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  1. DaGrinch
    09-17-2015 08:11 PM
    Congrats on the Armada. Mine's a 2012, also. The one thing I really like about the factory tow package, besides all the stuff you mentioned, is the transmission temp gauge right in the cluster. You might want to get an aftermarket gauge to monitor the temp.
    One little trick I found out - if you have to back-up uphill, even a slight incline with the trailer, lock it down in 4Lo. Otherwise, your tranny will really heat up. First couple of times I backed the trailer in my driveway, the gauge really shot up to the hot end. I would have to stop a couple of times, put the tranny in neutral and cool it down. I read on the Armada Forum about using 4Lo and haven't had any issues since.
    Camping season is coming to a close soon. We have a weekend scheduled next weekend, Sept 24th-27th, and then again October 8th-11th. After that, it's time to winterize and call it a year. Hope you're enjoying the Grey Wolf. Take care!
  2. Aldothegeek
    Do the Firestone Coil-Rite Airbags make a big difference in towing? We have a WD hitch with a sway bar that seems to work pretty well.
    After doing some math, I figured that we should be OK with the 6500lb towing capacity and Max Gross Combined vehicle weight. We won't tow with the tanks full and I'm sure we can keep the loaded trailer weight under 5500lbs. We won't have as much extra capacity as I would like, but it should work and be within all specs. I haven't been able to verify this anywhere, but our Armada probably has the 2.937:1 rear end, whereas yours must have the 3.357:1. I did some research on the differential gear ratios and the transmission gears. If I drive in 4th gear it would be close to what 5th would be like with the lower rear-end. If I am in hilly terrain or the tranny is getting warm, I can always do that and slow down a bit.
  3. DaGrinch
    08-08-2015 09:04 AM
    LOVE the Armada! Mine has the tow package on it and claims to be able to tow up to around either 9200# or 9500#. Right now, I figure I'm at about 6500# loaded. Dry weight for my camper is 5400#. I can travel at 65mph with no problems. In fact, I was telling the wife yesterday I have to watch the speed - it wants to creep to 70!
    We had a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee pulling a Rockwood Roo 23SS. It was pretty much white knuckle most of the time and that's what I figured towing was all about and 60 mph was a struggle. But, once we got the Armada, the wife has noticed I'm more relaxed while driving.
    Now, I will say, the gas mileage sucks. 9mpg is about the best I do. However, I live in Western MD where we have a some mountains. Of course, not like the Rockies, but the Appalachians can be a pain. Get out in some flatland, I would think 12-13 would be attainable.
    Anything else, just ask! Glad to help!

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  • About Aldothegeek
    St. Louis, MO
    St. Peters
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    RV Year and Model
    2016 Grey Wolf 26BH
    My Tow Vehicle
    2012 Nissan Armada
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    2012 Nissan Armada
    2016 Grey Wolf 26BH


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