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Boats, bikes, cars, campers: What is the average weight of things you tow?

The Nissan Titan, like other full-size trucks, is capable of towing most things families are looking to move from Point A to Point B.

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How much does the average trailered dirtbike weigh? A jet ski? A car? Thankfully, someone crunched the numbers. That someone is Nissan.

The weight your vehicle can tow is determined by a number of factors, including the strength of the chassis. A manufacturer will tell you the capability of your vehicle. You can find it in the owner's manual, usually accompanied by a laundry list of how-to's and notes. Even if you think you're an expert, take the time to read over the instructions in the manual if it's the first time you're towing with a vehicle.

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Remember, when you're trying to determine if your vehicle is capable of towing what you want to, you'll need to take into consideration the weight of the trailer. Also keep in mind that weighing your vehicle down with a full trunk/cargo area/bed and passengers can impact its ability to tow with ease.

Here are the average weights of the items you might tow.

Dirtbike with a trailer

The average dirt bike with a trailer weighs 800 pounds. Some trailers are capable of carrying multiple dirt bikes. You'll want to add together the individual weight of each dirtbike to the trailer weight to ensure your vehicle is still capable.

2020 GMC Sierra 1500

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Some full-size trucks are able to fit dirtbikes in their bed. The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 with a Carbon Pro bed has specialized indentations in its bed just for such a task.

Jet ski with a trailer

A jet ski with a trailer weights about 1,100 pounds, on average. Like with dirt bikes, you'll want to check the weight of the jet skis individually if you intent to pull two on one trailer. Also, consider that at trailer that you can haul two jet skis with may be wider than your vehicle. If it is, be sure to practice basic maneuvering with it before you hit the open road.

Four-wheeler with trailer

2020 Honda Ridgeline

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A four-wheeler is slightly heavier than a jet ski. Towing one on a trailer is a 1,200-pound task. Some trailers allow you to pull two four-wheelers at a time. You'll want to consider the weight of the larger trailer plus the weight of each four-wheeler on it, combined, before determining if your vehicle is capable enough to tow the load.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

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18-foot bass boat with trailer

An 18-foot bass boat is good for a day in the sun with family or an early morning on the open water. A bass boat-trailer combination weights 3,300 pounds, on average.

Pop-up camper

2020 Nissan Rogue

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If social distancing is right up your alley but pitching a tent is not, consider towing a pop-up camper to the woods. Nissan has calculated that a typical pop-up camper weighs 3,500 pounds.

In the market for a new pop-up camper? See our list of the best ones here.

Pontoon boat with trailer

If you're ready to hook up your pontoon boat to a trailer and head to the water to live your best life in Little Big Town style, you'll want to take into consideration that the average pontoon boat and trailer weigh 3,700 pounds combined.

Car with trailer

The typical car weighs upwards of 2,500 pounds. If you're looking to tow a vintage model on a trailer, or just pull your daily driver behind your motorhome, plan to be towing at least 5,500 pounds.

24-foot travel trailer

2020 Nissan Armada

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A 24-foot travel trailer may be able to fit your whole family for a night near a lake, but the average two-row SUV isn't strong enough to pull it. Plan on the travel trailer weighing around 6,000 pounds. Of note, some three-row SUVs that aren't full-size can handle this weight.


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The QX60 is all-new for 2022.

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Infiniti has released detailed specs and features for its all-new QX60 SUV. The upscale family hauler will land later this year with a reasonable starting price, updated tech, a nicely appointed cabin, and plenty more. The automaker offers its new SUV in four trims, each of which is available with all-wheel drive: Pure, Luxe, Sensory, and Autograph.

The QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available, and all models get a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Infiniti says that the gearbox has a low first gear that helps deliver better acceleration and power off the line, and taller upper gears for smoother cruising on the highway. The revised all-wheel drive system is more responsive and engages more quickly than the system in the previous model.


2022 Infiniti QX60 The QX60 gets leather and several luxury features as standard kit. Infiniti


An upgraded interior is in the cards for the new QX60, as all models now get leather, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel as standard equipment. Front passengers' backsides are treated to Infiniti's excellent zero-gravity seats and a stiffer second-row seat frame reduces vibration and noise in the cabin. Infiniti says that the cabin itself has more sound-deadening materials and thicker glass in the second row, which together yield a 7 percent improvement in noise on the highway.


2022 Infiniti QX60 A digital gauge cluster comes on all but the base model.Infiniti


A 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Six USB ports, nine speakers, HD Radio Bluetooth, voice commands, and SiriusXM radio are also standard. All but the base Pure trim level come with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and the top Autograph model gets a 10.8-inch full-color head-up display and a smart rearview mirror.

The new QX60 goes on sale this fall in the U.S. and Canada. Pricing starts at $47,875 for the base Pure model and tops out at $64,275 for the top Autograph AWD trim.

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The Polaris Slingshot is one of the most unique vehicles on sale today.

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The Polaris Slingshot is an interesting beast. It is, by far, one of the most unique vehicles you can buy in the U.S. today, though depending on where you live, it may require a motorcycle license. However, in most states, you can buy and drive one just like a normal car, albeit one that should only be driven while wearing a full-face helmet.

I recently spent a week with a 2021 Polaris Slingshot R and came away from the experience more than a little conflicted. On one hand, it's too much for me on a personal level, as I think it's too wildly styled and costs too much money. On the other hand, it's impossible to ignore the charm of the thing. It's loud, too quick for its own good, and a totally crazy driving experience that lands somewhere between being a complete riot and terrifying, depending on how and where it's driven.


2021 Polaris Slingshot There's no ignoring this when it's next to you in traffic.Chris Teague


However, for many, the Slingshot remains a complete mystery, so here are three things you need to know.

It's Loud

No, I don't mean loud in the sense that you can hear it coming – though that's part of the deal, too. I mean loud in the visual sense. Like, 1990s ugly sweater loud. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the one thing that isn't up for debate is that the Slingshot is eye-catching. Add a couple of people wearing full-face helmets and it's nearly impossible to look away from the thing.

It's a Crazy Driving Experience

It's true that this isn't a motorcycle, but the way the Slingshot puts its passengers' rear ends just a couple of inches off the road surface and not all that far away from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine creates one lively experience. Every bump, crack, and sound can be felt and heard, though it's not unpleasant at all and adds to the experience. Couple that with the open-air driving experience and giant tires communicating it all into the steering wheel and the Slingshot is a wild ride.

It's Surprisingly Quick

I tested the Slingshot R, which is one of the flashier and more expensive models Polaris makes. Its in-house four-cylinder engine checks in at 2.0 liters and delivers 203 horsepower, 144 pound-feet of torque, and a whole lot of noise. The advertised 0-60 mph time for the R is 4.9 seconds, which is quicker than some sports sedans, though it feels much more violent and faster than that in person. The optional Autodrive five-speed gearbox is an automated manual, which means that it will shift itself when asked, but is happiest with the driver firing off shifts with the steering wheel-mounted paddles.



The Slingshot is one of the few vehicles that defies almost everything to be what it is. It doesn't make sense for people who want a motorcycle and it's not particularly appealing to someone wanting a convertible or roadster. You have to be in the market for a Slingshot to end up buying a Slingshot, and for those that are, they've never been better than they are now.

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