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#1 Old 06-26-2008, 02:22 PM
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Towing a trailer with a Murano

Is anyone towning a small travel trailer with a Muran? I have a 17' Casita trailer that weighs about 3500lbs when fully loaded.
I'm trying to get a feel for what other are doing in this regard.
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3500 is the towing limit for the Murano and you should have no issues with the proper rig, tongue weight, and trailer brakes.

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the casita web site lists the 17 foot deluxe at 2385 pounds dry and 385 tongue.
If I were you I would trailer dry and place something in the rear to lower the tongue weight.
If the fresh water tank is in the rear, put some water in it to offset the tongue weight.
I would also investigate suspension airbags for the rear of the Mo.

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Welcome to the forum!

As I am sure you already know from reading the owners manual, the Murano is capable of towing your Casita trailer. Pay speical attention to the trailer's weight distribution to ensure you do not exceed the tongue weight rating of 350 pounds. Since you are presently at 385 pounds you should shift some of the movable loads aft of the trailer's rear axle.

Nissan recommends that for the Murano all trailers above 1,000 pounds should be equipped with trailer brakes. Allthough the MO has excellent brakes, asking it to stop an additional 3,500 is not wise. Does your trailer have brakes?

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Welcome to the forum!

As I am sure you already know from reading the owners manual, the Murano is capable of towing your Casita trailer. Pay speical attention to the trailer's weight distribution to ensure you do not exceed the tongue weight rating of 350 pounds. Since you are presently at 385 pounds you should shift some of the movable loads aft of the trailer's rear axle.

Nissan recommends that for the Murano all trailers above 1,000 pounds should be equipped with trailer brakes. Allthough the MO has excellent brakes, asking it to stop an additional 3,500 is not wise. Does your trailer have brakes?

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Yes, the trailer has brakes, and I have a "Equalizer" hitch assy which combines sway control and weight distribution.
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Yes, the trailer has brakes, and I have a "Equalizer" hitch assy which combines sway control and weight distribution.
Ahh, then you are good to go.

Many people have used the MO as a tow vehicle and no one has reported any problems.

The CVT makes the MO a good tow vehicle because it always selects the optimum ratio to enable the VQ to provide the torque required to maintain speed. There is no "hunting" for the proper gear as with many conventional auto trannies.

Have a great vacation!!

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I pull a Jayco Jay Series 1206 tent trailor. Loaded up we are probably looking at 2800-3000 pounds. No issues at all and very capable of passing. Lots of torque on the long uphills also.
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I tow a 14' + 5' V-nose aluminum snowmobile trailer with the Murano. It does pretty well. Even fairly moderate hills are ok but I try to watch my speed on the hills. Although the Murano can do them, fuel economy drops fast if I'm not careful on the hills. It's low enough towing as it is. I'm probably between 1900 and 2500 pounds loaded depending on if I have 1 or 2 sleds in there. The trailer has electric brakes and I definitely run a brake controller pulling this.
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I haul a 19' aluminum deck boat that has a total package weight of anywhere from 2700 to 3200 depending on gas and gear. The Murano hauls it just fine with no problems. The trailer does have surge brakes and I would consider that a requirement regardless (in Virginia, only trailers hauling 3,000 or more are required by law to have brakes).
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I tow a small Coleman tent trailer with my Mo. Last month we took it on a 3000 mile road trip from Northern California through Oregon, Washington and up to Vancouver Island, BC and back. We travelled up Hwy 101 up the coast through all of the coastal ranges. The Mo handled well. The only concerns that we had was that the tongue weight was under 225lbs but the trunk and back seat was packed full of camping gear and ice coolers. A bit of rear-end sag with the additional weight in the car since the GCVW was at the limit or slightly above... As expected we couldn't stop as well so keep plenty of distance in front of the car.

The only time we ran into a problem was cutting through Seattle, the NAV sent us up a very steep San Francisco sized hill in a little residential neighborhood. Let's just say we didn't make it up the hill. :eek: As the car stopped moving forward even in the lowest gear, I quickly turned her into someone's driveway. After several attempts to turn the car and trailer around in the middle of the hill, we finally got the Mo facing downhill and back on the road. Lesson learned, don't always follow Mo's NAV.

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The only time we ran into a problem was cutting through Seattle, the NAV sent us up a very steep San Francisco sized hill in a little residential neighborhood. Let's just say we didn't make it up the hill. :eek: As the car stopped moving forward even in the lowest gear, I quickly turned her into someone's driveway. After several attempts to turn the car and trailer around in the middle of the hill, we finally got the Mo facing downhill and back on the road. Lesson learned, don't always follow Mo's NAV.
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That had to be white-knuckle scary!

The NAV should have a trailering mode that avoids steep hills.

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The only time we ran into a problem was cutting through Seattle, the NAV sent us up a very steep San Francisco sized hill in a little residential neighborhood. Let's just say we didn't make it up the hill. :eek: As the car stopped moving forward even in the lowest gear...
I am wondering if it was the CVT that went into the limp mode under the load to protect itself.

Remember the commercial where they had several 4WD and AWD SUVs climb a steep ramp, and every single one did it, or at least their wheels spun, except for the MO which refused to climb alltogether?

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I am wondering if it was the CVT that went into the limp mode under the load to protect itself.

Remember the commercial where they had several 4WD and AWD SUVs climb a steep ramp, and every single one did it, or at least their wheels spun, except for the MO which refused to climb alltogether?
That was the amusing Subaru propoganda ad - its on Youtube as "Subaru vs everyone else" - the Murano did not even spin its wheels at all as it got to the hill. It just refused to move, at which point the narrator sarcastically mocked the vehicle.

There was an account on this forum as well regarding a very steep driveway and a small trailer.

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That was the amusing Subaru propoganda ad - its on Youtube as "Subaru vs everyone else"
That is it! It was a 2006 Murano SE AWD.

Watch it here

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Thanx for ruining my day by posting that vid!

That was a very pathetic performance by our beloved MO. At least if it showed a bit a wheel-spin I would have felt better.

What good are 245 ponies if they won't even leave the barn.

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