Originally Posted by NYDP77
New 2013 Prime Time Tracer 240 AIR. I'm also new to this forum. Have been having a good time learning from all the posts!
You apparently didn't learn enough - yet. The other members are the nice guys - welcoming you without jumping your case. So I'll be the "bad cop".
The good stuff: Your rig looks wonderful. You apparently set it up with a properly adjusted weight-distributing hitch so the tail of the Pathfinder doesn't drag the ground, and the headlights don't blind oncoming drivers. Good for you.
Now to jump your case. You're probably overloaded. Your RV salesman said you had enough tow vehicle for that trailer? And you believed him?
Your Pathfinder probably has a tow rating of 5,000 pounds, and that RV has a dry weight plus cargo capacity of 5,859. So that means you cannot load the trailer to the GVWR when towing, else you could overheat something in the drivetrain of the tow vehicle. That's not so bad as long as you stay out of the mountains, but don't even think of dragging that trailer over the Rockies on I-90, I-70, or I-40. Yes, even I-40. Pulling up out of the Rio Grande valley will put a big strain on your overloaded tow vehicle. If you must "go west, young man", then do it on I-10.
But that's not your biggest problem. Any SUV will be easy to overload over the GVWR when loaded with people in the SUV and hitch weight of a 5,000-pound trailer. Your Pathfinder can haul a load of passengers or the hitch weight of a 5,000-pound RV trailer, but not both at the same time without exceeding the GVWR of the tow vehicle.
To see where you stand, load the trailer with the normal camping stuff, including full propane tanks and enough fresh water in the fresh water tank to flush the potty while on the road. Load the Pathfinder with the normal load of people that will be in it when towing. Go to a truckstop that has a truck scale, fill up with gas, and weigh the wet and loaded rig. Compare the weight on the two truck axles to the GVWR of the truck.
If you're not overloaded, then come back here and rip me a new one.