I have been thinking to trade my 37' Motorhome in on a toyhauler. Just wondering what experience those of you who are hauling ones currently are having with thier Armada. I know we'
re rated for 9100lbs but just wonder if anyone is out there pulling that much or More? What length trailer are you pulling with yours. What is the performance like and how hard does towing with an Armada hit your gas mileage. Do you get better results not towing in "D" and how does using the tow mode on the Armada help. Finally, Do these things come from factory to run the brake controllers for trailer or did you have to go aftermarket on that?
First let me agree 100% with Triple Black. Next, I think the Armada is the premier 1/2 ton tow vehicle on the market today. But it is only a 1/2t and speaking from experience 9k lbs is too much. You have to take any manufacturer's embellished weight ratings and examine them very carefully.
I am currently towing a Ragen 2124cLX, 21ft body and 24ft overall (6.2k dry). Toyboxes (well made ones) are much
heavier than a same length travel trailer, and combined with a much
higher payload they can overload your tow vehicle quickly. I have had mine loaded to the mid-high 8k range and won't do it again. You want to keep the loaded/wet weight south of 8k. You can't expect much for mileage at this load level, about 8mpg. I pull my toybox in 4th gear and my loaded utility trailer in "D". I have not notice a big difference with the tow mode on or off. I am currently looking at a 3/4t pickup to deal with the toybox as I think towing it with the Armada will wear it out prematurely. I would recommend for pleasant, easy towing that you stay around 7.5kmax loaded/wet. The Armada has plenty of power, it is the high tongue loads to steer clear of. The Nissan tow package includes the electrical "pigtail' to make installation of a brake controller painless (I like my Prodigy).
PS. dirt bikes weigh ~250Lbs ea
sport atvs weigh ~400Lbs ea
utility atvs weigh ~600Lbs ea
propane and gasoline 7lbs/gal
12v batteries 40 - 50lbs each
My toybox can hold 100gal H2O, 14gal propane, 32 gal gas, 2 batteries = well over a 1200 lbs and I have not put in food, drink, chairs, riding gear, clothing, the weight of the WD hitch, etc.. or any toys yet, and how much payload capacity is left for passengers and gear in the Armada after tongue weight is subtracted from the payload rating.