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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-24-2016, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Can a path finder 2015 tow this camper?

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Can my NISSAN PF 2015 4WD tow the following camper "2017 Dutchmen Aspen Trail 1930RDWE"?

I feel it is going to be a stretch.....
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I'm going to go with NO.

It has an "average shipping weight" of 4,170 lbs, and a payload capacity of over 3k. You would be able to move it empty and dry, but if you ever actually put stuff in it, you'd be very over weight in a hurry.

Unfortunately, by your posts it seems your vehicle doesn't really fit your goals. You're squarely into Suburban/Expedition territory with what you want to do.
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I say yes, but you will be limited to how much weight you can add with camper cargo and passenger cargo. There seems to be similar floor plans out there for a few hundred pounds lighter. You will get many different answers, but figure between 500 - 1000 lbs cargo added to the dry weight, depending on you and how you camp.

Our camper is about 3800 lbs dry and loaded up we are close to the limit. At one campground, I saw a PF towing an even heavier camper than ours and the guy came up to me happy to see another PF being used to tow. He seemed content towing and had even taken some serious multi-state trips with his camper. We go about 250 miles max to camp.

There are lots of discussions on this topic and many more on camper forums regarding how much a tow vehicle can tow, what can tow what, etc. Some people will tell you you'll be ok, many others will tell you anything less than a full size truck to tow is crazy. In my opinion, keep everything under the rated limits of the vehicle and expect to drive very carefully when towing and you will be fine. Those limits are towing capacity, tongue weight, axle weights and overall weight. You'll need a special scale for the tongue weight and all the other weights can be measured at a vehicle scale. I did mine at a truck stop on one of our first trips with the family and camper all loaded up. I also swear that the weight distributing hitch is a must and has to be dialed in properly, as well as the brake controller set up properly. Unfortunately, this process take patience and time, and can be a lot of trial and error. I think I broke down and set up my hitch 3 times before I was really happy with how the PF felt towing the camper. Anyways, good luck.

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In another thread he also stated he wanted to carry 7 passengers while towing.. @ 170lbs per passenger. I don't have a guide other than my '17, but at full payload I can't tow anything, because there is no payload left for the tongue weight.

I'll say that a LOT of people have no idea what anything weighs.. They just see "Tows up to 6,000 lbs" and then stop reading.
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Thanks for you answer. I was just curious about the passenger part; we are actually a family of 3.
I ended up buying a 4000lb trailer. My PF did great on the first trip. i don't load too much stuff into it. I drive like a grandpa thou but that is regardless of having a trailer or not
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3,800 punds to be exact
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