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    Posted: 27 Oct 2018 at 10:14pm
Just bought a 2019 189.  Our tow vehicle is a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. We added a 7wire hookup with trailer brakes.  Does anyone have experience towing with the Pathfinder.   No problems on our first short trip.
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Forgot to mentioned we added an Equal -I-Zer hitch.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote StephenH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Oct 2018 at 10:37pm
Welcome and Congratulations!
From what I can find out, the towing limit for a Pathfinder is 5,000 lbs. You are good to go. You did the right thing by getting the Equal-i-zer hitch and brake controller. Did your Pathfinder have the factory tow package? If so, then it should already have a transmission cooler which would be one item you would want to add if it did not have it already.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mbearden Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Oct 2018 at 10:39pm
It doesn’t have the factory tow package but may have a trans cooler anyway...checking...if not I will add one.
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Welcome to the group!! Congrats on your 189!!

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Welcome. Sounds like you're about where you need to be to handle your trailer. Of course, it will depend on how you personally load the trailer and the Pathfinder.

If you want to know for sure for your rig and your load out, here is a great towing calculator which takes into account your wd hitch effects. All the max load specs should be on the Nissan door and trailer stickers. 

https://www.ajdesigner.com/apptrailertow/weightdistributionhitch.php

You can get all your actual weights by loading up for a normal trip and running through a public scale adding an axle at a time. Do this with the Pathfinder first, then the combo without the wd hitch tensioned. The tongue weight will be the difference between the Pathfinder's two axles with and without the trailer. 

I used my county waste transfer station scale for this, no charge for residents. Gave me great peace of mind I was rigged right towing with my Highlander which also has a 5000 lb rating. 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote lostagain Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Oct 2018 at 8:55am
Welcome to the forum.  You'll be fine with your Nissan, but StephanH is right, if you don't have a transmission cooler, it would be a good idea to get one.  They're not costly to install and it will really help the transmission.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bankman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Oct 2018 at 10:41am
We towed our 2018 190 with a 2016 Pathfinder with factory Tow Package for a couple of trips this season until we upgraded to a 2018 Frontier with Factory Tow....Never had an issue
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mbearden Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Nov 2018 at 5:53pm
It turns out that our 2104 Pathfinder did have a large factory trans cooler so we did not add one.  Just drove 1000 miles from Southport NC to Little Rock Ar with no problem except 11.2 mpg.  I wonder if a larger engined tow vehicle might no to have to work as hard?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote GlueGuy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Nov 2018 at 5:58pm
Originally posted by Mbearden

It turns out that our 2104 Pathfinder did have a large factory trans cooler so we did not add one.  Just drove 1000 miles from Southport NC to Little Rock Ar with no problem except 11.2 mpg.  I wonder if a larger engined tow vehicle might no to have to work as hard?
Did you mean 2004 or 2014 Pathfinder? A higher HP engine will not have to work as hard, but 12-15 MPG is about the best you can expect.
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