Took three trips with it so far, all via the mountains of TN and NC. Nothing like nice 7% grades to take on a maiden voyage!
It went about as expected. Good, but not great. The good - ride was great, power was more than adequate on flat ground and I had no issues slowing down going down the long grades either. It towed very well.
Bad - not anywhere near as much power as my Tundra had and I could tell. Going up the long grades I had it floored in 3rd and could barely maintain 60-65mph.
2nd trip tried adding the top rated intake for the Nissan 5.6 (Airaid MXP). Helped but not much. Also way too loud when towing and your spinning the motor hard up hills. Just got annoying after a while. That came off.
3rd trip - added a Bully Dog GT ECU tuner. Not as good as an Uprev for the Nissan's but its much cheaper and I never plan on adding headers and everything else to get the most out of the Uprev either. The BD made a Huge difference (it knocked nearly 1.5 seconds off the stock 0-60 and that was repeated tests done by me). If I run 89 octane when towing I get no issues with the ECU pulling timing back out either. The same route with the BD I was able to easily maintain 65mph on the way up the grades. I even passed a semi who was chugging along at 50 on the long 6% grade.
So the NV3500 handles the 27HFS pretty well in my book. Sure the motor is a bit weak but on flat ground there were zero issues at all. I could even use the cruise and things were good across the gauge monitors. Weight wasnt an issue visually but I havent had a chance to scale the setup yet. It doesnt sag all that much and the Blue Ox handles things well. It certainly rides and handles better than the Tundra did when loaded down, just has less power.
'15 XLR 27HFS
'15 Nissan NVP 3500 SL
Campers - Me, DW, 3 - DS (7, 5, 3), 2 large dogs