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Nissan Pathfinder, Towing, SUV
#10 of 42 Re: Travel trailer and the 2006 Pathfinder [trailerguy]
Feb 09, 2007 (7:10 pm)
Sounds like my situation, my wife and myself, plus two dogs. What was it that became too crowded in the Casita? We are thinking of using the Casita to replace motels. About the 7-pin wiring harness, you have confirmed my worries. The dealer obviously did not have a clue, it makes one wonder about the quality of other types of service.
#11 of 42 Re: Travel trailer and the 2006 Pathfinder [boda47]
Feb 10, 2007 (10:03 am)
We wanted to have a both a bed and dinette available at all times and found we were tripping over the dogs whenever we did anything. What we have now is proably too big (even though the bed is smaller than the King in the Casita) but it does give us the extra elbow room we wanted.
#12 of 42 Towing ?
May 21, 2007 (7:10 pm)
I own a 1999 Pathfinder LE. I want to pull a 17' aluminum V Hulled boat with 100hp engine. The total weight boat/engine/trailer is about 1200lbs. Is this something I need a transmission cooler added or will the stock cooler be sufficient?
#13 of 42 Re: Travel trailer and the 2006 Pathfinder [boda47]
May 30, 2007 (7:55 am)
Please be aware the wiring harness can burn. We had a brake sensing unit put in a year ago right after we bought the vehicle. Our sensor lights came on a month ago and we took it to our dealer, Hampton Motors in Fort Walton Beach Florida, after diagnosing the vehicle they downed our vehicle as being unsafe and then determined the whole wiring harness in the vehicle had completely melted. Now a month later, Hampton's determined because of the brake unit our warranty was void and are charging us $3000.00. The mechanic informed us the brake system was properly installed but other than the unit they cannot determine why the wiring harness burned.
#14 of 42 Re: Travel trailer and the 2006 Pathfinder [dudenbostel]
May 30, 2007 (7:24 pm)
I assume you are referring to a Pathfinder of the 2005-2007 variety on the wiring harness problem. Sounds bad! I had not heard about this but one of the things I liked about Casita was they insisted on rewiring my brake controller when I got to Rice to pick up my trailer. They added separate fuses to each line where my dealer in Denver had only one. I have little confidence in most RV dealers so there is an advantage in dealing directly with a factory even if you have to drive over 1000 miles to get there!
I have several hundred miles on my Surveyor now and we are leaving for a full summer in the northwest and Canada day after tomorrow. I built a carrier for a Honda generator that sits on the back bumper so we are fully self-contained (as long as the holding tanks don't get full).
This will be our first real trial in real mountains so I expect to be moving rather slowly once I leave the flat land. Anyone who wants to follow along with my picture log should contact me directly at johntindra.com.
#15 of 42 Re: Travel trailer and the 2006 Pathfinder [trailerguy]
May 30, 2007 (11:34 pm)
Anyone who wants to follow along with my picture log ...
Consider posting your pics right here in your very own CarSpace!
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#16 of 42 Driving with Parking Brake Engaged
Jul 22, 2007 (3:52 am)
Not the stupidest thing I've done, but on the list. Drove about 1.5 miles in '06 Pathfinder towing boat w/ parking brake engaged (probably 20-30 mph). Trailer squeaks at times anyway and did not notice that brake was engaged until pulling into launch area. Brake was smoking at that point and I immediately realized what had happened. Any guess as to potential damage? (Will have brakes inspected ASAP...just trying to get idea of what to expect.)
Jul 24, 2007 (11:47 am)
I hope I can ask about the previous generation pathy as well. I would purchase this car because i would be buying a trailer in the near future. My alternative is getting my first choice- an 06 impreza or outback wagon- which is only no more than 3000.
Not like I know very much about the subject, but I didn't see anyone mention this stuff and seeing one guy just bought a 24 footer or something- the following is some info I have learned on various info websites.
Keep in my of the following because it seems extremely important.
When you count the maximum tow capacity- make sure the max is the DRY weight or unloaded weight- meaning
THIS IS THE TRAILER ITSELF NOT EVEN INVLUDING ANY "options".
You must remember to add the car you are driving- your (driver), passenger- AND any cargo weight as well.
One more thing- don't forgot the amount of people you would ever want to be riding in the trailer- their weight- lets say 200 lbs per person plus their cargo.
Chances are the new weight is much, much more than the max which you may just be reaching.
The person who said they want to save 1000 lbs to be safe- sounds good but you may be forgetting completely all your luggage which may be 1000lbs easily itself. I think it makes more sense AFTER you factor in all weight- give whatever the weight is ITSELF- an extra say 5-10%.
The length of the trailer really just depends on the amount of room you need to move around as upon researching them- many smaller ones- and larger ones have similar weights- me I think at least to begin with I would feel safer turning- maybe reversing (yiiiiikes) in a 16-19 inch trailer.
I have NEVER towed before and although the thought makes me anxious, it isn't for any other reason than I hope to be cautious and to it correctly then after getting the hang of it- there should be no reason to be- scared because I took all the necessary steps.
Any advice for a first timer?
Ie: more mirrors?
driving at a given speed depending on the amount of total weight.
Any advice involving hitches- and weight distributions, brakes (upgrades) i know NOTHING!
Jul 24, 2007 (6:55 pm)
I am hardly more than a novice myself but here goes (be sure to continue to try to find experts): I think the tow limits specified for cars and trucks are designed to allow the transmissions and other running gear to survive the stress. Pulling a heavy weight causes the automatic transmission (I would not want to use a manual one) to shift often and under load. If you leave margin below the load limit you will lighten the stress - lighter is better.
That said, you would be surprised what you end up carrying especially if the trailer you select has a lot of room. Mine is a (Surveyor 24 ft. model) weighs about 3800 completely empty. I weighed it at a landscaping materials place the other week when it was fully loaded (all gear and tanks about 3/4 full) and I found I had added 1500 lbs of stuff! this meant that I missed by desired margin of 1000 lbs by about 5000 lbs.
Everything works fine as long as I don't try to go too fast uphill but I am still not pleased with what it must be doing to my Pathfinder.
Other things to consider beyond weight are frontal cross section (for wind drag) and length (to handle cross winds on the highway). Sometimes the owners manual specifies these and sometimes not. There is a lot of advice on the Internet on both of these.
#19 of 42 Re: Hi [trailerguy]
Jul 26, 2007 (11:48 am)
Yo trailer guy,
thanks for the heads up. It seems the pathfinder considering I am in a city the small size plus its capability to tow 500 lbs (pre 05) is amazing is perfect but I am a car person and i am still not sure I would be happy with the car. I may just make do with a the lightest trailer cruiser 130x at 2600 pounds and use a 2007 impreza rs wagon, 2005 outback wagon, even pacifica!
If you put it your way it's scary to think no matter what you cannot in essence use the strength of the car and pull something without damage meaning the car can pull it with ease. I can't help but think that must be possible, because I do not want to take ANY chances and frankly anyone who does is just plain stupid and careless. No I won't be getting a pickup and certainly fuel economy will suffer but I will simply go smaller, or ensure there isn't any strain - unnecessarily...