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  • Towing a horse trailer with a pathfinder
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    09-29-2010, 03:47 PM
A question I am dying to ask...

So in preparing myself to own a trailer I have been reading ALLOT about towing capacity, freaking myself out about my own vehicle and am pretty much just very confused by the mixed information.

Why is it Europeans will pull a 1300 odd lb brenderup (some of them weigh as much as 2100) with a horse in it with a car.....but Americans cringe at the thought of towing smaller 2 horses with 1 horse in it with plenty of towing capacity?

I hear, it wont stop, wheel base...YOU WILL DIE...and I am just so confused.

I am sure I will get flamed for this and oh well. My situation is I own a pathfinder and before I tow will have a brake box installed. I am getting a 2200 lb trailer and will be trailering a 1200 lb horse. I'll be going to shows once or twice a month. I am starting to work again next year and will then purchase a "tow" vehicle. BUT with 6000 lbs of towing capacity (recently had the whole thing inspected!) I feel safe pulling AND stopping at most 3600 lb behind me in the pathfinder...
I read about people pulling 5500 lb boats and campers around the country and yet I feel like I NEED to go get a Dodge 3500 diesel to pull my trailer around a couple times a month.

..........I am scared to press "submit new thread"
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    09-29-2010, 03:54 PM
Don't be worried, that pathfinder will do fine. It's completely ridiculous to hear someone pulling a horse with a car though, I'm sorry, that's dangerous!!!!! You're at just over half your towing capacity, you'll be fine. You may be underpowered going up hills, but just have to be aware of that. Also realize, a horse trailer weight is split differently than others. They put a lot more weight on the hitch than a trailer that is weighted right. While normally you may only put 10% of the trailer weight on the front, I've heard horse trailers can put as much as 25%.
    09-29-2010, 03:54 PM
Green Broke
The people that pulled Arabella up from Indiana (over 2 hours away) pulled her with an old van. I think it depends on the distance, the brakes and how much you like your vehicle.
    09-29-2010, 03:58 PM
I agree with you mlipinoga, no car towing for me EVER!

I have not seen a hill since I came to this part of SC ;) I have done this particular route 3 times before and there are 2 on ramps with a steep incline. But I have worked a route that will take me 15 mins more and completely eliminate having to go UP anything. Thank you for that trailer weight info. Very interesting!
    09-29-2010, 03:59 PM
Add that the brenderup (or however you spell that) trailers are designed so their tongue weight is much lighter than the average trailer.

One thing you have realize about the 'Oh my gawd you can not do that' trailering threads is that people are just trying to make sure you are safe.

Can you pull that trailer with that small sized vehicle? Sure, it can pull it. Can you most likely stop it? Sure, most likely.

But why risk it? Why totally kill the transmission of your vehicle?
    09-29-2010, 04:05 PM
This is where my lack of knowledge throws me for a loop. What would cause it to kill the transmission if it's rated for allot more then I would ever attempt??
    09-29-2010, 04:15 PM
Do you have a transmission cooler on your vehicle? If not, it's not really rated for towing, regardless of whether or not you can tow with it.

It's the continual pull on the transmission that's bad for it, if you don't have an actual rated tow vehicle. Dealers never tell you that.

It's not the pulling or stopping I worry about, it's the strain on my transmission. Even for a rated tow vehicle with the proper equipment, towing will diminish your transmission's life expectancy. Especially for a smaller vehicle.
    09-29-2010, 04:19 PM
Yes, came with tow package, transmission cooler (standard on '06+ models had that confirmed at the inspection today), and is wired for towing...I am guessing wired for towing means it has all the electrical break wires and I know those function because I have pulled a 1,000 lb utility trailer. Also has the wiring set up for the brake controller box under the steering column.
    09-29-2010, 04:20 PM
I meant breaks and lights sorry. Those all work when the utility trailer is hooked up.
    09-29-2010, 04:23 PM
Sounds like you have all the proper equipment.

Just be sure to get a brake box installed as soon as you can. Towing a horse trailer is a lot different than towing a utility trailer, and you're going to need that brake box.

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