Sunday, January 29, 2023


Can a Nissan Titan Platinum XD pull a 7500-lb. trailer?

Dear Dave,
I have a 2020 Coachmen Catalina (just purchased prior to pandemic) that I’ve never really taken out yet. I am purchasing a 2023 Nissan Titan Platinum XD. Will that be enough power to tow in mountains? The “state” says my travel trailer is 7500 lbs. and towing on the truck is up to 9000 lbs., but I want to travel in mountains and such. Does a truck that size meet that criteria? Just want to be sure I am not under-purchasing. I really appreciate your assistance! —Lola, 2020 Coachmen Catalina

Dear Lola,
I’m not sure what “state” you are referring to; however, you should have a data plate that has the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), which is the total weight your trailer can weigh with all fluids and cargo. The dry weight is the rig as it sits empty. So you need to figure out how much cargo and fluids you are putting in to get the weight that you need in order to tow. Without knowing the floorplan, I can not look up what spec’s it has.

Specs for 2023 Nissan Titan Platinum XD

I was able to find the towing specifications for the 2023 Nissan Titan Platinum XD. It states 9300 for the King Cab and Crew Cab, and 11,000 for the XD Crew Cab, so you might have more capacity than you think? However, let’s look at the 9300 version. It’s a good and safe idea to take 10% off, as you don’t want to be at maximum weight trying to stop in the mountains, on hot days, or in rainy weather. That means it would have 930 lbs. less, or 8370 lbs. So if your GVWR is 7500 lbs., you would be OK.

It does look like a good choice as it has the “Around View® Monitor” that shows almost every side of the towed trailer, as well as an integrated trailer brake controller and trailer sway control. I have this on my 2016 Silverado, but still recommend a weight distribution hitch with sway control.

According to the site, the XD is heavy-duty with a beefed up front suspension, larger brakes, and commercial grade frame with reinforced cross braces. The only thing I would be suspicious of is the power of the engine, although it does have a 400 hp endurance engine with 9-speed transmission. On paper it looks good. However, since it is a gas engine, you may want to hook the trailer up and test drive it to see how it handles on a hill.

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1 month ago

Would you want this combo behind you coming down a 6% grade with an emergency stop situation ahead?
Didn’t think so…
Also .. Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating (GCVWR) is what insurance companies will be using to try and deny your claim if in a wreck…

1 month ago

You can tow the trailer, but will it be fun? Probably not. The trailer out weighs the truck quite a bit so wind and passing semi’s will be felt a lot. The other item is gas. You’ll get maybe 9 miles to the gallon, ~180 miles between fill ups – that is a pain. I would recommend a 3/4 ton with a 35 gallon tank. It will be a lot less stressful, no worries on payload and 300 miles between fill up’s.

1 month ago

For someone that actually made the costly mistake of buying the wrong tow vehicle. I’m glad to see the comments here. Hopefully the original person asking the question reads the comments.
By all the numbers I was well within all capacities. ( over 20% grace) yet a motorcycle passing would induce sway. ( equalizer hitch)

1 month ago

I would be more concerned with the trailer brakes being able to stop a fully loaded unit.
Truck brakes are for the truck and it’s load.

1 month ago

Hi Dave, as I recall my Dad paid a state tax for the weight of the vehicle, as well as it should be & that money was used on road repair, etc & not go to the general fund!. Well I lived in Connecticut & that was 65 years ago. I tried to find that information on line, but I didn’t, so either I was mistaken or they don’t charge by the pound anymore.

1 month ago

Everyone it seems asks can it tow this size of trailer. The real question they should ask is can it STOP it going down steep mountain grades.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago
Reply to  Crowman

That’s it right there!

1 month ago

The primary concern with 1/2 ton trucks is the payload. They usually run out of payload a long time before they reach that optimistic towing capacity

1 month ago
Reply to  TIM

Agreed, most trucks can pull the load and with the trailer having it’s own brakes can stop the load but many people, especially beginners and RV sales people, know nothing of payload and most RV salespeople are not going to bring it up if they do know about it (in my experience). Truth is that many are over payload and don’t even know it, especially the crew cab 4X4 fully loaded trucks, all that stuff takes payload away not to mention the weight of all the people that can fit in a big crew cab. I do not believe a discussion of towing qualifications should ever ignore the payload number although the sales people ignore it all the time either out of ignorance or fear of losing sales.

Last edited 1 month ago by Brian
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian

+1 to Tim and Brian
-1 to Dave for writing about worthless ratings when Payload is the important issue!

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