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Old 04-10-2011, 10:30 AM   #1
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Nissan Armada 2010 SE

I just bought a 2010 Armada with 29,000 miles. It is certified used. Regretfully, I didn't do as much research as I thought I had. It seems the 9,100lbs towing is only on the Platinum model or on 4X2 with optional tow package. It seems this package includes a brake controller, and some suspension enhancements.

We currently have a Jayco popup, but are planning to upgrade to a travel trailer. My parents pull a Crossroad Cruiser and we want something between that and our popup.

Can anybody comment on things I can do to increase the safe towing capabilities of the Armada? I posted some of this in an Armada specific forum and they talked about "helper bags" and brake wiring. What about changing suspension?

Any trailer I get will have anti-sway as well as weight distribution.
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Wow, thanks for all the great input! We are now "shopping" for our trailer. Do I need helper bags? Do I need a brake controller installed?
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:39 AM   #3
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There is a great difference in safely towing a load ond in being able to move it. I am not familar with the Armada (or any other Nissan P/U) and do not know its capacity. I did however buy more 5vr than my 2500HD 6.0 gasser could handle (I was dumb enough to believe the RV salesman that a 3/4 ton was fine for pulling the 5vr). I added airbags and could move fine on our relatively level highways along the coast, but suffered greatly the first time I tried to pull in the hills. Fuel usage was also terrible at 5.0 - 5.5 mpg. I was always leery of stopping ability and stability. Moved up to a 3500HD Duramax dually and all problems solved plus 11 + mpg. Expensive lesson learned, but now safely within the capacities of my TV.
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I'll second what Jimmy said. You do not want to find out you have a problem the first time you are descending a 8% grade and can't get your rig slowed down. You just have to do the math-there are no shortcuts.
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In addition to the receiver hitch and brake controller wiring, trailer tow packages often include larger or supplemental transmission oil coolers, engine oil coolers, lower (higher numeric) axle ratios, anti-roll bars, stiffer springs and shocks and other vehicle upgrades.

That notwithstanding, no kluges that you add on to your vehicle are going to change the GVWR and GAWRs shown on the sticker in the driver's door jamb, nor will they change the manufacturer's GCWR.

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Old 01-10-2013, 07:21 PM   #6
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One year later...


Thank you all for your input! We ended up with a Forest River Wildwood 26TBSS. 5800lbs dry.

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We pulled from Kansas City to Pomme de Terre Lake in Missouri as our test run and it went well. Then we took off for Leadville, CO. Here are some pictures of our setup, ours and my dad's, and one with my DW getting ready to pull for the first time.



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We went over 2 passes and it handled fine. Honestly I was never really worried while pulling, which surprised me a little as a rookie. Previously we pulled a popup, and it was far scarier on the highway because it swayed so much. The Armada pulled like a beast. Mileage on I-70 going 55-60 average mph was 9-10 mpg. I did better in the mountains getting 11-12! Loved coasting and practicing my responsible fuel usage techniques. I wish I had a few more horsepower for going up steep inclines, but who doesn't? I never felt like I was really holding up traffic any more than any other RV'r out there, rarely dropping below 40mph in a 55-65 area.

Of course I'm already planning my tow vehicle 2.0

I'm thinking either the super cab RAM truck or a GMC 3500 conversion van. Now those baby's are traveling in style! 20" LCD if you get the high top model!!!
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