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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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towing with a 1994 e320

I am wondering, if equiped with the right hitch, and electric brakes how would a 94 e320 do towing a 27 foot airstream (weighs about 4000 pounds) and would this be legal?
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Don't even try it. The Airstream, unless it is very old and/or has been stripped of all it's insides, will come in at more than 5000 lbs. dry weight. Even if it really is 4000 lbs., that would tax any 20 year old car. I could not find the tow rating of the E320, but I doubt that it exceeds 3000 lbs.and is probably less.

A smaller Airstream, a Bambi for example, might be doable.

If you have both the MBZ and the Airstream, be aware that the Airstream is probably worth more (maybe considerably more) than the car.

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You'd raise an eye brown in US, but in Europe 4000 lb trailers are regularly towed with vehicles having 1.8l engine.
I know newer E wagons are rated for 2500 kg and German member in W210 just posted a picture of his wagon pulling 3000kg trailer.
But there is more to towing than pulling and braking.
Lot of US made pickup end on their sides when trailer starts fishtailing.
You probably have heard about "the tail waving the dog" symptom?
Airstreams are not bad between US trailers tracking-wise but are still far away from low-sitting European trailers.

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