I've heard the same with FWD. It's all going to come down to whether I can get the tongue weight around the 500lb range, depending on positioning. I'd prefer to pull forwards rather than backwards, but that may not be optimal.You may find that the balance is better with the car backwards on the trailer. There was a thread on Grassroots Motorsports forum on this topic recently.
I'm not sure I'd want to put the car on the trailer backwords. Not enough tongue weight & towing can be down right dangerous.
Understand and thanks for the opinion. To be fair, most modem midsize trucks are about the same size as the 1/2 ton pickups of the 80s-90s era. They certainly have more power and better brakes, and weigh about the same as well. Either way, I’ll be a full ton below the tow rating of the Frontier (3100lb car + 1500lb trailer). I have a tongue scale to properly position the car, a proportional brake controller, and electric brakes on both axles. My trip to the track is fairly straight with little to no elevation changes.
My question was more along the lines of fitting a GTI on a 14ft trailer, vs 16ft.
I was able to find a 14ft +2ft dovetail trailer, and I’m trying to do some test loading this week.
Up until now, I've hauled all my gear in the GTI and so I've weighed the car loaded vs unloaded...and it all came out to about 650lbs worth of stuff - myself included. I did that because I was nervous I was at the GVWR of the GTI. ? The GCWR of my truck is 11135lbs, subtract the curb weight of the truck(4452lbs), the weight of the loaded trailer (4600lbs), and lastly weight of aforementioned payload 650lbs puts me at roughly 1430lbs under the GCWR. The towing capacity is 6300lbs and max tongue weight is 630lbs, so my thought is that I'll be well under both of those limits as well.Keep in mind all of the crap you're going to be hauling along with the car and the trailer. Tires, tools, fluids, ice chest, and the guy behind the wheel. You might want to load up everything you plan to haul and get the combo weighed.
In my original response to you I’ve already stated that I would be using a proportional brake controller (not time based), a Tekonsha Primus IQ. I also made it clear that there would be brakes on both axles. I also stated that I would be a ton (2000lbs) under the rated towing capacity of the truck. I’m all for hearing opinions, but unless you have some actual facts to back up your claims, it’s hard to take them serious. The actual empty weight of the trailer I’m looking at is 1350lbs + 3050lb car, so total is 4400lbs...which is 69% of the 6400lb rated towing capacity. If you consider 69% of capacity “unsafe” then I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree. ?That's going to be miserable towing that close to the weight rating. I hope you have trailer brakes. If you don't install them before trying this and get a good brake controller a prodigy 3 is my go to.