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Old 11-10-2015, 04:59 PM   #15
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Hell, I would tow with my E250 bluetec if I could but there is nothing other than a retrofit Class I hitch available, and the same for the E350 4matic wagon... Not an option.
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:25 PM   #16
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There is always options. Back in the 60's my dad had an RV dealership. Anyone who drove up and bought a trailer went down to the local welding shop and had a custom hitch made and installed. Seemed to work fine.

Ten years ago we did the same with our car and it works great. The custom hitch is actually far superior in strength, design, and capabilities than any hitch bought in a box.
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Old 11-10-2015, 07:44 PM   #17
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here's another Mercedes thread that may be of help

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...le-116601.html
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Old 11-10-2015, 09:43 PM   #18
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The one issue nobody talks about is wheel base. I used to tow my 23ft AS with a Toyota 4Runner with a v8. I found that the 4Runner had all the power I needed but when I was passed by a semi my rig wall over the road. Even though the 4Runner had a 7200 lb towing capacity the wheel base and the width did not provide a stable platform for safe towing. Your MB and that Volvo would probably have the same issues. I traded the 4Runner for a Toyota Tundra and now have a safe and comfortable tow vehicle that tows my AS like a dream. You may want to consider a full size SUV over the GL MB or the Volvo

My dealer highly emphasized the importance of the wheelbase length. I bought a 22 foot Airstream and already had a 5.0 liter Bronco (full sized) with all of the tow package giving me plenty of pulling rating. The dealer of many years and a family business highly recommended a longer wheelbase, citing some examples of what people he sold to did and their unhappy results.

I bought a 2014 Tundra and put a Leer tonneau cover on it. I don't know how anything else pulls, but I found a really large number of happy Tundra owners in the towing/tow vehicle forums here, and I joined them My 2004 22 foot Safari with and Equal-i-zer brand hitch is superbly matched. My initial thought was to get a Tahoe or Yukon, but with generators and gasoline, I am really happy to have the bed area where I don't worry fumes in the passenger compartment.
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Old 11-12-2015, 10:35 AM   #19
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Found this little gem in a Motor Trend article on the GLE:

"Oh, and weíre not kidding about how good that diesel is. But if more thrust is on your must-have list, there might be a V-6 diesel coming. Mercedes wonít even acknowledge our questions about it, but the EPA has certified a GLE350d model (in SUV and Coupe body styles) with a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel and the new nine-speed automatic. Its EPA combined fuel economy projections beats the four-cylinders by 2 mpg (26 versus 24 mpg). Just donít be disappointed if it isnít as smooth as the four. It may not have the Planet Silence thingamabob."

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE300d, GLE400, GLE550e Review
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Old 11-12-2015, 01:53 PM   #20
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We tow a 2016 22 sport with a 2014 Acura MDX. Works fine. We had a 16 sport that we put about 30K on; traded for the 22 for bigger bed and narrower body. We're on narrow roads a lot. Have about 7K on the 22 now. good choice for us, and have the advantages of a nice car when not towing. It's our only vehicle.
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Old 01-11-2016, 07:22 PM   #21
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So which of these trucks would you choose for a tow vehicle:

1. Honda Pilot
2. Nissan Titan XD
3. Volvo XC90
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So which of these trucks would you choose for a tow vehicle:

1. Honda Pilot
2. Nissan Titan XD
3. Volvo XC90
Is this a mountain bike trailer or a kayak trailer?

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Old 01-11-2016, 09:32 PM   #23
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Does the Nissan have the Cummins?
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Trick question. All three were candidates for "Truck of the Year" at Detroit Auto Show.
Please tell me when a Volvo XC90 became a truck. It was the winner by the way.
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Mark, our Suzuki Samurai is classified as a truck on the title.
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Mark, our Suzuki Samurai is classified as a truck on the title.
Cool,

What do you tow with it?

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