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Old 09-30-2013, 01:18 PM   #1
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Towing 5.0 with Frontier?

Wondering if the other folks who are towing a 5.0 Escape with a Nissan Frontier have looked at all the weight issues carefully.

We just recently weighed our setup (shown in our signature) and are a bit surprised by the numbers as discussed in this thread:

Weights for 2008 5.0 Escape + 2011 Frontier

If you tow a 5.0 with A frontier, what are your numbers?
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:32 PM   #2
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I tow mine with a 2009 Ranger and have found that you have to be really careful on how you load the trailer to keep the pin weight down. I keep my fresh water full (behind the axle), have bikes in the back and load all the heavy stuff on or behind the axle. That keeps the pin weight down to about 700lbs and once the truck is loaded with passengers and gear I have about 100lbs to spare for my truck GVW. The problem arises when you are out camping and the black and grey water tanks start to fill because they are in front of the axle ........ you have to find a dump station fast because full tanks can add up to 500lbs to the weight in front of the axle and about another 200lbs to the pin weight.

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Old 09-30-2013, 02:41 PM   #3
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Have you ever looked up your Combined Weight of Occupants and Cargo to see how much weight in passengers and cargo your tow is rated for?
(Ours was printed on the label in the door jamb.)
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:06 PM   #4
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I tow a 2013 5.0 with a 2012 Frontier SV 4.0L 4wd crew cab long bed. I have not weighed the trailer, but the label on my truck's door jamb states the combined weight of occupants and cargo should not exceed 1102 lbs.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:19 PM   #5
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I think the compact trucks like Ranger, Taco and Frontier short bed and Sport Trac have a limited weight of approximately 1000 lbs, the regular sized 1/2 ton trucks like Ram/Chevy/Tundra/Titan can carry about 1500 lbs. The name 1/2 ton is applicable here. Unless you move up to 3/4 ton trucks, you need to watch your weight.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:26 PM   #6
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I wonder if the dual axle 5th wheel will have lower pin weight?
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Interesting thought Jim.
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My Ranger has a kerb weight of 3750lbs and a GVW of 5260 which would believe one to think that there is lots of room to tow the 5.0 but kerb weight is similar to dry weights of trailers! Kerb weight is suppose to be ready to roll, full gas tank and driver but not options. When I weigh my Ranger with a full gas tank and me as the driver I get 4100lbs not the 3750 as advertised. This leaves me with 1160lbs left. My 5.0 hitch weighs 150lbs, my wife 130, the pin weight of 700 and I carry a BBQ, camp stove and misc items in a box in the bed of the truck which I estimate at around 75 to 80 lbs which basically leaves me with 100lbs to spare. Last time I weighed the trailer while on a 2week trip I got 2900lbs for the trailer axle, 2550 for the front axle and 2650 for the rear axle which means I was only 60lbs under the truck GVW. It's tight but still legal.

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Just don't eat any birthday cake before the next weigh in.......
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Hi: All... As I always say...instead of packing beer and food go with "Slim-Fast".
At least the suspension of the Frontier 4X4 is beefy enough it doesn't need helper springs or air bags like our original GMC Sierra Sht. Box P.U. did. Alf
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