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Wheel Masters Eagle Vision Towing Mirror Installation - 2003 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2003 Nissan Xterra, we'll be doing a test fit on the Wheel Masters Eagle Vision door mount towing mirror, part number WM6600. It offers a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass or park while towing a trailer. The mirror can be rotated from side to side, and can be adjusted to most angles. It can also be adjusted out to suit our towing needs. By loosening up the knob down here, we can adjust the platform so it won't obstruct the view of our factory mirror.



K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror Installation - 2003 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2003 Nissan Xterra we'll be doing a test fit on the K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror, part number KS3891. It offers a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass or park while towing a trailer. The mirror can be adjusted at any angle, and by simply removing the Phillips head screw at the back we can rotate it to the vertical position. It's not going to interfere with the operation of our factory mirror and we can still rotate it in. The mirror itself measures 7 and 3/4s of an inch long and 5 and 1/8th of an inch wide. I'm here at the passenger side of my Xterra and to begin our test fit we'll need to first turn our mirror over, and we need to make sure that the tabs here are pulled all the way out.



CIPA Clamp on Universal Fit Towing Mirror Installation - 2003 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2003 Nissan Xterra we'll be doing a test fit on the CIPA Universal Bar Towing Mirror, part number CM11980. It's going to offer us a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, or park while towing a trailer. The mirror can be rotated 360 degrees, and adjusted to any angle. The rod attaching to the mirror can be adjusted out for your towing needs. By loosening up the thumb screw back here, we can adjust the mirror anywhere along the bar. It's not going to interfere with the operation of our factory mirror, and we can still rotate it in.



CIPA Deluxe Door Mount Mirror Installation - 2003 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2003 Nissan Xterra we'll be doing a test fit on the CIPA Deluxe Door-Mount Towing Mirror, part number 11650. It offers us a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, or park while towing a trailer. The mirror itself can be rotated from side to side, and can be adjusted to most angles. It can also be extended out to suit our towing needs. By loosening the knob up down here, we can adjust the platform so it doesn't obstruct the view of our factory mirror. It's not going to interfere with the operation of our factory mirror, though we will not be able to rotate it in.



Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2001 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2001 Nissan Xterra, we've got out the Curt Premium folding and tilting 4 bike rack. Now this has been designed for use with 2 inch hitches, part number on it is C18064. Something really unique about the rack is going to be the taper that's in the cradle arms. We've got a wider set here on the front and then you can see a narrow set here on the back for smaller bikes or maybe high ridge style bikes. Gives us some options as far as mounting goes. Also the 2 reflectors there on the end they're going to keep it nice and visible. Now in each position regardless if it's in the narrow or the wider position we're going to have 3 straps holding our bikes to the cradles.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2001 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2001 Nissan Xterra, we have gotten out the Thule Vertex here and we are test fitting it. The vertex is a 4 bike hanging style bike rack, designed to fold and tilt. The part number on it is TH9029XT. We can use this bike rack with 1 1/4 or with 2 inch hitches. It has got an incorporated cable lock, stores on the mast when not in use, comes right here to the end of the arm. That is going to go over each of our bikes and keep them secured to the rack.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2001 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2001 Nissan Xterra, we've got out the Stromberg Carlson Cargo Carrier here. It's been designed for use on 2-inch hitches and it's going to carry up to 500 pounds. Part number on it is CC-100. Now this carrier has a pretty nice open expanded steel, larger than you see on some of the carriers. It's going to allow for larger dirt and debris to fall down and out. Also offers a raised rail around the outside edge.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2001 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2001 Nissan Xterra we've got out the Maxxtow Aluminum Cargo Carrier. We're going to test fit it and see what kind of spacing we have here with our vehicle. This is a aluminum slatted cargo carrier. We've got the big wide areas for dirt and debris to fall through and then our slats there to keep our load supported. It's got a small raised edge around the outside. It's going to be about 2 inches high. This is really compact as far as storage and things go like that.



