This question has me stumped. Car and Driver as well as other web sites state the max tongue weight with a WDH is 750 lbs, but I want to hear it from the source. A Nissan dealer in Georgia lists it as 750 lb, so I called Nissan corporate office. 24 hours later a customer service rep tells me a Nissan technician responded that "it does not make that make much difference in the tongue weight when using a wdh." Really? That is the technical answer? If you happen to see the Nissan video of the 2013 Pathfinder pulling a 5000 lb Airstream you will see that it has a weight distribution hitch. Why? I do not want to pull more than 5000 lbs, but I need to have a tongue weight above 500 lb. Nissan, you are killing me. Give me a good answer please. No specific data in the handbook is not a good answer.Gratefuldriver wrote:Anyone know the max tongue weight on the 2013 Pathfinder SL tow package when using a weight distribution hitch? Thanks
Thanks for the help, I sure will contact them today.smj999smj wrote:Try asking the folks at Rigid Hitch. Maybe they might give you a better answer:
http://www.rigidhitch.com/default.aspx? ... ntact%20Us
That sounds weird. Are you saying that tongue weight capacity is decreased because of cargo (in your case, dogs) in the back of the vehicle? My understanding is tongue weight is exactly that, the weight of your trailer exerted on the hitch of the vehicle. Based on my understanding of your situation, your dogs shouldn't affect your tongue weight.Gratefuldriver wrote:Thanks for sharing your insight and experience. I am going to check out rv.net. YOu have given me a lot of food for thought. My rig is going to weigh in a 4600 loaded. I have two dogs in the back of the vehicle. While I can keep the trailer's tongue weight at 460 lbs when I add the dogs' weight it goes to 560. That is according to the owner's manual formula for calculating total tongue weight.