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Old 02-13-2010, 06:38 PM   #1
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Can a 2005 G55 AMG tow it?

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?
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Old 02-13-2010, 06:53 PM   #2
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You will need to shoot for less than 80% of the tow rating and total GVWR of the SUV. There are many who tow Airstreams with great satisfactory results using MB SUV's.
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I have same G55 and I was only able to tow the 22 ft (650 LB T.Wt) with Hensley package comfortably. G55 have a lot of juice but the radiator is not built for hauling above 5700LB especially on steep grade with slow traffic. I had to go with the big Daddy Harley F450 (overkill) as TV for my 2006 30Ft Classic.
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AMG's rock!

There was an interesting article a few years ago in one of the car magazines. They hooked up a good sized Airstream to an AMG and headed out for a weekend of touring. All I remember was that they could not believe how well it towed and how much power it had. They talked about taking it to a test track. It was so stable and road worthy they thought it could break the speed record for a vehicle towing a trailer.

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But Road,

If you had an F350 or 450, you could tow the MB AND the 27' FB!
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For sure Aage but I would insist on having the pickups upgraded with the huge AMG brakes...
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We have an 06 G55 AMG on the lot.. I took it the other day to put fuel in it. WOW.. what a nice machine. That engine sounds great and has plenty of power but I understand the tongue weight and the radiator concerns. I would figure out how to do it as it would look great going down the road together..

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It's funny. There are some on this forum that have them and think they are great tow vehicles and there are some who think they are/would be bad tow vehicles. Keep yours until you get your 27 foot International and give it a try and see what you think. You will soon know if it is they two vehicle for your set up or not.
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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?
so u post here hoping for a "NOT opposite opinion" ?

for u spectators the 05s were the old style civilian/classic 'g wagon'

not the latter version occasionally posted about here.

ya know the old 'slab sided' boxy HIGH ones ?

and the w463? version in 2005 was based on a 1990 chassis basically..

in 05 there was a REALLY short wheelbase version and a longer version...

that also had a short wheelbase...

yes the hand built engine is nearly 500 hp and 500 ft/lb and wicked fast...

but towing should be limited to small trailers or vanity vintage trailers...

"whatever is needed" hitch wise (like a pp or haha) won't solve the payload question...

and any longer stream will be OVER the payload and frame capacity.

could it be 'made' to work?

perhaps.

but the notion of trying is just plain silly...

otoh, miami is a pretty silly place.

so buy the stream, tie them together and get noticed.
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or purchase an appropriate tv 2 connect WITH the stream and travel NORTH or WEST of the aquifer...

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The bunny man has made a good point with regards to the 2005 model.

Underneath, the G-Class still uses (very) old-school front and rear solid axles and a super-rigid ladder frame. Unlike the next generation G55, which included a stiffer, more performance-oriented suspension, the 2005 will have a softer ride and feel, more akin to the standard-issue G500.


According to preliminary M-B test data, the 2005 G55 (5600-plus lbs) to 100 kph (62 mph) from a standing start in 5.6 seconds, setting it squarely next to the Porsche Cayenne Turbo in acceleration. As with all AMG variants, bigger and stronger binders deliver enhanced braking performance, resulting in excellent, almost disturbingly calm stopping power.


This 2005 model may require special connection considerations (ie hitch reinforcements and or a Hensley). Sounds like you have the interest and funds to make it happen. Talk with a towing specialist like Andrew Thomson at Can Am Rv... Can-Am RV > Home
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There was an interesting article a few years ago in one of the car magazines. They hooked up a good sized Airstream to an AMG and headed out for a weekend of touring. All I remember was that they could not believe how well it towed and how much power it had. They talked about taking it to a test track. It was so stable and road worthy they thought it could break the speed record for a vehicle towing a trailer.

This car looks like the GL class. Anybody out there that could tell his/her experience towing a large AS?
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:27 AM   #13
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But Road,

If you had an F350 or 450, you could tow the MB AND the 27' FB!
Maybe but F350 or 450 are still pick ups, not cars... When i drop my AS I would like to drive around with a car (SUV).
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The bunny man has made a good point with regards to the 2005 model.

Underneath, the G-Class still uses (very) old-school front and rear solid axles and a super-rigid ladder frame. Unlike the next generation G55, which included a stiffer, more performance-oriented suspension, the 2005 will have a softer ride and feel, more akin to the standard-issue G500.


According to preliminary M-B test data, the 2005 G55 (5600-plus lbs) to 100 kph (62 mph) from a standing start in 5.6 seconds, setting it squarely next to the Porsche Cayenne Turbo in acceleration. As with all AMG variants, bigger and stronger binders deliver enhanced braking performance, resulting in excellent, almost disturbingly calm stopping power.


This 2005 model may require special connection considerations (ie hitch reinforcements and or a Hensley). Sounds like you have the interest and funds to make it happen. Talk with a towing specialist like Andrew Thomson at Can Am Rv... Can-Am RV > Home
sounds like a plan. Thanks.
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