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Trailer Hitch for ml350

I want a class 3 trailer hitch for my ml350. Ive seen a factory installed one and it looks great, i would like to match this, but the benz option is way too much money for what it is worth.

A salesman said he generally recommends people go to uhaul and have them install a trailer hitch because it is cheap and they usually include installation/ good products. Does anyone have any input?

Also, IVe seen varying towing ratings between the us and europe versions although i believe they are identical. What is the most I can tow safely?
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In Europe it is engineers who dictate technical recommendations, while in US it is lawyers, what should answer your last question.
I had hitches installed on 2 ML in W163 bodies. Turned out that cheaper aftermarket hitch had very cheap reinforcing brackets, what under heavy load let the bumper flex pretty visible down. The OEM hitch had brackets that would go on the other side of collapsible bumper beam. Don't know how much that would apply to your model, but "you get what you paid for" always apply.
I tried to get uhaul boys install brake controller but after watching them 1.5 hr fooling around and never getting to my truck, I just bought the controller and installed it at home.
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