This does not sound like a heavy load to me. My 28' travel trailer is 4508lbs dry, and about 1000lbs heavier loaded with propane, food, beer, etc. The pathfinder definitely feels it, and I don't drive with OD on. But it pulls like a champ. I would not hesitate to take it on longer trips. However, i would like to install a transmission fluid temperature gauge just as insurance that I'm not overheating the trans. Now that the Water/Oil cooler is bypassed and all of the cooling happens in the Air/Oil cooler, want to make sure I don't cook it.evo8dad wrote:Bringing this thread back from the dead
I've recently picked up a 2002 Pace American Cargo Sport 7x16 enclosed trailer with an empty weight of 2320lbs. My R51 has a V6 in it and it pulled the empty trailer with no sweet, which I expected since it hauled my previous race car ('03 Evo) on a heavy (2k+) open trailer without any trouble.
My only concern is long term wear and tear. The new trailer I bought to haul a new race car I'm buying in January - its a 1979 LeGrand Mk25D, which weighs about 850 lbs wet. Total weight of the trailer and the car should be just north of 3k but, with my son's kart and out tools/fuel I'd probably be closer to 3500 lbs.
I did just buy a weight distributing hitch from Nissan to ease the stress on the truck and may even pick up an anti-sway attachment as well. I'm also running the airbags mentioned earlier with a Prodigy brake controller.
For those of you hauling this weight on a normal basis, have you run into any issues with the trans/rear that I should take more preventative maintenence to avoid issues?
The other nagging on my mind is the weight of the WD hitch. Nissan lists it at right around 100 lbs. I am a little concerned with adding that much tongue weight on top of the trailer tongue weight. I'm curious to see how the truck responds to that.
Overall though I 'm beyond impressed so far with the Pathfinder's towing abilities. I had wanted a V8 but, we couldn't find one in black so we settled for a V6. So far it has towed beyond my expectations
I ran Mobil 1 in my 98 civic for years. The compression at 250000kms was still well within factory spec across all 4 cylinders. I also ran a K&N filtercharger on that car. Many people warn against this as they claim that the K&N allows larger particles in than the OE filter. Obviously wasn't an issue for me.08Datsun wrote:I'm running Mobil 1 in the engine. Engine oil is often highly debated but I have had excellent results with our now very old Maxima which has the original VQ engine. .
Weird, the stealer gave me pennzoil conventional 80w90 as the replacement oil for the diffs... Gonna have to check that! Haven't replaced it yet, as when I checked, all fluids were still crystal clear. Waiting til next summer for all of the diffs, transfer case and trans.08Datsun wrote:The factory spec is 75w-90 synthetic only. .