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Old 07-20-2013, 06:28 PM   #11
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sound to me like you have one! Good thing to have!
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:57 PM   #12
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I tried to follow the radiator cooling lines, and it *looks* like there is a transmission cooler already built in.
This routinely confuses people with just about any automatic transmission tug. An automatic normally has a transmission fluid cooler built into the radiator even if not equipped for towing, and towing packages typically add to that capacity. In some cases the towing package includes a larger cooler in the radiator while in others - such as the Frontier according to the good info from owners here - the towing preparation package includes an additional separate cooler.
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:04 PM   #13
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When I was talking with the Nissan parts guy he told me that the standard Nissan hitch is actually a standard Hidden Hitch. For the price Nissan was charging I could have gotten 2 elsewhere.
That pricing is typical. If it's the same as aftermarket, I agree that there's no point in paying the dealer's price. On the other hand, with some vehicles - apparently not the Frontier - the factory hitch is a much nicer fit, tucked up into the bumper cover or better integrated with the frame and bumper structure.

So, when Not so Big Al gets a chance to respond, we should know whether any more hitch information would be useful.
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:40 PM   #14
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Yeah, a friend just equipped his Honda Odyssey with a hitch and ran into that situation. He went with the more expensive Honda part because it tucked up out of the way better than the aftermarket part.

But, for the Nissan, it was a stock Hidden Hitch. I got the Hidden Hitch part number from the Nissan parts guy and looked it up on the Hidden Hitch website. Generally available.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:21 PM   #15
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Hi Brian. The truck is a 6 and a the 6 foot bed. It is an automatic, my first in 34 years. I live on a 33 foot wide by 130 foot deep lot. Not much need for towing anything but the travel trailer. The receiver hitch was an option here. Thanks for your interest and comments.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:23 PM   #16
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The extra space of the truck bed would be nice.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:37 PM   #17
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Sorry I haven't been keeping up with the conversation I started but Wife discovered an error in the invoice for the truck which would have cost us $2,000 dollars. The dealer more than made it up to us for our time so alls well that ends well.
Thank you all for your considered remarks.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:38 PM   #18
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Hi Brian. The truck is a 6 and a the 6 foot bed. It is an automatic, my first in 34 years. I live on a 33 foot wide by 130 foot deep lot. Not much need for towing anything but the travel trailer. The receiver hitch was an option here. Thanks for your interest and comments.
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:45 AM   #20
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Lots of wheelbase (especially if it's the King Cab), lots of towing capacity (three tons)... nice!

I assume that you didn't get the optional hitch. With nothing else to tow, I suppose that makes sense; since a hitch for the Frontier is common, it will be readily available if one is needed. I would put one on, but we all have different uses for a truck, so we have different preferences.

If a hitch receiver is needed, there are only a few common models. eTrailer has great descriptions, with photos showing how they fit on the truck.

Current Frontier hitch part numbers:
  • Cequent Towing Products (one company, one hitch, multiple brands):
    • Hidden Hitch 87539
    • Reese 44526
    • Draw-Tite 75282
    • U-Haul 75990
  • Curt 13241
All seem to have the same capacity: 5000 lb weight carrying; 8000 lb weight distributing. This is Class 4, but all are strangely described as Class 3.
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