Yakima FullTilt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2001 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2001 Nissan Xterra, we've got out the Yakima full tilt and we're test fitting it to see what kind of room we've got between it and the back of the vehicle. Now the full tilt is designed for use with 1 1/4 or with 2 inch hitches. This is a 4 bike hanging style rack designed to fold and tilt. Part number on it is Y02462. Now as you can see here we've got 3 cradles holding our bike in place, anti sway and then 2 here for the top frame too. They're held in with zip strips, inaudible 00:00:32 and we just pinch in on our gray levers and we can pull those on and out.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2001 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2001 Nissan Xterra we've got the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Hanging Style Rack out. This rack's designed to fold and tilt. Part number on it is TH912XTR. The Roadway uses 3 cradles and straps to hold our bikes in place. We've got two here on the top frame too and also an anti-sway cradle. You can see that's going to do a nice job of keeping that bike from moving too far forward or back. You just want to pull down and out on our straps to release them.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2001 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2001 Nissan Xterra, we've got out the Swagman Dispatch and we're doing a test fit on it. The Dispatch is an RV approved platform style 2 bike rack. It's been designed for use in 2 inch hitches. Part number on it S64684. The Dispatch uses a center frame hook and 2 wheel cradles with straps to hold our bikes into place. Each wheel cradle strap is a cum buckle style we just press in the lever and then release our strap.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2001 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2001 Nissan Xterra, we've got out the Thule T2 and we're test fitting it. Now the T2's a platform style folding and tilting 2 bike rack. It's been designed for use in 2 inch hitches. Part number on it is TH9044. With a simple add on part number TH9046, we can use the hole located right here, put our 2 bike add on there, and convert this right over to a 4 bike rack and interchange as we need to switch from a 2 bike to a 4 bike. It's really nice feature. Another nice feature of it's the ability of it to tilt away from our vehicle even when we've got the bike loaded up.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2001 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2001 Nissan Xterra, we're doing a test fit on the Swagman XC2. This is a two-bike, platform style rack. It's been designed so we can use it with the inch and a quarter or with two inch hitches. Part number on it is S64650. Now the XC2 uses a really straightforward system as far as securing our bike. We've got a centrally located frame-hook, this is going to pull down on our bike, and it holds it securely in its two wheel cradle. So, we don't have to mess with the straps, or the hook-in loop, or anything like that.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2001 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2001 Nissan Xterra, we've got out this Swagman Trailhead and we're going to do a test of it. Now the Trailhead's a 4 bike rack. It's a hanging style. It's been design to fold and also tilt away from your vehicle. Part number on it is S63380. Now they've designed this for use with inch and a quarter or with 2 inch hitches. So it's nice and adaptable.



Lets Go Aero Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2001 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2001 Nissan Xterra we're test fitting the Let's Go Aero Gear Cage. Now this is a 32 by 48 cargo carrier. It's been designed for use on 2 inch hitches. It'll carry up to 300 pounds. The part number is HCR222. Now different than a lot of carriers, this one's gonna have a solid platform to it, or a solid floor.



Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2001 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2001 Nissan Xterra, we've got out the Kuat Sherpa and we're test fitting it. Now, the Sherpa is a platform style two bike rack, it's been designed for use with inch and a quarter or with two inch hitches, and it offers a nice light weight aluminum construction. Part number on it is S103. Sherpa has a great benefit in that it's only going to hold our bike by the wheels, never makes any contact with the frame. Front wheel hook and cradle here, then a rear wheel cradle here with a strap. With your bike nice and secure, we can pull the chrome lever that's located here on the side. It's actually going to rotate that away from the vehicle.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2001 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2001 Nissan Xterra, we've got the Curt 20 by 60 folding cargo carrier and we're going to do a test fit on it. Now this cargo carrier has a nice kind of an expanded steel tight floor. It's got a medium hole size so you're going to get good support for smaller items but also room for dirt and debris to fall down and through. You can see the raised rail all the way around the outside it's about 5 1/2 inches tall. It's going to give us a good support for our gear that we've got loaded up and also you can see some good connection points for tie down straps. We've got a couple of reflectors on the sides and on the back.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2001 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2001 Nissan Xterra, we're test fitting the Curt 20" by 60" cargo carrier. This cargo carrier's for use with up to 500 pounds and it's been designed for use also with 2 inch hitches. Part number on it is C18150. This carrier is going to have a medium sized expanded steel floor on it. Gives you room for dirt and debris to fall down and through but it's also going to keep your cargo plenty secure even if it's smaller items. We've got a raised rail that's going to go all the way around the outside edge. It's about 5 1/2 inches tall.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2008 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2008 Nissan XTerra, we'll be taking a look at the Tow Ready Vehicle Wiring Harness with 7 Way Trailer Connector, part number 118226. This is what our 7 pull will look like once we have everything installed. To use it, you'll just open the door here, plug in any of your accessories and then head out down the road. To begin our install, the first thing we need to do is locate our vehicle's tow port connectors. They'll be one here on the driver's side and then another one right here. To remove the cap, they'll be a little tab right here that you can push in. It might help to use a flat blade screw driver, helps just wiggle that flat braided screw driver in there.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Nissan Xterra - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2009 Nissan Xterra we're going to review an install of the Draw-Tite Class III 2-inch Receiver Tube Hitch, part number 75291. This is our Class III two inch by two inch receiver tube. It's capable up to 350 pounds of tongue weight and a 3500 pound tow capacity. The hitch itself is a completely steel and fully welded constructed hitch. You can see here we've got the nice, stylish, round cross tube that comes down to our receiver tube. The entire hitch is covered in a nice black powder coated finish to resist rust and corrosion.





