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Old 11-29-2009, 07:45 AM   #15
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Andy, that Mustang combo looks awesome. I wonder if you get any more cowl shake with the top down from towing.

I'm also curious how many clients start showing up with Toyota Venzas and Honda Accord Crosstours. These long-wheelbase big-V6 powered wagon-thingies seem ripe for towing duty.

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Old 11-29-2009, 08:10 AM   #16
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Andy, that Mustang combo looks awesome.

I'm also curious how many clients start showing up with Toyota Venzas and Honda Accord Crosstours. These long-wheelbase big-V6 powered wagon-thingies seem ripe for towing duty.

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I was wondering the same thing Tom. Even the R series Mercedes which has been around now for a number of years seems to have all the ingredients to be a very good TV. Wheelbase (126"), short rear overhang, IRS, available Blue tec diesel power, 7 speed auto tranny, and an aerodynamic form.

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Old 11-29-2009, 10:36 AM   #17
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I forgot (as did most of the rest of North America) about the R-Class. I had one for a weekend - it was a very, very, very nice cruiser. What I also like about it is that visibility is better than many of the other recent wagon-ish designs (Magnum, Venza, Crosstour.)

Of course, there's always a minivan, which is cheaper, has the long wheelbase, and big windows all around...

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Old 11-29-2009, 06:13 PM   #18
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The Venza is only a 109" Wheelbase and still has quite a bit of rear overhang. Still it would be better than the Mustang I am driving now. Still in a crossover for about the same price you can get the Flex or the Buick Enclave,Traverse etc with 119" Wheelbase and about the same overhang. The Enclave's 3.6 litre really performs well but I would like to try the Flex with Echoboost, I am thinking that is what I will replace our current Town & Country with when the lease is done. I have not seen the specs on the Accord Cross Tour but the Accord Sedan works very well, comparable to the G35.

The R Class looks like it would be fantanstic 126" Wheelbase, diesel and a low C of G but I am not certain if we can put a hitch on one. We would need to remove the rear body cladding to figure it out and so far I have not had anyone that ready to buy one to make the investigation worth while.

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Old 11-29-2009, 06:32 PM   #19
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Just checked - Crosstour has a 110" wheelbase. Looks longer in the flesh. That's fine - might as well stick to my Odyssey anyway. Same engine, more room, longer wheelbase, less money.

Andy, don't know if you've driven a Flex with Ecoboost yet. I've driven the Lincoln MKT with Ecoboost, which is on the same platform. It's a very nice drivetrain. Actually, the car itself is rather nice, but looking out of the back when reversing (long car, small windows) is tricky...

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Andy, I looked at buying a used R class (gas model) when looking for a new TV recently... however, the rated realiablity was terrible from what I read. I wasn't ready to take that risk....

Really love that Mustang combo... I might have to remember that for the "retirement" years...
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Andy, I looked at buying a used R class (gas model) when looking for a new TV recently... however, the rated realiablity was terrible from what I read. I wasn't ready to take that risk....

Really love that Mustang combo... I might have to remember that for the "retirement" years...
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The Consumer Reports 2010 buyers guide shows the 2006 R class as being much worse than average. The 2007 R's as average with engine and drive train as being much better than average.
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Really love that Mustang combo... I might have to remember that for the "retirement" years...

By then the Camaro Convertible wil hopefully be out with Independent Rear Suspenson which would be nice.

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Andy, thank you very much for trying to be of service to our membership. I cannot reveal details but we have three members who list both a Nissan Armada and a 28' International. One of them checked in earlier this month. This report of yours may not see relevant eyes right away. I'd hope somebody recognizes this as their set-up at some time.

Do you have any sample photos of similar setups that need improvement?

Would you agree that one can tell a lot by standing well back on a level surface and observing that both the TV & trailer are parallel to the ground?

The more pointers the better... Please keep it up! Karma your way.
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