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Old 02-02-2015, 08:26 PM   #127
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forgot to thank Carol for the brake controller removal instructions. Done! Re: side mirrors, I will cross that bridge when Spring approaches, but those are some serious mirrors! Re: leather, I was quoted $1100 for the whole thing, and these are sewn on. But I just read some stuff about Nissan not wanting anyone to reupholster or put on seat covers because it interferes with the side airbags. Have to check on that.
When I bought a set of seat covers for my new 2014 truck the auto supply shop checked to make sure that the seat covers I purchased would not interfere with the operation of the air bags in my vehicle . Many of the seat cover boxes listed that the enclosed seat covers should not be used with certain vehicles because they would not allow the air bags to properly deploy. Nissan may have good reason for not wanting the seat covers to be modified or changed
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Old 02-03-2015, 07:16 AM   #128
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Several posts have been removed from Vicki's thread about RAV4 problems, and sent to a topic of their own
Mary, I bet you love creating a new topic thread only to see the discussion in that new thread take off in yet another whole different direction! I guess that's why they pay forum administrators and moderators the big big bucks!!
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:31 AM   #129
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There is another court case coming up against Toyota . One of the litigants is a St Paul Minnesota man who was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and spent 2 years in prison. He contended that his Toyota suddenly accelerated causing the accident. Toyota testified that they had no knowledge of any problems with sudden acceleration ,which was an out right lie . The gentleman is now free from prison and awaiting his day in court against Toyota. I hope Toyota pays dearly for the two years this man lost out of his life
The St Paul man who was wrongly accused & convicted of vehicular manslaughter won his court case yesterday against Toyota and was awarded $1,000,000 .The family of the young girl who died in the accident was awarded $4,000,000 . Plus Toyota was ordered to pay some additional monies totaling $11,000,000 but no explanation was given . The awards seem rather small for the pain & suffering that occurred
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:34 PM   #130
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Update: spent all day at dealer, test drove a variety of tvs, ended up with Nissan Frontier SV, brand new.
Hey Vicki, How are you getting along with that new Frontier? I hope it's turning out to be everything you needed/wanted and more. Regarding a bed covering, another on this forum sometime back offered the following advice for those towing with a pickup. Stow everything needed inside the camper for camping inside the camper for towing. And stow everything needed outside the camper for camping in the pickup. So knowing how much stuff you want outside the camper while camping will give you an idea of the capacity of the camper shell you need to stow everything in the bed of the pickup. Or something like that. Kind of makes sense.... Dale
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:42 PM   #131
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We had the same problem but the dealer fixed it on a recall for the same problem; some at first 'the dealer' just wanted to blame the drivers (us) then the recall.

Our car has worked out well for us. It is too bad your experience did not have a happy ending like ours.
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Old 03-01-2015, 11:15 AM   #132
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We had quite the snowstorm in CT today, so I did not hear from my dealer re: delivery date.
Hey Vicki, It's been about a month since your above post. I assume you've received your new Frontier by now. On a "Happy" scale of 1-10, how are you liking your new ride/tow vehicle so far? How is it getting along in all that snow you've been getting up there this winter? Curious minds want to know! Dale
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Old 03-31-2015, 04:32 PM   #133
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Hi all, sorry I have not responded in so long. We had a series of unfortunate incidents, including the unexpected loss of a dear friend and a skiing accident for my son (he is ok now), that have kept us off our game for since right after I took delivery of the truck. Reaffirmation that we should not put off for tomorrow what we can enjoy today, and tell the people you love that you love them.

So yes, been driving the Frontier and aside from difficulties parking in tight spaces, I love having a pickup. I do wish I had gotten the longer bed as my bikes won't fit without removing a tire, but lesson learned there. I installed an Extang Solid Fold tonneau cover, which has worked very well to keep the snow out. I will probably leave it off when camping, especially if bringing bikes. And I just installed a Thule traverse roof rack, which clamps onto the cab roof through the door jam, and fairing to reduce wind resistance. It is a very solid fit, and my Yakima kayak mounts will work with it.

The leather interior came out perfect, looks like factory or better. The truck rides great. Have not towed with it yet but I suspect it will be no problem. Oh, and she drove fabulously in the snow, no problems at all.

I will post photos after I manage to take some. 😊 Will need to wait for some sunshine, which could be a while around here.
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:37 PM   #134
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I will post photos after I manage to take some. Will need to wait for some sunshine, which could be a while around here.
Hey Vicki, It's been a couple months since you posted the above. Still no sunshine up there in Connecticut for those photos you promised us? I hope you're still happy with that new Frontier for your tow vehicle. Let us know how it's going. Curious minds want to know. Others on this forum are considering a new Frontier and will benefit from your recent experience and insight... Dale
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:26 AM   #135
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Hi all, and thanks Dale for the callback. Sorry I have not been good about posting photos of my Frontier doing fun things. That is mostly due to the fact that we have not had the Frontier out doing fun things. I have had a couple of injuries that led to a slow start to the camping season, and I am having shoulder surgery next week that will seriously curtail the rest of my camping season. But we are planning on sneaking away this weekend to the Otis Reservoir nearby in Massachusetts, our first and only trip until late August, so I will get some towing photos then.

Generally speaking I have been very happy with the Frontier as a daily driver. Not sure on mpg, I don't usually bother measuring. Not great of course. But we knew that. It is a very comfy vehicle, I think mostly because I added the aftermarket leather and an aftermarket inflatable lumbar support. Love those. Highly recommended, since the dealer package with leather is ridiculously expensive and includes lots of other stuff that you might not need.

We have solved the problem of bikes not fitting in the bed by draping a $5 walmart rubber mat over the tailgate and hanging the front wheel over the tailgate. The rest of the bike sits in the bed. Just turn the handlebars and wheel to the side. Doing that, we can fit a bike on either side of the bed and plenty of stuff in between. We use a separate rubber mat for each bike, so the backup camera isn't blocked. Works great. Thule and Yakima sell $100 plus wraps for your tailgate, but they would block the camera and, well, they are ridiculously expensive. A flexible rubber mat works great.

A kayak has already been dropped on the hood (not by me!), so it has been "Christened." Having the body shop look to see if they can buff the scratches out this week.

The only problem I have had is that when we pulled the Scamp out of storage two weeks ago, the running lights didn't work when towing. Brake and blinker lights work fine. Towed the scamp in to our trailer place and they said it was the truck. Brought it in last weekend and they agree it's the truck, and are spending today tracing the wiring to figure it out. It's under warrantee, of course.

Trying to think what else to share. Oh, my prodigy brake controller needed a wiring harness as an adapter to the plug under the dash. Very simple to install, but I had our trailer guy do it.

If anyone has any questions about purchasing a Frontier, feel free to ask me. Not on here much this year because of extenuating circumstances, but if you post in this thread or send me a pm I will get a notification.

Happy trails all!

Vicki
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:32 AM   #136
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One more thing - - a ball mount with a four inch drop leveled out the trailer perfectly for us. That's with the Frontier SE (others have different tire sizes) and with an empty bed, mostly empty trailer, one full propane tank and a battery on the tongue. Once we load up the bed and put some weight in the front of the trailer I expect the nose will dip a little forward, which is fine.
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:14 PM   #137
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I wouldn't be too concerned about scratches. Trucks were made to do work and to get bumps and dings.
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Oh I'm really not concerned. If it can't be easily buffed out it's fine. It's pretty extensive, though -- light scratching covering a large area of the hood, as the kayak slid all the way down the hood. Someone was afraid to come home and tell me. 😉
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Just got back from camping with the new set up. Here are some photos.
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