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Posted: 06/22/20 12:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Congrats! Enjoy the ride!

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Robert, stop. Pump the brakes...figuratively.

First, your "upgrade" to a newer (presume relatively newer) Pathfinder isn't much of an upgrade for towing ability/capacity, at all. On paper, yes, but it's not 6klbs if it doesn't even have a trailer hitch.

I mean, it's "ok" but are you buying for now or buying for your future plans of alot of trips and several x country trips a year? Either way, it is a less than ideal vehicle to tow a full height trailer anywhere but shorter trips, especially long grades and altitude.

IMO, either commit to buying a tow vehicle or just run the old Acura and save spending needless money on not much of an upgrade.

And get a real, hard wired brake controller. Specifically since you don't know much about towing. If the vehicle you're towing with isn't pre-wired for brakes and sporting a hitch receiver from the factory, you're sort of throwing good money down the drain.

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robertz wrote:



Actually after posting this I found that I can purchase.
"Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake controller" from Advance Auto part locally.
I can just use that on U-Haul trailer and then to my car.


Nope.

Get a vehicle setup for towing. It will save you $ and consternation in the long run.

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So it's coming together.
2016 Lance 1685 - GVWR 5500. (I seriously doubt two of us will load it up above 5000 lbs total).

The trailer comes with stabilizing hitch that should help.

Car I am waiting to pick up will be 2016 MB GLE 350.
That has towing capacity of 7200 lbs.
It already has a factory hitch and wiring (7 pin round plug at the back).

I bought the Curt wireless controller that will plug in at the back of car and the trailer wiring will plug into the controller so no plugging the controller at the front.
I would have done it except the small 4 pin connector that goes from standard controllers to specific car plug would not come in time. This wireless one if works well allows to be used on any other car with 7 pin plug.

I went with the above car because it would save us $400 one way flight 2 ppl. $1000 for U-Haul. That's $1400 right there.

Eventually I have to buy a car and if no hitch, MB is complicated to install hitch (saw video) so another $500-600 to get it installed.

Only negative about above plan is it's going to be 2800 miles round trip.

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Posted: 06/23/20 07:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

robertz wrote:

So it's coming together.
2016 Lance 1685 - GVWR 5500. (I seriously doubt two of us will load it up above 5000 lbs total).

The trailer comes with stabilizing hitch that should help.

Car I am waiting to pick up will be 2016 MB GLE 350.
That has towing capacity of 7200 lbs.
It already has a factory hitch and wiring (7 pin round plug at the back).

I bought the Curt wireless controller that will plug in at the back of car and the trailer wiring will plug into the controller so no plugging the controller at the front.
I would have done it except the small 4 pin connector that goes from standard controllers to specific car plug would not come in time. This wireless one if works well allows to be used on any other car with 7 pin plug.

I went with the above car because it would save us $400 one way flight 2 ppl. $1000 for U-Haul. That's $1400 right there.

Eventually I have to buy a car and if no hitch, MB is complicated to install hitch (saw video) so another $500-600 to get it installed.

Only negative about above plan is it's going to be 2800 miles round trip.


Previously, you stated:
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So we ended up purchasing used 2017 Starcraft 16KS that was in perfect condition.

It's bit on smaller side (perfect for 2, tight for 4).

GVWR 3790 lbs.
Factory weight with propane tank (but no other liquids) = 3045 lbs.
Cargo weight/Payload = 745 lbs.

This should be OK for my 03-MDX that has two rating of 4500lb.

This is temporary for next 2-3 years till I purchase a better tow vehicle and next trailer.


So what did you get -the Lance or the Starcraft?


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I bought Lance.
I had put down deposit on Starcraft but my 03 MDX could not tow it so I backed out of that deal.

If I had to buy new car might as well get the bigger trailer that I wanted in first place :-)

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You need to check out Lance Owners of America (LOA). The web site is not affiliated with the manufacturer, it’s made up of owners. They will be able to help with any questions you have about your Lance, and help you spend more money on modifications.

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jwfails wrote:

You need to check out Lance Owners of America (LOA). The web site is not affiliated with the manufacturer, it’s made up of owners. They will be able to help with any questions you have about your Lance, and help you spend more money on modifications.


Thank you for that pointer.
Haha Spending more on trailer :-) I have spent enough!
Though I will invest in keeping it safe from leaks etc.
Luckily owner provided cover, stabilizing hitch etc.

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