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Old 06-08-2014, 07:01 AM   #15
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I learned to stay away from semis when I was assigned to patrol the Everett (WA) freeway (I-5). During the first couple weeks, I was close enough to hear the bang of tires blowing out (literally exploding) on semis. I learned a lot of lessons in those four years (like "the lug nut rule": he with the most lug nuts usually wins).

BTW, I'm glad to hear all involve are uninjured. Stuff can be replaced.
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Old 06-08-2014, 09:32 AM   #16
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My "wonder" would be how much more damage could have been done, especially to the occupants, had a heavier, less responsive truck been the TV? A lot I see in similar circumstances typically roll, while the ML at a significant angle stayed upright. The ML350 has a lower CG, better stability, superior brakes, better tires, better handling/responsiveness. I traded in a 2012 Sierra Denali HD for the ML and feel safer. I would not go back to a large lumbering truck.

Without video and a full crash reconstruction who knows? Right?
Neither of my trucks handle poorly-it's all about the set-up
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Old 06-08-2014, 10:39 AM   #17
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The set up is the thing. Funny thing, those with substandard tow vehicles go to great pain to get a fantastic hitch setup. Often times those with a truck are not as diligent as to the setup. Like it has been said, it is the hitch setup, makes a marginal vehicle safer and a great towing vehicle marginal. Jim
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ML 320 Involved in a crash

Lol, i find it funny that today a 4,700 lb vehicle is considered "light".

There is plenty of weight in the tow vehicle to tow safe. While there may or may not be issues that make this vehicle less than ideal as a tow vehicle, lack of weight ain't one of the issues.
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Neither of my trucks handle poorly-it's all about the set-up
Towing or not towing, the Merc will always handle better than a truck, for a whole heap of reasons. That not to say that a truck handles badly, it just doesn't handle as well as an ML320.
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Lol, what equates better handling in a pickup or suv? Performance in a slalom ?
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The set up is the thing. Funny thing, those with substandard tow vehicles go to great pain to get a fantastic hitch setup. Often times those with a truck are not as diligent as to the setup. Like it has been said, it is the hitch setup, makes a marginal vehicle safer and a great towing vehicle marginal. Jim
I get your point, Jim, and it's a fair one, but I don't think that my tow vehicle is either sub-standard or marginal. Yes, we users of lighter tow vehicles certainly do have to pay very close attention to our hitch set ups, otherwise they don't work.
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I used standard because for years trucks were considered the standard for towing. Otherwise they don't work? You are correct! Jim
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I would venture to guess that over the years more Airstreams have been towed by something other than a truck, probably by a large margin.

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I would venture to guess that over the years more Airstreams have been towed by something other than a truck, probably by a large margin.
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Indeed.

love that photo.. happen to see a caprice just like that one the other day and got to thinking.. now there a good tow vehicle for sure.. big ole 350 CI engine now called a 5.7L and strong frame. Mileage would suck but you might get one for 4-5K used in good condition.

That will buy a LOT of gas when compared to a used tundra with 5.7L at 15K or more.
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Loved seeing this! Driving my ML320 to pick up our second trailer and new project, a 1961 Tradewind, on Monday to drive it home. YIKES!
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Driver error is the proximate cause of the majority of crashes. While I have never driven an ML320 my guess is it's a perfectly safe tow vehicle (providing weight restrictions are respected, but this applies to all tow vehicles).
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