Originally Posted by dave11
That is what I thought, too. That is why I bought the truck. In section 9-28 please note the second circle.
"All towing above 1,000lb (454kg) requires the use of trailer brakes."
Please note that Nisan manual states REQUIRES, not should use. I haven't been able to get clarification of this issue from either the dealer or Nisan USA. I would love some legal clarification on this matter.
That's what I get for not reading the whole section on towing
The manual has a couple contradictory statements. I also saw one other thing that I'm not sure what they are trying to say:
"Special hitches which include frame reinforcements are required for towing above 2,000 lb (907 kg). Suitable genuine NISSAN hitches, ball mounts and hitch balls for pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles are available at a NISSAN dealer."
That statement is on 9-31.
Are they trying to say that one should really only install a hitch like the Nissan OEM hitch which in addition to the 6 bolts that just screw up into the bottom of the frame rails also has 4 screws that use 2 on each side to bolt into a plate on the side of the frame rail?
All the aftermarket hitches I have seen just use the 6 bolts into the bottom of the frame. Curious.
Their statement about using brakes for trailers of 1000lbs or more might be a response to state laws since some states require trailer brakes at much lower weights than others. North Carolina requires house trailers of 1000lbs or more to have brakes.
Let us know if you are able to get any clarification on this.