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Old 05-01-2012, 06:53 AM   #1
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As anybody towed 8500 lbs with a nissan titan? I am looking into buying one and was wondering if they are good trucks? Would like the 4wd model.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:18 AM   #2
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Requires the "max utility pkg". Don't buy the truck without it. Even then you have to pay attention if you don't want to be overloaded with an 8,500 pound TT.

2012 Titan SV trim 4x4 long bed CrewCab with max utility pkg has payload rating of 1,644 pounds and tow rating of 9,100 pounds. At first glance that sounds like enough for an 8,500 pound trailer with up to 1,275 pounds hitch weight. But it's probably true only if there is absolutely nothing in the truck but a skinny driver. Load the family and toolbox and "stuff" that's normally in the truck, plus the shank and ball mount for your load-distributing hitch, plus a full tank of gas, and both the available payload for hitch weight and available towing capacity goes downhill in a hurry. Note with 9,100 pounds tow rating, if you put more than 600 pounds worth of people and stuff in the truck you'll be overloaded over the 8,500 pounds tow rating. And if you have 15% hitch weight, that leaves only 370 pounds for people, stuff, hitch and gas.

Click on the following link, then scroll down to the bottom to see the weight capacities of the various configurations of the Titan pickups. But understand that those weight capacities are the MAXIMUM weights that are available only with an empty truck with nothing in it but a skinny driver.
2012 Nissan Titan Crew Cab | Nissan USA

So even if you are careful in loading the rig, with an 8,500 pound trailer you'll probably be right up against the weight ratings of the tow vehicle. The Titan would probably do it, but it won't be happy doing it, and you'll probably have no wiggle room for adding weight in the truck. You'll struggle over mountain passes and other long grades.

So my conclusion? Even when properly equipped with the max utility pkg, the Titan is not quite enough truck for towing an 8,500 pound trailer over hill and dale. I'd move up to a 3/4-ton pickup, and I don't think Nissan sells one in the USA.
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Get a real full sized truck. 4x4 isnt needed for towing.
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If the 8500lb TT is GVWR is one thing but if it is dry weight you will be way over.
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Personally, I'd want more truck than a Titan (or any 1/2 ton truck) to tow an 8500# trailer.

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Here's the condensed version of SmokeyWren's post:

Tow capacity equals the GCWR minus the weight of the tow vehicle when ready to tow (loaded, don't forget hitch weight) or the capacity of the hitch, whichever is less.
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to tow that weight and be safe and be able to drive without a white knuckle experience ...you have 4 choices.......GMC, Chevy, Ford, Dodge
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Sunday I observed a Nisson Titan towing a TT on I90 that I would guess was in the 5/6K size. I was going 60/62 when he passed us. I was real glad when he got down the road a ways. The TT wasn't doing bad but was on the move (small sways) most of the time. He had to be going 65/70.
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Sunday I observed a Nisson Titan towing a TT on I90 that I would guess was in the 5/6K size. I was going 60/62 when he passed us. I was real glad when he got down the road a ways. The TT wasn't doing bad but was on the move (small sways) most of the time. He had to be going 65/70.
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Sunday I observed a Nisson Titan towing a TT on I90 that I would guess was in the 5/6K size. I was going 60/62 when he passed us. I was real glad when he got down the road a ways. The TT wasn't doing bad but was on the move (small sways) most of the time. He had to be going 65/70.
All too many times I see those folks down the road in the median or in the ditch after the gust of wind or passing truck sends the trailer into an uncontrolled sway and it winds up flipping itself and coming apart like a 50 cent suitcase in a rainstorm.

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