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Old 09-02-2008, 03:48 PM   #57
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Impressive, a 28 ft trailer with a GL. Not bad. So my ML will surely be able to handle a 20' trailer. Good to hear. I do plan on using weight equalizer bars.
I've said a million ties before, but just so you don't have to look: My ML500 pulls my 20' Safari great.
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Old 09-02-2008, 05:16 PM   #58
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I've said a million ties before, but just so you don't have to look: My ML500 pulls my 20' Safari great.
For sure.... Last year we traveled with a couple that had a pro set up ML350 and a 25+ newish Airstream Safari. They just loved the way it towed and traveled with it quite a bit. We followed them for a number of hours and it looked great on the twisty roads and hills.
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Old 09-05-2008, 10:17 AM   #59
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So how did the trip go? I've got a 320 ML (CDI) and am considering an airstream. Probably a 20'. From what I'm reading that shouldn't be a big deal at all.
Are you happy with your 320 CDI? I am considering one myself and am curious if it could handle a 25' Safari SE. thanks!
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Old 09-06-2008, 07:41 AM   #60
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It is a wonderful machine and has absolutely no problem towing our 25ft internaitonal. I really like the automatic rear door and automatic fold down seats. Makes like so much easier when your arms are loaded. The only thing I don't like is we take the dogs with us and it seems a crime to cover the interior in dog hair and drool. I didn't put a mat down the first time and am having a lot of trouble getting the dog hairs out of the carpet. Other than that it is just a sweet machine, towing or not.
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:28 AM   #61
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I didn't put a mat down the first time and am having a lot of trouble getting the dog hairs out of the carpet. Other than that it is just a sweet machine, towing or not.
A friend in the US told me about this product by Scotch. He tells me that it does an amzing job of getting dog hair out of his truck's carpet and upholstery. We can't get them in Canada yet, but thought I'd pass this along in case it helps...

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Old 09-06-2008, 03:06 PM   #62
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It is a wonderful machine and has absolutely no problem towing our 25ft internaitonal. I really like the automatic rear door and automatic fold down seats. Makes like so much easier when your arms are loaded. The only thing I don't like is we take the dogs with us and it seems a crime to cover the interior in dog hair and drool. I didn't put a mat down the first time and am having a lot of trouble getting the dog hairs out of the carpet. Other than that it is just a sweet machine, towing or not.
I agree. They are built so tough you can feel it. And the engine never seems to be under much load. A 7 speed tranny certainly helps there. I'm getting just over 27 mpg on the highway and have gone over 30 (maybe 34) in ideal conditions. I go as low as 20-22 in heavy stop and go city traffic.
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Old 09-06-2008, 09:44 PM   #63
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Jeep Grand Cherokee w/ Mercedes diesel

I have a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland with the Mercedes diesel. Jeep uses a 5 speed transmission, so the mileage is about 23 highway (not towing) and 17 highway (towing a 1963 Tradewind).

It has plenty of power. No downshifting. I can barely feel the difference when I am towing.

I bought this vehicle because I wanted a modern car with the "classic" look of a 70's Jeep Wagoneer used in airstream ads. My Dad pulled a 1962 Overlander with a Wagoneer. We put thousands of miles towing all over the United States, Canada, and Mexico. I never remember having any problems.

Having owned several Mercedes vehicles (2 diesels) I know this engine is probably good for the rest of my towing life (I am 59).

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