Nissan Xterra Questions

  • When installing a sidemarker light such as this Optronics Trailer Light # MCL44AB you will want to splice into the signal wire for your trailer running lights circuit and then run the ground wire to a clean metal surface. The black wire will be the power wire and the white wire is the ground wire. I attached an FAQ on trailer wiring for you to check out also. I also attached a review video for this product for you to check out. This video shows how the light gets wired and...
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  • The Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13514, is a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver so you will need a 5/8 inch diameter pin just like you suggested. For a standard pin and clip, we have # PC3 or # C21510. For a locking pin we have the Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock, # 7683.
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  • We do not have a bearing kit that contains all the parts you need, but we do have the individual parts. For a grease seal you will want # 13194 For bearings you will want # L44649 (2x) For matching race you will want # L44610 (2x) These parts are for one wheel. I am including a link to a video that will show how to remove and reinstall trailer bearings, races, and seals. Also, a link to a page that will list the different bearing kits and the part numbers they use.
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  • We carry Trailer Hitch Grease - Hitches, Balls, Couplers, etc., item # L10337 for application on your hitch ball and trunnion ends. Any quality wheel bearing grease will work to grease these items but hitch grease is recommended because it adheres better and does not liquefy as easily when heated up due to the friction between the ball and coupler or trunnions and weight distribution head. Your trailer should be loaded to have between 10 and 15 percent tongue weight when it...
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  • We have heard of the issue you are experiencing and it is related to the black 12 volt power wire and the blue electric brake wires on the vehicle. It is not very common, but it has come up before. The problem is that the factory tow package connector on a few of the Nissan Xterras, Frontiers and Pathfinders from 2005 to 2012 had the 12 volt power and the electric brake wire switched. This is the connector that the black connector from your Tow Ready Wiring Harness, # 118267,...
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  • For your 2002 Nissan Xterra, you will only need a 4-Way for brake, turn, and running light functions. A 5-pole would add reverse lights which are not legally required on a trailer. The best thing to do is to get the plug and adapter (if needed) that matches your trailer. What you will need for the basic brake, turn, and running lights is Draw-Tite Wiring, # 119178KIT. This converts a 3-wire system (vehicles with separate turn and stop lights) to a basic 2-wire system which...
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  • The Jeep Wrangler YJ generation was from 1987 to 1995. To flat tow yours you will need more than just a tow bar. First you will need a base plate kit to provide the attachment point on your YJ. For that you would want the # 1409-1. This base plate kit will work with the Roadmaster Tracker part # RM-020 that you referenced, but a better option that would simply insert into the hitch of your RV would be the Falcon 2 part # RM-520. This tow bar will connect and disconnect so much...
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  • I have attached a drawing from the installation instructions for the Yakima Kayak Stacker Roof Mounted 2 Kayak Carrier System, part # Y04036. I would suggest placing the bottom of the larger kayak against the post with the bow facing forward. I would then place the bow of the second kayak facing forward as well with the cockpit facing the cockpit of the first kayak, which would reduce wind drag. I have linked you to an installation video for this carrier. I would also suggest...
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  • For your 2012 Nissan Xterra, I recommend a kayak carrier like the Yakima BigStack Roof Mounted 2 Kayak Carrier System, part # Y04041. This is a post-style carrier that holds up to 2 kayaks and has folding arms and a protective padding on the arms which helps keep your kayaks free from scratches and scuffs. This carrier comes with heavy duty straps to secure the kayaks to the carrier and also ratcheting tie-down straps for the bow and stern to secure the kayak to your vehicle. If...
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  • The easiest and definitive way to determine if your 2009 Nissan Xterra has a factory tow package is to give the VIN to a dealership and have them determine what options it came with from the factory. A another way would be to use a circuit tester, like # 3808 if needed, and test the factory connection point under the vehicle. It should show signals when the brakes are applied, lights are turned on, and turn signals engaged. However, even if it shows signals it does not...
