RenaissanceMan wrote:Hi there-
I'm a newbie here, and this is my first post. I am currently shopping for a used vehicle that will double as both a daily driver for my wife and a tow vehicle for my race car 8-10 times a year. I have been doing some research and from what I've read, the 2005+ Pathfinder seems to have enough power and stability to tow a car on an open trailer. I have several questions:
1-Is the idea of pulling a +-2800 lb car on a +-1800 lb steel trailer (with brakes) with an '05+ Pathfinder a _safe_ one? I am brand new to towing and will be driving up to 6 hours from my home to attend these events. Can this vehicle handle the stresses of this safely?
2-Since '05 was the first year of this bodystyle, are there inherent bugs and gremlins that come with it? Should I limit my search to '06 or newer? My budget is somewhere in the mid teens.
3-Is the stock tow package that comes on these vehicles adequate for what I want to do, or do I have to purchase additional equipment?
Thanks in advance,
Adam in Nashville
I think you are well within the capabilities of a pathfinder v6 or v8. I personally tow a 28' travel trailer, 4500lbs dry weight, 5500lbs loaded. It has a very large front face as well, meaning high winds definitelty make a difference.
Using a Weight Distributing hitch makes all the difference in the towing, as it keeps the trailer from exerting downward pressure on the hitch, allowing for the most weight on the front tires, meaning you can actually steer the vehicle.
Many, however, will disagree with me and say that you can't do it. I would definitely ask for a trial tow from where you are buying the vehicle from, to see if you are comfortable. The only thing that can make this complicated is if it doesn't have a trailer brake installed already.
As far as vehicle year, the newer the better as there are usually fewer miles on the newer ones. I own a 2005, and have not had any major issues. However, I do find that I am generally the first one on this forum to report issues (MIL lights and belt squeals, minor stuff). That could be because mine is the oldest, or it could mean I am just too picky.
Some of the other stuff that comes us is the campaign for the timing chain bearings, newer than 06 means your truck would be updated already. My truck has not had the updated parts put in, and its fine so far.
The tow package will be fine, except you will need to add the trailer brake (the truck is prewired, very easy install) and you need a 7 prong plug for the trailer vs the 4 post one that comes with. The included hitch is a class IV which is rated for 10000lbs, the limiting factor is that the truck is rated 6000lb for the v6 and 7500 for the v8.