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03-11-2004, 06:47 PM
I,m going to start a lawn service in the coming months an need to know whats the max trailer (i need atlest a 6' wide tho)you think i can pull with a 98 nissan frontier with a 4cly auto? any help would be helpfull.
david :p

03-11-2004, 07:06 PM
A four cylinder will limit what you can pull. I would say you need to stay in the 5x10 range. Unless you have a large ztr you can fir just about any mower on this trailer. Do not overload this trailer because your four cylinder will not like it when it has to get 3,000 of trailer moving. Make sure you have a tranny cooler, and by all means get a trailer with brakes.

03-11-2004, 07:16 PM
well once i make my first $50,000 i was going to take that cash down to the nissan dealer and get a new titan or a 2005 frontier with a 250hp 6cyl

03-11-2004, 07:19 PM
Then you will be able to tow most trailers on the road today, until then you will have to stick to single axle trailers so you dont kill that 4 cylinder. I too am looking for a bigger truck (diesel superduty). Good Luck

03-11-2004, 07:30 PM
i was going to turbo my 4 i got any way then i should be puting out 250hp then would i still have to use a small trailer

03-11-2004, 07:55 PM
Your power would be increased but nothing else. Not to be mean but you still have a quarter ton truck that just does not have the structure to manhandle a large trailer like the larger trucks. One of the biggest issues is braking. For example the tow ratings on large trucks are based on braking capability. A powerstroke f250 can pull more than 6.5 tons, but braking is the limiting factor.

03-11-2004, 08:10 PM
If you will reinvest $50,000 into your business you are foolish to spend it all on a new truck. Buy equipment first, then a used truck. And why a Nissan with a V6? Buy a real 3/4 ton up truck that is made to do what you will do with it.

To answer your original question. It will struggle with a machine on a 6x12 but would pull it. Lose speed uphills for sure though. I am pretty sure even a 5x8 or 10 would be close to the same because the weight isn't much different and its the wind drag of the gate that will slow you down. I would get at least a 6x12 if you are serious about the business, you will only be selling anything smaller in a short period of time.

03-11-2004, 08:40 PM
the titan has a 305hp v8 heres the specs http://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/ModelSpecifications/0,,24367|31949|,00.html the truck i want is $36,000 and i could use the rest to get a biger trailer and equip. does that sound better?

03-11-2004, 09:15 PM
you can get a brand new 1 ton pickup w/ 4wd and v8 for around 26k. the last one we got had 0% financing.

03-11-2004, 09:28 PM
thats nice but i have realy bad credit so i have to pay cash in full :cry:

03-11-2004, 09:34 PM
if i had cash at the dealership, i am positive i could have talked him down to 22-23k. why spend so much on a truck?

03-12-2004, 10:55 AM
If you will reinvest $50,000 into your business you are foolish to spend it all on a new truck. Buy equipment first, then a used truck.

I agree with ksland. As my business has grown I have always found it easier to get another truck than mower or other equipment. Yes the truck has to get you to the job but the mower will do the real money making work. You can always get a used truck for less.

If a truck breaks down you can borrow one from someone for a day or two till yours is back up. Not everyone has a commercial mower sitting around for you to borrow while yours is in the shop.

03-12-2004, 12:53 PM
Maybe a 6*12 or 6*10 but not much larger of a trailer. It would be to much for the engine and trany to handle. If you need 6ft wide that makes me think that you are going to be pulling a larger mower. They can weigh as much as 1200 or 1500 lbs. Be careful and watch your temp gauge.

03-12-2004, 10:41 PM
Your should not be looking at HP as much as torque to determine what and how well you can tow a trailer.

03-12-2004, 10:52 PM
a nissan? your kidding right? rather than putting a turbo on your nissan, why don't you get a truck more suited to the job?

03-13-2004, 12:43 AM
did you see the car and driver review nissan titan was #1 the dodge was 2 tundra 3 ford 4 and the chevy was 5

03-13-2004, 09:58 AM
I like the Ford F-150, I have a 99 with tow package, and 4 wheel drive, 302 engine, and its the best vehicle I have ever had. Drives like a car, but works like a truck. I can tow a 5 by 10 dump trailer with ease, this has a gross weight of 6,000 lbs, I haul everything from cypress mulch, to concrete blocks, and even fill dirt with no problem.

03-13-2004, 10:45 AM
I use a Nissan Frontier 4 cy, 5 spd. I have a 6X12 tandum w/ 4' expanded metal sides. THIS TRUCK IS NOT ENOUGH TO PULL THIS!!! I am just using it for a month or less so I can get some cash flow going. The truck will get it going, but the clutch may slip starting on a hill. I can not load it with mulch, or all my heavy gear either. I do have trailer brakes, this would not be posilbe with out them.

I wish you luck as using it as a starter truck! (I have my eyes on the paper for 4 yr old full sizes every day!)

03-13-2004, 09:49 PM
I use a 4 cyl, 5 spd to pull my 5 X 10 and it does fine. I wouldn't attempt anything larger than a 6'6" X 12" w/ a walk behind in it. My next truck will be diesel for sure!

03-14-2004, 12:40 PM

You'll enjoy the Titan when the time comes...I use mine to pull a 7'x16' enclosed trailer fully loaded with no problems.

The Titan has a 5.6L V8, 9500 lb towing capacity and 379 ft lbs of torque.

Ive never been much of a truck person but i'll admit this truck is a lot of fun to drive....

03-14-2004, 11:10 PM
Wells thats a nice truck. I have heard good things about them and am interested myself.