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DownTheAvenue

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Posted: 01/18/20 02:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your problem is not the mountains but your set up. The Nissan Frontier is not much truck to be towing a 27 foot travel trailer. I would not be happy towing with that set up cross the street let alone on the highways. In my opinion it is not a safe set up.

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sblackb7 wrote:

What is the best route to tow a Wildwood Extra Lite, 27' from Myrtle Beach to Ohio? I do not want to travel Rt77 through W Virginia. We are somewhat newbies (1 1/2 yrs) but have traveled
a lot in upstate SC and GA mountains and SC/NC lines. The mountains are holding us back !!!
Advise appreciated!

We have a 2019 Nissan Frontier


You can run 26 to 75 but you will still have to go over the mountain. and if mountains are your problem. Maybe you shouldn't go. I-26, I-40, I77. ALL have mountain grades to climb.

Maybe there is a way thru Pennsylvania or such that is flatter.

* This post was edited 01/18/20 05:40pm by Terryallan *


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Posted: 01/18/20 05:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can tell you the county road where trailers are limited to 30' is a most interesting and beautiful drive... 15mph switchbacks can be fun [emoticon] Good thing I was in no hurry, kept the stress level way down. Not recommended for a beginner towing at max capacity tho.

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Thanks to all replies on my post! Wow, a lot of really good and useful information to consider, reconsider, and let sink in. We have family in NE Ohio but would also like to travel to or back from Michigan. All of you are right about the mountains scaring us (!) but just want to be prepared as much as possible. We have found the best advise comes from seasoned RVers! Thanks for taking the time to look up our specs and investigating.
I think it sounds like we should get more truck to avoid most problems. We've always worried a little about the smaller sized Nissan. It pulls higher rpms frequently towing just smaller grades around Columbia, mid-state SC! Could anyone suggest good reading materials so we can learn more about RV towing, grades etc?

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sblackb7 wrote:

Thanks to all replies on my post! Wow, a lot of really good and useful information to consider, reconsider, and let sink in. We have family in NE Ohio but would also like to travel to or back from Michigan. All of you are right about the mountains scaring us (!) but just want to be prepared as much as possible. We have found the best advise comes from seasoned RVers! Thanks for taking the time to look up our specs and investigating.
I think it sounds like we should get more truck to avoid most problems. We've always worried a little about the smaller sized Nissan. It pulls higher rpms frequently towing just smaller grades around Columbia, mid-state SC! Could anyone suggest good reading materials so we can learn more about RV towing, grades etc?


Never seen a lot of reading material abut towing. Most learn by experience, and advice. like when mountain towing. NEVER start down the mountain in a gear higher than the one it took to go up, lower is better,.

Now when looking at trucks. check out the towing capacity of it BEFORE you buy it. Just because it looks like the one sitting beside of it, doesn't meant it is. If you buy new. the engine, GVWR, and rear gear are listed on the window sticker. There can be as much as 1000lb difference in GVWR between 2 identical trucks sitting side by side. The higher the GVWR the better, and the lower the rear gear the better for towing. There can be as much as 7000lb difference in the towing capacity between a 3.15 rear gear, and a 3.73 rear gear. With the 3.73 having the higher tow capacity. So when you buy. Make sure you get what you need.

If you buy used. there are also ways to find the rear gear ratio, and towing capacity. Do your homework.

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sblackb7 wrote:

Thanks to all replies on my post! Wow, a lot of really good and useful information to consider, reconsider, and let sink in. We have family in NE Ohio but would also like to travel to or back from Michigan. All of you are right about the mountains scaring us (!) but just want to be prepared as much as possible. We have found the best advise comes from seasoned RVers! Thanks for taking the time to look up our specs and investigating.
I think it sounds like we should get more truck to avoid most problems. We've always worried a little about the smaller sized Nissan. It pulls higher rpms frequently towing just smaller grades around Columbia, mid-state SC! Could anyone suggest good reading materials so we can learn more about RV towing, grades etc?


Not trying to talk you out of a bigger truck, because I think one is in order, but what exactly are you uncomfortable with?
High rpms? Any gasser 1/2 ton is going to drop 2-4 gears from crushing rpms to pulling 8k up a hill, except maybe the turbo trucks. If your engine or trans isn't overheating pulling hills, you're not hurting them, per se.
Braking? Have you had a bad experience, or just worried about it? Honestly your new midsize has as good or better brakes than every other 20 year old 1/2 ton truck out there still doing the same duties as yours. Yes a brand new half ton will be better than the Frontier , but if the trailer is 80-90% stopping itself, like it should be, then it's not a cause for alarm.
Handling/sway? Guessing if that wasn't under control, your question wouldn't be limited to mountain towing, but rather towing in general. Yes a 1/2 ton crew cab will have significantly more mass than the midsize, but just like the brakes, if it works fine, then it works fine.

All that said, unless it's financially prohibitive, a newer 1/2 ton with a V8 or Ecoboost will pull and handle the trailer with more authority. The question is, is it a necessity or a luxury?
I say little bit necessity and a lot of luxury.


"Yes Sir, Oct 10 1888, Those poor school children froze to death in their tracks. They did not even find them until Spring. Especially hard hit were the ones who had to trek uphill to school both ways, with no shoes." -Bert A.

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