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Any one know the reason why we can't put a trailer hitch on the Versa? It would be sweet if we could. My S-10 transmission is needing to be rebuilt due to reverse is going out on it and it's a 4.3 liter which sucks down gas. Would love to be able to haul my bike with my trailer on my Versa. The most it would be hauling pounds wise would be no more than 1000#
 

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i think they are "allowed" to do hitches in other countries, but the US has stupid laws that i'm sure says that our little cars can't tow stuff...but you can totally buy a hitch and install yourself. but i, however, do not know the towing capacity for the v's without poking around online and my kids are running around right now so i don't have time to look....
 

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I have had a hitch on my V for a year. You have to have the 4at tranny no cvt , manual ok but manual trannies don't like towing. The ruling is still out there if towing damages the vehicle. I have no problems towing light boats and trailers. Mine is a Rigid Hitch, installed by a service center.:thumb2:
 

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Nissan's reasoning is that if you install a hitch, it lowers the rear crash impact rating to a sub-standard rating. So go ahead, just pray you dont get rear ended. Especially if you have or will have kids back there, its not worth it. What could a versa tow safely anyways? The brakes are just good enough for stopping a fully loaded car, and the 1.8 is no powermaker. lol
 

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I have had a hitch on my V for a year. You have to have the 4at tranny no cvt , manual ok but manual trannies don't like towing. The ruling is still out there if towing damages the vehicle. I have no problems towing light boats and trailers. Mine is a Rigid Hitch, installed by a service center.:thumb2:
Cool, I have the 4at and i will only be towing my bike maybe once or twice a year. My bike only weighs 650 pounds plus the weight of the trailer which it's only a 4'x8' trailer. I've seen a couple of hitches on-line for the Versa and i'll put mine on by myself. Thanks for the reply :thumb2:
 

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Nissan's reasoning is that if you install a hitch, it lowers the rear crash impact rating to a sub-standard rating. So go ahead, just pray you dont get rear ended. Especially if you have or will have kids back there, its not worth it. What could a versa tow safely anyways? The brakes are just good enough for stopping a fully loaded car, and the 1.8 is no powermaker. lol
Thanks but if i get rear ended with a trailer it won't be hitting the back of the car but the trailer. I'm not looking for a power horse to haul my bike but to make it where i need to go which isn't far at all and i don't drive fast especially with a trailer. Also as far as the brakes go i don't ride up people's behinds driving in any situation especially hauling a trailer so i'm sure the Versa's brakes will do just fine for my situation but thanks for the advice just the same. :)
 

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The concern is when you ar NOT towing a trailer, which would obviously be most of the time

I work for nissan and that is nissan's reasoning.
I'm not getting your reasoning. What would a trailer hitch on a car have to do with anything if your not towing a trailer? Do you have something in print from Nissan that states what you are saying?
 

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^^ He means if you get hit in the rear with the trailer hitch (no trailer attached). Unless your going to go through the work of removing the hitch after every tow and reattaching it before the next, when your driving without the trailer the hitch will still be on your car, which will lower the rating.

Towing on a Versa, or other small cars like it isn't advised.

If you do do it, you should also look into putting a transmission cooler (the smallest one Autozone has would work) on it as well, it will help your transmission while in tow.
 

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^^ He means if you get hit in the rear with the trailer hitch (no trailer attached). Unless your going to go through the work of removing the hitch after every tow and reattaching it before the next, when your driving without the trailer the hitch will still be on your car, which will lower the rating.

Towing on a Versa, or other small cars like it isn't advised.

If you do do it, you should also look into putting a transmission cooler (the smallest one Autozone has would work) on it as well, it will help your transmission while in tow.
Also when towing, I advise that you turn off o/d. I stay at 50 mph when towing. About 3000 rpm. Had the 14' boat out yesterday. saw the beautiful properties on the lake, reminding me again that I am paid help.:smilielol5:
 

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The problem with having a trailer hitch assembly installed is that in a rear end impact, the bumper is designed to absorb the impact. If you have the hitch assembly, regardless of whether or not you have the ball on or if its just the receiver, the impact is going through the hitch into the structure of the vehicle where it is not designed to take impact.

Also, as was mentioned by the nissan tech that is on this board, the brakes on the versa can barely stop the car itself. Now you are loading down the back, which will make it considerably worse for braking as well, and adding that extra weight.

For a car as light as a versa, 1000lbs is alot to tow. If you get a gust of cross wind you are toast. If the trailer starts to wobble, you won't have the power to pull out of it.
 

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The problem with having a trailer hitch assembly installed is that in a rear end impact, the bumper is designed to absorb the impact. If you have the hitch assembly, regardless of whether or not you have the ball on or if its just the receiver, the impact is going through the hitch into the structure of the vehicle where it is not designed to take impact.

Also, as was mentioned by the nissan tech that is on this board, the brakes on the versa can barely stop the car itself. Now you are loading down the back, which will make it considerably worse for braking as well, and adding that extra weight.

For a car as light as a versa, 1000lbs is alot to tow. If you get a gust of cross wind you are toast. If the trailer starts to wobble, you won't have the power to pull out of it.
....wow dude, you sound like my father. Don't do this don't do that. All I know iis someday I am gonna be 6 ft in the hole and in the meantime I will take risks like this to haul my light loads. No one said they were gonna haul a camper or car, although someone already mentioned he hauls cars with his versa. You can play the safety card, I will haul light loads with my hitch tyvm.:woot:
 

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I'll be towing my bike at my own risk. It will have enough power and braking for my needs. In all the years of driving (about 33) i've never been rear ended or even been close to being rear ended and i've owned many many different vehicles. To each their own. Peace out.
 

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My 09 had ABS brakes and the car stopped just fine in any condition. Plus having ABS brakes, when in need the rear brakes can be activated to help the stopping of the car. There are sensors that also monitor the weight of the car to help judge how much pressure of the brakes are needed. But none of this will help you if you dont have ABS, lol!
 

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My 09 had ABS brakes and the car stopped just fine in any condition. Plus having ABS brakes, when in need the rear brakes can be activated to help the stopping of the car. There are sensors that also monitor the weight of the car to help judge how much pressure of the brakes are needed. But none of this will help you if you dont have ABS, lol!
Actually, the plus side to conventional brakes is they require just the normal bleeding job when replacing brakes. Also, the drums on my S never get used unless I brake hard. Really, the trick is to make sure the weight of your haul is evenly displaced. I dunno bout you all but when I am towing, I am way back of the pack, never really in a hurry. Just buy the hitch and drive smart, that's all.:45:
 

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The problem with having a trailer hitches assembly installed is that in a rear end impact, the bumper is designed to absorb the impact. If you have the hitch assembly, regardless of whether or not you have the ball on or if its just the receiver, the impact is going through the hitch into the structure of the vehicle where it is not designed to take impact.

Also, as was mentioned by the nissan tech that is on this board, the brakes on the versa can barely stop the car itself. Now you are loading down the back, which will make it considerably worse for braking as well, and adding that extra weight.

For a car as light as a versa, 1000lbs is alot to tow. If you get a gust of cross wind you are toast. If the trailer starts to wobble, you won't have the power to pull out of it.
I apologize for the disturbance and for reviving this thread up just happened that I had a hitch put on my versa and the dealer told me to just go to the local trailer shop and it would be no problem.The big thing is that nothing has worked and it was not a good set up and then the wiring issues start.
 
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