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is towing 4,400 uvw trailer too much weight?

Hi, looking at a trail lite 28' trailer weighing dry weight of 4,440 lbs. I have a 2011 Frontier 2x4 Crewcab with auto., v6 4.0, shortbed. If i get a good dist. hitch with sway bars would i be ok? I don't want to damage my truck towing too much weight. Is there any aftermarket parts i would need to help with towing?
Also, after searching i read people recommending adding airbags, what are they and where can i buy?

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with that weight it doesnt leave much room for cargo

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You only need the weight distributing receiver if the tongue weight exceeds 500 lbs I think Edit: I thought wrong.. over 5k lbs.. yup.. you need it!


but the towing capacity on a v6 4x2 auto is 6500 lbs.. so you have a little over 2000 lbs left over. Could probably swing a bit more if you have trailer brakes since I think the ratings are based on braking ability truck/trailer weight.

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Is this a travel trailer? If the dry weight is 4400 pounds and then add cargo your looking at something close to 5000 pounds +. Even though our trucks are rated for 6500 pounds, I would never tow that for any real distance. I tow a small travel trailer that weighs 3500 pounds loaded and you know its back there from just towing it and when you fill it up.

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How many people will be traveling with you? Do need to transport the water there in the trailer?

You need to get an estimate of what your gear weighs to get a safe estimate. Load up the bed with what you would take and go hop on some scales. Empty, repeat, subtract and there you go...


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Is the 6500# a gross weight? Including the weight of the truck?

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simply too much trailer for your truck.
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Is this a travel trailer? If the dry weight is 4400 pounds and then add cargo your looking at something close to 5000 pounds +. Even though our trucks are rated for 6500 pounds, I would never tow that for any real distance. I tow a small travel trailer that weighs 3500 pounds loaded and you know its back there from just towing it and when you fill it up.
hi, yes its a TT, i would not be driving with water in the tank. I would drive it dry. But thats what i thought, just too much weight, i just wanted to confirm. I dont want to get in an accident with the family. thanks guys. Guess i will lookfor one below 4K.
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My RV weighs 2800 dry and I wouldn't even consider towing anything larger with these trucks. At least not any great distance. If all you plan to do is 100 mile trips it's probably not a big deal but other then that I'd look for something lighter. And a WD hitch makes a huge difference even with a RV of the weight I have. Level, well distributed weight along with trailer brakes are the key to safe towing.

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Is the 6500# a gross weight? Including the weight of the truck?
King Cab
6500 lbs Max towing capacity 4x2
6300 lbs Max towing capacity 4x4

Crew Cab
6300 lbs Max towing capacity 4x2
6100 lbs Max towing capacity 4x4

The GVWR on my CC Pro4x is 5600 lbs and curb weight is 4,522

1028 lbs of passengers + cargo in truck, and a trailer up to 6100 lbs.

So basically the brakes/transmission are rated at ~6 tons. (Thats how I read it, not that I would want to stress the parts to their limit)

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