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We recently came off the road from 7 years of full timing and we are down sizing both truck and camper. I need to down size my one ton dually silverado to something that can tow a 7900 gvwr grand design. Im looking at a 2018 Nissan Titan SV crew cab. Ive always a chevy so I dont know much about any other type of tow vehicle. I have read the Nissan has had transmission, drivetrain issues and other issues. Im asking some of the Nissan owners have they experienced any major issues with their Nissan. Would you buy another Nissan and would you recommend a Nissan to a friend. Thanks for you thoughts and input.

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I towed a 6100 lb trailer for five years with a 2015 Nissan Titan Pro4x that a payload capacity of 1658 lbs. . It was a very stable platform although the 5 speed transmission made it feel underpowered in hilly or strong headwind conditions. But when we decided to upgrade to a 2600RB by Grand Design I knew the Titan would struggle mainly do to payload. Our trailer’s tongue weight is 1050 lbs ready to go camping. I think the brochure lists it at 550 or so pounds. Never had a problem with either the 2006 or the 2015 Titans I had as far as reliability. They were both very nice riding vehicles. I know the 2nd generation were updated with more power. But I have read a lot of 2017 and 2018 Titan engines having to be replaced.


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that is a lot for a Titan in my opinion. I towed lots of miles with a 2006 Titan and a 6,000 lbs. scaled weight trailer...I wouldn't want to go much heavier.


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Although the Titan is a strong tower, the 5.6 engine is the worse gas guzzler in the 1/2 ton market. And the payload capacities are among the lowest. Finally they have the oldest technology of the 1/2 tons.
I have a friend who owned one and it got terrible gas mileage. He was always complaining about it.


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While I think they're decent trucks, I don't believe they're the best out there in newer vintage half tons. Actually bottom of the pack on most accounts. But no experience with the newer ones. Saw quite a few unexpected issues in the older Titans, but unsure what has changed.
Personally, unless the dually was going to be put into daily driver mode in the city, I'd stick with what you got for towing.
Especially since your new trailer is on the bigger end of half ton towable TTs.


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I am just curious. You say that you have read about Nissan having transmission, drivetrain, and other issues....so why are you looking at a Nissan, especially a used one out of warranty.

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Unless you have a parking or other constraint, your best bet is to keep the dually.
At 7900, your new trailer is pretty much out of the 1/2 ton range...(yes I know there are a few that can do it. But they are rare and expensive, even pre Covid) So I do not see a point in taking a bath just to step down to a 3/4-1 ton SRW.
Your dually will make a superb TV for that trailer, and since you already own it...The cost is not an issue. It will take a long time to make up the cost of changing vehicles with the small fuel savings you would get.



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If your Chevrolet dually doesn’t have too many miles why not install a flatbed and install single wheels in the rear?

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^Definitely an option for some, but basically an expensive non-starter for the non DIY owner.

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Nissan has really struggled with their fullsize half ton. When you look at how many they sell, it is surprising to me they keep at it. A friend of mine had the Cummins 5 liter when it first came out. He loved the interior, not so impressed with the rest of it. He didn't keep it very long. Resale is brutal on these, took a butt kicking when he traded it. I think you could pick any other half ton and end up happier in the end.


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