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Old 05-10-2007, 05:11 PM   #1
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We currently tow a little '93 Coleman Cedar (Destiny series by Fleetwood) PUP with a 2006 Nissan Quest. We towed this all over the west and into Canada with our previous '95 Quest with no problems and great fun! We are seriously looking at upgrading to a 2006 or 2007 Fleetwood Sun Valley PUP as we really need more room.

Our Nissan is rated 3500 towing capacity and the Sun Valley PUP is rated at 2,185 UVW and 3,500 GVWR. Both the Fleetwood dealership and the Nissan dealership have said we *should* be able to tow this with no problem, but I have reservations.

Does anyone have any experience with towing with a newer Nissan Quest and a larger tent trailer? Our back end rides rather low, so that is a concern, and with 4 kids and 2 adults (plus a dog), I worry that we're just going to overload the van. Any advice, encouragements, or warnings?

Thank you for any help/advice you can give me.
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Old 05-10-2007, 05:11 PM   #2
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We currently tow a little '93 Coleman Cedar (Destiny series by Fleetwood) PUP with a 2006 Nissan Quest. We towed this all over the west and into Canada with our previous '95 Quest with no problems and great fun! We are seriously looking at upgrading to a 2006 or 2007 Fleetwood Sun Valley PUP as we really need more room.

Our Nissan is rated 3500 towing capacity and the Sun Valley PUP is rated at 2,185 UVW and 3,500 GVWR. Both the Fleetwood dealership and the Nissan dealership have said we *should* be able to tow this with no problem, but I have reservations.

Does anyone have any experience with towing with a newer Nissan Quest and a larger tent trailer? Our back end rides rather low, so that is a concern, and with 4 kids and 2 adults (plus a dog), I worry that we're just going to overload the van. Any advice, encouragements, or warnings?

Thank you for any help/advice you can give me.
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Old 05-11-2007, 03:54 PM   #3
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First, Howdy and Welcome to iRV2.com.

I am probably the last one to say your OK, but the weights you show look like you should be OK. As far as the saging goes, you should town your trailer level. The main reason is it keeps you from swaying to much. When we bought our Bayside 19' pup, it was rated at 3400 we had a Explorer the weight was ok and it towed great untill we filled the tank with water then anything over 40 was a fieght. I asked around and was told I neded a Weight distributiion hitch. We got one and had no problem with sway any more. Your new trailer if you get it will have brakes so be sure to have a good break control atached and show your co piolet how it works. if by any chance it starts to sway real bad you need 2 hands to control the situation , and your co piolet can hit the controller several times to straighten you out if need be. We had that problem one time after everything was set up right when a school bus pulled out in front of me at 50 MPH and I had to swerve away Cheri hit the control 3 times and I held the wheel and we got it under control fast with no real problem. Have you tried weighing your pup now to see what you bring with you, You will transfer all that to a new rig, and I am sure you will add more because of the room. Keep thatin mind.
You will get more advice so make a list.

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Thank you for the welcome and response. We purchased the PUP and towed a little over 3000 miles through Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. We are definitely a little low and whenever we pulled into and out of a gas station or driveway we scrapped the hitch but I learned to miss more than hit eventually. We did have one portion of the trip that we had problems with swaying (Utah into Wyoming) but the wind was blowing pretty strong and the next time we pulled on the road we put more weight to the front of the PUP and that seemed to help. We did install a brake controller before we left and that was nice... until the last day and it stopped working. We still need to see if it is a loose wire or a problem with the unit. Otherwise, as long as we ran premium/super in the gas tank we just sailed over the mountains. Overall a very fun trip and we're looking forward to our next camping adventure in our new home-away-from-home on wheels.
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