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Does anyone tow with an Xterra?

 
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PostPosted: Apr 18, 2005 7:10 am    Post subject: Does anyone tow with an Xterra? Reply with quote

I bought an 01 Xterra with the 3.3 V6. Max tow capacity is 5K. I think that will manage my boat, but has anyone else towed with a similar rig?
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PostPosted: Apr 18, 2005 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Towed the SAN about 40 miles round trip with an '01 Xterra not too long ago. I was surprised how well it accelerated, and more importantly, stopped 4,500 lbs behind it. You'll be 100% A-O.K. if you stay away from any mega-steep launch ramps.
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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2005 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much, that's reassuring.

How did you come to the 4500 figure? My boat weighs 2900 lbs dry, I wonder how much weight the trailer adds.....

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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2005 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I figured 3,200 Super Sport, a few hundred for the tower/speakers/random crap, and about a grand for the trailer.
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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2005 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget about the tires you have on your tow rig. They can make or break you on a ramp. I've been on ramps with no problem in my V6 Explorer and then I go to a different ramp that longer and steeper and couldn't get up it without putting 3 people on my rear bumper to get better traction. Michelin tires last an extremely long time (currently 81,000+ miles) but they are a hard rubber tire and can get slick on wet pavement.
So be mindful of your tires as well as the power of the tow rig.

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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2005 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

89 skier wrote:
I've been on ramps with no problem in my V6 Explorer and then I go to a different ramp that longer and steeper and couldn't get up it without putting 3 people on my rear bumper to get better traction.


ah memories... Laughing Laughing I really didn't think we were gonna get it up.
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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2005 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I really didn't think we were gonna get it up.


that's what she said. Laughing

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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2005 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wakebrad, touche' my friend, touche'... Laughing
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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2005 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couldn't get up the ramp? 4wd? Our boat ramp was pretty steep and even when i had a 1989 crown victoria with classic grandma whitewalls, I was easy on the throttle and even when wet on our very crappy steep ramp it pulled it out.
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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2005 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Powaman, 2wd
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PostPosted: Apr 20, 2005 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OOO ya 2wd is kinda ify lol I made it up the ramp but had to be very careful with the throttle lol. A couple times it spun but still made it out, slowley but surely and smokey lol
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PostPosted: May 08, 2005 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a rig similar to the XTerra. We use our V6 Escape (4wd) for towing and it works out fine so far (knock on wood). We put it in 4wd when pulling the boat out of the water and it does great. It accelerates really well for only being a V6. I'm actually more worried about the suspension than anything as I think the Escape is built on a car (Taurus) frame.
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PostPosted: May 17, 2005 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we tow with a v8 explorer..tows fine everytime..we used to pul with a 3.0L lexus rx300, didnt do so well witht the front WD
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PostPosted: May 27, 2005 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have a 2000 x(with a few aftermarket mods) and have been towing my bayliner1850 for years never met a ramp it couldnt lick
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PostPosted: Jun 01, 2005 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

as my brothers tahoe's aren't always available, two summers ago i put a hidden hitch on my volvo s60 and towed the sportstar 2 blocks from my parents beachhouse to the ramp...now that was a laugh.

actually worked fine, the ramp isn't very steep and the car is pretty powerful (although I think the transmission would die after another block or so). Only problem i had was a dumb ex girlfriend climbing on the roof while the boat was straining the car, the second she put her foot on the roof the sunroof shattered. I figure the strain of the boat and trailer, on the ramp, was actually deforming the roof, and when she stepped on it she gave it that little bit more it needed to shatter to sunroof glass.

Lesson learned, crach the sunroof whenever towing (takes it out of any type of structural path.

in terms of hte x-terra, i've never towed my boat with my friends xterra, but he towes a trailer with three motorcyles on it regularly without a problem, although even with the supercharged one i was able to smoke him in a 1997 suburban 1500, WITH my boat attached to it
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PostPosted: Jun 02, 2005 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

no doubt xterras arent about top end. bet your friend would have the upper hand onthe trail
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PostPosted: Jun 23, 2005 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a hard time seeing that unless the race were only to 15mph or your boat is about 300 lbs....
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