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Old 07-22-2015, 01:53 PM   #1
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Towing 29' TT Keystone Passport

Hi, we just bought a Keystone Passport 29' about 4800 dry weight. We drive a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder v6, 6k towing capacity. I realize from hours of research (yes before i bought the trailer) that this could be a dangerous match up. We towed it home from the dealership with no problem, could barely tell it was behind us but I imagine on the open roads with crosswinds it could be very dangerous from what i'm reading. We do have the E2 sway control and weight distribution and the brake controller. Trying to decide if we should take our chances and try to go on a local (about 3 hour) trip before we buy a new truck or not chance it and go right for the new truck. We were thinking along the lines of the Nissan Armada or Chevy Silverado 1500 ltz....any suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 07-22-2015, 03:50 PM   #2
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Congratulations on your new TT and truck! (hehe)

30 foot trailers offer a lot of real estate for wind and passing trucks to push the trailer, then suck it back in.

I don't know all the specs of your combination, but I can bet that a V8 truck (or even a 2500/250) will be a much more enjoyable tow with much less to worry about.

It only takes one emergency maneuver or high wind gust to ruin everything.
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Old 07-22-2015, 07:28 PM   #3
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Hi, we just bought a Keystone Passport 29' about 4800 dry weight. We drive a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder v6, 6k towing capacity. I realize from hours of research (yes before i bought the trailer) that this could be a dangerous match up. We towed it home from the dealership with no problem, could barely tell it was behind us but I imagine on the open roads with crosswinds it could be very dangerous from what i'm reading. We do have the E2 sway control and weight distribution and the brake controller. Trying to decide if we should take our chances and try to go on a local (about 3 hour) trip before we buy a new truck or not chance it and go right for the new truck. We were thinking along the lines of the Nissan Armada or Chevy Silverado 1500 ltz....any suggestions? Thanks!
Congratulations on the trailer. Although it is a lightweight, it is still a long trailer to catch wind. Find a scale and weigh it once you have packed in your linens, towels, clothes, pots, pans, kitchen utensils, food, some clothes, folding chairs and tables for outside comfort, (SEE WHERE THIS IS ADDING WEIGHT FAST?) and see what it really weighs. You will be really surprised, and that will be with empty tanks!

I have a 27' toy hauler and towed it with a 1500 GMC z71 for the first year and a half with it. Mine is not a light weight model and comes in at an actual weight of 9400# with a 1200# cart in the back. I never left Florida because it would have bee too much for the 1500. Kept it under 65 mph and watched everything around me. Getting passed by trucks was unnerving but never white knuckle for me. I have taken it to the mountains of North Ga. with my 2500 Dodge and it is night and day from the 1500. Right truck makes the trip better.

My best GUESS is that a 1500 truck WILL be adequate to tow it with because it is a lightweight model. Short trips, paying close attention to everything should be alright for a few trips as you will add stuff each trip and the trailer will get heavier each trip, and then, I recommend changing the 1500 series trucks tires from P metric to LT type tires. P tires flex too much.

If you do go on a trip with the Pathfinder, stay slow and careful. Inflate tires to MAX to help prevent flex. You have towed it once, so you know what to expect.
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:28 AM   #4
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Thanks for the response, we have decided to go with the chevy silverado over the armada hopefully it can handle the length of the trailer w no sway issues. I will look into switching the tires as u suggest
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Make sure to get the tow package and not just the receiver hitch and plug that a dealer installed. Tow package has the stiffer springs, better shocks, and transmission cooler in addition to the hitch and plug.
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