Originally Posted by Hikergirl
I have a frontier 2010 6cyl and am looking for scamp fw. Even scamp says you can tow with small truck. They also sell the hitch to tow with. Looks the same as your layout. Good to know.
It would be nice if every truck could pull the Scamp 5th wheel you want but the reality is you need to check what the *actual payload* of your Frontier is! While Scamp may say their 5th wheel can be pulled with a small truck they are not the ones that determine that. The truck manufacturer is.
You can buy a hitch these days made by a 3rd party to fit your truck or car but that does not change the vehicles actually weight/towing specifications. Just because someone makes a hitch for it doesnt mean the vehicle is actually designed to pull to the hitches capacity.
As mentioned previously in this thread the Frontier's payload specs are not all the same even the ones of the same year with a V6. A SE, LE, Pro 4X all have different payloads - as do the king cabs vs the crew cabs. There can be a difference of up to 400lbs or more in payload capacity between the different models and what options they have on them.
We do have a couple of people pulling 5th wheels with their Frontiers without issue. But I am also aware they are not new to towing and as a result have paid special attention to the actual tongue weight
of the trailers they have chosen, the Pay Load of the model/year truck they own, as well the correct placement of the hitch in the trailer bed as well as what other cargo & passengers they are carrying.
On the sticker on your truck you will find the following values:
GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating)- maximum total combined weight
of the unloaded vehicle, passengers, luggage, hitch, trailer tongue load and any other optional equipment.
GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) equals the combined weight of the
towing vehicle (including passengers and cargo)plus the total trailer load.
GAWR (Gross AxleWeight Rating) -maximum weight (load) limit specified for the front or rear axle
Your Nissan's manual has lots of good factual info regarding towing and capacities on pages 9-13 through to 9-23. Pages 9-15 & 9-27 give good explanations on calculating what your load capacity is.
Another import factor it the location of the centre of gravity - found on page 9-23 of your manual. The centre of gravity is right over the rear axle
Type of hitches that can be used are found on pages 9-31. No mention of a 5th wheel hitch set up for the Frontier. Although Nissan themselves may make a hitch for a 5th wheel as its not listed for the Frontier in its manual it would appear it was not specifically designed for use on their small Frontier.
Not knocking the Frontier (I like mine) or saying it can't be done - it is simple put not a full sized truck and you need to make sure you know for a fact the one you own can pull the trailer you want to pull based on what Nissan says not what you may or may not have read here or what a trailer manufacture tells you.
Carl: yes you can use a bumper pull with the Frontier but as with most truck the use of one greatly reduces the tongue and towing capacity. Towing capacity for the Frontier drops down to 3500lbs and tongue limit down to 350lbs when using a bumper hitch.