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Old 02-15-2010, 12:55 PM   #43
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LOL.. ok I will go take a picture of the tail end...
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:01 PM   #44
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I own a 2005 MB G55 AMG. I am looking at buying an AS International 27 FB.

I have looked at many threads/pages over the web with opposite opinions.

I am willing to install whatever is needed as far as hitch package.

Can I go buy it or not?
You can tow an Airstream with anything as long as you use a ProPride hitch.

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Old 02-15-2010, 01:17 PM   #45
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Not much to grab onto

Ok.. so I see what 2air is yapping about. There is not much to attach to.
Lots of big plastic fuel tank in the way. This bracket sits behind the rear bumper and from there i dont know what you would do?!
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:19 PM   #46
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Looks beefy from this profile.. but how to attach a big airstream I havent a clue
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good job vinny...

but i really expected u to get on a creeper and shoot the entire UNDERbelly...

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...This bracket sits behind the rear bumper and from there i dont know what you would do?!

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Looks beefy from this profile.. but how to attach a big airstream I havent a clue
your notes are starting to rhyme, perhaps u've been sniffing fumes again?
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in terms of 'where to attach' it's just a matter of finding the frame rails OR 4 layer reinforced unibody points...

the building somethin'

our german friends have been working on exactly this issue for decades and here is a picture from the uberskunkworks lab...

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designs evolve and a more recent example of the receiver contraption is shown here...

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actually THATz a rejected design, but the effort lead to this one which is height n width adjustable ...

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most recently the southcarolinalabama german design team has come up with a contraption that attaches directly to ...

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that 3 point star emblem on the tire cover...

it's got a double secret gyro'celorometer inside to control swayin'

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Old 02-15-2010, 02:31 PM   #48
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A bit blurry

Look what showed up today... a mini G500
Gray market with many upgrades.. V8 engine and not capable of towing the airstream.. but lots of fun!
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Ok.. so I see what 2air is yapping about. There is not much to attach to.
This bracket sits behind the rear bumper and from there i dont know what you would do?!
It is ironic Airslide, I said the same thing when I reviewed the back and underneath of our current TV. When the pro at Can Am looked at it he said, "well we have a number of options". Getting the professionals involved who build these things on a day to day basis is sometimes a good idea. It is interesting to note that frame rails were not used in our professional layout which has been working great for 5 years now.
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It is ironic Airslide, I said the same thing when I reviewed the back and underneath of our current TV. When the pro at Can Am looked at it he said, "well we have a number of options". Getting the professionals involved who build these things on a day to day basis is sometimes a good idea. It is interesting to note that frame rails were not used in our professional layout which has been working great for 5 years now.

Yup.. thats as far as my little brain could go with this.. would have it leave it up to the modification people and their insurance companies..

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So i guess the final question is with Andy at Canamrv: Did you reinforce the MB hitch set? if yes, how

OR , did you install a third party product?

Keeping my car and have an AS is my goal but, as other posters mentioned, I am not looking to kill others, my family and myself for it. Therefore, a reliable solution is needed, which seems the case for two of Andy's customers.
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Hi Gamana

On one unit we strengthened the existing MB hitch on the other we made the entire hitch but used the Mercedes mounting position for the rear of the hitch. I am not sure there is anyone around Miami able to do this for you. We can easily add one to your Mercedes but 1500 miles is a long way to drive for a trailer hitch.

The other option we have is to borrow a G500 build the hitch here and ship it to you for installation there. However G500's are not exactly plentiful around here so it might be hard to find one to borrow.

Possibly you might be to arrange with your Airstream dealer to pick the unit up at the factory then you could come here for the hitch and take the Airstream home to save the freight charge which might help justify the trip.

Sorry I don't have a better answer for you.

Just for any others with the Factory hitches on ML's GL's or G wagons. All of these hitches need strengthening to tow Airstreams.

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We sold our 16ft Bambi to a couple from Florida who drove up to Utah to pick it up and then toured the country on the way back home, their mercedes pulled wonderfully but I am not sure how it would do with a 27th Airstream... Their set-up sure looks good though....
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Dude, just buy a big @$$ MB Unimog and be done with it already. That would be super cool.

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Dude, just buy a big @$$ MB Unimog and be done with it already. That would be super cool.
Nice mogger Air01 but way to much grunt and not enough pizazz.

If money was no object I would want something like this AMG. A great design that complements the aerodynamic shape of the Airstream.
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