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Old 04-19-2014, 01:41 AM   #1
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Question Good Van or Not?

Nissan NV3500 HD Cargo Van with a V-8 5.7 engine.

Thinking about buying a Van instead of a pick-up because I have home stuff like a bed and 12 plastic boxes to haul. Needs to be covered up for long term. My local Nissan dealer been having problems selling these vans for some reason. Dealer has 2014 5 vans that he cann't sell so I might get a good deal on one.

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Old 04-19-2014, 10:36 AM   #2
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Nissan NV3500 HD Cargo Van with a V-8 5.7 engine.
Assuming the high roof model and SV trim:

GVWR = 9900
Payload = 3744
Tow rating = 9,500

The tow rating is overstated because it assumes nothing in the van except a skinny driver. So back that off to about 7,000 pounds gross trailer weight when the van is loaded with the normal stuff.

The payload is overstated for the same reason, but unlike most vans it probably will not be the limiter for the hitch weight of trailer you can tow without being overloaded.

So if the GVWR of your trailer is about 7,000 pounds - and not more than 8,000 pounds (and you don't haul a bunch of heavy stuff in the van), then that van should have plenty of power and torque and suspension and brakes to tow the trailer over the hills and interstate mountain passes with no problem.

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I did something similar way back in 1977. I ordered a new Ford cargo van with the V-8 Windsor engine, windows with privacy glass all around, the fanciest trim available (Chateau) along with optional Flexsteel Captain's Chairs. Because of the Chateau trim and rear AC, it came with fully insulated walls and ceiling, but bare metal floor behind the front seats. I found two more matching Flexsteel Captain's Chairs in the bone yard. I installed plywood on the floor, covered with 2" of high-density foam rubber and thick plush carpeting. I also installed a second AM/FM radio with earphones for use in the back of the van so the 11 and 13-year-old kids could play their obnoxious loud music without disturbing the adults in the front seats. We towed a camping trailer and put over 100,000 miles on that van - coast to coast and border to border, in a little over three years. The padded floor made a good place for the kids to play or sleep while we were traveling. The self-customized van made an excellent touring vehicle for our family. Fond memories.
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Nissan NV3500 HD Cargo Van with a V-8 5.7 engine.

Thinking about buying a Van instead of a pick-up because I have home stuff like a bed and 12 plastic boxes to haul. Needs to be covered up for long term. My local Nissan dealer been having problems selling these vans for some reason. Dealer has 2014 5 vans that he cann't sell so I might get a good deal on one.

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A good friend of mine has one and LOVES it. Actually his wife uses it as their daily driver. His is the passanger-van which has a slightly lower tow rating becasue of the weight of all the seating benches, but he removed one (or even two) and still has room for the whole family and tons of gear.

As long as your trailer is not too large, the NV will serve you well. They also punch a big hole in the air and so make trailer towing more efficient aerodynamically.

No 4WD though, as far as I know.
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Old 04-19-2014, 02:08 PM   #4
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My Travel Trailer is a 2011 Gulfstream 24 RBL model. Loaded it is 7,000 lbs.

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I think you'll be pretty happy with it, especially the price. I know my buddy had the dealer instal all sorts of options (DVD, etc) and still got out the door for around $31k.
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So what do you think? What are the towing specs, how much does the trailer and all the stuff you are going to tow weigh? You are legally responsible for having an adequate tow vehicle, it doesn't matter what others say?
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My buddy was looking at the Benz Sprinters, but those are big $$$ (50k list). I didn't even know Nissan made a full size van. With their 5.7L V-8 and getting it under 30k, that would be killing two birds with one stone as the saying goes.
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