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#1 Old 12-02-2008, 11:12 PM
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Question about towing

Ok so im going to be getting a hitch installed on my X to tow a small boat, pop-up trailer and a utility trailer...not all at once of course :-)

Now heres the Q when the towing capacity is say 10k pounds does that mean the subtract the weight of vehicle and cargo and the remainder can be the weight of the trailer? say the X is 5k with cargo and 3 passengers thus meaning the trailer weight could be 5k?

Also whats all the jive about tongue weight? My assumptions is the amount of downward force the X can handle at the hitch? I believe its rated at 500 pounds. I would assume that if i can pick up the trailer and move it by hand that i shouldnt have to worry about it being to heavy...as a note im a small guy so anything i can pickup is a miracle lol
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Right, if you can pick up the trailer tongue and hitch it up without a jack or tongue wheel then it should be well within the limit of the hitch.
However you do want to make sure that the trailer is a bit tongue heavy as that will help it track behind your vehicle and be more controllable under braking (assuming the trailer doesn't have it's own brakes).

I think the towing capacity of the X is only 5k lbs, which means that is the maximum weight it can safely pull & control; though at that kind of weight with our size vehicles you should probably have a load levelling hitch with REALLY good electric brakes. Even at that, you'll probably have moments where you wonder if your pulling the trailer or it's driving the X.

Generally if you can manhandle the trailer around the only thing you need to watch for is improper loading, ie getting the trailer tail heavy as then it will act all kinds of weird going down the highway, matter of fact, it may even pass you on the highway.

This is what happens when you pull too much trailer : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxyZAx5hs-I

How to control sway : http://video.google.com/videosearch?...8&sa=N&tab=wv#

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Hey man thanks for the info, I definitely LOL'd watching that video. are the brake controllers easy to wire up? Im not afraid of dismantling a wire harness just wondering if they're plug and play or if you have to splice.
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Found a couple oopsies on trailer mistakes.

Unhitched : http://video.google.com/videosearch?...sh&hl=en&emb=0

Gust of wind : http://video.google.com/videosearch?...sh&hl=en&emb=0

Remember to check trailer height & width! : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4Krj...eature=related

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I've used brake controllers before but never wired them, will have to let someone else chime in on those for the X.

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The Xterra is rated to tow 3500# if you have a manual and 5000# if you have an auto. Ideally about 10% of the trailer weight should be on the tongue. Always load the trailer with more weight to the front.
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Agreed with K1 on this one.
Very nice job with the videos!
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They do have direct plug and play brake controlers for the gen2, but I'm not sure about the gen1. Just do some google searching and see what you can find.
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