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#1 L.K. Graham

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 03:54 PM

Has anyone had experience towing a 17' Spirit with a V-6 Nissan Pathfinder? It is supposedly rated to tow 6000#



#2 cottons

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 05:07 PM

I'd be OK if not going very far.  I need something larger.  Like a 1/2 ton Pickup.



#3 hope

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 01:44 AM

I use a 6 cylinder  Toyota  Sienna van.  It does have a towing package. and I have pulled it to California twice.    Happy camping



#4 Brian W

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 05:57 AM

I have a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 6 cyl. rated @ 6000 lbs. I've towed many miles with lots of mountains. No problems.

Good luck.

 

Brian



#5 NASA42 B

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 05:57 AM

L.K. ..........  

 

I have now been towing a 17' Casita (then a Spirit, now a Liberty) for more than 2 years with a Hyundai Santa Fe V6 SUV with a tow rating of 5000 lbs using a weight distribution hitch and a friction sway control.  In that period I've covered over 20,000 miles, including PA to CA, and ME to FL.  While not sprightly in the mountains, the rig is certainly comfortably adequate.   

 

After 40+  years of towing, my message is to make certain your tow vehicle (whatever brand you select) is rated to pull at least 10% more weight than your trailer.  If you have unlimited cash or credit and want a big truck....by all means indulge yourself.   But I believe that big unit is not a necessity for safe and comfortable RVing with a Casita.

 

Hope to meet you somewhere down the road.

 

Frank   :rolleyes:


Edited by NASA42 B, 13 March 2019 - 06:02 AM.

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#6 clairemr1

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 06:26 AM

i've heard from many owners that a tow rating minimum of 5000 lbs is sufficient to tow a casita. i think you'll be fine with your nissan. as others have noted above, enjoy your travels........


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#7 L.K. Graham

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 06:48 AM

Thanks. I was also wondering how the Nissan CVT transmission performs when towing. They claim it is simpler and more durable. I have been using a 2006 Toyota 4-runner with 4.0 liter V-6 with no problems.



#8 jimiller5

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:31 AM

My first TV was a 03 Nissan Frontier with a V-6. It did fine in the TN/NC mountains. I upgraded to a 15 Tacoma also with a V-6. Ive had it to the Rockies three times with no problems.
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#9 Cinci Dave

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 11:03 AM

I used a 2012 Honda Pilot towing rated for 5000 lbs to pull m Casita Liberty17.  The Pilot was a bit weak but workable.  However, when I was in the Smokies, the Pilot slowed down because of a hill.  It then downshifted and surged forward, raising the front wheels off the ground or nearly off the ground.   For a few b\rief moments I had little or not control.  Shortly after that I bought a Nissan Titan.  It is awesome and much more suited to towing the Casita.  

 

 



#10 midnight

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 12:41 PM

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#11 Adogbmw

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 02:28 PM

I have a frontier sv. It tows great. Just returned couple weeks ago from two months on trip from Ohio to California. It tows easy, Did well in mountains through Albuquerque and Santa Fe. I tow a 17" SD. I would not hesitate to recommend it.

#12 friz

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 11:08 AM

It's according to how many miles your back can stand.  When I was towing with my Ranger p/u about 300 miles was all I could take. Now with the full size F150 I could go 500 miles if I wanted to.  Smaller vehicles may have sufficient power, but you will need a WDH to keep the front end on the ground.


Edited by friz, 19 March 2019 - 11:08 AM.