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Old 01-02-2012, 11:17 PM   #29
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Few quick comments....

The TDI Diesel Engine for VW/Audi (soon Porsche too in the States) and the ML350 are the exact same design & software, suspect all will get a boost in torque & HP in the next year or two - but I found 406lbs with a 2009 Classic 25FB Airstream was fine through all the mountains across North America. Suspect same design diesel for Jeep too (remember who Jeep used to be owned by for a brief period?).

LED lights on your trailer are fine with Cayenne's, Touareg & ML350's made after 2007 model year - all use the same tow module that controls the trailer lights and no more error or "!" with LED's.

If you have air suspension - you can use with Weight Distro Hitch if setup as described above - but be aware of the bags weight limitations! After air suspension on the Cayenne and steel on the T-Rex - I was happier with steel...

Connecting the brake controller can be challenging - but I have docs out there that tell you how to do it (at least how to use a Prodigy).

Weight Distro Hitches and Touaregs/Cayeene/Q7 may/have been reported to crack or deform and have been reported separating from frame (nothing drastic yet - all caught in visual inspections) if you have a heavy tounge weight and use the weight distro hitch to balance it out - I call it the bottle top remover effect (hitch is placing stress on bolts, frame, hitch, etc. as when you pop the top off a bottle). Same for ML350 - I don't know.

Q7 has 100lbs less hitch weight and 1,000lbs less tow capacity than Touareg & Cayenne (longer frame, more GVWR, etc).

ML350 diesel is as great a tow platform as TDI Touareg, just read above once more - and keep an eye on that tounge weight and for best results, go visit Andy or someone technically similar...

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Old 01-08-2012, 10:25 PM   #30
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I just received my '12 ML350 BT. I'll be taking it to Andy to reinforce my hitch just as he did my '09.
I tow a '10 FC 30' with a Hensley. It's absolutely awesome!
Can't wait to try the '12 with the increase in torque.
You can't go wrong with a diesel ML

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Old 01-08-2012, 11:56 PM   #31
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Ron,

Did you stay with the steel suspension or upgrade to Airmatic for your 2012? Be sure to take pictures of what the hitch reinforcement looks like.

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Barry,
I went with the steel suspension just as I did with the '09.
I will only be getting the hitch reinforced in the spring; probably end of March, beginning of April.
But I will post pics of the process.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:23 AM   #33
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As per your statement that the LED RV lights pose no problem for those TV's made after '07 is incorrect.
My old '09 ML required that Andy make an adapter so that the onboard computer saw the resistance of bulbs; otherwise the TV thinks that the trailer lights are not working.
I'll let you know if the problem persists with the '12 ML when I hook her up in the Spring.
BTW, my comments are just for the ML; not sure about the VW and others.
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Ron or anybody,
I have seen photos of Andy's ML hitch reinforcement, but I haven't seen one that shows good detail of how the connection is made at the forward end. I am interested in seeing what bolts are reused and what holes are drilled in the rear suspension mount.
I have talked to Andy and would like to make the trip, but it's three days in each direction and I still have a day job.
Can anybody provide such detail, especially on a 2010 ML? PM would be fine, if that's more appropriate.
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:34 AM   #35
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As per your statement that the LED RV lights pose no problem for those TV's made after '07 is incorrect.
Sorry, for the VW/Porsche/Audi it's the case - assumed Mercedes updated their modules at that time as well - sorry....
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:20 AM   #36
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JFScheck, I've been told that the GL will have updated modules in 2013.

But, don't take that to the bank. ;-)
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:13 PM   #37
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Hi Ron:

I am in the process of purchasing a ML350 2012 to pull my 200o classic Airstream. Are you still going to post pictures of Andy rebuilding the hitch assembly. I am in Vancouver and it is proably a threee day drive to go to London in order for me to have Andy rebuild the hitch. I would like to see the pictures before I commit.

Would like to here your comments after pulling you trailer with the new ML350 2012.

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Old 04-08-2012, 02:53 PM   #38
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I drove to CanAm (2,200 miles) to get a hitch on my 2007 ML350 then picked up my first Airstream in Connecticut and drove home. I'm very pleased with the hitch and the service at CanAm. The 1965 Caravel was a gem to tow.
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Hi Brian
I finally drove over to CanAm last Sunday and had the hitch reinforced on Monday. The whole process took about 3 hours. Unlike my '09 ML320 BT, you can't tell visually from almost any angle that the hitch has been reinforced.

Sorry, I didn't take pics of the installation. I just got under the ML a couple of hours ago to take these photos. I hope they're self explanatory.

I pulled home my '30 Flying Cloud (I stored my RV there for the winter) from London to Montreal; about 8 hours. I averaged 69 mph and got close to 15 mpg. In comparison to my '09 ML, the '12 cruises more effortlessly. There are no huge hills on the 401 between London & Montreal, but there are many long grades. I've pulled the route countless times. The ML downshifted only 2 times!! The 455 lbs of torque is ridiculous. Even my '12 RAM 1500 with 3.92's will downshift to 3rd gear and scream to 4500 rpm.

I know that the Hensley plays a large part, but I would have to say, that the '12 ML is the most comfortable and relaxed towing experience I've had.

I know it'll be a long trip, but going to CanAm is worth it.
I have never found anyone as genuine and knowledgeable in any industry as Andy Thomson. He's worth it!

Hope this helps,
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Looks nice Ron - congrats on the new ML (and Ram).

Curious - the ML has a temporary spare that your 2009 lacked, right?

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Good to hear from you Tom.
Yes, you're right. The '12 ML now has a spare tire. The filler for the AdBlue is right next to the diesel filler. Makes life a lot easier.

Will I see you at the Salisbury State Park Rally?

Hope all is well,
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Yep, we'll be there! Love that campground off-season.

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