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PathFinder tow capacity with passengers?

Let assume that I have 7 people (170 pounders) sited in my PF 2015 4WD, does the 5,000 pounds tow capacity still holds?
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The way tow ratings work is this:

Your vehicle has a max GVWR (vehicle plus payload inside vehicle), and GCVWR (vehicle plus payload plus towed load).

That is Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, and Gross COMBINED Vehicle Weight Rating.

The 5k Max tow rating is dependent upon your GCVWR and GVWR. That is, your max towing weight is directly influenced by the weight of the vehicle, the passengers, fuel, everything.

Tow rating is GCVWR - ACTUAL VEHICLE WEIGHT = amount left over to tow. If you want to do it correctly, you'd weigh your vehicle ready to go before hooking up a trailer and see what weight you legally have left to tow with. Vehicle options, passengers, cargo.. all effect your vehicle weight. A loaded Platinum will have less capacity left to hit that maximum tow rating, because the vehicle itself weighs more and uses up more of the GCVWR. It may not even have enough capactiy left to even tow 5k. You have to weigh your specific vehicle to find out your specific weight capabilities, as every vehicle is differently optioned.

Don't forget that 10%ish of the trailer weight is tongue weight, and that comes off the vehicle's payload capacity. 15-20% if using weight distribution.

So, if you have 7 people @ 170lbs each, you're already at 1,190 lbs payload. 5k trailer would add another 500 lbs minimum to the payload. I'm willing to bet that would be over the max payload of the pathfinder before anything else.

edit: my 2017 has a payload capacity of 1149lbs.. So passengers alone is over capacity, not including anything else..And I believe 2016 and down is lower than the 17's.

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edit 2: GVWR and GCVWR of my 17 from the owner's manual is as follows:

GVWR is 5986
GCVWR is 10,000.

So let's assume I'm at max payload and my vehicle weighs the full 5986.. Forgetting about the tongue weight for the time being, 10,000 - 5986= 4014.

I really can only tow 4,014 lbs at max payload. But I can't really do that, because I don't have any payload left for the 10% tongue weight on the vehicle. We'd have to kick out at 400lbs of passengers to accommodate the tongue weight.

Also, a note from the owner's manual "The towing capacity values are calculated assuming a base vehicle with driver and any options required to achieve the rating. Additional passengers, cargo and/or optional equipment will add weight to the vehicle and reduce your vehicle's maximum towing capacity."

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Thanks for you answer. Mine is 2015 path finder. I got a 3,800 camper (passport 38ml same as a couple of folks in this forum got). I am traveling water dry and just propane with basic clothing items, food, laptop and bed covers. My wife is 140 pounds, I am 180 pounds and at most 100 pounds of kids and stroller. Also to mention that I drive like a grampa always very careful just at the speed limit.

Driving it from the dealer was a breeze and first camping (not very far) was also good

I was asking in case that my inlaws and family (3 x ~175 pounds) come to visit but I guess they will have to drive their own vehicle.

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If I'm understanding you correctly, 7 passengers + gear + trailer might be pushing it a bit (not to mention how cramped it would be).

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