Towing big with the Path

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Postby gadget1382 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:14 pm

Wish Nissan Aust used the same tow setup as you guys! We're advised not to use a WDH... so the local after market one's are used a lot more often.


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Postby StaticFilter » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:55 pm

Trying to save some money...

This http://www.courtesyparts.com/relay-poll-p-305795.html States that its for 2006+ models so I'm assuming my 2005 doesn't need an additional relay?

And as for this harness http://www.courtesyparts.com/nissan-wir ... -9486.html Do I NEED it or can I cut the factory connector off from under the dash and just wire it directly to the controller wires with some butt-splices?

Instead of using the harness suggested here http://www.courtesyparts.com/receiver-h ... Path=6833& I'm going to attempt to cut the connector off a 7-way from a 2008 Toyota Tacoma that I have and use it, they all have universal wiring anyway so It should be easy to tap into the 4 Flat and splice into the 7-Way. I'll have to run additional wires I'm sure for battery(+), Electric Brake, and Backup LampsImage

Am I right in thinking I do not have to buy any of the stuff from the original post if I just splice and run the needed wires?

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Postby Oly 22 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:25 pm

Lil Oly in tow. 8)
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Postby eluwak » Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:30 pm

I have to say thanks to everyone who pitched in to this thread!

We've decided for Labor Day weekend to rent a 26' Travel Trailer for a family camping trip (~5000lbs). We'll have to tow it about 200 miles each way. This thread has provided a ton of info about what we need to do to prep the Path for the trip 8)

Ordered the brake controller and airlift kit today... Will check with the dealer about the 7-pin and relay tomorrow. With this info I'm thinking install will be a piece of cake :)

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Postby eluwak » Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:51 pm

Ok, I gotta say I'm lost looking for the brake controller harness connector under the dash. The many instructions I have found so far say it's above the ebrake, but all I have taped up there is a green connecter that looks like it has a different shape. Where should I be looking? does anyone happen to have a pic of it? :?

Thanks!

Edit: Nevermind... I found it hidden behind a block of foam :oops:

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Postby eluwak » Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:53 am

Just finished installing everything.

The 7 pin connector isn't so bad except that I had to lower the spare to get the right angle on that grey connector (big hands :( ). The Airlift 1000 I expected to be more difficult because all I did was jack up the path about 2". I didn't really have any space to take off the wheels in my 1 car garage. In the end it all worked out :)

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I took other's lead and installed the brake controller in the cubby. The bracket is held ing by velcro command strips to see how well it holds up. If they hold then it will allow me to easily remove the brake controller and bracket for when we are not using it.

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The only thing not working at the moment is the +12V on the 7 pin. The dealer indicated that the relay was no longer needed, but I'm thinking it still is. The slot for the relay still has the empty socket :?

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Postby disallow » Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:07 pm

any pics of the elusive harness under dash?

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Postby eluwak » Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:19 pm

I found it purely by accident as I was moving cables around down there. There are two cables running along each other, one with a bit of foam attached to it that was covering up the connectory :oops:

I'm sure it's just like all of the other Pathfinders... The only photo I have at the moment is the one in the 7-pin installation instructions:

7 pin instructions

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Postby eluwak » Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:48 pm

Well, determined today that even though the system indicates that the relay is not for the 2012 Path it is still needed to get the +12 V at the 7 pin plug.

Also determined that the command strips did not last holding up the brake controller in the cubby... So I guess I'll be stopping by the store for some bolts :(

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Postby eluwak » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:00 pm

We'll be picking up a rental Jayco 26BH for Labor Day camping on Friday. Can't wait to see how the Path tows :) The trip from the dealer to the campground is about 200 miles so it should be a good test.

Camper looks like this (~5100 lbs)

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Postby volvite » Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:00 am

Have fun on the trip.

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Postby eluwak » Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:22 pm

volvite wrote:Have fun on the trip.
We are! :)

Here's a pic of it hooked up... The trailer is more level than it was, but not as much as I would like. We survived the 200 mile trip to the campground in some pretty windy weather.

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Postby Captain » Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:38 am

What did u have the airbags at?

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Postby eluwak » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:14 am

Captain Smoke Eater wrote:What did u have the airbags at?
Depending on which guage you look at it was between 32-35 PSI.

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Postby disallow » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:43 am

Pump them up to 45-50lbs and you will notice a big difference.


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