question all we have new 2012 pathfinder 4.0 v6 t we are thinking of getting a tt rented a class c last summer loved it but tt might be more pratical first time out, question i know this a loaded question with no real answer but can anyone qive some examples of what we can realistically tow we live in fla so hills/mts not really problem one example is v light series from flagstaff but are wondering if that is too heavy thanks.
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You should be able to tow up to the manufactures tow rating for the van when you take the time to do all of the work. Reduce the manufacturers rating by the weight of passengers and cargo you put in the van. Your SAFETY numbers like everyone else is the GVWR and GAWR so assume the worst of any trailer you consider. 15% of the trailers GVWR will be tongue weight and assume you will have a trailer that weighs it's GVWR. Good luck / Skip
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I towed with a Frontier (same engine etc) and its towing capacity was 6300lbs. I towed with 2 of us and a 70 lb. Golden Retreiver in the truck. I started with a 3200lb (dry wt) hybrid, about 4000lbs loaded, and it towed great. I upgraded to a 4700lb travel trailer (about 5500lbs loaded) and it was too much. I would probably not get something heavier than 3800lbs-4000lbs empty weight. I also had an 08 Pathfinder and it was very comparable in performance etc to the Frontier so I think the numbers would translate pretty well to the Pathfinder. I also was towing mainly in flat areas.
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one example is v light series from flagstaff but are wondering if that is too heavy thanks.
all the flagstaff V-Lites are too heavy for your Nissan, even the smallest one.
agree with the 3500-5000lbs. GVWR number.
along with a good WDH with sway control and a good brake controller, like the Prodigy.
of course, this is based on your Pathfinder having the factory tow package. if it doesn't, all bets are off the table.
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I towed 4050lbs loaded with an 06 Frontier V6 AT. I struggled, but I live in Oregon where no matter where you go you have hills/mtns to climb. Being in Fl you would probably fine with 4-4500lbs loaded. The biggest factor will be frontal area. JMO, but I would look for a lower profile TT or something with as much frontal slope as you can get. Our TT that we towed with the Frontier was 7'6" wide and 9'9" high. We average 8mpg. Biggest drawback is Nissan recomends not towing in OD, which drops you to 4th and 3rd. Lots of higher rpms. We upgraded to an F150 5.4 4sp with the smaller TT and mpg went up to 10.5. Took less power to pull from the 5.4 than the 4.0 Nissan. If you can find a dealer to let you try and tow the TT your looking at that would really help. It would give you a good idea on how your going to like towing with your Pathfinder.