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Old 05-11-2021, 05:19 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, looking for feedback
We are looking to grab Grey Wolf 20 RDSE model which towing capacity is 4000 lbs and we have 2017 Nissan Pathfinder that towing capacity is 6000 lbs. Thinking on adding weight distribution anti sway hitch as well.
Does anyone have same situation and how towing is, anything to worry about?
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:56 PM   #2
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Hello everyone, looking for feedback
We are looking to grab Grey Wolf 20 RDSE model which towing capacity is 4000 lbs and we have 2017 Nissan Pathfinder that towing capacity is 6000 lbs. Thinking on adding weight distribution anti sway hitch as well.
Does anyone have same situation and how towing is, anything to worry about?
You're making the #1 newbie mistake by using fictional dry weight numbers.
That 4000lbs UVW number is based on a basic version of that trailer. No batteries, no propane, no factory options, no water and no cargo. It will weigh way more when loaded for camping.
But it seems to be within the 600/6000lbs capacities.
BUT your Nissan only has that rating IF it has the factory tow package. If not, its rating is much lower.

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right, I thought about that as extra weight, but don;t think I can get over 1000 lbs on top
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right, I thought about that as extra weight, but don;t think I can get over 1000 lbs on top
You'd be surprised.
Does your Nissan have the factory tow package?
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That Nissan Pathfinder is not the ideal tow vehicle for anything other than a small popup tent trailer. Friends of mine had one and rolled the whole rig on that pass between Las Cruces and Alamagordo New Mexico. They were eastbound and had crested out heading down the other side when a crosswind hit them and flipped them over. The back bike rack and reinforced bumper I had built for them came through real fine though.
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You'd be surprised.
Does your Nissan have the factory tow package?
it does actually, I did tow things, but not in that capacity though.

Seems like, we better off with something smaller that 20 feet one
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it does actually, I did tow things, but not in that capacity though.

Seems like, we better off with something smaller that 20 feet one
Well, as I said in my previous post, I feel that you can be within specs but you have to pay attention to how you load it.
But if you feel more comfortable with a smaller trailer, that's up to you.
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You're making the #1 newbie mistake by using fictional dry weight numbers.
That 4000lbs UVW number is based on a basic version of that trailer. No batteries, no propane, no factory options, no water and no cargo. It will weigh way more when loaded for camping.
But it seems to be within the 600/6000lbs capacities.
BUT your Nissan only has that rating IF it has the factory tow package. If not, its rating is much lower.

https://forestriverinc.com/rvs/trave...lf/20RDSE/3146
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Hello everyone, looking for feedback
We are looking to grab Grey Wolf 20 RDSE model which towing capacity is 4000 lbs and we have 2017 Nissan Pathfinder that towing capacity is 6000 lbs. Thinking on adding weight distribution anti sway hitch as well.
Does anyone have same situation and how towing is, anything to worry about?
The problem I see is that the 2017 Pathfinder uses a CVT transmission. Despite the towing capacity rating, a CVT transmission is not a good choice for durability under towing conditions, even if you opt for a smaller trailer. Either the Armada, or a Chevy Tahoe/Suburban would be a better choice for towing in that trailer size range, if swapping out the tow vehicle is an option for you.
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You really intend to tow this 7450 pound travel trailer with a tow vehicle rated at a maximum of 6000 pounds? I want at least 1000 pounds "excess" towing capacity high altitudes, and high summer temperatures. My Expedition with the HD 9300 pound max tow package meets this requirement.

This trailer will also put nearly 1000 pounds on the ball and that weight has to be borne by the truck which sucks up all but about 500 pounds of the SUV's carrying capacity.

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You really intend to tow this 7450 pound travel trailer with a tow vehicle rated at a maximum of 6000 pounds? I want at least 1000 pounds "excess" towing capacity high altitudes, and high summer temperatures. My Expedition with the HD 9300 pound max tow package meets this requirement.

This trailer will also put nearly 1000 pounds on the ball and that weight has to be borne by the truck which sucks up all but about 500 pounds of the SUV's carrying capacity.

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Yabbut... 7460 is the max weight but the empty weight is a little over 4000 on that trailer. The max is based on the trailer axle capacity, so unless he's hauling 2500 pounds of manure in addition to full tanks and another 500 pounds of odds and ends, he'll likely never bust the *rated* towing capacity of his truck. Who hauls 3400 lbs worth of stuff in a small TT?

All the same, that's not the right vehicle to tow much more than a harbor freight utility trailer loaded with ping pong balls and cotton candy with that CVT transmission. Will it do it? Sure. For how long? Nobody knows.
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