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Old 09-14-2016, 06:17 PM   #1
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Mid Size SUV

Anyone tow with a mid size suv, if so what kind of trailer would be ideal, I have a 2016 pathfinder and I am interested in a smaller hybrid travel trailer, possible j feather 7, or star craft launch seem to be the lightest. I have a factory tow package rated at 5000lbs, I know I will need a brake controller and sway control.

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You probably would be happy towing a 3,500lb or better yet a 3,000lb. trailer. No way would I tow a 5,000lb. trailer.

How do I know this you ask. Well, I tried towing a 5,000lb. trailer with a Honda Ridgeline. I had a F-150 after towing 600 miles with the Ridgeline.

The Ridgeline was a real white knuckle driving experience.

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You might catch me towing a 5000 lb. bass boat with trailer if my mid size SUV had that as a maximum.

But a RV that weighs 5000 lbs. tows like it's heavier due to a lack of aerodynamics and very often the length of the rig putting lateral loads on the tongue.

Do yourself a favor and get a properly equipped pickup truck tow vehicle.
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Old 09-15-2016, 06:05 AM   #4
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Most of the trailers I am looking at have a dry weight of 2800 to 3100 lbs and max of 3500 loaxed. This the most I would go, just wondering if this would be ok.
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I would think 3,000 - 3,500 would be ok. Try to buy a camper with an aerodynamic front end as that will also help in ease of towing.

You SUV will know you are towing as gas milage towing might be single digits or low double digits.

My Honda Ridgeline would drop from 18 to 12 towing a 2,600 lb. boat.
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Old 09-15-2016, 01:55 PM   #6
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I now tow a Flagstaff 21 footer, 3900 lbs dry, 5000 loaded up, behing my Jeep Grand Cherokee. V6, factory tow package, rated at 6200 tow cpacity. I just got back from a weekend where I towed from 3000 ft elevation up to 6000 and then back. The road was good and the wind not blowing, so I got just under 12 mpg running at 65 mph most of the time.

If you get a TT that weighs around 3200 or less, then load it responable so you are at 4200 or less, I think you'll be satisfied with the tow performance of your SUV.
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Old 09-20-2016, 06:46 PM   #7
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I agree with the weight Mike M said. I'll add don't skimp on the WDH. The short wheel base isn't the best for towing but can be helped with a quality hitch
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:28 PM   #8
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Once I spotted the new Pathfinder carrying a mobility scooter on the hitch. It looked struggling. The rear suspension was compressed to the limits, the headlights were pointing to the sky. I did not like this picture. My ML droppes much less when I hitch the Passport without WD bars engaged. Apparently Pathfinder is built strictly for comfort. I've read that 2017 model will have stiffer rear sispension. For now it is definitely not an ML or similar to it Grand Cherokee. Perhaps it can tow a 5000 lb boat provided there is very little hitch weight. And I doubt that its hitch receiver will be strong enough to move hitch weight forward without bending or twisting. I would suggest you to get in touch with canamrv.ca before you do anything.
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I would not tow anything much bigger than a pop-up or teardrop with the new Pathfinder. It's now more minivan than SUV.
You might get away with an R-Pod or something in that range.

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