X-trail towing a Kimberley Kamper?

Submitted: Monday, Feb 14, 2011 at 13:56
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Afternoon all,

Has anyone had any experience with an x-trail towing a Kimberley Kamper?

I've been leant one by a relative who is off overseas for a couple of years, but I'm worried about the size of it on my x-trail. By all accounts it's one of the top of the range models.

I was also recommended to get some electric brakes installed - first place I've found wants to charge me $600 - and good leads on where to get them installed in Melbourne, and if I need them?

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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Monday, Feb 14, 2011 at 14:09

Monday, Feb 14, 2011 at 14:09
I'm a big advocate of electric trailer brakes, but most KK should have hydraulic override brakes, which should suffice. IF the KK has electric brakes, don't even dream of taking it if your vehicle doesn't have a electric brake controller.

Find out what max down weight your X Trail towbar permits, KK is likely to be 100-120kg, then consider other gear you are puting in your vehicle and reconsider, trailer brakes or not, are you overloaded?
You probably also need to consider if you will be on dirt or bitumen, corrugated dirt roads will stress your X trail much more.

Why not ring KK in Ballina, they should help you.

Owner of a 2004 KK

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Reply By: gbc - Monday, Feb 14, 2011 at 14:28

Monday, Feb 14, 2011 at 14:28
The x-trail has a fairly high tow rating which should easily come in under the gross combination mass, but as stated the kimberleys have a big (comparatively) down ball weight. I can't remember exactly, but my last hilux had an 1800/180 tow rating and that was not enough for the model I was looking at.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Feb 14, 2011 at 14:33

Monday, Feb 14, 2011 at 14:33
You can buy A Prodigy electric brake controller for around $200 or less and fit it yourself

Its only 4 wires and a circuit breaker Takes about 2 hours to fit.

Before you do get one find out what the KK actually has for brakes.

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Reply By: Member - cuffs (SA) - Monday, Feb 14, 2011 at 15:50

Monday, Feb 14, 2011 at 15:50
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Reply By: The Landy - Monday, Feb 14, 2011 at 17:05

Monday, Feb 14, 2011 at 17:05
Based on the following (from Nissan Website!) you should be fine in terms of tow-ball weight of a KK; it appears maximum approved tow-ball weight for the vehicle is 200Kg.

But best you verify for yourself......

Adjustment to GVM

Towball Weight 50kg – Nil
Towball Weight 100kg – 60Kg
Towball Weight 150kg – 150kg
Towball Weight 200Kg – 250Kg

If the loaded vehicle mass is reduced as shown in the table, the tow-ball download can be increased correspondingly. Accordingly, if the laden mass is 250kg less than the GV, a tow-ball download of 200kg is approved.

Different trailer types and different trailer manufacturers have varying tow-ball downloads. The customer will need to contact the trailer manufacturer for information as to the download. Nissan does not recommend the fitting of load levelling or weight distribution devices when used with a Nissan Genuine towbar. When fitted and used correctly, the Nissan Genuine towbar is capable of meeting the towbar/towball capacity stated in the above table.

Cheers, The Landy
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Reply By: Member - david t (INT) - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 13:10

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 13:10
hi we own a 2005 Nissan and tow a trak shak camper trailer we did a trip thru central aust and found that we had to upgrade rear struts and heavier duty rear springs after that trip due to sag and oil in struts get to hot. we also put in a 50mm lift for clearance this made a huge difference .depending of year of manufacture they changed the suspension in the latest model and you may need to add air bags to the rear to achieve the same

cheers david
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