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Any body do any towing with their Versa hatchback?

I'm looking to get a small trailer, say a 4x6 or something, just big enough to put my go cart on, I wouldn't think it would phase the car, but i've been wrong before... any thoughts?
 

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its been talked about on the forum before but I dont think it would have to much of a problem I wouldnt go much more though.
 

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Nissan Canada will not sell a hitch for a versa. The mouting of a hitch lowers the rear crash impact rating of the vehicle to a sub-standard level. Not to mention, another 600lbs on the back would make stopping with stock brakes a whole lot of fun.
 

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Nissan Canada will not sell a hitch for a versa. The mouting of a hitch lowers the rear crash impact rating of the vehicle to a sub-standard level. Not to mention, another 600lbs on the back would make stopping with stock brakes a whole lot of fun.
I keep hearing about peoples brakes not working well... do y'all have problems with that? My brakes are extremely good. Better than at least 95% of cars I've driven, and I work in a shop... I drive a lot of cars.
 

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we want to get a hitch...haven't done it yet because we don't have anything to tow yet :)
lol, neither do I. I used to have a Ford Windstar minivan, and my gokart would fit in it, however now i have the versa, and my go cart just sits around collecting rust... :8:
 

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Nissan Canada will not sell a hitch for a versa. The mouting of a hitch lowers the rear crash impact rating of the vehicle to a sub-standard level. Not to mention, another 600lbs on the back would make stopping with stock brakes a whole lot of fun.
This.

To add to that, the Versa doesn't have weight or power to recover from a situation where the trailer might start to wobble. The trailer/load may be light, but even a 500-600 lb trailer can "wag the dog" so to speak.

Plus, as Jbeau said, it lowers the crash impact rating. Even without a trailer on, if you get rear ended, the impact won't be where its supposed to be, and the car won't protect you like it should.
 

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This.

To add to that, the Versa doesn't have weight or power to recover from a situation where the trailer might start to wobble. The trailer/load may be light, but even a 500-600 lb trailer can "wag the dog" so to speak.

Plus, as Jbeau said, it lowers the crash impact rating. Even without a trailer on, if you get rear ended, the impact won't be where its supposed to be, and the car won't protect you like it should.
Not to say you're wrong, because im sure you're not... I'm 100% on board with the crash thing, however.

The trailer im talking about weights in at a mere 159lbs with plywood and go cart, we can't be talking more than 200 lbs which is about a third of 500-600lbs you're speaking off. Do you think, aside from the crash testing, that the car could handle this? And I will also say, I will be on the interstate and the speed limit is 60MPH. However interstate isn't a must, the place I go to normally can be accessed via back roads no faster than 45MPH.

Not like im hauling a john boat... :)

http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/trailer-accessories/1195-lb-capacity-48-inch-x-96-inch-heavy-duty-foldable-utility-trailer-with-12-inch-wheels-90154.html

Shit, even this one work... 70LBS!

http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/trailer-accessories/870-lb-capacity-40-inch-x-49-inch-heavy-duty-utility-trailer-with-8-inch-wheels-and-tires-42708.html
 

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For safety issues and sacrificing the integrity of your car, you're better off not installing a trailer hitch and lugging a trailer around. Have you thought about renting a small truck from Home Depot? It's like $69 a day from what I read on their website. If you're not using the trailer on a daily basis, then it's probably not cost effective in the long run.
 

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The car could likely handle it. But the risk is so large. Especially on a highway.

Most places that rent trucks dont have hitches on em. That way they dont have someone who has no idea how to tow a trailer doing so
 

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The car could likely handle it. But the risk is so large. Especially on a highway.

Most places that rent trucks dont have hitches on em. That way they dont have someone who has no idea how to tow a trailer doing so
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And like hschilck said you can rent a truck for so cheap. uhaul pickups are like $30.
 

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I have a hitch. I'm a pro driver so I try to drive within reason. I take the backroads no interstate. I never go over 50 mph and I have O/D button on off. You have to have the conventional tranny or manual. The 4at is your best bet. I haul with a light trailer, bike rack, or 14' aluminum boat and it works fine but stay off the busy highways or go on them during off peak hrs. The CVT will not take a hitch. Unless you haul an ext rack or bike rack no towing.
 

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.............. The CVT will not take a hitch. Unless you haul an ext rack or bike rack no towing.
That's what I was thinking.
I've hauled trailers quite a bit with SUV's and my current Pickup. The transmission is a major concern, and I'm always equiped with a transmission cooler and temperature gauge.
 

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There was a guy i use to see frequently near our old house that would pull a lawncare traers (with mowers, edgers, weedeaters, etc) behind an early 90's miata. Trailer was bigger then the car. I dont think the weight would be a big deal. Its be no worse then adding 1-2 adults to the car. Handeling characteristics would change.
 

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I was going to get a hitch installed last summer simply for carrying my bike around. However with my exhaust it wouldn't fit, so it's why I went with roof racks. I wouldn't necessarily tow with it, but just wanted it to add a bike to it.
 
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