35 AM   #57
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Rchel72 I suggest you start with knowing your weights (ready to camp) - run them through Travel Trailer Weight Calculator (it helps)
If you cannot get within legal limits then…….
If you are within the legal limits as set by vehicle manufacture I would look at the following:
Improving the tire/wheel/shock combination to one suited for towing
LT tires with rims appropriate for the max tire PSI for the load (I would go LT 245/75/16 LR E )
Tire Search Results
Shocks/springs suitable for load carrying - some opinions @ The Nissan Path :: View topic - Towing, rear shock replacement options. Need Help. & http://www.thenissanpath.com/viewtopic.php?t=65
Ensure your fluid systems - Radiator, Transmission, front and rear Diff, brakes - are in shape for towing - I use DOT 4 in brakes, synthetic in the trans and diffs, OEM spec in Rad. - make sure you have the appropriate coolers in place - Trans, Oil, Power steering (if hydraulic) & get gauges to monitor the temps. Finned Differential covers (for cooling) if needed
Having some one knowledgeable with your Propride tune your hitch correctly.
Gearing updates (if needed)
Know how to use your transmission to get the most power for towing.
Know how to use your trailer & vehicle brakes along with the limits
Know your driving limits & if needed get driver training in handling a trailer (priceless when it hit’s the fan)
I offer this from the perspective of someone with over a million miles of non-commercial driving time along with EVO training.
Remember only you will be able to tell if you are safe with this combination in the end & this opinion may only be worth what you paid for it

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Thank you for the useful tips :sreddy , nice that you try to help and not show off that you drive a bigger truck !!! Like others do ( obviously if I could get I bigger truck I would , duh!!!)
I'll do all the calculations and see
Great links
Thanks again
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Thank you for the useful tips :sreddy , nice that you try to help and not show off that you drive a bigger truck !!! Like others do ( obviously if I could get I bigger truck I would , duh!!!)
I'll do all the calculations and see
Great links
Thanks again
I understand what you are saying about others showing off about a bigger truck but I dont think that is the case in some of the posts - I think most are trying to show you what TV they use for the size of trailer they tow so you have idea on sizes and vehicles.

I think alot of us are in the same boat as you about not being able to afford another or a bigger tow vehicle - since I have payments on the trailer but not on the truck I can afford one or the other not both.

I will just have to say good luck and hopefully the dealer will step up and take care of you - they are partial to blame because I think it is wrong to take advantage of the situation IMO
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:46 AM   #59
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Good post! I only chimed in because we made some $$$$$ mistakes with our first TT. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't have placed as much weight on the dealer's "advice" as I did the first time around.
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i agree about the bigger truck thing. i was trying to inform you of some of the hard lessons i had learned, not brag about my truck's bigger than yours!

i also did a lot of research and almost bought an inadequate tow vehicle, simply because the DW and i loved it and thought it was a well-designed vehicle.
only because i had read hundreds of posts warning about not towing at a vehicle's max tow rating, did i slow down and really pay attention to what i needed and not what i wanted.

i soon realized that if we wanted to pull the trailer we selected, that the vehicle, which had a v-6, would be at its max and that would not be good, living out West.
so, i took the advice of most, to get a tow vehicle that could tow what we wanted with room to spare.
i didn't buy a 1-ton diesel, i simply bought a v-8 truck because our trailer would be under 80% of its tow capacity.
we've towed now over the Rockies, Sierras, Cascades and Siskiyous and have never had any power/control issues.
we are so glad we didn't make the first choice we had planned to.
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