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Towing is not advised.

From pages 9-16 in the owner's manual:

"Do not tow a trailer with your vehicle"

If you subtract the curb weight from the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, see driver's door jam label, what's left is about 1500 lbs for all cargo including passengers. There is not enough weight capacity left for towing.
 

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My understanding is that you can tow up to 85% of the gross van weight. I have a Thule tow bar fitted to my nv200. I will check the gross train weight limits but I believe that towing is permitted. I intend to tow a max weight , 750kg caravan.
 

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In belgium the car has to pass a technical inspection as fast as possible when it gets on the road mine is tested with tow hitch (thule).
specs after inspection:tare 1370kg
max mass 2000kg
Max train 3100kg
tow no brakes 640 kg
tow with inertion brakes 1100kg
max cargo 555kg (-75kg 1 person)
 

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Seems to be a fair few towbars around, and the latest NV200 has towing capacity of 1100kg max braked, 640kg unbraked.


Anyone know how easy towbars are to fit? And do they need bypass relays or is the NV oldschool? I expect (and have read) it is old school and just get connected. So is wiring it up easy? Is there a plug ready (Doubtful lol) or easy access to the electics to tap in to?
 

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Seems to be a fair few towbars around, and the latest NV200 has towing capacity of 1100kg max braked, 640kg unbraked.


Anyone know how easy towbars are to fit? And do they need bypass relays or is the NV oldschool? I expect (and have read) it is old school and just get connected. So is wiring it up easy? Is there a plug ready (Doubtful lol) or easy access to the electics to tap in to?




There is no way that the North American NV200 can tow 1100kg/2400 lbs..
 

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Sorry, my reply was for UK/Euro model.
Seems to be many differences between the two
Oh - and the towbar electrics are fairly trivial too - no CANBUS or ECU updates.
 

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I have the Curt brand hitch installed, its a class 3 that I installed myself. The wiring is odd, you can buy a kit, but I work as a technician and figured it out on my own. The NV200 has 12v lights and signals, but I believe it was the brake lights that are only either 10.5 or 11.5 volts. If you use LED trailer lights, this will solve your issue with the lighting as LEDs dont require the peak voltage as incandescent bulbs do to work, they are actually brighter and duller LEDS in the lights themselves. Rather than having the voltage control the brightness of the bulbs.

ANYWAYs, back to the towing, I tow a light trailer, 400 pounds weight, with a motorcycle or tractor on it a few times a month. I buy and sell bikes so I go longer distances, and the NV tows excellent. I wouldnt go as far as to put those contraptions on the class 3 hitch like a dirtbike hauler or other heavy weight hitch carrying devices, as if you mounted a hitch on the NV yourself, you would see how it mounts, and its not thick steel mounting points, but they arent crap either. Its about a class 2 in its mounting, probably dont want to go over 200 pounds tongue weight. If you are not good with your hands, you will want to have the hitch installed by someone else, as you have to fish the mounting flanges thru the frame about a foot and its tricky to do, but its ingenious in that they (Curt) supplies you with the fish wire to do it more easily.

I towed a scoop of dirt on my trailer about a mile, and I can tell you I would not want to do that often with it, it just doesnt feel like the NV has the umphf to do it often.

I use the NV also to tow my trailer with appliances on it once in a while and equipment to move appliances, since I use it for my business, and it tows well there also.

My dealers service manager told me, it would be ok to use it to tow, as long as I stay around 1500 pounds max. So I went off what they said before I even bought a hitch for it. The only reason I asked them was I have a dealer specific LIFETIME drivetrain warranty that came with the van. I own my own business and use this van for my business, so the dealership I think uses my input for feedback about the NV200 since they sell so few I think.

I love the van, its a great vehicle, of course they did replace my tires twice under warranty, but thats the only issue I've had.

I think a good rule of thumb for towing with the NV would be, if you have to struggle to lift the tongue of the trailer, you dont want to tow it with the NV. I originally was gonna buy a nice 5 by 10 aluminum trailer, because bigger trailer and less weight, but my 5 by 8 steel trailer weighs just under 400 pounds and can handle upto 1600 pounds cargo, and I wouldnt want to tow more than that anyway with the NV, so I bought the cheaper steel trailer.
 

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I tow too in the USA.we only have one vari Trans. ( remember the eu versions have diesels and manual transmissions options)
I got a trailer hitch. Curt and a wiring harness from etrailer.
I was having work done on van so had them install the hitch, did wiring kit myself.
Hardest part was hiding wiring under the trim panels but was able to do a good job it's all well hidden.
It uses the European type converter box and worked right first time. Nice. Took a 2-3 hrs to do. But mainly plug and play.
Towed a small aluminum boat with some wood on top maybe a 700# load.
Keep the total GVRW well with in the limits and no issues at all
Transmission did not notice it and the van performed the same as when I had a 1500# load with no trailer.
The only reason for no trailer rating I understand is for the modified chassis for the american market.
Euro models have a tow rating. Trans is used on many other Nissans with towing capacity.

I also use the hitch socket for a bumper protector so when I get loaded with a forklift the hit it and not the tiny bumper.
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Hi I've been very happy with my tow hitch. I tow well under the GVRW and van does not even notice.
Just be sensible and you won't mess up you van.
Cheers Warren
 

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i will not suggest to with it it can be risky for your vehicle this types of car aren't designed for towing, I have lost the one car I tried to tow with that but engine got down, then bought an old Ford truck for a car towing, now i also use that truck for blocked driveway towing Manhattan.
 

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We put the Curt hitch on for a Yakima bicycle rack - with the swing away arm. Works amazing. Its perfect for cycling since you can sit on the sides of the NV200 and put your shoes on and whatnot.
 

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I am think of getting the Yakima Swing Daddy. How much clearance is there between the door and the rack? If you could send a picture, that would be great.
 
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