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Old 09-07-2022, 02:07 PM   #1
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Towing a Micro Minnie 2108 FLX

Iím planning on buying a Nissan Pathfinder to tow my 2108 micro mini flx.
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Old 09-07-2022, 03:31 PM   #2
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Before we went class A, we towed our camper with our Pathfinder.

The SUV is rated at 6,000 lbs factory equipped. Our TT weighed 4160 lbs. Traveled from Florida to Maine, no problems. Only issue we did have was fuel capacity.
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Thanks so much for your feedback!
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Old 09-07-2022, 08:58 PM   #4
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New or used? The new ones have a proper automatic that should be tolerant of towing. The previous generation had a CVT and towing with that one is not advisable.

Make sure you look at the receiver capacity (is it compatible with weight distributing hitches?) and also the payload capacity. Look for a sticker in the driver’s door jamb that states the “weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed” (payload). Add up your weight + passengers + cargo in SUV + trailer tongue weight and compare the sum to the stated payload capacity.

The Pathfinder’s payload was too low for me (with family of four).
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Hi TennisJohn,
Before you pull that trigger, it’s really important for you to calculate by inventory everything that will be in your SUV when camping. That includes all people, pets, tools, and camping gear. Also, if you plan on getting a generator, highly advised you get a propane model, so you can carry it, or propane fuel inside the SUV. Then you don’t have to worry about where to carry gasoline. The 4wd version will have a payload of about 1,300 lbs. the 2108 Micro Minnie will have a wet tongue of about 600 lbs. That’s with a fully loaded pass thru, 1/2 tank of fresh water, and empty waste tanks. You also need to allow for 120 lbs on the ball from the weight of the hitch and sway bars and brackets. Due to your short wheelbase, you would absolutely need a WDH with built in anti-sway.

I’m just cautioning you because my truck has a payload of 1,340 lbs and we are right at the limit of rear GAWR and GVWR as verified by CAT scale. We do have to be conscious about how we distribute weight in the trailer, and try to keep as much weight as possible out of the truck. This makes it a comfortable and safe tow. If you believe you can stay within weight limits for the pathfinder (check the sticker inside the door), then you’ll find the 2108 to be a pretty nice trailer for the price.
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Pathfinder

Yes, itís a 2022 pathfinder platinum. Numbers will work for me and Iím getting centerline hitch with sway protection. Thanks so much for your input.
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When your towing vehicle is rated close to your towing weight you need to be careful. When towing uphill in the mountains during summer your engine oil is going to get hot and you should carefully monitor all engine fluid temps when going uphill. You may need to back off on your speed substantially when going uphill to limit your engine temps.
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