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Old 06-22-2014, 11:26 AM   #1
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worried i bought too Heavy

Hi,
I just upgraded from 154bh Baja to a spankin new Jay flight 23mbh.
I didn't intend to go that big, but the wifey fell in love w it, and after a
day in the sun looking my gvwr-radar was whacked.

Anyway the 23MBH unloaded + dry hitch weights total 5550.

My Nissan titan 4x4 is not the towing one so CAN tow 7400.

Its me, the wife n two small kids, and light on the gear.

Should I be worried? We will never go near the max, but still, im used to towing no more than 3000lbs up and down hills.

I certainly cant afford a bigger truck right now - haha!

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Old 06-22-2014, 01:33 PM   #2
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Just getting into towing a big trailer a week ago. The research that I have done all comes back to the transmission. Do you have a Trans temp readout you can monitor? I would look to getting an external Trans cooler. I think that is the biggest issue when towing heavy. Be sure you get your rig set up for power brakes which I think is the second big issue. As well as a weight distributing hitch.

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Old 06-22-2014, 01:49 PM   #3
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there is a monitor on the dash that gives lots of readouts -range etc (i have to check if has trans readouts.

I will look into the trans cooler. I know thats not cheap.

With cargo I will be around 1400 lbs under the max. Why am I still worried?
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Oh, and I have the weight distribution hitch and sway bars too
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Old 06-22-2014, 01:53 PM   #5
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there is a monitor on the dash that gives lots of readouts -range etc (i have to check if has trans readouts.

I will look into the trans cooler. I know thats not cheap.

With cargo I will be around 1400 lbs under the max. Why am I still worried?
If you are handy, you can install an aux transmission cooler yourself for under $100.00. I installed on on my 1/2 ton a couple of yrs ago. Look at the coolers online or at your local auto parts store. I picked up my cooler at pep boys for $49.99.
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Old 06-22-2014, 02:15 PM   #6
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I will look into that. Did an aux trans cooler help/feel like it helped?

How close has anyone here got to the towing capacity of theyre truck?
IS bing under by 1000 to 1400 lbs a comfortable/realistic buffer?

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My opinion only worth 2 cents. But getting close to your limit should only have a real effect on you when your in the mountains. Just keep an eye on it and know your limitations

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Thx Chris,
what would you consider close to limits?
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Old 06-22-2014, 02:46 PM   #9
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Also, this new trailer has 2 big propane tanks. Its ok to hook up 1 standard size that would buy me 200lbs-just for the weekend-or does that mess up weight distribution in the front?
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One of the weak points of 1/2 pickups is its Gross Vehicle Weight Rate (GVWR)
Be sure not to overload your truck.

Take it to a CAT Scale and weigh it.

See towing section of the forum for complete instructions on how to do this.
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