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Old 05-04-2014, 09:28 PM   #31
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Looks like the load is behind the axle .... front end stay down on the road OK?
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:17 PM   #32
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Looks like the load is behind the axle .... front end stay down on the road OK?
If that question was directed to us, then yes to both...the load is a little behind the axle - pretty much in the center of the bed - and yes, the front end stays down. The Frontier is well balanced with more weight in the front and bilstein shocks so we don't experience any lift in the front when the trailer is connected. You can see in the pictures that it is not lower in the back than the front. It seems to handle fine on the road.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:42 PM   #33
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If that question was directed to us, then yes to both...the load is a little behind the axle - pretty much in the center of the bed - and yes, the front end stays down. The Frontier is well balanced with more weight in the front and bilstein shocks so we don't experience any lift in the front when the trailer is connected. You can see in the pictures that it is not lower in the back than the front. It seems to handle fine on the road.
That's what I wanted to know ... Thank you. We had a crew cab long bed until last Tuesday, when a "text-er" slammed into my truck and rearranged my rear axle and transmission. Looking hard for used Nissan Frontier Crew Cab long bed, and have found nothing but "short bed". I ordered my first truck from the factory, so I had it built for the 5.0. Reece isn't overly excited about the short bed, says it can be done, but he's afraid it may compromise the ride. I'm hearing you say that you haven't experienced that, correct!
Well, we'll set the middle of the pin at 29" from the cab, and if necessary beef up the suspension to compensate! Unless I find a long bed Frontier before my insurance funded rental car plays out : - )
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:49 PM   #34
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Sorry to learn of the accident. I hope no one was hurt.
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:04 PM   #35
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That's what I wanted to know ... Thank you. We had a crew cab long bed until last Tuesday, when a "text-er" slammed into my truck and rearranged my rear axle and transmission. Looking hard for used Nissan Frontier Crew Cab long bed, and have found nothing but "short bed". I ordered my first truck from the factory, so I had it built for the 5.0. Reece isn't overly excited about the short bed, says it can be done, but he's afraid it may compromise the ride. I'm hearing you say that you haven't experienced that, correct!
Well, we'll set the middle of the pin at 29" from the cab, and if necessary beef up the suspension to compensate! Unless I find a long bed Frontier before my insurance funded rental car plays out : - )
Ours is the Pro-4x 4x4 model so it comes with the bilstein shocks and is a little beefier. If you can find a long bed then that would be a better arrangement though. We couldn't fit a long bed in our garage....and, at the time, were towing a Scamp 5er. Our B&W Patriot hitch allows us to shift the pin head back 2 inches and that helps too.
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That's what I wanted to know ... Thank you. We had a crew cab long bed until last Tuesday, when a "text-er" slammed into my truck and rearranged my rear axle and transmission.
Yikes, that sucks. Is everyone okay?
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Heh Jim ... Yes, I had just parked my truck in front of the office and walked in. Five minutes later, BAM. Just glad I wasn't in the truck when he hit me! Just a truck! Just happens to be what pulls my camper, JUST when camping season gets going : -- (. Problem now is finding a long bed Frontier with a time constraint.
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Good to hear nobody was in it, Dan. And yes, a truck is just a truck, but I know full well what it is like finding one to replace it..... and the $14k worth of tools inside....
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I've ordered a 10" King pin extender (that will probably have to be welded to my present 5.0) from Tweety's. That will allow me to move the hitch 10" forward (toward the cab - 19" from the window). That will then place the hitch over the axle on the short bed Frontier : - ). I think I will also add the Temken Suspension helpers just to be on the overkill side : - ).
Yes, I could not find a long bed ... Like the proportions on the short bed ... Little tighter turning radius! Problem is, we wanted a Crew Cab, not a King Cab
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I've ordered a 10" King pin extender (that will probably have to be welded to my present 5.0) from Tweety's. That will allow me to move the hitch 10" forward (toward the cab - 19" from the window). That will then place the hitch over the axle on the short bed Frontier : - ).
Moving the load to over (or moderately ahead of) the truck's axle is generally good for stability.

Unfortunately, that will also mean a slightly more limited turning angle (by a few degrees) before the trailer hits the cab... maybe not enough to be a problem.

The extension will also change the loads on the trailer structure - is Reace okay with that?
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