My wife and I drove the 07 from Fort Collins CO to Lawton OK (710 miles) on Thursday. It was time to move our youngest daughter's stuff home while she finishes an internship in Oklahoma.
On Friday about 11:00 I picked up a U-Haul 6x12 double-axle trailer and at 3:00 met two movers contracted through U-Haul who loaded the trailer for us in 75 minutes. It was damn nice to watch them work! Why didn't I do this last time??
And yes, the trailer is a bit tongue-heavy, as it was supposed to be. In fact, it probably was a bit more tongue-heavy than it needed to be, so the ride over expansion bump was pretty rough - all bumps were transmitted from the trailer into the Murano.
The trailer was loaded to within a few inches of the tailgate.
And the Murano was well loaded, as well as being ready to carry three people.
By Friday afternoon at 4:30 we were ready to go, so we headed 60+ miles north to Oklahoma City to pick up the daughter, who was finishing an exam and who needed to leave her car at the OK City airport for her return flight on Jan 2.
So....we drove to Perry, KS that night, laid up, then left at 9:00 AM and made the remaining 650 mile drive to Colorado yesterday.
Mileage on the trip down, with no trailer: about 22-23.
Mileage on the trip back, with a stuffed trailer: varied from 8.5 to 11.5 MPG. Hey, just TRY dragging a trailer that heavy uphill from 1000 feet to 5000 feet while traveling 75 MPH, and also having a crosswind for much of the way!
The Murano never hiccuped or complained, and it performed like a champ. We arrived in time to get into a storage unit at 7:10 PM, and the trailer off-loaded by 7:45, and went home.
A little gas is a cheap price to pay for a three-day 1400-mile round trip, a moved daughter, and Sunday before Christmas to enjoy.