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Old 07-08-2012, 03:36 PM   #1
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Need your experience & knowledge on what size trailer I am likely able to tow. I have a 95 Nissan Pick up, standard, 3lt low mileage. A friend with towing experience, albeit with larger trucks & trailers has questioned whether my Old Rusty could do much hauling. I will have to upgrade from bumper hitch to class III hitch. Age, ours, requires an on board toilet. From my investigation a 17 ft fb seems to fit the bill, with weights around 2500 lbs., towing areas would in include windy Canadian prairies and the Rockies. Question is Rusty going to manage this? Old input must appreciated. Located in Sk.
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:09 PM   #2
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You will have to let us know what your tow capacity of your truck is. You can find that information in your owner's manual.

Then we can suggest from there. But understand that some 17ft Casita weigh more than 2700 pounds. Mine, empty, dry weighed in a 2800 pounds. Manufactures weights are before things like AC, fridges, propane etc...... So don't take 2700 as gospel. The best way to know is to weigh anything your thinking of towning. The best investment you can make before buying any trailer. Don't take sellers words for what their trailer weighs, weigh it!


So check your owners manual and let us know.


A few other things that will be needed are, who will be traveling with you when you tow. Kids, dogs. A 15 pound dog is not a big deal, but 2 huge pony's are ! It will all play into how much trailer you can tow. For every passenger in your vehicle your towing capacity drops.........

Lot's of info to figure out before buying. And Welcome to fiberglassrv.com! Glad you joined us!
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:03 PM   #3
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Thanks Robin G for the quick response. Manual shows max trailer weight 5000 lbs. max tongue wt 500 & gross combined wt 8500. Also recommends sway bar & brakes over 1000 lbs. Anything else I s/be aware of?
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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Oh yes, travel companions will be my wife and 2 small dogs (dogs combined wt 15lbs). Otherwise just typical camping supplies.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:11 PM   #5
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Class III hitch receiver and a brake controller and a 7 pin connecter and you are set.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:26 PM   #6
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Welcome Lorne, you might want to take a look at the thread called Real World Trailer Weights It will give you a good idea as to what the various fiberglass trailers weigh once loaded for camping. These were all weighed loaded up for a trailer meet.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:45 PM   #7
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Welcome, Lorne! Age can be a factor, but those old Nissan pickups have a good reputation for never wanting to quit.

Are you thinking of new or used?
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Carol, thanks.
Mike, I'm looking for used.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:26 PM   #9
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Your good to go, if your tow cap is 5000. It must be a 4x4? Cause I did google and the basic Nissan tops out at 2000 pounds. But you hadn't said which truck you had so I figured your manual was best to start with. Many fiberglass brands should fit the bill......


Yup age can play a part, but only you know how your truck has been taken care of. Of course low mileage is a good thing......

The used market and your budget will determine what brand you end up with. Unless your willing to travel to pick up. I would recommend printing out the Buyer's Guide from the Document Center up on the top bar under More...........


That will help you look at any used trailer and know what to look for. Set your goals for your perfect trailer, you already mentioned bathroom. But things like A/C, awning, etc will help you narrow your search. Sometimes due to the used market you have to adjust your idea of the perfect trailer. But certain things I know I wouldn't have changed in my search. Bathroom and A/C were must for me. You have to determine what your must have's are and then the things you could live with out. Of course it can all change if you find something that flips your skirts that isn't what you thought you wanted, but that is the fun of the search.
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Robin, my manual shows 2000 lbs for the 4 cyl man., 3500 lbs for the 4 wd v6. Go figure. I'd not looked at those figures before. Looks like I got the best of the works. A/c would be a big plus, toilet a must. Will start seriously looking!
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2 small dogs (dogs combined wt 15lbs).
We have to pack more than that in dog food to keep ours content.

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Need your experience & knowledge on what size trailer I am likely able to tow. I have a 95 Nissan Pick up, standard, 3lt low mileage. A friend with towing experience, albeit with larger trucks & trailers has questioned whether my Old Rusty could do much hauling. I will have to upgrade from bumper hitch to class III hitch. Age, ours, requires an on board toilet. From my investigation a 17 ft fb seems to fit the bill, with weights around 2500 lbs., towing areas would in include windy Canadian prairies and the Rockies. Question is Rusty going to manage this? Old input must appreciated. Located in Sk.
Read your truck manual for towing limits, then go here to find out what the real weights are. Also instead of looking for the biggest trailer you can tow, look for what you think you need. On board toilets are NOT necessary, but a want. Think about the mess of emptying, the problems with leaks and overflowing black water tanks before deciding that an onboard toilet is necessary.
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Too light of a trailer is not a problem, so if you can get the features you desire in a smaller package at a lower weight you won't regret the fuel savings or ease of towing.

If your going to cook and eat mostly inside rather than outside, or if you plan on taking guests along this would make having a larger overall size a bigger factor to consider.

Toilet is really nice to have, don't forget to consider port-a-potti option. In a closet or under the couch. Don't smell and easier to maintain than built in toilet in some ways. How well that will work for you depends in part on if you think you will need many days of use without dumping. Or just want to have something available while traveling or on weekend trips. If you get a rig with a shower then a toilet would be standard.

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