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Posted: 09/16/20 04:03pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tow vehicle: 2013 Nissan Quest SV 6 cyl.
Max tow capacity: 3500#
Torque: 240 ft/lb

RV: 2000 Trailmanor 2720 SL
Dry weight: 2875#
Payload cap: ~1210#
Hitch weight: ~392#

In the van will be my wife and two young kids.
Van dry weight: 4400#
So, vehicle weight + load/passenger = approx. 5000#

I'm looking at whether a class 2 or class 3 trailer hitch would be more appropriate. As well as whether a weight distribution hitch might be an even safer idea.

Thoughts on safety of pulling this pop up/expandable camper with my van??

* This post was edited 09/16/20 04:45pm by spol11 *


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Posted: 09/16/20 04:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is the van’s payload max? What weight do you estimate will be carried in the van?

I believe you’ll be over on payload. The max gross trailer weight is over your van’s capacity already. You generally won’t be happy. In the mountains you’ll be more than unhappy. Isn’t that van a unibody which generally won’t accommodate WDH?

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Lets see, tow cap 3500#
Trailer almost 3000# DRY weight and dry weight is before the OEM adds accessories.
Trailer can carry 1200# total 4200#
see a problem here? And don't think that you won't load up the trailer. We all say that but we do but stuff makes it's way in there anyway. Most trailers have around 1000+ pounds of stuff in them, clothes, pots, pans, dishes, flatware, blankets, towels, food, drinks, water in tanks (very heavy) the list goes on and on.

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Posted: 09/16/20 05:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Vehicles designed to tow, I personally dont get that excited about going over a bit on specs. However that isn't one of those types of vehicles. You might want to run the Nissan and RV over a set of scales, fully loaded ready to camp and see what your true weight is.

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I sure hope all your travels are on flat ground with a good tailwind or all downhill with a long runout when your brakes go up in smoke. You can make a train move with a washing machine motor and enough gears, I don't think most of us would be still on the green side before that happens.



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It appears that your van will be at max towing weight before you add propane and batteries, no margin for errors.


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I’m pretty sure the van’s max hitch weight is 350 lbs. The dry hitch weight of the TM exceeds that. Add LP and battery and some other stuff, the real world hitch weight is likely to be 450-500 lbs, maybe more. You’ll be overloading the hitch receiver and maybe the rear suspension as well. Do you really want to take the chance on the receiver ripping off the van’s underside at highway speed, sending the TM careening into oncoming traffic? I wouldn’t attempt this without, at minimum, a custom reinforced-mount receiver. Even then I’d load the trailer very minimally to keep the total trailer weight under 3500 if at all possible. And expect to drive 35-40 mph up and down the long, steep grades.

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