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Old 04-09-2012, 09:41 AM   #1
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Can I Tow with Mercedes E320 cdi diesel car?

I have a '69 Tradewind Land Yacht hitch 490 lbs, Weight 4340. I had my trailer towed to my backyard as a guest house. Now I would like to take it on the road.

I was looking at diesel trucks for sale after being advised that the Toyota Tacoma may be underpowered.

I saw a beautiful Mercedes E320 cdi diesel on the internet. The attraction is 27-40 mpg. I searched Google about towing with a Mercedes E320 cdi diesel car. There are cheap looking hitches for sale for this car. It also appears Mercedes cars are used to tow often in Europe and can be fitted with hitches at the factory--obviously not an option here with a used car.

The torque of the engine is better than with the Toyota Tacoma V6 I was considering originally. I want something that gets good gas mileage and is easy to drive for the rest of the year, given I only plan to tow the Airstream from its home in the backyard once in a while.

Anyone had any experience with getting a suitable hitch put on a Mercedes?
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:01 AM   #2
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Sherry,

Contact ANDREW THOMSON of Can Am RV in London, ON. No one has more experience today than he and his staff in setting up an enormous variety of cars. A phone call might well answer the question quickly.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:58 AM   #3
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Sherry,

Contact ANDREW THOMSON of Can Am RV in London, ON. No one has more experience today than he and his staff in setting up an enormous variety of cars. A phone call might well answer the question quickly.
X2! Rednax has the right plan. For something special like the Mercedes best to talk with the pro's as they would know best and probably have experience with that vehicle (as a TV).

Good luck. Let us know how you make out.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:10 AM   #4
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Older CDI is same motor in jeep liberty

Both really rare with diesel 2.8 VM motori italian tractor motor. Jeep is tougher platform with lots more accessory options for improvement. You need to be handy with wrench and plan on spending lots time on internet asking questions. Tacoma is going to out pull the mercedes it is truck. Jeep and Tacoma is push slight edge for tacoma payload, diesel edge for MPG and ease of towing. The newer Mercedes and jeep grand cherokee came with blue tec think 3.0 v6 design both rare as hens teeth. 300 pounds tourqe is going to move any trailer and vehicle.
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FYI, I tow a '78 Tradewind, hitch weight 725 lb, loaded weight 5,200 lb. with an '05 Tacoma using a Reese WD. It does a fine job towing here in the midwest. Try it before you spend the bucks on a new truck.

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The newer Mercedes and jeep grand cherokee came with blue tec think 3.0 v6 design both rare as hens teeth. 300 pounds tourqe is going to move any trailer and vehicle.
You mean both with over 400lbs torque....
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Yes newer diesels are 400 plus torque

I was talking about 2.8 VM 295 torque like v8 gas motor numbers but makes it at lower rpm. You could pull 737 airplane with jeep low range.
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