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  • For your Nissan Xterra, I recommend the High Performance Reese SC Weight Distribution System with Shank, # RP66151. The trailer you plan to tow is not terribly heavy and this weight distribution system can handle the weight. It is rated up to 10,000 pounds gross trailer weight, and 200 to 600 pounds of tongue weight. Your trailer is right in the middle of those ratings. If you were to use a system with a higher capacity, like # RP66073, you will experience a stiff ride. This...
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  • The Curt trailer hitch, # 13514, is actually slightly higher, tighter to the vehicle, than Draw-Tite hitch # 75291 or Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 70760. So it will provide more ground clearance but I think no matter which hitch you go with, a bike rack will likely interfere with the backup camera. But then again it all depends on the bike rack. When the bike rack is loaded, any bike rack is going to block the view of the camera. But when not loaded, some bike racks will not...
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  • Technically, you could mount the Bike Rack Adapter # CC-125 on the Curt trailer hitch mount cargo carrier, # C18100. But I do not recommend it for a couple of reasons. First, the two parts have not been tested together and performance is unknown. Second the adapter is steel and the carrier is aluminum. Dissimilar metals can have adverse effects on each other not to mention the stronger steel could damage the aluminum. Ideally you would use the adapter with its matching cargo...
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  • The first thing you will need is a trailer hitch for your 2015 Nissan Xterra. I recommend Curt trailer hitch # 13514. This is a Class III hitch with a 2 inch receiver rated for 400 pounds tongue weight. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. The carrier I recommend is # AMC400. It is made of aluminum so it only weighs about 35 pounds so it, combined with the bike weight of 275 pounds, totals 310 pounds which is well within the 400 pound capacity of the...
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  • The product you referenced, 3050-P, is vehicle specific and will not work with your Xterra. Your vehicle needs to be hardwired to use an electric brake controller. The 3050-P is only for vehicles pre-wired to accept a brake controller. If you only need the Plug In Harness for the Tekonsha brake controller, product number 20127 will work for your vehicle. If your require the entire harness, you will need product ETBC7 and the wiring harness with the 4-Pole trailer connector,...
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  • I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch # 13514. The class III hitch has a 2-inch receiver, 4000-pound towing and 400-pound tongue weight capacity and bolts onto your Xterra's frame with no welding required. You will also need a wiring harness. Which harness you require depends on whether your vehicle comes with a factory 7-way connector, a factory 4-way connector or without a factory 7-way or 4-way connector. If your vehicle comes with a factory 7-way connector, you will need...
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  • Since you will have trailer brakes and a battery, you will need at least a 6-Way connector, but I would suggest going ahead and using a 7-Way as they are more universal. You will also need a brake controller to manage the electric trailer brakes. I will explain each of these parts, give some suggested part numbers, and help get you started with the installation. First, as you know, you will need a 4-Pole trailer connector. A 4-Pole provides the light functions on the trailer...
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  • Other than the fact that each 7-way trailer connector you mentioned is from a different manufacturer, both the # C56226 from Curt and the # 118266 from Tow Ready would work identically. Either connector would work just fine on your Xterra. You could choose the less expensive Tow Ready model and not feel that you sacrificed anything. If you click the provided link, you can see the # 118266 being installed on a 2014 Frontier. The procedure would be pretty similar on your Xterra.
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  • We have the perfect product for you, but it's not a suspension enhancement system as they are more ideal for vehicles that are carrying weight in the cargo area of the vehicle. For a towing situation a weight distribution system would be much better as it actually distributes the tongue weight of the trailer up to the front axle of the tow vehicle which will help with braking and handling. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded...
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  • Because your vehicle did not come with a tow package, you will need the Plug-N-Tow Vehicle Wiring Harness # 43605. This will plug right in for you and give you that 4-pole hookup. This harness is a powered converter which draws power directly from the vehicle battery instead of through the wiring system. Connection points are located behind the vehicle tail lights. An additional wire will need to be run to the front of the vehicle to connect to the positive post of the battery.
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