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Old 05-31-2015, 11:02 AM   #71
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:56 AM   #72
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ML 350 Diesel + Husky Centerline Hitch = worry-free towing of a 4,000 pound FC 19 (fully loaded probably closer to 4,500). The key is your hitch set-up and make sure you get a properly reinforced hitch (I elected to purchase the Reese WD hitch which comes with an additional WD reinforcement bar that connects directly to the frame) Very beefy, impressive, and probably overkill but it's one less thing to worry about. Also - if you're thinking about a Mercedes, get the Milenco large body extension mirrors as they actually fit MB's very tight mirror openings!
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:24 AM   #73
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A slightly narrower P275/40R x 21 XL would tighten it up but the size is only available in very high performance summer tires. They would work great but not for very long. Likely only a 40-50,000 Kilometer tread life. 25-30,000 miles.
Hello Andy. Just got my 2012 Mercedes GL350 diesel to pull a 28ft or 30 ft airstream. I will bring it to you soon to do the hitch reinforcement. I do love the mountains and plan on towing there a lot. What size trailer do you recommend for that situation? Also, which hitch would you recommend? The Mercedes has 60,000 miles on it and I am about to replace the tire. Any recommendation for tire sizes or types?
Thanks for all your helpful information!
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:36 AM   #74
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Wow....have you towed with this over the mountains? I just got my Mercedes gl350 diesel and am trying to decide which airstream to get!
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:54 AM   #75
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Pic is at GC North Rim (actually Jacob Lake so "only" 8,000 feet). 2013 GL350 and 2010 28ft International). ProPride, Andy's hitch work, and fantastic MB diesel....awesome combination. I was shocked Jacob Lake had so many openings this week. 
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:39 AM   #76
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I think quite a few of us have towed Airstreams in the mountains with the Mercedes ML/GL diesels. I've been doing it since 2009. That's my 30-foot Safari in the photo.
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Old 06-20-2015, 05:02 AM   #77
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Hi Rick

You can tow pretty much any Airstream you want with the GL. Some of the slide-out models of the past would need some modification but otherwise I would have no concerns. We have several customers with these with 34 Classics and they travel everywhere.

You have a massive amount more power than any vehicle you could buy 20 years ago and people traveled everywhere. I find once you are towing a 25' the difference to go to a 30 is almost imperceptible so if you like the space of the 30 you might as well go for it. It is a lot less expensive to get the one you really want the first time as opposed to 2footiitis.

Here is a letter I received from a customer, they tow a 31 Classic with a 2008 GL.

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Dear Andrew, Kirk and Can-Am Staff;

We have just returned from our third major trip since we picked up our trailer at Can Am in late September 2009. During this trip we travelled over 14 000 kms while we toured the American Southwest, and wish to tell you that this whole trip was another enjoyable experience.

A brief summary of our travels since 2009 is as follows:

Fall 2009 / Winter 2010 - To California, Nevada and Arizona.
Winter 2011 - Down the Florida Gulf coast, through the Everglades, out to the Keys and up
the Atlantic coast of Florida.
Winter 2012 - To New Orleans, along the Texas Gulf coast to South Padre Island, up
The Rio Grande into New Mexico, Arizona, Southern Utah and Colorado.

We continue to appreciate the role that Can-Am has played in helping to make our trips so enjoyable. Some parts of that role are noteworthy;

Your advice and recommendation of MBís GL 320 and the fitting of the Michelin Latitude HP Tour tires has proven to be an excellent rock-solid choice for a tow vehicle. Fuel consumption continues to average 17L/100 kms. after some 40 000 kms of towing experience.
Your guidance and assistance in helping us choose the Airstream 31ft. Classic continues to prove to be an ideal trailer for our travels.
The reliability of the tow vehicle and trailer has allowed us to be able to complete our travels without a single misadventure except for a couple of flat tires caused by picking up some nails on the tow vehicle tires.
The many helpful suggestions for outfitting the trailer before departure have continued to help us enjoy our camping experience right from our first day of travel.

We have now parked, unpacked and cleaned up the trailer for the time being, but are already getting ready for our next adventure this summer for a trip out to Newfoundland in late June and July.

Thanks again

I hope this helps.

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Found some nice mirrors for the GL. I have tried several, these seem to stay put. Made in the Netherlands..

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Found some nice mirrors for the GL. I have tried several, these seem to stay put. Made in the Netherlands..

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What is the make and model of the mirrors?

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Repusel brand from Holland. Model here is Luminox extended and convex. Bought em on Amazon.
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Update

I posted here a year or so ago about my 2006 ML500, Blue Ox and '90 25' Excella and thought I would provide an update. We're at about 15,000 miles now with no problems whatsoever. Plenty of power, no sway ever, decent gas mileage (13mph). I would like to have the hitch reinforced a la Andy but haven't done so yet. I have Mercedes inspect it at every service interval and so far it's rock solid.

It's very fortunate for us that this works so well as I didn't buy a trailer and choose a TV. We already had the ML and one of the specs in buying a trailer was one that the ML could handle. The 5,000lb '90 Excella has turned out to be perfect.

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Thanks for the info! I appreciate it.
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Safari, did you try the Milenco mirrors? Mine have about 30,000 miles on them and don't seem to work loose and the clamps fit neatly in the very narrow gap between bottom of mirror and the mirror housing (clamps on bottom).
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:54 AM   #84
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JMCarter,

Look at the first pic on the first page of this thread and you will see the Milencos were the first mirror I used. Mine worked great for about a year and then I lost both of them while towing separately on the same trip! The clamping mechanism started to have less grip on the mirror flange despite being clean etc. I was going to buy another pair but they were back ordered, so I went on the hunt for another brand.

The Repuesles are super good quality, a bit expensive though.
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