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Camper top a Mistake?

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After viewing 5th wheels and TTs in Vegas, I decided the best traveling option for me was to install a camper shell and carpet kit in my bed, ship the truck from Hawaii, then buy a Travel Trailer in vegas...maybe a 28-30 footer with a weight near 8-9000lb when loaded. After reading some of this forum, I feel the shell may be a mistake since it may put me in a separate weight limitation. This never occurred to me prior to ordering the shell, which I have paid for and expect delivery in HI at the end of January.

As a young lad, I toured with my Grandmother who drove an Electra 225 with an Airstream trailer. I find it hard to believe my 05 Titan could not handle as large a load as the old Buick.

Any advice on the shell, max trailer size, etc, would be appreciated since I plan to live in this trailer for at least a year and travel Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, and Canada...Mahalo!
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Regular Titan is rated for 7400-7500 Towing, unless it has the OffRoad Package (OR) or Big Tow (BT) Package which gives a different rear axle ratio, then it is 9400-9500. BT comes with a Trans Temp Gage and a Hitch preinstalled.

What do you have?

Sounds like non BT/OR, so your limit is 7400-7500, depending if KC or CC.
Excellent details by loufish, as always. :)

No aftermarket BT, you would have to get gears (not readily available, Nissan only sells the entire axle) and have your ECU reflashed by UpRev to compensate for the gearing changes. This has been done, but is not a recommended or everyday thing. You will have a difficult time getting the gears, Titan gears are unique, not same as in a normal Dana 44.

Your CC XE is lower rated (6500) apparently because of lighter duty tires, some have thought the springs are lighter. It's been thought that BT and 4x4 (non OR and OR) had a heavier rear spring. But I've never seen confirmation with part numbers.

Hate to suggest this, but might you be happier in the long run to sell the Titan in HI, buy a good used (or new), Duramax Diesel 2500HD here in the Mainland. Doesn't sound like you are on a real tight budget, and you do have a clear view of what you want to do already. No Titan is going to fill that need unfortunetly.

If I had the funds to do what you want to do, I'd be far happier with a DuraMax that can do the job right, and have torque to spare. Saves the shipping cost too.
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