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Old 02-02-2015, 11:02 AM   #1
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Towing with a Mercedes ML350 Blue Tec

Can I tow a 27' flying cloud? THe ML350 is a 2013
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:36 AM   #2
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Yes you can. Talk to CanAm RV in London Ontario. They set this combination up all the time. If you go else where it most likely will not be done right.
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:36 PM   #3
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It's always worth hitting up the search function. The ML350 has been discussed numerous times now, you should find a fair bit of information.

Here's one to get you started: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...tec-83756.html

In a nutshell, those who own one seem to like it.
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:57 PM   #4
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Note this a first post. The OP may not be familiar with all the data retrieval capabilities of this forum.

I towed a new empty 2013 25FB International Serenity home to Phoenix from Los Angles up the mountain at Palm Springs with no issues. The weight of the trailer exceeded the 5,000 pound trailer towing capability of my 2007 ML320 CDI diesel. Newer ML models had that pencil whipped to closer to 7,000 pounds. The actual tongue weight of 1,150 pounds put the ML close to the gross weight ratings for both axles with just me in the car. The air suspension kept the car level.

When loaded for camping, tongue weight was1,175 pounds and the front axle was overloaded and the GVW rating of the car was exceeded with just the wife, myself and an air compressor in the ML.

The diesel had more torque than the Mercedes V8 (not the AMG V8 version) and had no problem getting the rig moving with the paddle shift transmission allowing the driver to keep engine RPM where needed. I was in 5th climbing the steepest part of the mountain at 2,150 rpm.

My ML drive line was not as happy when the trailer weighed close to 7,000 pounds camping ready and groaned on even slight inclines.

I would suggest considering the maximum combination weight rating of the ML and be sure that it is not exceeded. Coming down a mountain with a trailer brake failure could be more than the ML brakes can control if the total weight exceeds the cars capacity.

We immediately shifted away from the ML to a ton Dodge Ram diesel so we could carry two 2,000 watt Honda generators, two gasoline containers, spare propane tank, chairs, tools and a grill etc. To borrow a Post Office saying. "If it fits, we go" without overloading any important weight parameter with our heavier 2014 31' Classic.

The ML is still my daily driver.
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Too many unknowns for a useful answer. How much load do you need to go camping? How often, how long, and how far? How many people, pets?

The simple answer is yes you can tow it. Then the question of load makes it more complicated.

We know our light truck and our Airstream's axle limits. It the load is too heavy on either, we take less load. If the hitch weight is too heavy, we lighten the load on the hitch.

You don't need to take all the equipment from home to have the comforts home. Know and manage your load, and use a best quality hitch properly setup for your vehicle/trailer combo.
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