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Old 10-22-2012, 05:48 AM   #1
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MB capacity to tow 25 foot or larger?

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An Airstream salesperson recently indicated that a Mercedes Benz 2008 GL 450 should not tow anything larger than a 23 foot Airstream. Any comments pro or con?
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:25 AM   #2
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I would suggest you call MB tech and ask about the specs on the hitch.

Most that are larger than the 23 have hitch weights close to or above 800 lbs.

That said, I would say the terrain would be the limiting factor for you.

We just returned from a round trip to the North Rim of The Grand Canyon and we drove the Rockies with plenty of power to spare.

Me? I we ever grow larger than our 23FB, a 3/4 will be our Tug of choice.

Good luck!
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Your MB shouldn't be that much differient from my 2001 BMW 4.4i. If set up properly it can be done with ease. See my avatar and do a search on "withidl".
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There are more than a few of us towing larger Airstream trailers with our GL's with excellent results. Search this forum for Mercedes GL and you will find a bunch of threads on this. Rich Luhr, who writes / edits airstream life magazine also uses the GL as his tow vehicle.

Assuming you already know about staying within the overall towing capacity, the bigger issue with the GL is going to be tongue weight - you will likely need to get your hitch receiver reinforced.

There are also good threads on towing on the Mercedes GL forum at GL Class (X164) - MBWorld.org Forums

Good luck, and happy to help if you have more specific questions once you've reviewed the threads above.
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Do a search for the BMW sport utility; a pdf spreadsheet was posted with info directly from MB IIRC.
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It may be too late for me to chime in, but my 2007 Jeep GC 3.0 Diesel is a brilliant tow vehicle for my 25' FC. The 3.0 Diesel is the exact same engine as that found in the M-B ML and GL, as well as the Sprinter. It has plenty of power even going over 8,900' passes, and it gets 14.2 mpg while towing.

The Jeep and M-B SUVs are similar is size, weight and capacity. Many folks feel they need to man-handle their trailer by getting a huge pickup capable of hauling double what is required. If you know how to drive and do it well, you'll be safe, happy and comfortable. Oh, and you'll have a comfy commuting car, too.
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"The Jeep and M-B SUVs are similar is size, weight and capacity. Many folks feel they need to man-handle their trailer by getting a huge pickup capable of hauling double what is required. If you know how to drive and do it well, you'll be safe, happy and comfortable. Oh, and you'll have a comfy commuting car, too."

Amen, brother!
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