Towing with a Nissan XTrail

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I have a 2.5L petrol manual Nissan Xtrail. The towing capacity is 2000kg. I am looking at towing a 1200kg camper trailer fully loaded with four people in the car. I know this weight is well under its capacity but will it actually do it easily or should i be looking at a bigger 4X4 to do it safely. And will this we too much strain on the car? Does anyone have personal experiences. or opinions. Thanks
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Reply By: Ross M - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 15:59

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 15:59
Remember, 4 x 75kg people weigh 0.3tons + luggage and usual crap in the back area 0.1tons at least + the camper of 1200kg, so all up the vehicle is being asked to move 1600kg at least.yes it will do it but fuel usage will rise as the ECU has to adjust to power instead of economy as it is usually running.

The dynamics of the vehicle will alter too with the nose up a bit depending on towball weight. I presume you have an electric brake controller already fitted as this will be essential if you want to stop.

I would check the towbar fixing points where it bolts to the metal of the body's construction. Some are only fitted with small washers as the backup on the other side of the sheetmetal body and I have seen a jacknifed Xtrail with a small tandem and the tandem promptly ripped the towbar completely off the vehicle.
Vehicle was still drivable but the trailer owned the towbar, still connected to the ball, so it didn't take much to rip it off.
A recovery vehicle just hooked the trailer onto their towbar and took it away.

If travelling on rough roads then the towbar fixing is essential to have it right.

The tow KG's might be 2000kg but I think 1200kg load and vehicle loading is quite enough.
You will see people towing more with the x trails but there is not much reserve of anything for emergencies if near the max.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 16:09

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 16:09
My son's Ex's father towed a medium van with one so probably not too much heavier.

He destroyed the clutch very quickly at AFAIR about 40KK. AFAIR he attributed it to having to slip the clutch a lot in manouvring the van in caravan parks etc.

My understanding is that they are known for a weak clutch.

I don't know whether he was a very poor driver or it is an actual weakness but I suggest you check it out by posting on a Nissan forum and maybe ask around specialists. AFAIR I have seen references to weak clutches on other forums.
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Follow Up By: Rangiephil - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 16:10

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 16:10
He traded it in on a Falcon auto and is as happy as Larry now.
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Follow Up By: Member - Michael N (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 23:28

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 23:28
What does AFAIR mean?
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 00:02

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 00:02
What does AFAIR mean?
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Follow Up By: Rangiephil - Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 09:07

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 09:07
AFAIR= As Far As I Recall
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 16:18

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 16:18
quote from whirlpool regarding CVT transmission
Quote But why risk it, just get a manual. Much nicer to drive, much more reliable, not to mention cheaper to buy and fix.

Before I bought my 2008 Xtrail, 5 mechanics told me not to touch the manual with a 50 foot pole. Something to do with the clutch having a notorious habit of failing and costing a fortune to repair unquote
Look, I don't know how true any of this is but I suggest you do some careful research.

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 00:09

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 00:09
That seems to be the case for most manual vehicles when used for towing. Most seem to use dual mass flywheels. They work well until you stress them. See the following-

Flywheels and Dual Mass Flywheels

Dual Mass vs. Single Mass Flywheel Systems



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Reply By: Candace S. - Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 18:00

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 18:00
Just curious: Is the X-Trail a truck-based design (body-on-frame), or a unibody design?
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 21:47

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 21:47
Unibody.
They are quite a nice soft roader. My daughter had one and so did my wife's closest friend.
They are great on dirt roads, but I would not take one on a beach or on hard 4WD tracks.
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