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maverick posted 11-11-2001 05:38 AM ET (US)   Profile for maverick   Send Email to maverick  
Hi, everyone - Considering buying a 94 Nissan pickup for my 17 yr old to tow our 13 Whaler Sport. Any experience out there with this type truck?? I'm a Ford/Chevy man. Nissan has 155k miles on it, ext cab, 6 cyl, manual trans, 4x4. I'm sure the manual says it'll tow it ok...however with this many miles...?? It looks to be in great shape, and the little
Whaler is light as air. Thanks, Chuck
JBCornwell posted 11-11-2001 09:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Ahoy, Maverick. I towed my last 13 Sport with a 3 liter 5 speed Ranger. Had to do too much downshifting in hilly country. Tried a 4 liter automatic Ranger with tow package. Great tow truck for that boat! Both Rangers were 4X4, BTW.

I would recommend, therefore, that you pass on the Nissan and go for more torque and an automatic. . . and 4X4.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

andygere posted 11-11-2001 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I towed my 13 with a '73 Jeep CJ-5, with a 258ci in-line 6. It was all the power you will ever need to tow such a light rig. Unless you will be towing over mountain passes, the Nissan should be fine. If the clutch is original, that may be the one weak link.
Tom W Clark posted 11-11-2001 06:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

You'll have no problem with that truck, especially with a six cylinder engine. I used to tow my Montauk with a small Toyota pickup powered by a four cylinder engine with a five speed manual. Heck, when I fist got my 1983 Outrage-18, I towed it with a friends early generation Nissan Pathfinder with had the six cylinder engine and four wheel drive. Your potential purchase wil be more than adequate for a little Sport-13. You could probably get by with an old Ford Pinto for that matter!

Tsuriki BW posted 11-11-2001 07:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

I pull my Dauntless 14 with a 75hp Merc and an oversized Caulkins trailer with a 2.3ltr 4 cycl automatic 190 Benz. A LOT heavier than your 13. It hauls it well. I do not go over mountain passes but up and down hills within an hour of Seattle.

Change your oil, fluids, filters and the Nissan should give you at least another 50k+ of use, if not more. The 4x4 is a definate plus at ramps.

(Tom knows my rig)


maverick posted 11-11-2001 07:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
Thanks, all. This truck will be my 17 year olds... Best, Mav
Tsuriki BW posted 11-11-2001 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

Congratulations. Just be sure you let your 17 yr old dirive it once in a while on the weekends...LOL

Take care of it and it will serve you well, I'm sure.


FISHNFF posted 11-12-2001 12:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
I towed my 13 Sport with a 50 Yamaha and oversized Shoreline galvanized trailer all over California with a 1987 Nissan 4 banger 5 speed x-cab 2WD. No problem ever. I thought it actually towed better than a 1987 Cherokee 4WD 4.0 inline 6. Once I got a Montauk, the Nissan had to go. Going through two clutches in the first summer was enough. On the flat and around hills were actually fine, just those steep ramps killed it. More than once burnt clutch and had to get pulled out. Both times were with 500 lbs fish and slush though.
frontier posted 11-12-2001 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
We had a very bad experience with a 1985 Nissan pickup (5-speed). Geared way too high! You could smell the clutch going on level ground - let alone pulling our 13 from a steep ramp. Went back to Toyota automatics. My current 1994 Corolla has 255,000 miles on it (original everthing except alt. & starter) and we've pulled 11"s, 13's, 15's and 17"s!!
Dr T posted 11-13-2001 12:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
Agree on the clutch comment. It took me about 20,000 mi to burn through clutches on my Toyota SR-5 4 banger pulling my 1982 13-Sport. However, I had to contend with steep ramps and a STEEP driveway. No hills in East Texas, though. I wouldn't even want to think about using that combination up here in the Rockies.


Tsuriki BW posted 11-13-2001 01:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

Maverick or others,,How huch does a 13 Sport with a typical engine, trailer and some gear weigh?


maverick posted 11-13-2001 06:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
Thanks for all the replies! Weight? I think the book says 320 pounds. I believe my 1970 weighs even less judging by the fact my 16 yr old and I can pick it up fairly easily. Motor? I'd guess 150 for less than a 40HP; trailer probably 250. About 700 total plus fuel, gear and gadgets. Mav
Tsuriki BW posted 11-13-2001 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

Seems like you are talking about hauling around about 4 - 5 of your 17 year olds football player friends......

That is my point..I think it will be just fine.


where2 posted 11-13-2001 12:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Worst I've done with one of those trucks was a 4cyl '93 Nissan 4x4 P/U to which I hitched a double axle trailer capable of hauling a swamp buggy (fortunately, trailer was empty, but still heavy and w/o brakes). 6cyl's got more Hp, and the 13'BW is quite a bit lighter. Should be no problem.

You should see my 15' BW behind my 4cyl (supercharged) VW w/ FWD.

Bigshot posted 11-13-2001 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Used to tow my 24' baja(about 6klbs) with a 4cyl Toyota 4wd. Not very far, few miles, 10 max. Can't believe I never smoked something. That is why you never buy a lease trade-in people, especially a truck with a hitch. PS I used the bumper hitch too:)

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