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Old June 25th, 2007, 05:20 PM   #1
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I know it is not ideal, but my mother in law is giving us her 2000 or 2001 nissan xterra. It is 4wd with the v6 engine. It is rated to tow 5000 lbs. Anyone ever tow a jeep on a trailer with anything similar? I won't do it more than once or twice probably, but just seeing if you all think it would work. Maybe a rear add a leaf? My Jeep probably weighs about 5000 alone, plus the weight of the trailer. Would you do it?
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Old June 25th, 2007, 05:28 PM   #2
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i towed with my ford exploder all the time, i beat the piss out of that v6 piece of shit. but besides all that i flat towed my cj-7 all the time successfully 190 miles each way when going on outings.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 05:32 PM   #3
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i towed with my ford exploder all the time, i beat the piss out of that v6 piece of shit. but besides all that i flat towed my cj-7 all the time successfully 190 miles each way when going on outings.
Did you only flat tow or did you tow with a trailer too?
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Old June 25th, 2007, 07:24 PM   #4
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AAL might be tough on the Xterra....as I believe the rear is a coil sprung.
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If the Jeep is truly 5000 lbs, then on a trailer, its way too much load for that. Flat tow would probably be ok, on dry ground, but emergency braking would be dangerous.
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Depends on how good the trailer is. Does the trailer have brakes?...Is the trailer a single or tandem? If you loaded the jeep right on a tandem axle trailer you could add enough weight to keep control of the vehicle but not be to squirrelly and with the electric brakes on the trailer you could stop. However It might be a fun ride if you had to do some evasive maneuvers.

Or you could just sell the xterra and buy a truck or bigger suv
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AAL might be tough on the Xterra....as I believe the rear is a coil sprung.
they are SUA
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If the Jeep is truly 5000 lbs, then on a trailer, its way too much load for that. Flat tow would probably be ok, on dry ground, but emergency braking would be dangerous.
It's probably close to 5000 lbs. Plus what, another 1200-1500 lbs for a trailer?

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Yep, and an add a leaf is available for it. I believe the front is torsion bars.
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It's probably close to 5000 lbs. Plus what, another 1200-1500 lbs for a trailer?



Yep, and an add a leaf is available for it. I believe the front is torsion bars.
Yeah usually about that.

6500 lbs can toss half tons around if its not well balanced and a load distributing hitch.

It'd probably be ok but the highway could get ugly. I wouldn't recommend it myself. But I've seen people tow car haulers with SWB Jeeps before, so worse has been done....
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they are SUA
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Old June 25th, 2007, 10:43 PM   #11
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Dunno if it helps but the father in law has pulled this with his stock Xterra several times with no issues except sway in high wind. It's a 24 foot.

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