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Old 07-26-2009, 04:46 PM   #1
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I am not sure if this is where I can ask for advice. I just bought a 19' Bambi and I was wondering if anyone out there knew if my nissan Xterra can pull it safely? v6? I would sure appreciate anything. Thanx
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:09 PM   #2
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Hey Walter, and welcome to the forums! You are going to love your 19' Bambi.

Just went on line and looked at the posted towing capacity of new Xterras...5000 lb. The dry weight of your Bambi is 3500lbs...loaded it is 4500 lbs...and by the time you factor in passengers and gear you are going to be at your max towing capacity...my guess is that you will not be happy with the set up and your Xterra will be struggling if you have any hills at all to climb. We tow with an 07 Tacoma V6 double cab TRD with a factory tow package...capacity of 6500 lbs. We are pleased with its performance, but know that if we pushed it much beyond the 19' we would want a heavier truck. An anti sway/weight distribution hitch set up is a must. There's a generally accepted rule of thumb to tow no more than 80% of our tow capacity to keep it safe.

Having said that, there are a ton of threads in the subforms on towing...with a wide array of opinions...that you can go through to help you make your own educated decision... Your head may explode before you read through all of them, but you maybe can at least take a peek.

Good luck and travel well with your new toy!
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Welcome from the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to your question, it depends. We would need to see the towing specs on your Xterra.

We would also need to know what type weight distribution/sway control hitch system you plan to use. You will also need a quality trailer brake controller.

It would also be helpful to have the actual weight of your Bambi ready to camp, and the tongue weight.

The Xterra is a fairly short wheel base vehicle. It would need to be properly set up to tow a trailer that heavy.

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