I am preparing to purchase a 19' travel trailer. The dry weight is 3069 lbs. and it's a single axle unit. My truck is a 2015 Frontier SL 4x2, 6 cyl. crew cab and came with a hitch and a 7-pin connector. I have a zillion questions and here are the ones at the top:
Has my truck got enough omph to pull this trailer at highway speeds? (65 mph)
How can I tell if this truck came with a transmission cooler? If it doesn't should I have one installed?
What brand of brake controller does the job and doesn't cost an arm and a leg?
Are there other modifications that I should consider before towing?
Other cautions or advice?
Its really the fully loaded weight that counts. But since its a single Axle I'm assuming the GVWR for the trailer is probably 3500 - 4000? With the proper gear, that should not be a problem.
In that weight range, seems to me the aerodynamics are almost more important than the weight. My snowmobile trailer is a 16x7 enclosed and its manufacturer claims 1065 pounds empty. With a spare tire and other stuff I keep in there, I'm guessing its about 1300 before I put sleds in it. I estimate the weight of the two sleds, including a full tank of gas and other gear in each at about 1200. Throw about 200 pounds of baggage back there and you get to about 2700 + or -. The point I'm headed for is that how the engine performs doesn't seem too much different in how it feels or in gas mileage between hauling it empty Vs hauling it full. So I'm figuring its got to be the aerodynamics of the trailer that's the real issue.
My trailer is a 7 foot wide and I think most travel trailers are 8 foot? So aerodynamics will be worse and the trailer will be heavier than mine too.
I think all 4L's have a transmission cooler from the factory even if you don't have the factory towing package. If you have the factory towing package then hooking up a brake controller is easy. If you look on etrailer.com you can get a package that includes the brake controller itself and the adapter cable you will need to just plug it into the connector behind the steering wheel.