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Old 07-11-2004, 03:23 PM   #1
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Question Towing Capacity

I am considering buying an '05 Baja Turbo but have not been to dealer yet (no local one). I have read that the towing capacity is 2400# with trailer brakes, in some reports, and without trailer brakes in some other reports. Could anyone please tell me what the owner's manual states?
I have a boat and trailer with no brakes, and it is at the upper limit of the capacity. Would also appreciate any information on towing experiences. I almost never trailer the boat as it is used on the lake where it is housed.
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Old 07-11-2004, 04:35 PM   #2
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I have successfully towed my 2001 SeaDoo Sportster LE Jet Boat for two seasons now with my Baja Sport. I suspect it weighs around 1800lbs, fully dressed, with full oil and fuel tanks. This is also being accomplished with ski gear, and four healthy adults in the Baja, not to mention the cooler, full with Ice and such. Also of note, while we don't have really big inclines here, the brakes have never, ever faded, and have just not been an issue. I'm not even considering trailer brakes.

I have no problem maintaining highway speeds of 70-75, with cruise and air on, even in hot Florida weather, and have made several 200+ mile trips with the boat in tow, with absolutely no issue. Fuel economy drops from a "normal" 25-28 at highway speeds, to about 22.

Incidentally, the Nissan Frontier this Baja replaced had a 3500lb towing capacity, and had a lot more difficult time pulling it, especially up boat ramps. So did the previous vehicle, a Ford Ranger with the 3.0l V-6. The Baja's engine makes torque down low, and the "no-slip-grip" of the AWD means all the power goes to the ground, not to the wheelspin. All this, and even with the manual transmission, no burning clutch smell either.

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Old 07-11-2004, 06:06 PM   #3
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The manual states anything over 1000lbs needs trailer brakes. Since you seldom tow it, an occasional tow of 2000#+ might be ok if "you start slowing down a few zip codes before you want to stop." who said that
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Old 07-11-2004, 09:37 PM   #4
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Originally posted by Chris N
The manual states anything over 1000lbs needs trailer brakes. Since you seldom tow it, an occasional tow of 2000#+ might be ok if "you start slowing down a few zip codes before you want to stop." who said that
This 1000lb no trailer brake limit is quite common among car/truck makers. The same holds true for Honda, Toyota, Nissan and many others. Heck, even the full-size GM trucks have a 2000lb no trailer brake limit.

If you're planning to tow with any vehicle, my advice is to ask the salesman for the owners manual of any given vehicle you are considering buying. That information is clearly stated in there under "Towing a trailer."

One thing you don't want to do, is to ask the salesman about towing info. Not one that I have ever spoken to regarding this knows anything about the subject. Most of them are totally unaware that there is such a thing as trailer brake restrictions. Besides, they will tell you anything to sell you a vehicle.

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