I got a job in California so I'll be moving from Florida. I'm pricing various move options and looked at Uhaul's trailers. I read online that my '02 Frontier King Cab 4-cyl has a towing capacity of 3,500lbs. Uhaul has a couple different trailers (4x8 and 5x8). My question is... could this 4-cyl truck handle pulling either of those trailers across country?
Three years ago I moved from the Los Angeles area to the Chicago area with a 1999 Tacoma and a 4 by 8 utility trailer. Total trailer weight and truck cargo weight was around 2700 pounds. Keep your speed down...this will save gas and maybe your life if you need to stop. The engine can handle it and it can be done safely if you go slow. I probably averaged 60 miles per hour (too fast) on level and downhill. The engine will be able to keep you at 55 at least 99 percent of the time on interstate 10.
I regularly tow a 5x10 landscape trailer with my 2.4 5spd, usually loaded with lawn equipment or 2 yds of mulch. Sometimes loaded with equipment in the trailer and a yd of mulch in the bed. I used to tow a 16ft boat with it on occassion. It tows great. The only issue I've had is emergency stopping going downhill in the rain. I could benefit from trailer brakes. You should be fine, just be patient with it. Don't floor it getting on the highway or anything and give yourself plenty of room to stop (when possible). I have towed U-Haul's 5x8 enclosed and it did fine. Their 6x12 is heavy though. I towed one with my wife's Trailblazer EXT and I could feel it back there, lots of sway.