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I recently purchased an 06 Titan king cab. I have a 29' travel trailer that has a dry weight of 4800 pounds, 7600 loaded. I've been towing with an 82 Chevy 3/4 ton gas with 454 (for sale, by the way). Anyhow, it's definitely not my first tow vehicle, but it is the first time owning and towing with a Nissan.

The dash does not have a transmission temp gauge, no brake controller, and no transmission cooler. (Before anyone asks, I had my VIN checked and it is the 9500lb rated towing.) I'm taking my trailer out with the Titan for the first time in a few weeks, so I want to make sure it is ready and safe to go.

Any recommendations on the above listed add-ons?
Is there anything you have done, or would do, to your Titan before using it as a TV?

Thanks all!
 

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I would install a brake controller. The weight of that trailer is nearly the weight of your truck.

I would also double-check your tongue weight. Keep it at 10-12% if possible. Granted I have a 2016 Titan, and I'm only pulling 5,500 lbs soaking wet, but the Titan doesn't even seem to know it's back there. Might want to also consider a WDS. Give it a test run first and see how it goes.
 

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I'd also crawl under the truck and verify the hearing in the rear end by reading the tag on the diff. With no trans temp gauge, you may not have the lower gears, despite what you found searching for your vin.
 

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What is a WDS? Are you referring to a weight distribution hitch? If so, I have one of those.
 

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I didn't rely on my own research for the tow rating, but called my local dealership and had them run it.
 

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Yes, I understand. But what I'm telling you is, a.) not having the trans gauge is anindicator you don't have the 3.36 gears, and b.) dealerships are pretty notorious for not getting this specific issue right even with VIN info.

It's your truck, but why you would look at the tag and be sure when there are indicators you don't have tow gears, is beyond me. Takes less than a minute to verify. On the other hand, if you tow over the limit, and have an accident, you'll get hosed.

But you do what you want.
 
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If the tag is missing a quick way to check if you have the 3.36 gears is to check your speed at 70 mph in 5th gear. If you have the 3.36 gears you will be turning 2000 rpm.
 

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Yes, I understand. But what I'm telling you is, a.) not having the trans gauge is anindicator you don't have the 3.36 gears, and b.) dealerships are pretty notorious for not getting this specific issue right even with VIN info.

It's your truck, but why you would look at the tag and be sure when there are indicators you don't have tow gears, is beyond me. Takes less than a minute to verify. On the other hand, if you tow over the limit, and have an accident, you'll get hosed.

But you do what you want.
I crawled under and found no sticker, so I'll do the 70mph test today. I definitely, in general, don't take the dealership's word as gold. That's why I'm asking you all here on the forum, to supplement my ignorance and their opinion. LOL! Especially when the service guy calls and tells me "I've got good news, and better news. The good news is, you have the higher tow rating. The better news is, I can sell you a brand new Titan!" These stupid dealerships even have their service guys trying to sell!

Don't mistake anything I said for me being apathetic in towing. I am not one to put my family's lives or other people's lives at risk.

The dry weight of my trailer is 4365 pounds, gross is 7,000 pounds, dry hitch weight is 485 pounds. With that being said, even with the 2.94 gears, I am within my limits since my gross weight never breaks 6,000 pounds.

I definitely appreciate the advice, and would welcome any more that you may have. Previously, I pulled my TT with an '08 Ram Mega-Cab, 5.7 Hemi, with zero issues other than gas mileage!
 

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Lol! No worries, man. I've found the dealerships aren't all that smart, but they're sure trying to sell trucks. My dealer ran my VIN for me. The sheet they handed me showed my truck as an SV, 2wd. Now, contrast that with my firsthand knowledge of my truck being a 4wd Pro4X, and you see my concern with anything the dealer says regarding my VIN!

Sounds like you're on top of the towing game. You won't exceed your tow capacity regardless of gearing, with a 7k gross weight trailer, but do remember you lose tow capacity for every pound of stuff or people in the truck. Still, if you don't overload the trailer, and you don't tow with every tank full, you should be alright.

I don't tow a travel trailer with my T, but I've towed them with other vehicles, and I've towed plenty of flat trailer loads of atuff, vehicles, and tractors with my T. You'll be fine as long as you have E-rated tires, a good WDH, and a good brake controller. I've heard (but not used to verify) the Prodigy 3 controller is a good one. I'm sure there are others on the market which are good as well.

Good luck with the tow. And, don't be surprised if you get single digit mpg towing a big trailer. In fact, be surprised if you break into double digits. I can keep 10mpg average towing a 4k pound enclosed setup if I keep it under 70mph. That's a single axle, so I never go more than about 65 with it anyway, unless I'm being overrun by a semi coming down a mountain, and then only long enough to get out of the way.
 

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My '04 came with an "Off Road" package which included the 3.36 gears. I added tow mirrors, a Prodigy 3 brake controller an a WDH. I tow a 24' enclosed trailer weighting 7000-8000 lbs loaded. You know it is back there but it has no problem towing it. I also added a aluminum finned diff cover but I think the 06 has one stock. I would check your diff fluid level and condition before towing if you haven't already.

I tow in 4th gear, 65 -70 MPH and get 10 - 11 MPG. Enjoy your Titan.
 
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