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Posted: Jan 29 2018 at 2:21pm | IP Logged Quote GLab

I have a 2014 frontier SL. I'm considering buying a 21.6 ft. camper with a GVWR of 3,954 lbs. Will my truck pull this trailer comfortably? According to the salesman, just about anything can pull it (of Course). Will I need a tranny cooler? I need some real world advice, not salesman speak. My truck is a V-6 with automatic.
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Posted: Jan 29 2018 at 9:27pm | IP Logged Quote Rubble

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I have a 2014 frontier SL. I'm considering buying a 21.6 ft. camper with a GVWR of 3,954 lbs. Will my truck pull this trailer comfortably? According to the salesman, just about anything can pull it (of Course). Will I need a tranny cooler? I need some real world advice, not salesman speak. My truck is a V-6 with automatic.


All Frontier V6 AT's come with 2 Transmission cooler's.  One is the Radiator, in which the Transmission Fluid is routed through the Radiator but kept separate from the Antifreeze, and it also prewarm's the ATF as well.  The 2nd is a separate transmission cooler in front of the Air Conditioner Condenser.  It's about 1 foot square.

There are several thing's involved with towing a Trailer, other than Total Trailer Weight, such as Trailer Frontal area, and Tongue Weight.  The Frontal area can't exceed 60 sq Ft, and the tongue weight can't be much more than 600 lbs.  Mine is 650 and You'll need to look in your owner's manual to see what your's is.

You'll want a a Trailer Brake controller installed in your Frontier.  The Plug for the Trailer Brake Controller is allready installed by Nissan.  It's a Plug under your Dash.  Mine is to the right of the Steering column.  Unless you get a Trailer with Surge Brake's, but I think most RV's have electric brake's.

 You'll most likely need something to offset the tongue weight of the Trailer pushing the rear end of your truck down, otherwise your headlight's will be offset way to High.   This can probably be accomplished with a Weight Distribution Hitch or something to raise the rear end of your truck to offset the Trailer tongue load.

It's a lot of information to learn.  A good start is Your Truck's Owner's Manual, and then online information source's for RV Trailer Towing.

The FRontal Area of the Trailer might be your biggest challenge,, depending on how aerodynamic the front of the Trailer is.   If the Front of the Trailer is almost Straight up and down,,  then it'll be pushing a lot of Air out of the Way,, and those type trailer''s are harder to pull at interstate speed's.

Be sure to push the button to take the transmission out of overdrive.   Be sure before you start pulling the trailer to have Nissan to check the ATF Level.  Mine is a '13 that I bought New,, and it came with a Low ATF level from the Factory.   It got by 2 Nissan Service Department's, and I had to figure it out on my own.  It's very important with an AT especially when pulling a Trailer that the ATF Level is Perfect.   There is only 8oz of ATF between the Low and Full Mark on the Dip stick, and Nissan has the OBDii Reader that will show the ATF Temperature at 149F to properly check the ATF Level.  Very important not to be too low or too high on the dipstick.

Probably not the simple answer that you were wanting,, but maybe I helped you a little bit.

PS ~ I found this Trailer Weight Calculator.  I punched in some #'s, and it seem's to be a good guide to use:

http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-trailer-weight-tt.shtml




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