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Old 04-20-2011, 12:59 AM   #1
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Tow capacity ( first time owner and very nervous)

I got my first travel trailer 4200lbs GW.
My Nissan pathfinder tow capacity 6000lb
But after the first drive with the trailer I think is too big
I need advised
Any advised about towing is welcome
Thanks
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:04 AM   #2
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Without knowing your specific information all advise would just be speculation and probably not much help to you.
What trailer do you have?
If you haven't weighed it, what is it's GVWR? - Length?
What hitch are you using? If it doesn't have built in sway control are you using a friction sway bar?
You gave your vehicle's towing capacity, but do you know it's GVWR? - Wheelbase? - Motor? - Year?
What adverse problems are you experiencing while towing?
The more info you can give, the better advice we can give. Please realize that most advice given is based on personal experiences.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:11 AM   #3
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First of all WELCOME to the forums. Now, from the numbers you have given, you have made the most expensive MISTAKE there is to make, to much trailer for the tow vehicle.

Look in the kitchen cabinet doors and see if you can find a sticker with actual weights on your trailer. The do a search on here for towing. Your problem has been addressed many times, and by a wide orange of vehicles and trailers. AS you will learn, weight is only part of the equation, and the Pathfinder being a short wheelbase vehicle, is not going to tow well. Seek and ye shall find.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:14 AM   #4
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i pull a 5600 # dry weight trailer with a dodge ram 5.7 liter engine 4x4 (i think the truck is rated for around 7000 #) when im towing i can sure feel the trailer behind me. I use a weight distributing hitch to level the vehicle.my truck has also got a transmission cooler.
your numbers work so just use common sense when driving: make sure your trailer brakes are properly adjusted and working, keep a little extra distance between you and the vehicle ahead. Take your time!!(i sound like my dad ) if you dont have a weight distributing hitch i highly recommend you get one.
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:37 AM   #5
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The pathfinder 2010 v6 GVWR 6000 lb
Trailer 2010 r- vision trail sport 31' and GVW 4200lbs, load capacity of 1700lbs
10% of the weight of the trailer is for hitch- tongue right? So it should be 420 lbs
I got install the sway, weight distribution and brakes
I knew all this before I got the trailer but I never tow anything before and when I drove it I could feel the weight on my back literally!
Thanks for the reply
Should I get a smaller trailer?
How difficult would be to drive fir a long distance?
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:43 AM   #6
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Oh WOW! A 31 foot trailer behind a short wheel base vehicle. No wonder you are worried. Dealer saw you coming huh? What you need is a long wheel base vehicle. Suburban would be good, A long bed 1/2 ton pickup would be better. Just don't get the smallest motor or you will be jumping back into the fire. If you are going to keep the SUV then think a trailer about 22-23 feet OAL.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:56 PM   #7
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Why the Nissan specs would claim 6000lbs of towing capacity if the pathfinder would not be able to pull it off?
I'm not planing in getting a new suv but I'm going to get a weight on the trailer and maybe I will trade it for something smaller, I dont even know if I'm going to be able to trade it since I just bought it
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:00 PM   #8
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Why the Nissan specs would claim 6000lbs of towing capacity if the pathfinder would not be able to pull it off?
I'm not planing in getting a new suv but I'm going to get a weight on the trailer and maybe I will trade it for something smaller, I dont even know if I'm going to be able to trade it since I just bought it
this is a common enough error. Tow capacity is how much weight can be towed buy the engine and drive train. What it will FEEL like is a whole nuther issue. You will need some serious sway control to be safe at most highway speeds
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:33 PM   #9
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Yes I got the sway control, extra brake and some bar wt distribution
I got everything to make it safer
This is my first trailer and I read a lot of stuff before buying but after driving the trailer it felt heavy
I'm having second thoughts but I don't even know if I will be able to trade or exchange the trailer.
What a headache!!!!
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:05 PM   #10
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The pathfinder 2010 v6 GVWR 6000 lb
Trailer 2010 r- vision trail sport 31' and GVW 4200lbs, load capacity of 1700lbs
knowing the actual model number, not the length, would be more helpful.
i'm sorry but i find it hard to believe that a 31' TT weighs only 4200lbs. i have a 23' ultra-lite hybrid TT and it's UVW is 4471lbs.
NADA lists the 27QBSS model as the only 31' model that year. and its fictional "dry" weight is 5993lbs. way more than a v-6 SUV can handle.

obviously, you made the #1 newbie mistake, you believed your dealer!
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