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Old 07-25-2013, 04:37 PM   #15
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John john,

Sounds like good progress on refining your plans. Tow ratings for the Nissan are very good if you get a vehicle equipped with the 5.7L V8 and Tow Package, around 9000 lbs. But without the Tow Package, it is only around 6500 lbs. While 6500 lbs may sound like a lot of weight, TTs in the US are far heavier than in Europe, so better to have that extra towing capacity as it will give you more flexibility in finding the right TT and greater reliability.

Also, unlike light Caravans in Europe, there are a number of choices regarding hitch setups that offer sway control and weight distribution (WDH). While these are more complicated to setup and costly to purchase, make sure you get the best for your safety and driver comfort.

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Old 07-25-2013, 06:39 PM   #16
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Yea i'm hoping america doesn't continue towards the european model. It's not the right model for freedom. The problem is with any country is the people that work towards being better and becoming more successful on your own are becoming the minority. So politicians from here on out will do whatever it takes for votes, not necessarily what's best for the country.

Politics aside, i love the Armada. The powertrains from ford and chevy and dodge were outdated when nissan released their 5.6L engine in the titan and armada. It took them a few years to finally catch up. Just make sure the armada has the factory tow package, you can buy the titan tow mirrors for the armada and they'll bolt right in. The factory tow package has the proper final drive ratio for towing, and a self leveling suspension. Be sure to keep the tongue weight low as well, the armada has a tendency to blow the air suspension when pushed too close to the tongue limit.

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Old 07-25-2013, 07:02 PM   #17
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John John,

Take it from someone who has been through it (and still going through it), getting a Green Card is a very long-winded affair. We came here from the UK 10 years ago. Myself on an H1 visa. My wife and daughter (11 y/o at the time) on H4 visas.
I work in IT, an area short on very talented individuals, and had a hard time getting a visa.
10 years on, we are still waiting on a green card. Hope to get that completed next year. The bad news... Our daughter aged-out of the system when she turned 21 and will no longer qualify for a GC when ours finally arrives. If she cannot find a sponsor after graduating college, she has to return to the UK.
As an upholsterer, I think you will have a very tough time getting a visa.
An alternative would be capital investment (start a business which employs US citizens).
I feel your pain. Much of Europe is sliding down a slippery slope due to EU legislation.
The UK (and most of Europe) is over-taxed, over-priced, over-populated and over-legislated. I was glad to escape and love this country we now call home.

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