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Old 06-03-2012, 03:30 PM   #29
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I'm on my second ML- an '05 ML500. You're going to love it.
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:25 AM   #30
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Many thanks to everyone for your helpful posts and PM's . I really appreciate the advice.
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:27 AM   #31
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I have the Prodigy RF - and I like it a lot. After the RF purchase, I referred to the M-B service bulletin and got the plug and terminals to hook into the trailer wiring under the dash so I could use a conventional controller, but I went back to the RF after my first trip with it.
Although I strap it to the transmission tunnel "grab bars," it looks good and it's within easy reach if I want to use the trailer brakes alone or check them - it's right at fingertip.
And no holes in the dash.
The Prodigy tells me if it's not hooked up, and the ML can tell if there is a trailer light out, and display "left trailer turn bulb out."
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:28 AM   #32
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To update, the wireless Prodigy did not work in the ML350. The unit repeatedly came unpaired. They installed two different units and we continued to have the same problem. We had a towing place make one of those "pig-tails" and that didn't help either. We ended up having the P2 hardwired in and it works great.

The good news is that the ML350 tows like a dream. It's so easy to tow the Airstream that even I'm comfortable towing it! The ML has loads of power and it's easy to forget you're towing a heavy trailer. Even after our ordeal, I'm really happy with this tow vehicle.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:39 AM   #33
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For all of those PM's asking about covered storage in the Seattle area, here is the place we rented a space from:

Safeguard Self Storage
415 Washington Ave N
Kent WA 98032
253-854-7800

There is generally a wait to get a unit but it should only take a month or so for something to become available. In the meantime, the Airstream dealer will normally let you park your trailer on their lot. BTW, the Covington dealer no longer offers the option of long-term storage on their lot due to their large inventory and the need for space.

Safeguard offers covered RV storage (almost like big carports) that have electrical at each site and a secure gated entrance. The price is $139 a month. They also offer large private storage units for $300+ a month. We originally tried the private unit but it requires backing up into a small space with precision. Given that we're newbies, this was a really bad experience that ended up with my husband and I furious with each other as we tried to maneuver the Airstream into such a tight spot. Apparently there are people who keep their trailers in the private units but it's a little beyond our abilities at this point. Hope this helps!
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:14 AM   #34
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Mercedes ML350 towing Airstream

I haven't logged on in quite a while and I had several PM's asking about our experience with the ML350 as a tow vehicle. People also wanted to know a few details specific to the Seattle area. Here's my reply with the hopes that it's helpful:

The ML350 is a fantastic tow vehicle. The technicians at the Airstream dealer were very impressed with its power and its handling. On our first trip towing the trailer, my husband was able to do a U-turn with ease. The ML350 easily gets up to speed on the freeway with very little effort and it's a solid, powerful tow vehicle. Towing the Airstream is really easy with the Mercedes.

We experienced a lot of delays and difficulty installing the brake controller into this vehicle. The Mercedes dealer did not have experience with this and it was a time-consuming and frustrating process. My advice is to find someone knowledgable to assist you with this aspect of equipping the ML350 to tow. We ended up having a brake controller hardwired into our vehicle and it works well and is easy to operate. If you live in the Seattle area and you have questions about this, I recommend you contact Dan Lamb at Airstream Adventures Northwest in Covington. He understands what the ML350 needs for a brake controller and he will be able to point you in the right direction.

When buying an ML350, I recommend you try Barrier Motors or Mercedes of Bellevue. I do not recommend Mercedes of Lynnwood.

When buying an Airstream, the Covington dealership has the best prices around, not just in the state of Washington, but anywhere in the United States. I thoroughly researched the price on our trailer and this dealer can't be beat. Our saleslady, Kathie, was an absolute delight and anyone looking to buy a new Airstream will enjoy working with Kathie. The General Manager, Steve Perry, and the Sales Manager, CJ Clark, are also very helpful and easy to work with. Dan Lamb in the service department is extremely knowledgable and he goes above and beyond to give excellent customer service. The one word of caution I have is to avoid the Service Manager, Janine, at all costs; she is impatient, rude, condescending, and has an appalling lack of customer service skills.

I gave the information on covered storage in a previous post. If anyone else knows of good covered storage for RV's in this area, I'd love to hear about it.

In conclusion, I highly recommend the ML350 as a tow vehicle. It tows the 27' International with ease and it's truly a pleasure to drive.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:54 AM   #35
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To update, the wireless Prodigy did not work in the ML350. The unit repeatedly came unpaired. They installed two different units and we continued to have the same problem. We had a towing place make one of those "pig-tails" and that didn't help either. We ended up having the P2 hardwired in and it works great.

The good news is that the ML350 tows like a dream. It's so easy to tow the Airstream that even I'm comfortable towing it! The ML has loads of power and it's easy to forget you're towing a heavy trailer. Even after our ordeal, I'm really happy with this tow vehicle.
My wireless Prodigy RF has only come unpaired once (and displayed "n.c"). It turned out that I had not fully inserted the 7 pin connector.
Now I sometimes spray the connector with silicone so it inserts more positively.
My dealer also appeared clueless about the hardwired pigtail, so I bought the parts, made one myself and installed it myself. Factory instructions are available elsewhere on this site. Cost was $17.00 and it took half an hour working slowly and deliberately. The hardest part was making sure the I didn't block the footwell A/C vent with insulation while reinstalling the panel.
After using both the Tekonsha PRIMUS IQ Proportional Controller (selected over the P2/P3 because I wanted buttons on the top) and the Prodigy RF, I liked the response of the RF better as well as the clean look and handy mounting on the console. Maybe it was the placebo effect of paying $300 instead of $100.... I also cringe at the thought of drilling holes in my interior, but that's just me.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:52 AM   #36
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Pordigy Wireless Brake Control "Mating" Solution

I have a 2012 Mercedes ML350 (gas) and bought the Prodigy wireless brake controller to use with my Caravel. After hooking it all up we were frustrated that it wouldn't "pair". The problem is solved by plugging the 7 pin into my Pickup trucks 7 pin plug (parked on the same level ground as the ML) and then the controller will "pair" properly. This solution came from a tech at Prodigy when I called their 800 number.

So, it can be used effectively and without holes in the dash.

Hitch question---to SeattleMum:

You had a Mercedes factory hitch installed?? Did you do any extra beefing up of the hitch per the posts (i.e. CanAm welding )??
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:18 PM   #37
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FYI that the redesigned 2012 ML (and 2013 GL) have vastly improved hitch structure installed at the factory (a $550 option) compared to previous generations. Andy advised that on my GL (with a 3P and 28 International) I could introduce some twisting if I really crank on the bars but just keep and eye on it and he'll add one longitudinal brace if we drop by on our summer trip to the UP. If you have a prior generation with a large trailer you must get some reinforcement done. There are threads on this forum about the specifics.

455 pounds of torque at 1600RPM is fantastic and the Bluetec is essentially a no cost option....compare that to what you pay for a diesel from the domestic brands.
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